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Detecting During Summer Heat

This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.

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The Kern River


There are clubs with claims in the area and there’s a section of the river open to the public, but the rest of the area is claimed up so do your research first.

Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend


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Tips for Effective Drywashing


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Oscar Espinoza considers himself an amateur gold prospector, but the gold nugget he recently found puts many seasoned prospectors to shame.

The Mid-Winter Nugget


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A New Prospecting Spot


Once indicators start showing up along or below a contact I start to get excited. When I have shale, and outcroppings of diorite with iron-red, gritty soil and some clay thrown in, I really get lightheaded. I may be a mile away from the nearest diggings but that’s okay. I just found a spot that could provide some nice nugget hunting.

Revisiting an Old Mine in Idaho Reaps Rewards


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