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GPS Mapping Contest - Map Detective

Posted in Events on February 15, 2007
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April's Map Detective prize is a complete recovery kit from UDS.

Congratulations to Sam Rittenbaugh of Beach Haven Gardens, New Jersey, for being the first to e-mail his answer for the February contest. For those who couldn't figure out the location, it was Big Bend National Park in Texas. For our third month we thought we would make it a little easier on you with a rather familiar topographic map. This month you shouldn't have much trouble discovering the location as long as you spend enough time finding all of the hidden clues. If you haven't read 4 WHEEL DRIVE & SPORT UTILITY MAGAZINE before and need a rules recap, read below.

Each month we will share with you a partial section to a topographic map that locates a national park, body of water, trail system, mountain range, or another outdoor destination somewhere in the continental United States. The secret location can only be discovered by looking for clues in the magazine. We will be hiding a select number of words within the pages of each issue that will give you clues revealing the secret location. We will inform you every month how many words you need to be searching for. Should your detective and mapping skills help you locate the destination, send an e-mail with your answer to, and if you are the first with the correct answer, you win! Each month of Map Detective (12 months) has a specified start date and end date. These dates are listed on 4WD&SU's website. Answers received before those dates will not be considered. The first participant to e-mail the correct answer after any specified start date for that month will win. Complete rules for this contest can be found at

For more information on online topographical mapping, visit

This month you will be searching the magazine for seven clues. These words or phrases will stand out from normal text in a different color and bold. They can be found anywhere on any page except for within an advertisement. These words can either form a sentence or be separate descriptive words providing distinctive clues. You will need to do your best Sherlock Holmes impression in order to reveal the location. Check out the map on this page, and good luck!


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