This month we are pleased to announce that 4WD&SU reader Bill Kenney of Flower Mound, Texas, has found the January '07 GeoStash marker. The marker was hidden just outside Euless, Texas. Bill has won a very cool TwinSeat from Expert Offroad.
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. A stainless steel plate ("marker") laser-cut with the magazine's title and my phone number can be found there. 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 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.
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.
Here is the e-mail we received from Bill:"I found the coordinates in the magazine and I was surprised to see that the location was only 14 miles from my house. I double-checked the website to see if anyone had found the marker yet. Nothing was published, so I packed up the GPS and camera and headed out the door. The location of the marker was nestled in between Highway 360 and the Trinity River in Euless, Texas, just west of Dallas."I found the exact location in a creekbed next to some concrete pipes and proceeded to look around the area. A few days earlier, we had some heavy rains and I noticed it looked like the creek water had risen about 8 feet higher than the normal level. When I did not find the marker near the GPS coordinate location, I started looking downstream. As I turned around and started back upstream, I noticed a 2x4-inch shiny piece of metal sticking up out of the mud and sand about 15 to 20 feet downstream from the GPS coordinates. I pulled it up, and sure enough it was the marker. The camera was attached with a long string and was buried another foot below the surface."This was my second try at looking for one of the markers. Last year, my wife and I tried looking for a marker in Kansas and could not find it, but we had a lot of fun anyway. I had a lot of fun today looking for the marker. It's always nice to have a new destination and a different reason to go off-roading. Keep up the good work."Sincerely,Bill Kenney
The prize for the March '07 GeoStash contest is a set of EBC Brakes' new 3GD slotted rotors and Yellowstuff brake pads. EBC's Yellowstuff brake pad formulation sets new standards in stopping power. The pads simply replace your truck's or SUV's factory pads with high-friction, race-developed brake pads to provide an incredible 25- to 30-percent gain in stopping power. Brake fade is also greatly reduced with the new Yellowstuff pads. Drivers who run heavy loads on their trucks and trailers will certainly appreciate the extra stopping power. The new Yellowstuff pads have been fleet-tested over hundreds of thousands of miles. The 3GD-series slotted rotors from EBC Brakes use wide-aperture slots to help brakes run cooler, clear dust, debris, and water from the braking area, and help prevent smooth pad wear with EBC's latest three-slot-pattern sport rotors. The new EBC pattern also features blind-drilled holes, which help break down gases created under braking and water film to further perfect braking. When used in combination with EBC high-friction pads, such as the new Yellowstuff, these rotors provide a superb brake upgrade.