Forum: Magellan GPS
Topic: Magellan's GPS Treasure Hunt
started by: PC Medic
Posted by PC Medic on June 27 2003,5:13 pmThis morning Magellan launched the new summer long < Magellan GPS Treasure Hunt contest >.
Be sure to check out this great contest designed to introduce Magellan GPS users to geocaching. The contest actually will consist of 31 different "hunts" from now till Labor Day. That means 31 different folks will have a chance to win a Grand Prize.
Posted by Quinn on June 27 2003,7:49 pmI think this was a great idea and the perfect time for Magellan to do this. i was wondering what people thought about this thus far and also what portions of the actual treasure site page they like or dislike and why?
Do you feel it provides enough information to understand or do you think they need to give more details?
Posted by Cracker7M on June 28 2003,7:22 amGeeze.....the NY cache is on Long Island of all places...
As if everyone living out there couldnt afford to buy several of their own Color GPSr's...
I can understand locating it near NYC, due to the population, but you'ld they could have located it on the upstate side to give a bit more of the state a chance to find it....
Oh well, its still very cool that Magellan has done more than acknowledge that geocaching exists, they've started promoting it. Even though its probably in their own best interests to sell more consumer grade units.
I think more details would be nice.
Posted by Quinn on June 28 2003,7:23 amUPDATE!
So far two grand prizes have been found.
One in Florida by Doombot and one in NY.
Both are now very lucky owners of the Magellan SporTrak Color GPS.
Congrats go out to both finders!
Posted by welch on June 28 2003,10:02 am
So they only give a map of a whole state and two clues?? Then after its found the lat & lon are released?
Posted by PC Medic on June 28 2003,10:28 amadditioanl clues added as needed until found
Posted by Quinn on June 28 2003,1:18 pmactually the coordinates were posted and then the cache was found. he went after it at night and drove 70 miles to it once he saw the coordinates posted.
Posted by Scout on June 28 2003,4:44 pmIs there anything that makes these caches stand out other than the relatively large prize given to the first-to-find?
From what I understand, one of the two caches found first didn't have a log book.
Posted by cenobite07 on June 30 2003,10:38 amI hate being right....
I still think it's pretty cool that Magellan decided to do something like this and I hope they do get lots of sales but LI was almost too easy to predict....
Oh well, maybe they'll have one in PA or OH that's less than an 8 hour drive.
Posted by Atuin on June 30 2003,12:34 pmI found the Trasure hunt through Navicache, so thank you!
I would have set up something where any entrant (online too) would get something, maybe a coupon or small pin
with 31 only treasures most ppl wil lfind the locations 'out of reach'.
Still, a very nice approach, and very nice to see Magellan promoting Geocaching. Nice to have them on board.
Posted by Cracker7M on June 30 2003,2:28 pmYeah, maybe now Magellan will add geocaching icons to thier firmware.....even though I dont need them now, I finally have my own...
Posted by Doombot! on June 30 2003,6:15 pmI've been trolling this board for a few weeks, so now that people are talking about us, I thought that I'd post a "Thank you" to Quinn who has been very nice, both before and after this contest (could this sentence be any longer?). Also, thanks for the link, I think it gave me and Ms. Doom the leg up we needed to FTF the cache. (But no, you can't have half the prize. Maybe a cold beverage or 12 of your choosing if you are ever in Central Florida.)
Posted by Quinn on June 30 2003,7:12 pmDoombot, Once again congrats on your find!
You deserve it for making that long drive (70 miles I think it was)
I am not so sure i would have just jumped in the car and drove 70 miles for a cache... wait a minute, I HAVE jumped in a car and drove 70 miles for a cache!!!
I'll take you up on that cold one if I get down that way
Magellan makes some great GPSR's, I am certain you are gonna love that one...well done!
BTW- If you have any pictures of you and the Prize I would like to add them to our news section.
Posted by Doombot! on June 30 2003,7:31 pmYou might know more that I do, but the rules say that we would get one of 31 random grand prizes. Some of them are trips and backpacking gear, and of course the GPS'r. (We're kinda hoping for a trip.) But there will be pics for you no matter what. (Maybe I could become the "Jared" of Geocaching.)
Posted by Quinn on June 30 2003,9:28 pmActually I am learning as we go, so most of this is a suprise to me as well. But it sure is fun to watch!
Posted by Scout on July 01 2003,3:18 pm
OK, I found the answer to what makes Magellan's caches stand out. They are much harder to find. That's because Navicache caches have correct coordinates! ;-)
Posted by PC Medic on July 03 2003,4:43 amI see they announced two new caches over at Magellan's Treasure Hunt site. That maks six so far with four found.