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Not much going on ( 15:48:41 FriApr 21 2017 )

The forum has been really slow lately. There must be some folks gearing up for this coming season.

Please feel free to post your goals, hopes, aspirations and present endeavors for this coming season.

Down here in California I am going to concentrate on prospecting new places this summer. I am finding that there are lots of places that are accessible by truck due to fire suppression efforts that utilize heavy equipment for road building to access recent fires.

Many of these new roads give me access to areas that have not been prospected in recent times. Some are easily recognizable as old mining sites and claims due to the old workings I can observe.

Today I am going in to a remote, headwaters section of a creek that has long been known to produce gold. Going to start out with my metal detector and then move on to more traditional prospecting methods as the season progresses. Hopefully I'll have some pics to post if I can remember the camera.



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Re: Not much going on ( 15:59:10 FriApr 21 2017 )

Good luck Jim.

I hope to be visiting my friend's gold mine in Arizona finally.
Maybe the dredge ban will get lifted and you can really get some color!

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 16:05:06 FriApr 21 2017 )

Yes Fleng, being able to use pumps and dredges would be a great help. As it is now, the so called dredging ban here has accelerated to include any motorized or mechanical equipment. they are intent on banning all mining here in the west.

My age and physical condition makes it hard to get very far from the truck. Can't walk very far and have to use a cane everywhere. It makes it extremely difficult to keep doing what I love to do.



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Re: Not much going on ( 16:07:44 FriApr 21 2017 )

Jim,

You definitely have some interesting possibilities there! Please keep us posted on your prospecting.

I have spent the past few weeks ordering provisions for this coming season and having them shipped to Takotna. I have reservations in place and will fly up to Anchorage on May 10th. I plan a day in Anchorage to pick up last minute supplies and get my sat modem checked.

Ophir provides my "life support system". Everything that is needed for survival must be in place. Functionality of a remote GOLD mining operation is only possible if all of the many other support systems are in place. I have arranged for diesel and unleaded fuel to be flown in on a regular basis. I can't drive to town - except Takotna. I have supplies flown in to Takotna or shipped via USPS. So, once a week, I make a run to pick up supplies, replacement parts, etc. The broadband sat comm internet functionality provides my only contact with the outside world. Occasionally, another neighboring miner will drop by to visit.

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Re: Not much going on ( 16:15:38 FriApr 21 2017 )

Yes Wiz, I am familiar with the complexities of remote mining, even though my experiences have not been on any scale larger than a one man operation with a dredge. Even that small of an operation presented its own set of limitations, complexities and rewards. Lots of fond memories there.

Most "normal" people would not believe the situations that remote mining can generate. I have some not-so-fond memories of prying a jet boat downriver for two days with a long pole as a fulcrum. Needless to say that this river was extremely shallow and the load was extremely heavy. :gonetoofar:



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Re: Not much going on ( 16:29:53 FriApr 21 2017 )

Jim,

That's WAY too much information! You probably scared off 30 percent of the newbees. smile

The other 70 percent will be encouraged by the challenge of testing themselves. It is - after all - a test. We have had many discussions on this Forum about the adventure and many related challenges that are encountered.

My operation falls under the category of "Mechanized Placer Mining. I have on the order of 7 MILLION cubic yards of stacked dragline tailings that contain GOLD. There is also side pay on benches and other virgin ground that has not been mined. Permits and approvals are all in place.

Anyone interested in the view at Takotna can look at the FAA webcams at Takotna.

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Re: Not much going on ( 16:51:12 FriApr 21 2017 )

Not so Wiz, it's all part of the adventure. In looking back over my mining life and time in Alaska, I can now understand why my late wife, Marcie, dubbed me, "mister adventure." :devil:



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Re: Not much going on ( 20:29:45 FriApr 21 2017 )

Jim, I remember a similar adventure on the 40 Mile a few years ago. Blew the power head on the outboard jet some 25 miles down river. My only alternative was to drift 30 miles downstream and over a waterfall to the next take-out spot.

It was an interesting ride.

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 00:06:02 SatApr 22 2017 )

Glen, fortunately I have never got in trouble downriver. I did get upriver two hours one time, shut the boat off to do some fishing. Got ready to go but it wouldn't start, dead battery.

This was on an 18' open inboard jet boat with a Chevy four cylinder. I had someone with me that was new to Alaska. I decided to eat some lunch and sit back and wait for the battery to build up as much as it was going to, which would only be about one slow revolution.

I had some rope in the boat and decided to wrap the rope around the drive shaft, than have the other guy try to start it while I pulled on the rope......IT WORKED, started right up. It's a good thing that that engine started easily or I would have been in bad shape.

Of course I couldn't get the rope off of the drive shaft once the engine started. It was quite spectacular with that rope thrashing the water in the bottom of the boat all the way.



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Re: Not much going on ( 00:41:10 SatApr 22 2017 )

I'm waiting for the water to go down so I can see some bedrock.
I did get to detect for 5 minutes today(wow). Found two pickers.

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 01:41:44 SatApr 22 2017 )

Well...
I got all my fuel hauled, 22 drums and new screen for the trommel.



Two new tires for the 966 hauled.



And always lots of maintenance on equipment ...



Bring on the thaw and water ...I'm ready !



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Re: Not much going on ( 05:03:23 SatApr 22 2017 )

I noticed today that the water in the Klamath is down quite a bit Harry.

Went detecting in the headwaters of the east Fork of Horse creek. Virgin ground, but didn't find anything. Some hand mining has happened there at some time in the distant past. I think I will try shoveling to a sluice.

Quote: LipCa at 00:41:10 Sat Apr 22 2017

I'm waiting for the water to go down so I can see some bedrock.
I did get to detect for 5 minutes today(wow). Found two pickers.



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Re: Not much going on ( 05:06:08 SatApr 22 2017 )

Looks like you are gearing up pretty good Dick. It also looks like you may get an early start, lots of ground showing for mid April.

I love running the equipment, but not working on it, that's what mechanics are for. Thanks for the pics Dick, they really bring the post alive.



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Re: Not much going on ( 16:01:56 SatApr 22 2017 )

Quote: Jim_Alaska at 15:48:41 Fri Apr 21 2017

Today I am going in to a remote, headwaters section of a creek that has long been known to produce gold. Going to start out with my metal detector and then move on to more traditional prospecting methods as the season progresses. Hopefully I'll have some pics to post if I can remember the camera.


Sorry guys, I did manage to forget the camera. I wouldn't have had much to post for pics other than an old cabin, rock walled garden and some scenery of the creek. No finds other than lots of hot rocks.

I did notice one interesting thing, any sand seemed to be all black sand, no blondes at all. I have seen places with a lot of black sand, but never seen all the sand black, like this. The sands varied in size from coarse to very fine, with the fines small enough to be mud.

I'm going to try some shovel and sluice work and see if that produces anything.



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Re: Not much going on ( 22:03:42 SatApr 22 2017 )

Jim, do you recon that its the outflow from a sluice?

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 02:09:32 SunApr 23 2017 )

Jim, what do you mean "virgin ground"?
You said it was known to produce gold and signs of hand mining.
Do you mean that there were no signs of metal detecting?

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 04:51:25 SunApr 23 2017 )

Oh Boy, you guys got me. Glen, it's not from a sluice, the whole creek bed is made up of black sand.

Harry, yes I did say it was virgin ground, at least it looks that way down on the creek. The hand mining evidence I saw was up above in the area of an old cabin. It's pretty high off of the creek itself.

I simply meant that Horse Creek itself was a known producer, but understand that it is a very long creek. All of of the lower creek has been mined, but that is eight miles below where I was.

Down on the creek itself I see no signs of mining. Whoever built the old cabin must have hand worked the ground around it, which has a very small, seasonal creek running by it.

Sorry I didn't explain better. Sometimes when you write stuff like this you forget that people reading it do not see what you see and the description gets a bit muddled.



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Re: Not much going on ( 15:33:02 SunApr 23 2017 )

Now I understand....
I thought that you had found an area that no one had detected. Usually see where some people have left open holes.
Was there any exposed bedrock?
Hope you find color with the sluice.

I looked at my historical mines layer and see no mines on the East fork. It is only 3 miles long.
You must have accessed it near the bottom because the access near the halfway mark should still be snowed in.
There were historical mines on the West fork.
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Re: Not much going on ( 18:47:02 SunApr 23 2017 )

Hello all,
My season normally starts around the 1st of June but there is always lots of home based projects on going in preparation for the new season.
This year I decided to do it different than past years, I arrived at the mine site on April 11, by arriving early I will be able to extend my mining season by getting a lot of maintenance and modifications done early this year.
A few of the early start projects will include;
Build a 10x20 greenhouse and get plants started to extend my growing season by more than a month.
I brought in a 4x6 jaw crusher to sample some hard rock prospects early before the sluicing season starts.
Modify my wash plants sluices by adding boil boxs.
Re power my stacker and change gearing so it will be able to stack oversized material faster, last year it was the limiting factor on my production speed.
Add a dredge to the wash plant, I dig in the water daily so I'm hoping the dredge will be able to clean up the bottom before moving to a new mining cut.
Another project is to paint the wash plant.
Many many other smaller projects also on tap.

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 23:57:43 SunApr 23 2017 )

Dan,

That's a great list - how is the major limiting factor - the spring weather? Certainly possible to be warm enough - but is it?

Wish you the best!

Joe



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Re: Not much going on ( 00:04:36 MonApr 24 2017 )

Joe,
The weather is good so far freezing overnight but mid 40s during the day.. the snow is melting fast.

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 01:51:46 MonApr 24 2017 )

Quote: LipCa at 15:33:02 Sun Apr 23 2017

Now I understand....
I thought that you had found an area that no one had detected. Usually see where some people have left open holes.

I didn't see any evidence of detecting at all.

Was there any exposed bedrock?

No exposed bedrock.

Hope you find color with the sluice.

I looked at my historical mines layer and see no mines on the East fork. It is only 3 miles long.
You must have accessed it near the bottom because the access near the halfway mark should still be snowed in.

Yes, this is near the bottom, right where the east fork and the west fork merge. Then it becomes the main horse creek.

There were historical mines on the West fork.

I didn't see any way to find the historical mines on the west fork. Forest Service Route 46N50 follows the west fork until the hills become too high to see the creek.



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Re: Not much going on ( 14:04:57 MonApr 24 2017 )

Hey Jim....
Don't forget to check some of the cut banks of those FS roads with that metal detector.... Be amazed at what can get exposed sometimes and you let the equipment guys do all the heavy lifting....:devil:

  
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Re: Not much going on ( 14:47:22 MonApr 24 2017 )

Right on WmA. I do that all the time, perhaps too much, since I have loads of plastic bags of roadside samples that need to be crushed. I have not found anything on roadside cuts with a detector yet. I sample and bag any quartz outcroppings I see

Here in Northern California you could spend a lifetime doing this because there are so many Forest Service and logging roads. I do find lots of dozer and grader blade pieces that have broken off, lots of old cans too.



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Re: Not much going on ( 19:27:24 MonApr 24 2017 )

In my last post I said that there wasn't any exposed bedrock, but I have to qualify this. I am only looking at the very beginning of the creek, before it dumps into Horse creek proper. I am extremely limited because I can't get very far from the truck due to unstable leg problems.

I have to use a cane everywhere and it makes even detecting very difficult. So I can't walk the creek like I used to be able to do, there may be exposed bedrock in other parts of the creek.

In thinking about doing some sluicing I know I will still have a tough time. I only have one hand to carry stuff, so it will take multiple trips, speaking of which, because of my leg problem, I am not very capable of walking very far, multiple trips will be difficult. I may try a back pack because I will have sluice, pan, shovel, pick and buckets, don't have enough hands for all that stuff.

I was also re-thinking the black sand I mentioned. On second thought it may be shale sand. The next time I go I will bring a magnet and test it to see if it is Magnetite or just shale.



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Re: Not much going on ( 15:17:17 TueApr 25 2017 )

Jim,

Please accept my sentiments. :welcome:

I carry a note pad with a sharp pencil. My notepad has a checklist of "pocket" items to take with me in the field. Since I am far sighed, I carry granny glasses and a loop. A small magnet and several specimen vials fit in a shirt pocket.

For most prospecting, a good gold pan covers the job of in-situ sampling. All though some sour-doughs use the pan for a shovel, a folding Army shovel will fit in a belt loop. I like those cheap cargo pants. The more pockets to carry things in - the better!

If you need any more prospecting tips - let me know. :devil:

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