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Ron Kliewer (Senior Writer)
Ron Kliewer has been a prospector since the 1970s and enjoys building and modifying his own mining equipment.  He welcomes questions or comments via email, and has a prospecting website at www.goldrushu.com.

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Articles by Ron Kliewer
Arizona's Youngest...and Oldest Prospector

I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.

June 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 10)
The Dredge Report

As a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, I’m not allowed to talk about specifics in the court-ordered negotiations currently underway in San Bernardino. However, I do want to let you know we are making progress…

November 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 3)
Underground in the Original 16-1 Mine

These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
River Dredging vs. Creek Dredging—Part II

While river dredging in fast water, don’t be afraid of being swept out of your dredge hole by the current. If this happens—and it most certainly will in fast water—there is no need to panic. Don’t try to swim against the current because you will waste much energy in an effort to conquer the river. Just let it take you downstream.

January 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 5)
Replacing Your 12-Volt Pump

In the “toolbox” of most every prospector there are certain tools that we tend to use consistently for a variety of reasons. Have you ever noticed that tools and equipment tend to wear out, rust and fall apart whether we use them or not?

May 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 9)
The Mole

My wife Dorothy has always enjoyed tent camping. She thought she was really roughing it at established campgrounds until I convinced her to take a trip with me to drywash for gold in a remote corner of an arid desert wilderness...

June 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 10)
Dredging Backwards?

Before I tell you what dredging backwards is, I’ll tell you why my team and I decided to give this very unconventional dredging method a try.

October 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 2)
Tips for Effective Drywashing

Back in October I read with great interest Chris Ralph’s article on the use of a metal detector while drywashing, and I wholeheartedly agree—I wouldn’t even consider going drywashing without using a metal detector in conjunction...

January 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 5)
River Dredging vs. Creek Dredging—Part I

As I started walking down to the river one chilly morning, the mist was hanging over the calm portions of the water like a white cotton blanket. This scene got me to thinking about why the river was like that—the deep pools, boulder fields, gravel bars, the effects of how much water was moving at any given time along the watercourse—and most of all the relationship all these things have on where I will be able to find gold.

December 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 4)
Using a Winch to Work Smarter, Not Harder

It’s really a kick to watch a boulder weighing several tons moving out of your dredge hole and onto the cobble pile being pulled by a cable attached to your portable winch.

July 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 11)
Becoming A Nozzle Master

Tired but satisfied after the first day dredging this season, I settled into my homemade oak camp chair. My eyes scanned the beautiful river, steep forested mountains and crisp blue sky, with the heat of the day fading.

June 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 10)
Remote Throttle Benefits Dredgers

I had been waiting my turn somewhat patiently to spend an afternoon at Terry Stapp’s workshop in San Bernardino, California, to build a remote throttle for my dredge engine.

August 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 12)