Winner! 'Checkpoint: SPOT' (Suunto Core Glacier Watch)

Winner! ‘Checkpoint: SPOT’ (Suunto Core Glacier Watch)

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Our new contest with Spot LLC, ‘Checkpoint: SPOT, kicked off earlier this month, and we’re happy to report our second winner! Jason Chase-Dobiash of Monument, Colo., pegged a checkpoint in Colorado in our nationwide treasure hunt event and snagged himself a sweet piece of swag — Suunto’s new Core Glacier watch!


Not seeing double: Winner Jason Chase-Dobiash holding up his SPOT Connect device

The Suunto Core Glacier gathers a range of data needed for the outdoors — it has an altimeter, barometer and compass plus a depth meter, sunrise and sunset times, and a menu in four languages.

Chase-Dobiash said he was in the market for this kind of watch, so the win was serendipitous. He said he searched for the checkpoint — clue was “Divine Plot,” and the lat/long 38.87677 / -104.880108 — by “using a Google satellite map, narrowing it down to a 10-foot radius on a paved trail, and sending a bunch of check-in/OK messages in a grid” with his smartphone-compatible SPOT Connect device.


Suunto Core Glacier watches

He nailed the checkpoint, which was within Garden of the Gods park near Colorado Springs. Chase-Dobiash said he uses his SPOT device on hiking, mountain biking, camping, and mountaineering trips. His family recently started a goal of summiting all 54 of Colorado’s 14ers, and the altimeter and compass on the Suunto will be a needed tool, he told us.

Congrats to Chase-Dobiash! There are 10 unclaimed ‘Checkpoint: SPOT’ locations still on the contest map here. Sign up and register for your chance to win! Promotion runs through October 31, 2011. Good luck!


‘Checkpoint: SPOT’ Treasure Hunt map

Stephen Regenold
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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.
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