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  1. 6 points
    #1 Rule -- ADVERTISING IS NOT ALLOWED IN THIS FORUM and you will be BANNED ON YOUR FIRST OFFENSE. I don't think we can make this any clearer -- this is not the place to post advertisements. Welcome to our forum! We had a few glitches, but we seem to have most of the bugs worked out. Our goal is to provide a place for miners and prospectors of all skill levels to exchange information. Of course, we hope you will also discover that our monthly publication, ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal, is the other important piece of this information puzzle you can't live without. As most of you know, we have been serving the mining industry for a long time -- since 1931. It takes a long time to build a reputation for honesty and integrity, and we are seeking your help to remain an industry leader. We have an opportunity here with this forum to have some great exchanges of information. We have moderators, but it is impossible for them to monitor every message. We need your help to keep each forum on topic and to avoid posting derogatory or objectionable material. Off-topic posts will be deleted. Currently, your moderators are: Chris Ralph, Associate Editor, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal Chris has been writing for us since 2004, and he took on the role of Associate Editor in 2008. He has experience in small and large scale mining, in both surface and underground operations. Chris has a degree in Mining Engineering from Nevada's Mackay School of Mines. He is an individual prospector who has been prospecting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska for many years, and recently made his first venture into Australia in search of gold. Chris contributes several articles each month, including our "Ask The Experts" column. (View the list of articles Chris has written for the Journal.) He is based in Reno, Nevada. Scott Harn, Editor/Publisher, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal Scott is a third-generation Editor/Publisher for the Journal, following his father and grandfather. He took over as Editor/Publisher in 1999, though he has been involved with the Journal since the mid-1970s. Scott is a small-scale miner/dredger who has prospected in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana. He authors an article or two each month for the Journal, including the "Legislative and Regulatory Update" column. (View the list of articles Scott has written for the Journal.) Scott is based in Aptos, California. Steve Herschbach, Senior Writer Steve has been prospecting, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting for gold since the early 70s. He eventually acquired a large placer and hardrock property at Moore Creek, Alaska and has claims at other locations in the state. Lately his prospecting ventures have expanded to Nevada, California, the UK and Australia. His interests have expanded to include gold, copper, silver, platinum, and even meteorites. Steve co-founded a dealership in 1976 that became one of the largest multi-line suppliers of prospecting and metal detecting equipment in the country. He is a respected writer and teacher, and has authored several articles for the Journal. (View a list of articles Steve has written for the Journal.) Steve is based in Alaska. Dick Hammond (aka: chickenminer) Dick has been a year-round resident of the remote little town of Chicken, Alaska for over 40 years. His entry into mining started as a youngster pulling rocks down a sluicebox for his grandfather, a start that just naturally turned into a career as a commercial placer miner in Alaska's historic Fortymile Mining District. He has fabricated much of his own mining equipment including trommels and shaker plants. His interests are varied, including winter prospecting, rockhounding, lapidary and just about all aspects of the placer industry. 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  2. 4 points
    Guest

    Last Summer in Alaska

    Steve, I'm pursuing the drifting method for two reasons. I can't financially afford any other way to mine...at this point. But I'm also a guy stuck in the past. I have nothing but reverence and awe for the old miners and their ways of getting to the gold or whatever else they were mining. I'm also about adventure. I'm a dreamer and an eternal optimist who believes I can recreate the old ways..with a little help from modern technology...and be successful in my endeavors. The day I quit dreaming and pushing the edge is the day God can take me home.
  3. 3 points
    flintgreasewood

    How It All Got Started

    We got permission to park the Airstream in an outlying lot of a nearby truck stop which was roughly 2 miles from where we could access the claims. The monsoon season was full on but the rain had let up briefly while we off loaded the 4 wheeler and the rest of the gear we would need work down at the old mine site. Earlier in the summer I was able to brush out an overgrown trail that ran down a long ridge and then plunged precipitously to the valley floor. The trommel along with the rest of our tools, camping equipment, pump and hoses fit nicely in a large sled I had built to haul stuff down to the mine and the Polaris had no trouble towing the load. We set up two tents, one for tools and equipment and the other to cook and sleep in. I wanted to let Alethea work the trommel and recover our first gold, so we got busy uncovering the unwashed pay gravel at the base of the gin pole. As Alethea fed the trommel, I made adjustments to the spray into both the hopper and inside the barrel. With very little tweeking I had our Eureka Gold Thief running just as I had hoped it would. Now, would it catch gold and was there any gold in the gin pole gravel? It was not easy hand shoveling the cobbles and packed gravel even after going at it with my pick mattock, and after about a half hour we couldn't stand the anticipation, so we shut off the pump and engine to do a clean up. There was a good amount of heavies in front of the riffles and a lot in the miners moss. Into the 5 gal. bucket it all went and then into my pan. A couple minutes later there was a nice line of colors in the crease. Jubilation! I left Alethea with the gold washing while I plowed into the task of cleaning out all the debris collapsed in the 6' x 6' shaft. Down a couple of feet revealed cribbing logs in various stages of decay and some were partially locked in ice. I had read about shafts being sealed off with a plug of logs, moss, and snow and I was hopeful that is what I was encountering. Rain, rain, rain! Usually light, it was more annoying than inhibiting and our rain suits kept us dry while working.; Alethea divided her time between running the trommel and making the campsite more "homey" as women are inclined to do, especially keeping a fire going for warmth and cooking. I was so into my shaft reclamation I had to be pried away to take a lunch break. Every now and then I got sidetracked digging about in the steam shack. I was utterly fascinated with the old boiler, engine and hoist and as with the shaft I was determined to free them from their prison of ice, mud and rotted logs. At that time and still now I have the dream of rebuilding the old steam works and using them to once again to bring buckets of gold bearing gravels from 60' below to the surface to be dumped beneath the gin pole. The boiler is too far gone to use safely, but the engine and hoist need only a few minor repairs, a good greasing and they'll be good to go. Every evening we hopped onto the 4 wheeler and made our way back up the trail to the road where the Jimmy was waiting to take us back to the trailer for the night...the night with almost no darkness. We were tired enough that that didn't pose much of a problem. But the rain, the rain lulled us to sleep but it made leaving the warmth of the trailer each morning just a little difficult. Hardy Alaskan miners just suck it up and go to it...so that's just what we did for 8 days. Then it was time to leave for Nome. Les and the rest of the Nome crew met at the airport, boarded a 16 passenger turbo prop aircraft and a few hours later we were looking out over Nome harbor at a choppy gray ocean. Before leaving for the remote mine camp, groceries had to be purchased, arrangements made for a loader and dozer to be hauled and a short tour around the fascinating and historic mining town taken. About as quickly as we had arrived, we were out of sight of Nome and on our way to our destination 80 miles to the north. We had been forewarned that the camp was primitive, but on first sight "primitive" was a gross understatement. The eight small shacks stood out starkly against the barren rolling tundra. Three of the 6' x 10' buildings were sleeping quarters as was a larger structure on a hill above the camp. There was a cozy kitchen/dining shack, a storage building that doubled as a propane fired shower facility, and a parts shed. Rounding out the compound was the privy which had no door. The three women in the party quickly saw to it that one was made and installed. The last time the mine was in operation was in the '30's and it was a combination of drift mine and open cut. None of the drifts were still visible as the adits were long ago collapsed. The open cut was evidenced by the rusted remains of a Sauerman bucket winch deck operated by an ancient gas engine. On another ridge were four dilapidated frame buildings that had been part of the original camp but were too far gone to use in the new operation. One of the main jobs we had was to remove any usable items from the buildings on the ridge and the grounds around them and then burn them down. It was a choice location and the new camp would eventually be relocated there. That never happened. Another job given to me was to set up a potable water supply for the camp making use of the pristine Quartz Creek. I also helped Alethea with the cooking every now and then. One of the guys started ripping and pushing frozen muck so as to get to the pay gravel beneath. The five mile long mine road off the main gravel road was in bad need of smoothing out and widening and I had the opportunity to learn to operate the large front end loader in performing that task. I must add that once I did get the loader stuck in a particularly boggy section and the dozer had to be brought out to extricate it. It wasn't all work out in the wilds of the Seward Peninsula. We had some time to explore other nearby mining ruins, pick blueberries, wash gold with a small Gold Fields vibrating washer, photograph Musk Oxen and swat hoards of mosquitoes. One Sunday afternoon I even did a 10 mile run out to the Kugaroc River and back. Yet our time in the Nome area was cut short by an unexpected cut off of funding for the operation. As difficult as were the circumstances and living conditions at the remote camp, we were sad to have to leave so soon. The tundra had a mystical beauty and serenity that we had never experienced anywhere else in our lives and we're convinced we will return some day. Stay tuned for more.
  4. 3 points
    We are blessed that Chris, Steve, and Dick are helping out as moderators! Chris Ralph, Associate Editor, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal Chris has been writing for us since 2004, and he took on the role of Associate Editor in 2008. He has experience in small and large scale mining, in both surface and underground operations. Chris has a degree in Mining Engineering from Nevada's Mackay School of Mines. He is an individual prospector who has been prospecting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska for many years, and recently made his first venture into Australia in search of gold. Chris contributes several articles each month, including our "Ask The Experts" column. (View the list of articles Chris has written for the Journal.) He is based in Reno, Nevada. Steve Herschbach, Contributing Writer Steve has been prospecting, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting for gold since the early 70s. He eventually acquired a large placer and hardrock property at Moore Creek, Alaska and has claims at other locations in the state. Lately his prospecting ventures have expanded to Nevada, California, the UK and Australia. His interests have expanded to include gold, copper, silver, platinum, and even meteorites. Steve co-founded a dealership in 1976 that became one of the largest multi-line suppliers of prospecting and metal detecting equipment in the country. He is a respected writer and teacher, and has authored several articles for the Journal. (View a list of articles Steve has written for the Journal.) Steve is based in Alaska. Scott Harn, Editor/Publisher, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal Scott is a third-generation Editor/Publisher for the Journal, following his father and grandfather. He took over as Editor/Publisher in 1999, though he has been involved with the Journal since the mid-1970s. Scott is a small-scale miner/dredger who has prospected in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana. He authors an article or two each month for the Journal, including the "Legislative and Regulatory Update" column. (View the list of articles Scott has written for the Journal.) Scott is based in Aptos, California. Dick Hammond (aka: chickenminer) Dick has been a year-round resident of the remote little town of Chicken, Alaska for over 40 years. His entry into mining started as a youngster pulling rocks down a sluicebox for his grandfather, a start that just naturally turned into a career as a commercial placer miner in Alaska's historic Fortymile Mining District. He has fabricated much of his own mining equipment including trommels and shaker plants. His interests are varied, including winter prospecting, rockhounding, lapidary and just about all aspects of the placer industry.
  5. 3 points
    "I think that only 5% of the people who go for gold can make a living isnt because of the lack of gold, but because of the lack of determination and hard work that it takes to get it." Try less than 1%
  6. 3 points
    Clay

    Epa Shuts Down Idaho Rivers To Dredgers

    This is all nonsense from the EPA. I'll go into more detail later but here are a few points to consider: 1. The EPA is not in charge of permitting dredging on navigable waters of the United States, the Army Corps of Engineers is. The EPA just got spanked by the Supreme Court for interfering with the Army on their duty to administer dredge and fill. The EPA tried to void an existing permit from the Army the court told them to F* OFF. The Courts will not be pleased to hear about the EPA continuing to push their nose in their bosses business. 2. Dredge permits are for taking material from wetlands and placing it elsewhere. Gold "dredging does not "displace" material according to several recent court decisions. 3. The NPDES permit system is for permitting "point source pollution" from outside the waterway. In-water gold dredging is neither "pollution" under the law nor is it a "point source". It seems the EPA has determined that gold dredgers in Idaho are an easy mark. Despite many court cases over the last 14 years, including several Supreme Court decisions, telling the EPA they just don't have that legal power they continue to pick on the little guy in hopes of finding some way to do what Congress and the courts have told them they can't do.
  7. 2 points
    A few years ago, some guy who knew only a little about placer mining for gold convinced a TV production crew to create a new reality TV series about mining for gold in the frozen north of Alaska. It was successful beyond the expectations of most folks and as television people often do, if something is successful, it is copied and done over and over until it is beat to death. Imitation really is the most sincere form of flattery, and in Television land new, good ideas are scarcer than hen's teeth (and everyone wants to do reality shows because they are popular and low cost to make). The success of this show was not all that surprising to me - gold mining is interesting and the long running Gold Fever show on the Outdoor channel, though not a reality show and made on a pretty low budget, has always been one of their top rated shows. So after that success, the cable channels can't get enough of small scale mining and we now have, in addition to the original gold rush reality show which has expanded to cover multiple crews: a show depicting dredgers in Nome filled with personal drama and frustration; a show about miners seeking gold in a haunted gold mine and a show about families mining for gold. We also have a couple related shows about people seeking gold and treasure with metal detectors. New mining shows now on TV or about to be shortly running include a show about folks mining crystals and mineral specimens in Colorado on the Weather Channel, and one which will show miners working in Greenland on the Animal Planet Channel (yes, gold is now an animal, or maybe small scale gold miners are an endangered species - it could be either). If you think with all of these shows that we have finally reached the end of the line with the mining based reality shows, you are sadly mistaken. I have been contacted by a couple reality TV show production companies and they are looking for people to help them create even more new TV reality dramas based around mining. Several prospectors I know have also been similarly contacted. In case you are contacted, they are looking for over the top, larger than life type individuals that create drama simply by their nature - think of someone who would fit in well as a professional wrestler (and in fact one of the metal detecting shows is based around an ex-wrestler). I am now convinced that every cable TV channel needs at least one mining based reality series to make it profitable (probably several for most) and in order to do that every prospector in the western US will soon be getting his or her own show. I think we should all get prepared for our inevitable starring roles. I have been coming up with ideas for the episodes of my show. Since I will be coming into the game late, I will need to be staging outrageous "jumping the shark" gimmicks from the opening credits of the pilot episode (for those not familiar with the TV term "jumping the shark", check for the meaning on Google). For my own show, I figure in episode one I could wrestle a grizzly bear who has established his den in an old gold mine that I want to enter with nothing more than my bare hands. In episode two, I could capture a shark that might have swallowed some gold bars on the ocean floor and then rip its guts open with a chain saw on camera while the shark tries to bite me. Then for episode 3, I would travel to Afghanistan and fight off the Taliban with an AK47 in one hand while using a metal detector to find gold nuggets with the other. In episode 4, I would travel to Peru to enter some booby trapped ancient Inca gold mine that has poison darts that shoot out of the wall, arrays of bamboo spears that also come out of the wall, loads of tarantulas and giant spherical boulders that roll down and seal you in the mine if you are not careful. In episode 5 I could help a British MI6 agent who likes his martinis shaken, not stirred to save the world by foiling the plot of a gold smuggling evil genius who wants to attack Fort Knox and capture its gold. I think I have this reality TV thing down and figure the above is a good start, but I need more ideas. If you guys could help me by suggesting ideas for episodes or even just ideas for shows overall. I'd also be interested in your thoughts about the phenomena of all these mining based reality TV shows.
  8. 2 points
    Reno Chris

    5 Days Of Dry Washing

    Here is a photo of the little patch - the dirt in front of Steve - just to show how small an area it was. It did stretch uphill a ways behind Steve, but it was small.
  9. 2 points
    Reno Chris

    Amalgamation

    If you are getting good gold on a second run, then 12 mesh is probably too coarse. To get the most out of the blue bowl, you need to separate by screenings the material to be treated into multiple finer size fractions. I've used mine much and if you have too broad a size mixture you will not get good recovery. I can tell you the maker recommends processing a minus 30 mesh fraction. It seems like minus 12 is not enough size fractions. This is because if you screen to 12 mesh, the flow needed to push 12 mesh black sand and rock will also blow the -30 mesh finer sized gold right out. The water speed is everything. So you have to separate out the finer material and then process it separately with slower water speeds. What you need to do depends on the amount of real fine gold you have. If you have a lot of real fine gold, like 50 mesh and smaller, You need to produce multiple fractions. So in that case I would produce a minus 12, a minus 30 and a minus 50. Then process them separately. The water speed needs to be not too fast - it is the separating force of the flowing water that separates the gold (high density) from black and blonde sands (lower density). Smaller fractions can be processed at slower speeds. If for some reason you don't have a lot of minus 50 gold you may be able to get away with two products, a minus 12 and a minus 30 (and still do them separately with appropriate water speeds. ) My experience is that when you do this properly, you should find the tailings from proper treatment with the blue bowl to be nearly barren.
  10. 2 points
    Geowizard

    Buried Treasure!

    One important clue is knowing where to look for the maps! - Geowizard
  11. 2 points
    Eric N

    Bears On My Claim

    "Do others beside me consider you insane?" No, no I don't. Bears are opportunistic omnivores. I've lived, worked and played in bear country all my life (60+ years). The only bears that really scare me are unattended cubs. Let them know your in the area and they will avoid you just as you want to avoid them. Keep your food and cooking area some distance from your camp and work site. Don't camp next to trails. Practice situational awareness. "You know a grizzly will kill you right? There's not enough gold on your claim to warrant the risk. So, I wonder what you're thinking." Stargatetraveler faces a greater risk on the highway traveling to and from his claim. "Fear is the mind killer." Frank Herbert, "Dune" It would appear at least one person fears adventure. Packaged tours are just mobile museums. Did you sample his claim to determine the profit/risk profile? How much would be enough gold? What were you thinking posting such a snarky comment? eric
  12. 2 points
    Thanks for the compliment Geowizard. From your website (and Alaska Mapper), I can see you are a very busy person. I don't know where you find the time to write so much, but it speaks volumes of your good character (so that others can enjoy and maybe even learn). Your posts on the mine at Ophir are very interesting and provoke much thought (and spreadsheet analysis )! Keep the rocks moving and hope you find another Nugget Patch, Mike
  13. 2 points
    flintgreasewood

    How It All Got Started

    It's Sunday morning and the snow outside my window high in the Colorado Rockies keeps getting deeper and deeper. I feel in the mood to reminisce on my Alaska prospecting experience, maybe the next best thing to actually being up there. In 2005, after reading Norma Cobb's book "Arctic Homestead", I knew I had to get to Alaska somehow. I was already into dredging here in Colorado but I wanted more excitement and better gold, so I commenced doing my research on the last real frontier. A good start came in my joining the Alaska Gold Forum and I absorbed just about everything I read. That lead me to the Alaska Resource Data Files [ARDF] where I homed in on specific areas of interest. Since the Cobb adventures took place in the Eureka/Manley Hot Springs area, that became my focal point. It wasn't long before I was becoming conversant in Alaska geography, geology, and culture even if it was from my home 3000 miles distant. By the end of the summer of 2005 I could stand the anticipation no longer. I suggested to my wife, Alethea, that we take advantage of some low plane fares and take a quick, week trip up to Alaska to see some of the things we had been reading about. I need to mention here that Alethea had read Norma's book first and had been reading other books on Alaska pioneers and remote living in the wild north country. It had been her long held desire to live a homesteading life, so it didn't take any arm twisting to convince her to make the trip to see the land she', too, had been dreaming about for many years. Bill Bohan was my first real contact with Alaska and more specifically with the Fairbanks region. We had corresponded and made arrangements to get together once we got up there. I had been fascinated with his tales of air boating to his claims on Ottertail Creek in the upper Chena drainage. So, fittingly, it was a wild ride on that airboat and a day of working Bill's 10" dredge that comprised my first true Alaska adventure. And I even returned with some gold to boot. During that rainy, cold week with the birches turning gold beneath the ever present low hanging clouds, we ventured out the Elliot highway to Eureka to find Lost Creek Ranch, the Cobb's homestead. To seasoned Alaskans driving 80 miles on a gravel road with almost no signs of civilization is no big deal. Yet for two chechakos from Colorado, it was akin to leaving Earth to visit the moon. We never found the homestead...drove right past it and dead ended on the Rampart Road where Granite Creek passes under an inconguous state-of-the-art concrete bridge. We knew, however, that we were in the vicinity of Lost Creek and that alone fed our spirits. We would be back. Over the winter, back in the lower 48, we began formulating plans to return to Alaska for the summer. I had purchased an older 32' Airstream travel trailer and a fine '93 Dodge 1 ton, diesel, 4wd, dual wheeled flatbed truck to make the trip. In between my full time work as a furniture restorer I built a 7' x 10' box on the flat bed. But it was no ordinary box. It could be completely disassembled into panels that could be loaded on a trailer an hauled into the bush. It had a roll up corrugated steel door big enough to accommodate a 4 wheeler, a man door and an extendable top that could be raised to have a wrap around window on three sides that was insect, weather and bear [maybe]proof. And to do the transporting into the bush I had to have a 4 wheeler. I found an almost new 2004 Polaris 400 that had been rolled and severely damaged that I picked up for $1500. It was mostly frame parts that needed replacing or straightening and armed with a good repair manual I was up for the task of rebuilding the machine. It took me about 5 months and $1100 in parts to complete the job but by spring I was bouncing around our property learning how to handle the amazing beast. Most importantly, my evenings were spent in serious research to find likely places to prospect. My search included territory from the junction of the Tanana and Yukon rivers eastward to the White Mountains. Serpentine Ridge and the Tofty area above Manley was high priority as were the drainages around Eureka. I didn't spend much time investigating the immediate Fairbanks area as I had been told that there was really no decent claimable ground to be staked. I became very proficient at using the DNR's and recorder's office online files and by July I had a couple of notebooks filled with maps, creek and bench geology, regulations and prospecting and mining information. We left Colorado in early July, the big red Dodge towing the Airstream with the 4 wheeler trailer behind it. Bringing up the rear was Alethea driving our old GMC "Jimmy" with a 17' aluminum canoe on top. Quite the train, and illegal too, which we weren't aware of till we were far up into BC. It was a marvelous trip but not without its mishaps. Most notable took place as we were nearing Dease Lake, B.C.. Doing about 55 mph down a long hill I felt a jolt with an accompanying loud scraping noise. Somehow the Airstream had become disconnected. Fortunately, and in large part due to having dual wheels, I was able to bring the truck and trailers to a stop thanks to the safety chains keeping the two vehicles joined. Turns out I had forgotten to change out trailer balls before we left Colorado. With a bit of rough road the 2" ATV trailer ball I had been using before the trip was not sufficient for the 2 3/8" Airstream hitch. A passing motorist stopped and happened to have the proper sized ball in his tool box which he kindly gave us. With the right ball and some wood blocks we got the trailer rehitched and we were on our way, a bit rattled but no worse for the wear except for 6" of trailer jack ground off. Upon arriving in Fairbanks we spent a few days at the Tanana Valley Campground before resuming our journey back out to Eureka. By now we had determined where exactly was Lost Creek Ranch and our first Alaska bush campsite was a wide spot in the Minook Creek valley/ Rampart road. A few miles before we reached that destination we stopped to chat with the occupants of a pickup headed the opposite direction hoping to get more information. The driver happened to be one of the main characters in Norma Cobb's book, life long miner John Shilling. He was cordial but reserved, probably suspecting we were just another couple of "end of the roaders" not likely to be seen again. The most valuable piece of advice came from another valley resident. Mark Exeter, another miner with whom I had corresponded, forwarned us that if we camped anywhere near Lost Creek Ranch Les Cobb would inevitably pay us a visit to determine who was poking around his territory. It would be in our best interest to have a bottle of Jack Daniels to share with him when he showed up. We didn't have anything to grease the wheels, so to speak, but did pick up a pint the next time we were in Fairbanks. Well, just as Mark had warned, it wasn't long befor Les pulled up in his pickup to find out what we were up to. We invited him in and offered him a drink, which, of course, he accepted. He was nothing like the person we had read about in Arctic Homestead. Instead of the brash, wild eyed, woodsman/miner/big game guide, this Alaskan, now in his 50's, was uncharacteristically mellow and welcoming. The relief and elation Alethea and I both felt at being accepted by the "patriarch" of the Minook Valley was immeasurable. To be continued
  14. 2 points
    Steve Herschbach

    Nice Nevada Gold Specimen

    Here is a closeup of a 1.7 gram specimen I found recently near Winnemucca, NV with my White's GMT. This and a few other pieces are my first Nevada gold! The GMT is excellent on gold like this that PI detectors have a hard time seeing.
  15. 2 points
    artic gold

    $1000 Gold Within A Year?

    Perhaps a larger issues to consider on the future price of gold will be how much faster the Federal Gov. expands Socialism. What we considered normal trade with a Capitalist basis has now been transform in a Communist like Gov. controlled shell game. Our Gov. pour huge amounts of liquidity into any sector it see fit and for whatever reason it chooses. They could crash gold or make it go out of sight with just a flick of a button. GS and the FEDS all feed at the same place, your earnings. The system we have controlling our financial future has clearly established the new rules,, If you produce anything with labor or goods you will be punished and the more labor or goods you produce the more you will be punished with progressive taxes. AND If you choose to fail they will reward you. The more you fail the more they will reward you with someone else's labor and goods. Maybe a few ups and downs for gold but for me I can't wait to trade some more Federal RES. Notes for gold.
  16. 2 points
    JR BOI

    Headed To A Diferrent Country?

    Nice Job Rod, let's get you up to Idaho next year to do a little dredging.......I've seen a few dredges on the Salmon River but I think the EPA has most of us worried about getting cited......Should be out dredging this weekend since the government is shut down and therefore no EPA Nazis on the river.....
  17. 2 points
    Rod Seiad

    Headed To A Diferrent Country?

    "and your young again,even for a second,is worth 100 hours a work to me-addict yes and proud of it-John" Totally understand. I'm only 66 and need to get back to dredging for gold. Time's a wastin'. For me CA is over and done. I dredged OR this summer for a total of 15 days, it's over too. My own pride caused me to dredge the Klamath for 11 days in August after CDFW shut everybody down. I suppose I was dareing one of 'em to cite me, never did though. I was stared at and photographed, but I was busy being me and ignored 'em. Sad situation. I'm heading up north, I'm running away from down here.
  18. 2 points
    Well, as my article in the latest Journal relates my dredging plans are off for the summer. One door closes, others open, and I am hot the path of some excellent metal detecting opportunities in Alaska this summer. I am going to have three main targets. First, sniping bedrock with a detector which is going to get gold no matter what, but the average size will be very small. That will basically to make sure the bills get paid. Then I will put in significant amounts of time hunting tailing piles. This is not Ganes Creek or Moore Creek type stuff, which is exceptional in nature, but run of the mill tailings. That means lots of hours, very low odds of hitting gold on any given day. But the hope is a larger nugget will make the time pay off. Then finally something I have never done in Alaska - hunting virgin ground in hopes of finding a patch of gold. Extreme long odds stuff with low probability of a find, which is why I have not done it in Alaska before. I literally did not have the time! Despite the low odds however it is the type of hunting where results could be newsworthy if a find is made. The bedrock detecting will be with high frequency VLFs like the Fisher Gold Bug 2 and White's GMT. I will be doing lots of "scrape and detect" and hitting every tiny bit if gold is more important than depth when doing that. The tailing pile detecting will be with either the Fisher F75 SE or Gold Bug Pro which are good at sorting out ferrous from non-ferrous. Tailings are full of junk. I detect about 12 hours a day so these models have ended up being what I prefer hunting tailings simply due to their light weight. Many other units would do as well but add another pound on my arm, and that is a critical factor for me, having experienced arm strain in the past. If the VLFs prove an area of tailings relatively free of trash, I will switch to my Minelab GPX 5000. The blue-sky prospecting in deep ground will be with the GPX 5000 almost exclusively. Going to be my first real go at it in Alaska for an entire summer with a detector. I will be staying very mobile and may end up all over the state by the end of summer, or parked in one spot if I am doing well. That is one very nice thing about detecting - I can stay very light and very flexible. The entire time, I will be scouting for possibilities for 2014 and beyond. When fall hits I will head for Reno and start my new gig as a Lower 48 prospector. The whole time I will be shooting photos and video and writing articles for the Journal. I will check in here as often as I can throughout the summer.
  19. 2 points
    Gold mining, or for that matter any type of mining, has a built in cost of production. Those costs can be affected by management decisions or by rises in the cost of materials, labor or permitting but by and large those costs are built in by the time actual mining begins. Suppose the market price of gold is $1,500 per troy ounce. Suppose the miner's cost of production for that delivered Troy ounce is $1,300. If the gold market drops to $1,400 then the miner's profits are cut in half. If the market price is reduced to $1,300 the miner is out of business no matter how rich his strike or how much time or money he has invested. When gold prices are rising every dollar of rise in the price is 100% profit for the profitable mine. It looks real good when it's rising but investors get real nervous when it's dropping because they see each dollar lost as coming directly out of their profit. Add in hedging, junior investments and forward sales and it becomes obvious that even the smallest difference in the market price of gold is going to affect mining sentiment directly. Considering each major country has gold reserves as part of their financial makeup and those countries have direct control over the interest rates, quantity of currency in circulation and commodities market regulation (including margins) it becomes clear that the price of gold and the resultant profitability of mining are largely controlled by political policy and considerations in each country with a hand in the pie. In my opinion the market pricing of gold is almost strictly a political matter and has very little, if anything, to do with actual supply and demand by consumers and users. Betting on anything other than the general price trend for a political commodity is delusional in my experience. There is no "free market" in gold unless you consider a local market among gold producers and users. As anyone who trades in physical gold knows the COMEX paper market does not represent the market for physical gold in hand. Two different animals.
  20. 2 points
    Geowizard

    Ophir Placer Gold Mine - An Example

    Additional images from late 2013: - Geowizard
  21. 2 points
    Here's a link to an image of the highbank stratification: - Geowizard
  22. 2 points
    Oxford is offering you 65% only because they don't know your assay. You might be better off just paying to have the assay done this time, then in the future you and they will know. You can try all the jewelers around town for the coarse gold. I use to sell all my +10 mesh that way. Unique, specimen gold can command much higher price, but you have to be willing to market it !
  23. 2 points
    Guest

    Latest From Cobb Prospect

    Thanks, Joe I'm a real fan of early miners and are fascinated by their equipment, methods and skills, so it's fun to emulate them and keep the mining simple [with a few modern conveniences]. Almost daily I am blown away by the tenacity, work ethic and vision of those guys who went after the gold a hundred years ago. I couldn't stand with them in their ranks but I am honored to be considered of like spirit. Today we passed the 50' mark and still no bottom in sight. When I get weary of jack hammering ice and frozen muck in my cramped little shaft and hoisting bucket after bucket I just think of the guys before me who put down that shaft in the winter using fires to thaw the overburden and ultimately the gravel. My partner just discovered another prospect shaft about 200 yards from where Cobb shaft. First pan from its dump pile was barren but we'll be checking it out more thoroughly later in the summer. And equipment nightmares continue with the loss of my trash pump engine. Fortunately I have another engine that's just waiting for a chance to do some work.
  24. 2 points
    I find it odd that gold nugget detectors are selling at absurd levels the last few years, yet there seems to be little interest in catering to the gold nugget market specifically on the part of the manufacturers. Most detector manufacturers hedge their bets by producing multipurpose detectors, and the few dedicated units undergo little change if any over time. Fisher - I have all but given up on there being a Gold Bug 3. The Gold Bug Pro seems to be the designated successor, and no apparent interest on Fishers part on producing a more compact GB3 or better yet a version with selectable frequencies. And as of yet no PI entry at all. Garrett - The Stinger inexplicably still lives but I do applaud Garrett releasing a capable successor, the AT Gold. Some nice out-of-box thinking on the AT units. The Infinium has always suffered by being a hybrid - be nice to see a dedicated prospecting PI with a better coil selection. The waterproof case adds unneeded weight and expense plus touchy coil and headphone connections. Minelab - I guess I have to forgive Minelab on the PI units as the only competition they have is themselves and they have done a great job taking the PI tech to the max. What the GPX mainly needs now is a physical makeover. But the Eureka is overdue for retirement and good as the X-Terra 705 is I think Minelab could do much better with a new dedicated VLF nugget detector if they tried. Tesoro - How long can they milk the Lobo? Add manual ground balance or at least a GB "Lock" for the automatic ground tracking. Reintroduce the uMax Diablo with iron disc added. White's - Please put the GMT in a box made for prospecting, not coin detecting. And lose the 1980 coils.
  25. 2 points
    I will never say there are not newer and better options - maybe there are. But if in doubt, use the Clarkson recommendations and you can't go too far wrong. It is solid information, and was considered so important by the State of Alaska in improving gold recovery (and therefore taxes) that all operators in the state were sent a copy.
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