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  2. Smithsgold

    Crevicing for Gold

    Crevicing for Gold Watch as Jeff and Gary ( Two Toes ) head to the Hills in search of Gold !!! On this adventure they will be Crevicing the Bedrock cracks in search of Hidden Gold !!!! Thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed the video, Jeff
  3. I recently saw a video on Liberty, Wa gold by Nick Zentner.His explanation was geothermal gold intersected calcite at a shale boundary and that's where the gold precipitated out. I was wondering if the makeup of the solution that had the gold is known or if it might be something like natural aqua regia, where the calcite and shale(iron) could have dropped the gold out or was there something else in play. Just curious because some of the gold is embedded in calcite.
  4. Red lake miner

    Retired. ..buy stocks for something to do, LOL

    I won't mention the stocks I like since I talk about them on different forums. ..it can get exhaustive. Yes, I do like penny stocks. Try watching a couple stocks...you might like it too!
  5. Smithsgold

    Mystery Creek Gold

    I forgot to add this spot is below the snow line so I'll be returning this winter to look for More Gold !!!!
  6. I've been watching and buying a few stocks and reading a couple hours a day. I really enjoy it. The money I spend I won't miss if the stocks collapse. I will put a stop/loss in to keep from losing too much money. I know there are scams out there. I buy my stock through a reputable bank at 6.95 a trade . So far I've made an average of 20 %. I've spent hundreds of hours on the computer reading about mines to invest in.?. I realize that one in a thousand exploration companies ever become a mine... I'm looking for the monthly 10 % gains are ok with me. Anyone else do this as a hobby ?
  7. Smithsgold

    Mystery Creek Gold

    Mystery Creek Gold Join Jeff as he goes on a hike to a small Creek to check and see if there's any Gold in it !!! Mystery Creek Gold Thanks for watching, Jeff
  8. I need some advice - I am going to batch leach some milled ore samples and plan on using AC to capture the values. Instead of stripping the AC I was wondering if it can be smelted, maybe with a bit of litharge as a collector and some borax to slag off contaminants. I understand the carbon can be “ashed” in an electric muffle furnace at 650 celsius for 6-8 hours (I don’t have a muffle furnace) and thinking a gas furnace or torch (which I do have) might create too much wind and either volatilize the microscopic gold particles and/or blow the particles and ash out of the pan - hence the smelting question. I’m talking about a handful of AC per batch.
  9. https://www.blm.gov/press-release/public-land-mining-claim-fees-and-waivers-are-due-september-4
  10. Smithsgold

    High Sierra Gold

    High Sierra Gold Join Jeff and Mike as they look for Gold and Treasure in the High Sierra's , Watch as Jeff finds a .45 Gram nugget. High Sierra Gold Hope you enjoy the video, Jeff
  11. Smithsgold

    Gold on the Feather

    Gold on the Feather Watch as Jeff takes you on a short panning trip on the Feather River in Northern California in search of Gold !!! Gold on the Feather
  12. Trail riding & Bedrock Busting for Gold Take a trip with Jeff and Mike as they go on a trail ride up in the Sierra's to look for some Gold trapped in Bedrock . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNI4hF0yOMk
  13. JR BOI

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    Thanks for the update, glad to hear you are making progress. Let us know when you get into the pay, I hope all your hard work pays off for you! JR
  14. flintgreasewood

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    It's almost summer, though it still doesn't feel like it. I prepared well for spring run off by removing snow from all around the shaft area, tons and tons of snow and all by hand. It was good to get my body ready for mucking pay. I've had reasonable success thawing gravel with my heat rods and I'm getting more efficient with the drilling apparatus. But just when things were clicking along, my generator died on me mid way in a thaw. I tried repairing it but had no immediate success so I decided to have another try at getting my 8K Lister running. I've had the Lister for over a year and never been able to get it started. So I removed the injectors and tubes, checked for good fuel pressure, tightened all connections, adjusted valve lash and made as sure as I could all the air was removed from the system and gave it a crank. It fired up. Yessss. And I had good voltage off the generator. Now the job was to get it down to the shaft. I strung a log chain between two trees on either side of the generator, raised it off the ground with a come along and dropped it into my Otter sled which I then pulled down the hill to the shaft with the wheeler. Since there were no trees there to work with I rigged up a tripod tall enough to do the same hoist procedure out of the sled. The final 20 feet were accomplished with a chain saw winch. I fabbed an outlet junction box from an old generator, mounted it in the hoist shack and ran a power cord from the Lister to the box. All was in place for power down in the shaft. Couldn't get it started again. I had replaced all the filters and found the main fuel filter had a second gasket that was not supposed to be there, so I took that out. Air must have been getting through at that point. Also I discovered the former owner had incorrectly plumbed the water separator. I re bled the system and hooked up a brand new battery. It started and ran just like it came from the factory. Praise God. I now had power. I could get down to the bottom of the shaft and see what headaches were awaiting me from the rain and melting shaft ice that had accumulated over the two weeks I was without power.. It was a mess, but I got my deep well pump running and removed what water had not yet frozen (a considerable amount). Loose ice was shoveled into the hoisting bucket and the remainder I busted up with the jack hammer and hoisted it out. A number of tools were coated with ice and had to be knocked clean and or thawed out up top. Now I can get back to the incomplete thaw I began three or four weeks ago; the rods are still in place. It will take an additional 20 hours to complete, but at least I'm back in business.
  15. Harry Lipke

    Is there really a vein here?

    The old timers did dig there but not to much depth. Maybe 4 or 5 feet. Little "pickers" in their tailings. 4 or 5 grains. I'm thinking they did not go deep enough. Where they did put their adit was in a strange location.... not related to the intersection and no signs of gold in their tailings. They were in bluestone and the area of the intersection has some igneous material.
  16. Reno Chris

    Is there really a vein here?

    I found one a while back that was maybe 300 feet long down the side of a hill and it was surprisingly straight down the hill. Your line of gold may be a pocket in the quartz vein that has eroded out and freed to roll down the hill. Knowing that there is a vein, I'd detect and dig in the vein where your line crosses the vein.
  17. flintgreasewood

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    A series of mud slides seems plausible. That would allow for some settling and deposition of silt/muck layers between events.
  18. Harry Lipke

    Is there really a vein here?

    Chris.... all the quartz was found in a straight line running straight down a 52 % slope for a distance of 500 feet and about 10 feet wide(further than I thought). I will add that at top upper end of this "line" is a gold bearing quartz vein that runs perpendicular. But, I can't imagine something bleeding downhill that far without spreading out. It is a very uniform slope. no swales to keep it together.
  19. Reno Chris

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    OK, how about mudslide or just ground creep over a long period. The net result can be similar to glaciers in that it can stir things up.
  20. Reno Chris

    Is there really a vein here?

    Focus your pick work in line with the quartz from where you found the last piece to maybe 10 feet above that.
  21. flintgreasewood

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    Chris, no glaciers in this area. Also if it had been a glacier all the bones I'm finding mixed in the gravel would be well ground up
  22. Harry Lipke

    Is there really a vein here?

    I would say that the "hardpan" is like a hard compressed clay. Can be broken up with a pick. I suspect that it may be several feet to hard bedrock(probably a "bluestone?") Maybe I'll do a little picking. Thanks.
  23. Reno Chris

    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    Got any ideas? Heavy flood event?? Sounds more like glacial movement. Glaciers stir up everything and result in very spotty gold.
  24. Reno Chris

    Is there really a vein here?

    Likely there is something there, but you have given me so little to go on its real hard to say. If it were me I would dig around above the spot where the upper most piece was found. I dont know exactly what you mean by hard pan - caliche? Hard clay? hard bedrock? If its possible to dig through the "hard pan" I would do so. The upper most piece could be 2 feet below the location of the pocket or 20 feet below it or something in between. Its also possible that all the pocket has spilled out and no more of the quartz in place remains. The density of gold bearing quartz is much less overall than the density of solid gold. So the quartz specimens tend not to sink so far into the soil. They also give a weaker response than solid gold, so you may not be detecting them as deeply.
  25. Robert P Miles

    SB 145

    A big thank you to ICMJ, PLP, and MMAC for proposing SB 145. Even realizing the passage of this bill may take some time, what a proposal ! Bugler
  26. I discovered a piece of quartz with gold while detecting. Further detecting revealed pieces of quartz with gold every 10 or 15 feet for a distance of maybe 300-400 feet. One containing an ounce of gold. All were found in a straight line and not more than maybe 4 to 6 inches deep. This line was running straight downhill. In digging down to try to uncover a vein of quartz, I find a hard pan layer down about a foot. Not the hardrock I was looking for. No signs of quartz. Why are all these pieces more or less lying at the surface? Does gold ever form like this or is there a vein down there somewhere.?
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