Nationwide ‘Checkpoint: SPOT’ Treasure Hunt Re-Stocked with Prizes

With new prizes from SmartWool, Deuter, The North Face, Timbuk2, Lazer Helmets, and Buff, today we re-launch our ‘Checkpoint: SPOT’ nationwide treasure hunt! Go to for the details on nine new checkpoints and nine new prizes. The contest, a project built by and Spot LLC, offers a real treasure hunt where you decipher a clue, zoom in on the map, and then get outdoors to claim your prize!

Nationwide treasure hunt map stocked with prizes and clues

Last month, a CP SPOT participant climbed Mount Rainier in Washington state to claim a “year’s supply” (52 pairs!) of Wigwam socks. Other participants scrambled to the base of El Capitan in Yosemite, circumnavigated Devils Tower in Wyoming, and hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail. They won watches from Suunto, Salomon shoes, knives from Wenger and Gerber, and one winner nabbed a SCI’CON bike case that retails for $1,400.

Map zoomed in on clue (above) and checkpoint/prize descriptor window for Buff-sponsored prize

The ‘Checkpoint: SPOT’ contest is open to anyone with a SPOT satellite device. We are working to launch a smartphone version of the contest for November. For now, get outside with your SPOT and get on the hunt. Nine primo new outdoors products are waiting for you to check-in and claim them as your prize!

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.