Suddenly we’re intrigued by the rise in sophisticated metal detecting equipment hitting the market. Hey, what do we know, maybe this stuff was always this good, but right now it looks like in the right hands these new products can give you the metal, depth and type of ‘target’ under the earth in an instant or two. No more spurious digging. Treasure…ahar!
Searching for valuables buried under the earth and water may seem like ultra-nerd, but don’t forget it can be sensationally lucrative for those who strike it rich. But of course 99% of people don’t make anything. For them it’s just an enjoyable hobby. Or as Slate would say, ‘the world’s worst hobby.’
I suppose we’re fascinated by the geekiness of it all. A lone gunman striding around a deserted field or beach, searching for stuff, any stuff which will make the day worthwhile. And the possibilities for nerdiness abound. The thing bleeps at you, the dial tells you depth, possible metal, all the things you need. In fact all it fails to do is get down and dig for you. Unfortunately.
And like all great hobbies, you can buy absolutely oodles of accessories, ranging from specialist clothing and gloves to larger hoops and better padded straps. Glorious fun! You can buy a cheap beginner’s kit for around $100, but we would personally plump for the top deal, like this Minelab E-Trac, which retails upwards of $1500 with bits and pieces. Now that’s commitment to dirt. Or sand.
Here’s an example of how your day might go with one of these slung over your shoulder.
Riveting isn’t it? You can hang out on forums, moan about claim jumping, and pick up tips about gear, which is all you really need for a fulfilled life, we reckon. So what about it, meet you down the nearest ditch next week? Don’t forget the knee pads.