chickenminer

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  1. Nice job on the trommel. How fast are you turning that drum?
  2. Hi, I've been in a few camps that used the portable fabric structures. They worked very well. When Full Metals had a prospecting camp here they used the WeatherPort structures. I was impressed how well they withstood the winter cold & snow without damage for years. The only problem I saw was it is very easy for bears to rip open a side for access! This happened to their cook structure.
  3. Carter, The State probably will not be too much of a problem. Google earth, Bing satellite, or Flash Earth might help you out. Or just send what summer photo you do have. The COE is another matter, they are wanting more detailed imagery for doing the JD. You might want to call them and see what they will accept as a minimum. I purchased a drone for just this purpose.
  4. Same to you. Look forward to seeing your progress !
  5. Yes I am. Cleared out a spot last Fall. Not going to start on it until mid Feb. Don't anticipate it being much more than 15'. Thanks but I like it keep it simple. Bucket and hand-crank windlass suits me fine for what I do. Good exercise going up and down the ladder !
  6. Kurt, Yes I've hit some real good pay at times. Keep in mind none of my sinking has been near the depth your doing. I'd say my average shaft was less than 20'. I just used a 5 gallon bucket and rope. Never bothered putting up a windlass until it was at least 20'. That's changing though with age. Pulling up a 5 gallon bucket full of wet slop ain't as easy as it use to be !
  7. Kurt, I like the electric jack hammer idea ! I sink holes for prospecting. Never did any serious drifting in any of them. Over the past 40 winters I've been here in the Fortymile I have probably sank close to a hundred holes on various creeks in the area. Here is one I was working on a couple years ago. This one ended up being abt 26' to bedrock.
  8. Are you planning to pick through 60' of muck !?! That is my least favorite part of winter shaft sinking. Fortunately I only have had to deal with 10-12' of muck at most so far.
  9. Kurt... Much muck before you hit gravel ?
  10. Ouch... sounds painful ! We've all done some pretty stupid things from time to time in hindsight. Luckily most of us are still around !! I look forward to seeing some video of that machine in action next summer !
  11. Hey .... good for you! Looks good and ought to do the job. Turning a bit faster than I like but I'm sure you will be tweaking that once you figure out how your material handles. Congrats !
  12. Glad you got it figured out
  13. Bob... Curious how much control you have over the GoPro using the Yuneec controller ?
  14. I don't use Photobucket but I believe somewhere on the page of your video you will have options for linking code. One option will be called direct. Copy that and in the forum here use the advanced reply. One of the options in the toolbar at top is "image" , click that and it will open a box for you to insert your direct link from Photobucket. That should work. Make sure you have sharing enabled for that video in your Photobucket account !
  15. diggingbar..... Excellent posts. The more layers of bureaucratic rules, regulations and stipulations open to interpretation the further we become removed from the intent of the law. You are absolutely correct it is not some low lying BLM employees job to tell you how to mine. According to law their job is to issue you a permit ( if warranted) and then see to it that you follow that permit so as to not cause "undue or unnecessary degradation" to the public lands... period! Trouble is it is an exhausting fight every day every step of the way to prevail. It is refreshing to read yours and Clay's posts.