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Mining Summit


DON'T MISS THE BIGGEST GOLD PROSPECTING
SHOW OF THE YEAR

2016 GOLD PROSPECTING & MINING SUMMIT
  
hosted by ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal  
  
  
April 16 - 17, 2016
Placerville Fairgrounds

 
  
The Two-Day Summit
  

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Featuring 20,000 sq. ft. packed with the latest in mining and prospecting equipment
& expert instruction from our writers and staff
  
Learn everything from gold panning, basic prospecting, and metal detecting for gold on up to advanced gold recovery and small operations
  
Dates: Saturday & Sunday
April 16-17, 2016
   Parking: The Fairgrounds Association
charges $5 per vehicle per day.
Venue: El Dorado County Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Dr
Placerville, CA 95667
  Admission: $5 at the door per day; children under
12 are free with a paid adult. Food and drinks will be available for purchase inside.
Show  
Hours:
10am - 5pm Saturday
10am - 4pm Sunday
  Scavenger
Hunt:
Kids can participate in a FREE scavenger hunt to earn prizes.
   

Our Vendor/Exhibitor List:
  
Vendor/Exhibitor: From:
    
ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal - host Aptos, California
    
49er Mining Supplies Columbia, California
    
A&B Prospecting Mesa & Prescott Valley, Arizona
    
Advanced Geologic Chester, California
    
Advanced Mining Equipment Long Beach, California
    
American Mining Rights Association Coulterville, California
    
Ancient Gold Jewelers Placerville, California
    
Aurora Mining Products Galt, California
    
Barrington Enterprises Auburn, California
    
Better Basics Mining Grass Valley, Calfornia
    
Big Mountain Mining Supply Sierra City, California
    
Black Sheep Mining Sacramento, California
    
Bucket Digger Rancho Cordova, California
    
Camel Mining Products Quartzsite, Arizona
    
Cascade Mountains Gold Independence, Oregon
    
Comstock Gold Prospectors Reno, Nevada
    
David H. Fell & Company
 
City of Commerce & Burlingame, CA;
     and Phoenix, Arizona
Delta Gold Diggers Stockton, California
    
Dragonfly Gemz Roseville, California
    
Fossickers North Bend, Washington
    
Germstone Equipment Mfg. Simi Valley, California
    
Global Mining Equipment Boise, Idaho
    
Gold Country Treasure Seekers Placerville, California
    
Gold Grabber Mfg. Riggins, Idaho
    
Gold Killer Atascadero, California
    
Goldfield International Lindon, Utah
    
Gore Valley Ventures Vail, Colorado
    
Jim's Metal Detectors Yucca Valley, California
    
Jobe Wholesale Bend, Oregon
    
Keene Engineering Chatsworth, California
    
Leonard Melman Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
    
Make Your Own Gold Bars Huntington Beach, California
    
MB Gold Mfg. San Jose, California
    
MGM Enterprises Maple Valley, Washington
    
Mineral Enterprises Nevada City, California
    
Miner's Cache Redding, California
    
Miner's Keepers Surprise, Arizona
    
Mining Books.com Colorado Springs, Colorado
    
More Mining Products Georgetown, California
    
Mother Lode Goldhounds Foresthill, California
    
Naturally Mine of Foresthill Foresthill, California
    
Nevada Publications Reno, Nevada
    
Pioneer Mining Supplies Auburn, California
    
Placerville Hardware Placerville, California
    
Placerville Polaris Placerville, California
    
Prospecting Channel Oroville, California
    
Public Lands for the People Woodland Hills, California
    
Roaring Camp Mining Company Pine Grove, California
    
Tuolumne Sunshine Mine Woodland, California
    

Our team of experts for lectures:

Chris Ralph is our Associate Editor. Chris has worked for precious metal mining companies conducting both surface and underground operations, and has a degree in Mining Engineering from Nevada's Mackay School of Mines. He is an individual prospector who has been searching the hills of California and Nevada for many years, finding some nice gold and gems on many occasions. He just returned from his first metal detecting adventure in Australia. Chris is based in Reno, Nevada.
Leonard Melman is our Financial Columnist. Leonard has been reporting on the financial markets for the Journal, with an emphasis on precious metals, since January 1986. Leonard draws on his previous experience as a securities and commodities broker, and he’s reported on mining operations on four continents. He’s also been a frequent speaker at mining investment conferences in Canada. Leonard lives in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
Don Robinson is a Senior Writer for ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal. He has over thirty years of full time mining, including underground and open pit placers, and hardrock under his belt. He has served as a consultant, manager and superintendent of various projects, and he was also an assayer for Goldfields, Nevada. Don co-founded the Mother Lode Goldhounds, a California non-profit minerals education corporation, is a California licensed blaster, and former National Champion in gold panning with over 50 medals won in competitions.
George Wheeldon is a Professor of Geology, teaching at Folsom College in northern California. He has been a resident of northern California's geographically diverse and scenic El Dorado County since the early 1960s. There, he has pursued his boyhood passion for discovering how "stuff works" as he says, and especially for uncovering the secrets of Earth's foundation -- rocks.
Charles Watson is President and Chief Geologist for Advanced Geologic. Charles has over 30 years of academic and professional experience. He is a Qualified Person as per Canadian Instrument 43-101 and a California Professional Geologist.
Steve Herschbach is a Senior Writer for ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal. He is a life-long Alaskan, and an avid prospector and detectorist since 1972. He is a member of the Alaska Treasure Seekers, Chugach Gem & Mineral Society, Alaska Miners Association, Nevada Mining Association, and Northwest Mining Association.
 
Dr. Thom Seal is a Professor of Mining, Mineral Processing and Metallurgical Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Mineral Resource Studies at the Mackay School of Mines in Reno, Nevada.

Thom is the former manager of metallurgical technology and was senior metallurgist for Newmont Mining. He is a professional engineer and mineral process engineer, and a qualified person as per Canadian Instrument 43-101.


LECTURE SCHEDULE for Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, at the fairgrounds:


Saturday, April 16  
10:30am How to Research a Promising Location for Gold Prospecting Don Robinson
11:30am Staking and Holding Mining Claims Chris Ralph
12:30pm Current Regulations & Permitting Charles Watson
1:30pm Old Mines: Hazards & Benefits for the Amateur Prospector Professor George Wheeldon
2:30pm Gold & Precious Metals Markets Leonard Melman
3:30pm Basic Gold Prospecting Techniques Chris Ralph
4:30pm Raffle  
     
Sunday, April 17  
10:30am Mineral Identification Chris Ralph
11:30am Retaking Control of Regulations Through Mining Districts Scott Harn & Clark Pearson
12:30pm Metal Detecting for Gold Steve Herschbach
1:30pm Gravity Separation Dr. Thom Seal
2:30pm Ask The Experts: Question and Answer Session Chris Ralph, Scott Harn, Clark Pearson, Dr. Thom Seal, Pat Keene, Leonard Melman
3:30pm Raffle  

Ongoing:
In addition, there will be a staffed Ask The Experts booth throughout Saturday & Sunday with experts in panning, detecting and mineral processing. Bring your questions! There's a suggested donation of $2 (with all proceeds going to Public Lands for the People) but a donation is certainly not required!



NEAREST MAJOR AIRPORT: Sacramento International Airport (about 45 minutes from the Placerville Fairgrounds)

LODGING:

     Hotels in the Placerville area:      RV Camping at the Fairgrounds:

          Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. You need to call ahead to see if there is availability due to ongoing events.
               Fair Office: (530) 621-5860
               Evening Hours: (530) 919-5869
               Weekends: (530) 919-5860
     
               Link: Information about camping at the fairgrounds



DIRECTIONS:

From Sacramento, California: (Approx. 45 minutes.) Take Highway 50 east. Take the Placerville Drive exit. Stay to the right and pass back over the highway.
From Reno, Nevada: (Approx. 2.5 hours.) Take Highway 50 south to South Lake Tahoe, then continue west on Hwy 50 to Placerville. Take the second Placerville Drive exit. Turn right at first stoplight.
From Medford, Oregon: (Approx. 5.5 hours.) Head south on I-5 toward Sacramento. Turn south on CA-99. Merge on to eastbound I-80. Keep left at the fork and merge on to eastbound Hwy 50 to the Placerville Drive exit. Stay to the right and pass back over the highway.
From Auburn, California: (Approx. 1 hour.) Take Hwy 49 south to Placerville. Turn west on Highway 50. Take the second Placerville Drive exit. Turn right at first stoplight. (Note: Hwy 49 has sharp curves. Larger vehicles/motorhomes should continue toward Sacramento and cut across from Hwy 80 to Hwy 50 at Folsom, then head east on Hwy 50 to Placerville.)
From Bakersfield, California: (Approx. 5 hours.) Take CA-99 north to Hwy 50 east toward Placerville/South Lake Tahoe. Take the second Placerville Drive exit. Turn right at first stoplight.
From San Jose, California: (Approx. 3 hours.) Head north on 880. Take the Mission Blvd exit to 680 north to Sacramento. (See Sacramento above for last leg.)
From Seattle, Washington (Approx. 12.5 hours) Take I-5 south toward Sacramento. Turn south on CA-99. Merge on to eastbound I-80. Keep left at the fork and merge on to eastbound Hwy 50 to the Placerville Drive exit. Stay to the right and pass back over the highway.
From Boise, Idaho (Approx 9 hours) Take I-55 west to I-95 south, then Hwy 50 west to Placerville. Take the second Placerville Drive exit. Turn right at first stoplight.
From Salt Lake City, Utah (Approx 9 hours) Take Hwy 80 west to Auburn, then Hwy 49 south from Auburn to Placerville. Turn west on Highway 50. Take the second Placerville Drive exit. Turn right at first stoplight. (Note: Hwy 49 has sharp curves. Larger vehicles/motorhomes should continue toward Sacramento and cut across from Hwy 80 to Hwy 50 at Folsom, then head east on Hwy 50 to Placerville.)



REVIEWS OF OUR PREVIOUS GOLD PROSPECTING AND MINING SUMMITS


Hands-on Training Classes: April 15 & April 18, 2016

TWO DAYS OF ADDITIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING

Online registration is now closed.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM / EMERGENCY, CALL 831 265-6680 TO REACH ME -- SCOTT HARN -- IN PLACERVILLE.

     Hotels near the rendezvous point for the hands-on training:
  • Best Western Golden Key, 13450 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603; (530) 885-8611. Tell them you want the "Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit" rate, which is $82.31 + tax (king) or $95.75 + tax (2 queens). Breakfast is included!
  • Quality Inn Gold Country, 13490 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603; (530) 885-7025
  • Super 8 Auburn, 140 E Hillcrest Drive, Auburn, CA 95603; (530) 888-8808


Hands-on Training at a Placer Operation
  • H1: Friday, April 15, 2016 
  • H2: Monday, April 18, 2016
  1. A full placer operation will be up and running so attendees can see first-hand how the process works.
  2. Attendees will have the opportunity to pan, power sluice (high bank) and metal detect for gold.
  3. Several power sluicing stations will be set up if you would like to team up.
  4. You may bring your own power sluice (high banker) with pump & hose if desired.
  5. Those who wish to try detecting must bring their own equipment.
  6. Instructors will be present to teach panning, power sluicing and metal detecting, and to discuss setting up a placer operation similar to the one on-site.
Venue:  Private mining property near Iowa HIll, approximately 2 hours northeast of Placerville.

Hours:  8:30am - 4:00pm (Caravan leaves Auburn for site at 7:00am.)

Cost:  $20 (Limited to subscribers of ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal.)

Additional Details: 
  • Directions and rendezvous points will be provided to those who register.
  • Bring a sack lunch.
  • Space is limited.


This class is now full. Give us a call to get on the waiting list: 831 479-1500.

H3: Monday, April 18, 2016


Introduction to Underground Mining. Class will focus on mining methods, explosives, hardrock mining (ore body blocking, assays, mill flow), timbering, exploration, types of gold deposits and processing.

Venue:  Private mining property near Foresthill, approximately 1.5 hours northeast of Placerville.

Hours:  8:30am - 4:00pm (Caravan leaving Auburn for site at 7:00am.)

Cost:  $35 (Limited to subscribers of ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal.)

Additional Details:  Directions and rendezvous points will be provided to those who register. Bring a sack lunch, notepad and pen. Space is limited.


Enjoy a guided tour of the Priest Mine, a hard rock mine from the 1850's located in Old Hangtown.There are plenty of other opportunities while you are in the area...
 
Located just three miles from the Mining Summit, Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and Mine in Placerville includes two hard rock mines, a stamp mill, mining museum and blacksmith shop. 

This 1850 hard rock mine is well-preserved, with thousands of pick marks on the walls and ceiling, giving testament to the grueling, back-breaking life of a hard rock miner.

Gold Bug Park is located at 2635 Gold Bug Lane, one mile off of Highway 50 at Bedford Avenue in Placerville.

For more information, contact the park at (530) 642-5207 or visit www.goldbugpark.org



El Dorado County Mining Museum open for Mining Summit

The El Dorado County Mining History Museum will be open for the Mining Summit.

The museum houses a large collection of mining artifacts and a wealth of information, including an extensive collection of digitized photographs and historical maps of mining claims.

The museum will be open from 10am - 4pm Friday through Sunday, and it's conveniently located at the Placerville Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. 

The museum requests a donation of $2.00 per visitor.

Link: Info on the Mining Museum



Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

If you haven't been there before, no visit to the area would be complete without a stop at the site of Sutter's Mill where James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848. The day-use areas are open from 8am - 5pm, and the museum is open 10am - 5pm.

The park is located in Coloma, about 18 minutes north of the Placerville Fairgrounds on historic Route 49.

More information is available on the State Parks website.
 
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