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GeoStash Contest - April 2007

Posted in Events on February 17, 2007
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"We received the magazine Wednesday night, and my 8-year-old son Dennis said, 'I'll find the numbers if I can go with you tomorrow to find the marker.'"Sure enough, he found them, and the location was close enough for us so we left at 10:00 a.m. the next morning. We got to Anza-Borrego desert about 11:30 a.m. It was a beautiful day between 75 and 80 degrees F. The GPS took us right to the spot. It was located about 1/2 mile off the paved road on a dirt trail. My '03 Jeep Rubicon was a little overkill - any SUV could have made this trail. The marker was under a bush with some rocks on it. It took about two minutes to find the marker once we were at the spot. It was a great day for me, my wife (not pictured), and my son.
Thank you,
Craig Bruneault

This month we are pleased to announce that 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility reader Craig Bruneault of Fallbrook, California, has found the February '07 GeoStash marker. The marker was hidden about 25 miles west of the Salton Sea in Southern California. Craig has won a very cool Rokmen Mercenary front TJ bumper.

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.

For the April '07 GeoStash prize, we are very happy to inform you that we've teamed up with Eaton/Detroit Locker to offer a gift certificate good for the winner's choice of a Detroit Locker, Eaton Posi, or a Truetrac LSD. The winner will be able to redeem the certificate for one locker to fit the vehicle of his or her choice. The Detroit Locker offers unparalleled automatic traction for the on- and off-road rig, while the helical-driven Truetrac can be used on the road and in all but the most hardcore off-road applications. The clutch-driven Eaton Posi is offered for many popular applications and is widely used in hot rods and in many tow vehicles. Eaton/Detroit Locker has something for almost everyone, and the winner will be sure to find something he or she can use. For more information on these products, log on to

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September '06
Page 25. N 36 24.958. - Second news item from the top, righthand corner of 4WD&SU's webpage.Page 48. W 115 59.231. - Located in the last paragraph of the article.

October '06
Page 56. 44 14.539N. - On the license plate of the first Jeep Liberty photo.Page 70. 111 30.938W. - In the first column of photos, second photo down, at the end of the caption.

November '06
Page 66. 122 10.003W. - In the third column of photos, second photo down, at the end of the caption.Page 80. 48 22.345N. - In the second column, top photo, on the tire.

December '06
Page 42. 44 06' 14.6 N. - Located within the caption for the upper righthand photo.Page 66. 103 32' 58.7 W. - In the upper righthand photo, on the right side.

January '07
Page 66. 97 03.872W. - Inside the bellhousing in the third photo down.Page 86. 32 48.909N. - Located in the upper righthand photo along the edge of the workbench.

February '07
Page 41. 33 16.335N - First column of photos, second photo down.Page 71. 116 04.848W - Second photo from top in red area.

March '07
Not yet found. Please check for updates.

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.

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