Detecting Canyon Bedrock in The Sierras
September 2018 by Ray Mills
My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.
We decided to run a detector over each piece. If we got a decent signal we placed the piece into a high-grade pile and the rest went into another pile to be worked on later. This high-grade pile wasn’t that large—maybe 25 pounds...
We dug and extracted for two more hours. This time, as I dumped the concentrates, I saw a piece of gold three-fourths of an inch long and as big around as a pencil.
Some creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.
Getting started in prospecting often requires the purchase of some equipment, but one can spend as little as $10 and be finding gold or spend thousands and also be finding gold—yet you will probably have many more opportunities and possibilities with more and better equipment.
The box sat in a hallway and employees began using it for impromptu cricket games, no knowing what it contained.
This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.
...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.
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