We all have various TOTT (tools of the trade) in our kits: a torch, tweezers and a telescopic magnet to name just a few. But what about a metal detector? Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com lists 4 reasons you might want to think about bringing one along on your next geo-expedition.
Geocaching is always an amazing adventure. When you’re out in these special locations searching for caches it can also be beneficial to bring along your metal detector.
Here are just a few reasons why you might want to bring a metal detector along next time you go geocaching.
1. You Can Find Caches Faster
No matter where you go geocaching metal detectors can help you find the caches faster. While not all geocaches contain metal in them, many do. Ammo cans are often used as containers for geocaches, and many people include metal objects inside the caches as well that metal detectors can hit on. Even though they’re not buried, geocaches may be very well hidden and a metal detector will make finding them quicker so you can find even more of the many caches hidden all over the country!
2. A Metal Detector Could Help You Find Gold
Of course, there’s also the potential of finding gold while you’re out geocaching in the US. Not everywhere you go geocaching will be a good place to hunt for gold with your metal detector, but many geocaches are located in ideal nugget hunting spots. Take advantage of where you’re already going and bring a metal detector along. You may just find some gold in those hills.
3. You Might Find Treasures From the Old West
Given the American West’s colorful history there is also the potential to find some old relics if you take your metal detector geocaching in certain areas of the country. You’ll need to do your research, but, there are many locations including in and around the “ghost towns”, old trails, and former gold rush camps where there are likely antiques and other precious treasures buried just under the surface. Many of these sites are also home to geocaches and, if you take your metal detector along, you never know what else you might find while you’re geocaching.
4. Metal Detectors Can Also Help You Find Meteorites
In the more arid areas of the country bringing a metal detector along while geocaching may help you find meteorites. The iron and nickel contained in most meteorites that fall to earth makes the majority of them potential targets for a metal detector. In many cases, the environment degrades the meteorite before it can be found. However, meteorites are more likely to be intact in arid environments, like some locations in Colorado and other western states. Finding them is very special, and may even be worth some money.
Many geocachers simply find having a metal detector along with them makes their adventures even more fun too. In fact, many individuals combine these two unique and highly interesting pastimes. Take your metal detector along on your next geocaching trip and see what comes up. It quite possibly could be treasure or a geocache you locate as millions of geocaches have been hidden around the world!
About the Author:
Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has travelled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.
While Michael writes mostly about the US, there is always the possibility of discovering something really cool, like the hoard of Roman coins found in Somerset in 2010.
Have you ever combined metal detecting with geocaching? Do you think it’s a good idea? Let me know in the comments!