I have to admit that I am not the most social person on the planet. I am not one to walk up and start a dialogue, particularly with strangers. But, usually it is not a lengthy conversation. When I am walking around the’big city,’ I am going somewhere to do something, and’sitting around on a park bench chatting with the locals’ isn’t my thing. Nor do I stand out in a crowd… besides my elevation. I do not dress to be seen. I don’t behave to get noticed. I do not intentionally draw attention to myself. It is not that I have anything against being observable.
Lots of this comes out in me when I am working’in the area.’ When I am focusing on my actions, I don’t wish to be approached, especially if I am wearing headphones (listening to the nearly imperceptible changes in tone of my metal detector) or working around or under water to get gold. I am not paranoid, but in my experience, not everybody is friendly and with good intentions. I am leery of people I do not know who approach me in the middle of nowhere, particularly if I am searching for or digging up valuables and some stranger walks up needing to know what I am doing. It’s not that I am trying to conceal either. If I were, I would enter complete”stealth mode” (A whole other subject).
I can’t tell you how often I go out in the woods only to find streams of people walking the paths dressed like they were hoping to be seen from space. Now, I am not saying there is anything wrong in wearing neon colours, if that’s your thing. If communicating [some sort of] a style statement a part of your pleasure in getting out to the wilderness, by all means do it. As a treasure hunter, doing this has some inherent dangers… particularly if you’re successful or perceived to be prosperous in your hunt.
While I look for clothes and gear for my treasure hunting (in all its forms) actions, I have a few basic criteria. First, it has to be functional for what is needed. I decide to blend in. Camouflage is terrific. I have a good deal of camouflage”stuff.” But, camo isn’t mandatory. Dark orange (like a fall”burnt orange”) – OK. If I’m going to wear it, take it, or use it, I need it to NOT draw attention… to me or it.
Among the easiest items to spot is a glowing non-natural shade against a naturally coloured backdrop. Fortunately, there’s a large choice of excellent quality clothes and equipment that producers make in earth-tones… many of which also come in vivid colors (should you decide to do so). Fleece for warmth, Gortex for rain evidence, 400 Denier nylon for durability. All of these come in”subdued” colours. There are different technologies for contemporary fabrics besides those three, many of which are great. However, whatever it is, I select’subdued.”
Now for a single bit of contrary advice. Always… and I mean always… take something which is blaze orange, signal red, or “very bright.” Why? If you become lost. If you’re marking a location for rescue or aircraft parties, you will need to have something they can easily place. Keep it handy in the bottom of your rucksack, or take a cut down version on your cargo pocket or a pouch in your canteen belt/knapsack. However, carry one.
The principal intent of getting out’from the woods” while treasure hunting is to have a excellent time. If part of the’good time’ is bringing people so that you can socialize and do some public education while working, by all means”Dress for Success.” If, however, you’d rather not have audiences around watching you discover, dig, sluice, and discover jewelry, coins, and gold, I urge my type of”Dressing for Success” So, here’s to seeing you (or not) outside on the following treasure hunting adventure!