This month we are pleased to announce Steven Syzdek as the winner of the September '06 GeoStash contest. The GeoStash marker was hidden just north of Pahrump, Nevada. At the publication of this issue, the October 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine has not yet hit the newsstands, and the marker for October has not yet been found.
Our adventurous winner Steven Syzdek is from North Las Vegas, Nevada, where he lives with his wife Vicki. He is a retired Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and is also a member of the Southern Nevada Land Cruisers and the Toyota Land Cruiser Association. Steven owns a '97 Toyota 4Runner and a '79 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. Here is Steve's story:
"I received the September issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility on July 12. It took me all evening to locate the GeoStash coordinates in the magazine. I found the last one on page 25 around midnight. Then I entered the coordinates in DeLorme Topo 5.0 and figured out the location of the GeoStash marker. In the morning I drove our 4Runner to the Pahrump area, navigating with my Garmin 276C GPS. The GeoStash location was about 5 to 6 miles up a dirt road. I had to walk about 100 yards up a wash and then climb up the side of the wash, and I searched for about 20 minutes in 100 degree heat until I found the metal GeoStash plate.
"I enjoyed participating in the GeoStash contest. When I recveived the September issue, I tried really hard to find the coordinates because I had a feeling that the marker would be near Las Vegas."
If you are picking up this magazine for the first time, somewhere in the pages of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility each month are hidden GPS coordinates. These coordinates pinpoint a location somewhere in the continental U.S. where a stainless steel plate ("marker") laser-cut with the magazine's title and my phone number is hidden. The marker is about the size of a vehicle's license plate. When it is found and redeemed, the lucky enthusiast wins a very cool prize. These prizes will range from products donated by our advertisers and manufacturers to 4WD&SU magazine apparel and subscriptions.
The GPS coordinates in the magazine can be hidden just about anywhere. The coordinates will be divided in two parts - north and west - and hidden in the magazine's text or ghost-imaged somewhere on a photograph. The coordinates will not be hidden in or on any advertising. Finding the marker on the trail will require use of four-wheel drive and will more than likely require some hiking. We'll keep it safe, so don't worry, you won't have to rappel off the sides of any cliffs. The stainless steel marker may be placed behind trees, between rocks, or under something, but it will not be completely buried. If you have a GPS with WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) it should get you to within 3 to 9 feet of the marker. How much simpler can that be?
GeoStash Coordinate Locations in the MagazineSeptember '06Page 25. N36? 24.958 - On webpage image.Page 48. W115? 59.231 - Bottom right, at end of text.Marker location: Near Pahrump, Nevada.
The GeoStash marker will have my phone number listed on it. I must be called immediately when the marker is found. The marker must also be sent back to me for verification, but it will be returned to the person who found it. Each marker for any given month will have a unique identifying mark on it so it cannot be duplicated.
Very Important - do yourself a favor and check our website's GeoStash page to see if the marker has been found for any given month before you go out searching. Please keep in mind that the marker may have been found while you were en route to the coordinate's location. Once we have been notified, we will post where the marker has been found.
A disposable camera will be attached to the marker. Have a photo of yourself taken at the location (hopefully you won't be out alone) you found the marker and send the camera back with the marker when you mail it to me for verification. Though there will be a camera attached to the marker, we would prefer a digital image of the winner on the trail with the marker be e-mailed to us if you have the capability. If you do have a digital camera, please set it to the highest megapixel setting before snapping the photo. The GeoStash II webpage will highlight the enthusiast who found the prize, the product and its manufacturer, and the next month's prize to be given away.