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GeoStash Contest - April 2007

Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted February 17, 2007
Photographers: Manufactures

A Full Season Of Adventure And Prizes

"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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