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.
September '07 is the last month for GeoStash II. The October '07 issue will kick off GeoStash III, and I have some exciting changes in store for the contest so stay tuned.
Our July '07 contest winner is Gary Shirley from Salt Lake City, Utah. The staff would like to thank Gary for reading 4WD&SU. Gary has won a set of high-quality driveshafts from J.E. Reel.
"Beginner's luck came through for me in the July GeoStash contest! I received my 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility and noticed the great prize, a pair of heavy-duty drivelines for the new JK from J.E. Reel. With plans to purchase a JK Unlimited in the next few months these are a must-have upgrade, and so my GeoStash adventure began.
"I found the coordinates over the next day and quickly realized that [the site] was located just south of Moab, Utah. Moab is about a 3-1/2-hour drive from my home in Salt Lake City, so I jumped in the Jeep and headed down with GPS and maps in hand. I took one of the old mining roads into the area, coming from the north side of the marker and Area BFE. After a 1/2-mile hike and about an hour of searching, I located the marker, much to my surprise.
"I look forward to working with J.E. Reel on some heavy-duty driveline replacement for the JK Unlimited. I would like to thank 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility magazine for setting up the contest." - Gary Shirley
Geostash Coordinate Locations In The MagazineAugust '07Not yet found. Check www.4wdandsportutility.com for updates.
July '07Page 9. 109 24.467W. - At the bottom of the page.Page 41. 38 24.816N. - Above the park rangers.
June '07Page 50. 106 52.979W. - On the vehicle's window.Page 77. 32 21.865N. - On bottom left photo.
May '07Page 80. 39 39.044N. - On the right side of the top photo.Page 83. 105 42.454W. - Top right corner.
April '07Page 46. 36 22.979N. - In the photo at center right.Page 88. 114 41.053W. - Bottom right, in sources box.
March '07Page 50. 111 13.781W. - In the upper righthand corner of the page. Page 52. 33 11.955N. - Center column under the first product.
February '07Page 41. 33 16.335N. - First column of photos, second photo down.Page 71. 116 04.848W. - Second photo from top in red area
January '07Page 66. 97 03.872W. - Inside the bellhousing in the third photo down.Page 86. 32 48.909N. - In the upper righthand photo along the edge of the workbench.
December '06Page 42. 44 06' 14.6N. - Within the caption for the upper righthand photo.Page 66. 103 32' 58.7W. - In the upper righthand photo, on the right side.
November '06Page 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.
October '06Page 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.
September '06Page 25. 36 24.958N. - Second news item from the top, righthand corner of 4WD&SU's webpage.Page 48. 115 59.231W. - In the last paragraph of the article.
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.