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Michael Greyshock
Mike has been an avid and successful nugget hunter for years. He spends his summers detecting in the California Mother Lode country and his winters in the southwest deserts continually studying the natural world. He welcomes questions or comments via email.

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Articles by Michael Greyshock
2015 World Gold Panning Championships

Every Spanish village seems to hold their pride in one unique area of expertise. Pamplona has its bulls, Barcelona its architecture, and gold panning belongs to Navelgas.

October 2015 (Vol. 85, No. 02)
Key to Successful Prospecting: Confidence

The one undeniable truth in prospecting is that the more time you spend in the field, the more gold you will find. Here are a few keys I use to help build my confidence.

May 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 9)
Getting A Successful Start in Metal Detecting for Gold

Once you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.

March 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 7)
What, Where and How for the New Prospector

How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.

September 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 1)
Common Mistakes of the New Detectorist

Detecting is not very complicated and the rewards can be tremendous. The difference between success and fruitless toiling can be remedied by a few small adjustments and a whole lot of perseverance.

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
Gold in Unlikely Places

Detectors have been around for decades now. And with thousands of them swinging, many of the best or at least most likely nugget places have seen a swinging coil. The part that amazes me is that so many nuggets still get pulled out of these seemingly pounded places.

May 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 9)
Benefits of a Detecting Partner

“Metal detecting is not a social function.” So said a good friend of mine. And it’s true. But that’s not to say the benefits of having a prospecting partner don’t outweigh those of being alone.

April 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 8)
The Story Behind the Story

Anyone who has found a patch knows the difficulties involved. Those who haven’t can guess, and with any effort will soon realize it.

March 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 7)
What's Left Behind

I love to see old-timer workings while I am out detecting for gold. For one thing, it assures me that gold came from there. Second, it tells me gold should almost certainly still be there.

December 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 4)
Gold Too Big to Carry

There is a unique anticipation that comes with waking in gold country. The long early morning rays bring warmth after a cold night. Restless nights allow thoughts of gold hidden in the ground for too long.

September 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 1)
Time Well Spent

Time is a commodity which if traded would dwarf the price of gold. Nobody has enough of it; we can’t make more of it; and whether squandered or spent wisely, once gone, it’s gone forever. To find gold we have to spend time.

January 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 5)
Endurance Is Golden

Feeling through the mud, I felt the weight and shape of what could only be gold. Throwing my hand in the water revealed a sixteen-gram nugget oozing with character.

September 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 1)
Know Your District

We have to remember that the earliest miners were not geologists, but came from a variety of backgrounds. Their survival depended on finding enough gold so they worked hard and adapted to whatever challenges these new areas presented.

December 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 4)