You might be wondering why people collect rocks. Or maybe you are wondering why should you collect rocks? Why rocks?
First of all, it’s easy to become a rock hound. What is a rock hound? They are an amateur collector of rocks and minerals. To become one, just pick up a rock and add it to a collection! Done it? You’re now a rock hound!
What’s so fun about collecting rock? Have you collected insects before? Have you collected cards before? Have you played Pokémon before? How does it feel to collect those cards? Those pocket monsters? Those insects? Or Toys? It’s basically the same with rocks.
However, with rocks, you get to experience nature, especially if you are hunting for it in the wild. You will be able to see magnificent rock formations and excavation sites. Remember, it’s illegal to collect rocks in state parks, national parks, and national monuments. If you want to collect rocks from your neighbor or from excavation sites, you’ll have to ask for permission first.
Calypso Uranium offers most of the gears needed by a rockhound. If you are a total beginner, you can get our starter set which consists of a backpack, rock pick, shovel, chisel, gloves, and magnifying glass. Contact us for more details.
Let’s have a detailed look at the necessary tools of a rockhounder.
- Rock Pick. Of course, you can only get rocks if you have a rock pick! This is your most important tool as it will help you take out rocks from the ground, pick crystals, break gemstones, etc. You can even use it to help you climb up or down.
- Shovel. Digging is important in rock hunting. It will also allow you to recover gems and artifacts.
- Chisel. Helps you pick out crystals without breaking them.
- Gloves. Keeps your hands clean and helps protect it from getting wounded.
- Spray bottle with water and a cleaning cloth or rag. You don’t want to carry tons of rocks with you that you will eventually find out that you wouldn’t want to keep. Having a spray bottle with water and cleaning rag allows you to clean up rocks a little bit so that you can immediately see if its something you’d want in your collection or not.
- Containers. You can use old socks, egg cartons, towels, bottles, etc. to store the rocks you’re collecting. If you need something more elegant and if you are to go on a specialized rock hunting, then consider getting specimen cases. We have specimen cases here at Calypso Uranium.
- Maps. Helps you find your way.
- Books. There are books that include maps to sites as well as information about what areas specific rocks and minerals can be found.
If you need more information about gears, don’t hesitate to contact us!