A Full Season Of Adventure And Prizes
March's GeoStash winner is C.J. Wasserman of Sun City West, Arizona.
Here is the e-mail we received from C.J.:
"Saturday at noon I went out to the mailbox and found my new issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine. I immediately started looking for the coordinates after returning to the house. I went through the whole magazine and came up with nothing. The wife came home and took a look at it and found the west coordinates, and on the very next page I found the north coordinates. I went and looked up the location of the coordinates and couldn't believe that they were only 100 miles away! So I called my four-wheeling buddy, Hi, and asked him if he was busy, and he said, "Yes, making bean soup." I told him what I needed of him, and he dropped everything and came right over. We gassed up the Jeep, and he drove while I was worked the GPS and the laptop. We drove 7.5 miles from the paved road back to within 0.1 mile of the GeoStash location. We walked the remainder of the way since my Jeep isn't a rockcrawler but a Grand Cherokee with a 2-inch lift and lockers front and rear. After walking to within 90 feet of the GeoStash, I started to climb out of the little wash that we were in (Hi had to stay behind since his knee was bothering him). My GPS was telling me that I was only 2 feet from the marker, and I still couldn't see it. So, I just stood there looking for something that didn't look like it belonged there. Sure enough, there was this saguaro with one of its arms broken off and lying real close to the base of it was a large rock. Lying beside the rock was the GeoStash marker!
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.