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Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 04:48:37 SunMar 17 2013 )

Hello 49'ers

I'm thinking hard about joining the 49'ers, (I've wanted to since 2004, but I live in SoCal) this April and mining through the summer. Dave has directed me to the forum for general questions. I'm a novice who's dredged most major California rivers. I've sluiced, panned, highbanked, and spent a week at Ganes Creek. I'm realistic about my goals and feel confident I can get a pennyweight or two a day if I use my head and work hard, but I have some questions I'm hoping you guys would answer. I won't ask too many at first, and maybe over a little time you could fill me in.

I really like to dredge. It's sooo much fun. My best day was on the Bear with 2 dwts with a 4". Are there any club claims in Oregon I can legally dredge out of the state season? And, if you cant dredge until June, how can I legally process material subsurface?

Are there free off season tent camping areas near productive California Claims, and the Rogue & Umpqua(?) public and club claims? (I wanna rough it)

Is highbanking legal in California?

How rough is it to hookah dive in April and May?

Where can I shop bulk for food supplies in Northern Cal?

What months do the rivers run high?

And, are there any other people doing, or stupid enough, to do what I wanna do?


Thanks,I know it's I'm asking a lot. Feel free to ... :duck:

Todd Rob
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 15:40:11 SunMar 17 2013 )

Hey Todd,
I'm out of Orange County so cal and am looking for good mining partner for a strong season.
I have a claim we can work privately on the Salmon as well I plan on spending time with the 49ers on Independence creek.
I'm not planning on leaving till late may or June due ti flows.
Any time of year water is cold in the Salmon so dry or good wet suit is a must.
Need someone to split cost of hooka with me and I have all the rest...boat, 4inch system etc.
Maby ee should hook up in the next couple eeeks at Farmer Boys in Escondido where I do painting maintenance time to time so we can see if we'll be a goid team.
Have exciting ideas for this season.
John B


  
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 18:43:43 SunMar 17 2013 )

I'm thinking hard about joining the 49'ers,This is a no brainer. You can't beat this option at all. Money well spent

Dave has directed me to the forum for general questions. I'm a novice who's dredged most major California rivers. That is a lot of rivers. How are you on the larger ones? Yuba, American, etc and of course the The Mighty K.

I'm realistic about my goals and feel confident I can get a pennyweight or two a day if I use my head and work hard,
My definition of acceptable ground with a 5" dredge is 4- 5 dwt a day. There is no reason you couldn't dredge 3 dwt everyday if you apply yourself



I really like to dredge. It's sooo much fun. Just like?


Are there free off season tent camping areas near productive California Claims, and the Rogue & Umpqua(?) public and club claims? (I wanna rough it)See the club rules here for camping info
http://www.goldgold.com/camping-sanitation.html

Is highbanking legal in California? YES

How rough is it to hookah dive in April and May? April usually has some higher water based on http://www.dreamflows.com/graphs/yir.295.php

Where can I shop bulk for food supplies in Northern Cal? Walmart in Yerka, Costco in Redding etc

What months do the rivers run high? See the chart above

And, are there any other people doing, or stupid enough, to do what I wanna do? there are always folks doing something all the time

ratled
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 23:49:58 SunMar 17 2013 )

John b,

The lower Salmon is not that cold. I dredged for many years on my claims above the Forks of the Salmon in a T shirt and cut off Levis.
The temp around Somes Bar in mid July, August and early Sept. is like a heated pool.

A dry suit would be an overkill.

  
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 01:41:02 MonMar 18 2013 )

I don't want to end up overheated with that dry suit...last season was a bit chili if I slowed down on work pace sniping with that crappy 3mil I have for back up.
I guess I should get in earlier than planned with the Bare suit this season...hopefully I don't overplan and under think this season...a lot riding on some success or the wifw is gonna leave me for pursuing this dream.
All suggestions and criticisms welcom
ed, and best of nuggets to yah LipCa

  
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 01:21:15 TueMar 19 2013 )

Hi John,

I'd be happy to meet you for lunch. What the ? is Farmer Boys?
I'm not sure how I plan to go about my trip at this point, but I will consider your idea. I've had trouble finding work, so mining an ounce or more a month would be much better than earning wages that are so low one can only afford to pay rent and breathe for entertainment.
Based on what I was tought, a 6" is more suited for two miners. Not sure what I would do? If I buy a dredge again, it will have a Hookah on it. I like to dive a lot.
I'm not familiar with many rivers outside of California. I know the Salmon is in Idaho, but that sounds interesting. Does it run into Oregon? The boat thing seems like a must up there.

Todd

  
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 02:02:26 TueMar 19 2013 )

Farmer Boys is a restaurant chain that has great food. Stick to 4 inch nozzle for now if you want to do any suction mining in California this year.
Work is slow all around so I hear yah there...you will be fine in your own but if you want to join up we can make it happen.
I'm sticking to Siskiyou County this season so no Oregon mining for me this year.
Let me knoe later next month when you want to meet or before you bail out of town to fill us in on your trail plan.
Good luck this season.
John B

  
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 02:33:04 TueMar 19 2013 )

Thanks Ratled. It's what I need.

I am a certified diver. I have dredged the Americans, Bear, Feather, Yuba, San Gabrial, Kern, Scott, and Mokelumne Rivers. From the waterline to 15' in depth. I have been witnessed more than once putting myself in rapids, behind boulders in fast water, and snuggling up to falls others would never consider. I like it.

3 dwts a day would be mind blowing. I detected a 9 dwt nugget at Ganes Creek.

Dredging is like being in another world.
Being a part of a place not commonly known.
Seeing things not commonly seen.
To spend time where time stops.
Peaceful, with a clarity of purpose that drives me to labor all day and remain unaware I'm laboring.
Then, wake up the next morning hungry to do it again - all day long.

Also, there are no Great White, Tiger or Bull sharks in our rivers either. That's a plus. Spielberg!

It appears deadging on private claims in Oregon can only be during the states seasons. Is that true?
A boat seems really handy on the Rogue. What hp outboard engine is the smallest one would have to have on a small infaltable pontoon boat?
Is there a public internet access spot in Happy Camp?

Thanks again,

Todd

  
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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 03:03:05 TueMar 19 2013 )

Todd,
The Salmon River the guys are talking about is south of Happy Camp and runs into the Klamath...You WILL fall in love with Siskiyou County...



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Re: Questions from a almost new - New 49'er ( 07:53:06 SunMar 24 2013 )

Hi Tom,

Ok. I will googlemap the river. Is it a large river? What's it like working on it.

I had spent a week at the LDMA camp at the confluence of the Klamath and Scott Rivers. It was right before the salmon run. So green - made the Sierra's look like dry. There were deer everywhere, eagles flying around with snakes in their talons. I dredged the Scott a few days their at the LDMA claim. The kids loved the place.

What do you inspect?

Todd

  

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