Using Metal Detectors When Geocaching


Although many might not think so, metal detecting and geocaching are two hobbies that have a lot in common. From getting people up and outside, to offering the unique thrill that comes from hunting for treasure, metal detecting and geocaching actually have quite a few similarities. Here are some tips for Madcacher readers from industry professional Michael Bernzweig of

Many Geochachers might be surprised to hear that given the differences between the two pass times (like the fact that geocaching doesn’t really involve digging holes per say, and the coordinates of treasure hoards are actually published as opposed to the random finds of metal detecting). But, even with these differences, there are actually several advantages of combining the two hobbies for even more treasure hunting fun.

  • Locating Geocaches in Cellar Holes and Old Home Sites – While geocaches aren’t usually buried those hidden in cellar holes and old home sites can still be underneath the ground or objects that make them hard to find. Metal detectors can be a great help in these types of situations too.
  • Helping You Respect Your Surroundings – While you’re out its very important to always be respectful of your surroundings. Instead of disrupting ground coverings unnecessarily, you can use your metal detector while you’re hunting for treasure and find the treasure cache without even having to move a thing.
  • Making Geocaching in the Snow Possible – Geocachers who live in regions that get snow during parts of the year have found that using metal detectors makes finding the buried treasure under the white stuff much easier and allows enthusiasts to continue their hobby when they’d otherwise be sidelined for the season.

Which Type of Metal Detector is Best for Geocaching?

The type of metal detector that’s best to take along with you on your geocaching trips actually depends on several different factors including your level of physical fitness, the terrain you plan to geocache in, your budget, as well as your own personal preferences for features, and models. By considering your individual requirements within these factors it will help you zero in on which type of machine will be best for you and the types of excursions you enjoy. Here are a few of our top choices. The Garrett AT Pro is perfect in and around water. The Bounty Hunter Platinum is a great entry level to middle of the line model metal detectors for Geocaching. Finally, if you just want the best, the XP DEUS is the top of the line model suggested for Geocaching.

Whichever type of metal detector you choose, you can be sure it will help you on your geocaching trips in so many ways. Plus, as you’re wandering around the area, you might find some unexpected buried treasure with your metal detector as well!

Our Guest Author:

Michael Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled 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.

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