Metal Detectors are Useful in Geocaching

By Michael Bernzweig

Treasure-hunting enthusiasts from around the world can unite and share their stories through the exciting hobby of Geocaching. The hobby of Geocaching involves using a GPS-enabled device to input the coordinates of a hidden treasure—then setting out to locate the selected treasure cache. It is actually considered a game, but many players enjoy geocaching so much that it has become a regular hobby. When you break down the word geo • cache, ‘geo’ means: the earth, usually in the form of ground or land; ‘cache’ means: a hiding place (in this case, for treasure.) Geocaches are located in every state in the U.S. and worldwide. They range from beginner treasure hunts to intermediate and advanced; some geocaches are hidden in mountain ranges, high in the treetops and even underwater! So depending on the level of ease or adventure you’re seeking, there’s a geocache for you.

You may be wondering what is hidden in a geocache? When it comes to what’s in the box, treasure isn’t usually much loot; the payoff lies in completing the mission. Common cache items include coins (sometimes unusual or rare) buttons, trinkets, balls/toys or books. Many caches include trackable items in which the owner has a goal for their final destination. Geocachers are requested to move trackable items closer to their journey’s end. If you enjoy treasure hunting with a metal detector, you may want to learn more about geocaching and how to become a participant. If you are looking to find a deeply buried treasure cache with a metal detector read our article entitled What are the Best Two Box and Deep Metal Detectors?

Can a Metal Detector be Used for Geocaching?

Geocaching doesn’t involve digging for treasure, but a metal detector can still come in handy. Geocachers who hunt in colder climates during the winter say their metal detector is a great tool for finding caches buried in the snow. Some caches are hidden deeply under brush, so a detector would more quickly zero in on the container. And underwater geocaches can be more readily located with a submersible metal detector. Geocaching certainly doesn’t require a metal detector, but daily hunting and aggressive geocaching can benefit from one. Be sure to read our related blog post on Geocaching with a Metal Detector.

GeoDetecting Combines Metal Detecting with Geocaching

Just recently, an avid metal detectorist from North Carolina had the idea of combining the game of geocaching with the hobby of metal detecting. Bill Kawa coined this new concept “GeoDetecting.” It reportedly consists of about 70% metal detecting and 30% geocaching. GeoDetecting is based on the idea of geocaching; however, it does require a metal detector. The coordinates of a hidden treasure is posted on a website and the participant uses their GPS device to isolate the area. Then, with their metal detector—the GeoDetector can further pinpoint the target and consequently find the treasure. It is always buried within 20 feet of its coordinates. In GeoDetecting, you can select the size of target you would like to search for, as well as the terrain type and depth. You may locate old coins, relics and other valuable silver, gold or copper objects.

Best Metal Detectors for Geocaching & GeoDetecting

The type of metal detector best suited for Geocaching and GeoDetecting will really depend on the geocaches you select. A general purpose detector would be ideal for basic geocaching in the snow or heavy foliage. These models will give you the flexibility to hunt for a variety of treasures in different terrains. You can opt for an entry-level or mid-level metal detector depending on your budget and how often you’ll be out geocaching. General purpose detectors will readily find coins, jewelry, and relics; they are equipped with discrimination to eliminate junk targets like aluminum pop tops and they have sensitivity controls. All detectors have waterproof search coils. And you can opt for other features such as adjustable ground balance for heavily mineralized soil, a target ID display and pinpointing control. Learn how to select a metal detector. If you will be embarking upon underwater geocaching or GeoDetecting, an underwater metal detector will be necessary. You can learn about the available underwater detectors and the different types of depths and targets they are suited for. Enjoy the idea of finding GeoCaches with your metal detector? Then you might also enjoy finding meteorites with a metal detector. Be sure to read the related article entitled What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Meteorites? and What are the Best Two Box and Deep Metal Detectors?

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