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July 2007 Map Detective Contest

Posted in Events on May 4, 2007
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We had to change things up a bit and make it more challenging for everyone considering how many correct answers we've been getting. Last month we had eight correct answers submitted within seconds of each other, with a total of 381 responses so far. Apparently, great minds think alike with our readers. Instead of providing a topographic map this month we are using an aerial photograph provided by Good luck!

The Rules
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 us an e-mail immediately to, and if you're the first with the correct answer, you win! Please include in the subject line of your e-mail which month you're submitting an answer for. Each month of Map Detective (12 months) has a specified start date and end date. These dates are listed on 4WD&SU's website at 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 the contest can be found on 4WD&SU's website.

The Clues
This month you'll be searching the magazine for two separate clues. That's right: This month you are only getting two clues. We hope to make this a little more challenging from now on. These words or phrases will stand out from normal text in a different color and bold. They can be found anywhere and on any page except for within an advertisement. These words can either form a sentence or be separate descriptive words providing distinct clues.

The GoodsSureFire has long been one of our favorite manufacturers. When we contacted the company about our Map Detective contest, the folks there jumped at the chance to participate. They have donated one of their new G2 Nitrolon flashlights to be awarded to the winner of this month's contest. The light is a compact (palm-size), high-intensity incandescent flashlight for tactical, self-defense, and general use, similar to SureFire's 6P model but with a tougher polymer body. It puts out a smooth, brilliant, prefocused beam with four times the light of a big, two D-cell flashlight. It's bright enough to light up a good-size trail in case one of your headlamps fails. You can even make the light output brighter by using the optional P61 lamp and doubling the power. As with all SureFire lights, it is completely weatherproof. The tailcap switch presses on for momentary "on" and has a twist option for constant "on." This is a definite must-have for any adventure-minded person. For more information on SureFire's complete product line, log on to

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