Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: White Knuckle Mining
December 2019 by Jon Cunningham
…I was looking down on what was a frightening 500-foot sheer drop-off. We were precariously close to the edge as the shoulder was practically non-existent.
My brother Darryl and I had not had a prospecting adventure since January and we wanted to try out our new drywasher, so we decided to go for the weekend and check out some claims near Barstow…
The catch being was that it was about 60 miles from Anchorage near Hope, and a good four or five-mile hike uphill to the claims.
On about the fifth time across one of these slopes, and down near the little wash...bam! I found a nice chunk of rock, laced through with gold. Wow! How had I missed this?
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
It all occurred when Gus and I returned to a remote placer gold area where we had previously found really good gold. The problem was that it would take about an hour to walk through the desert to get to it.
My right rib cage took the brunt of the blow from the fall, which left me feeling partially paralyzed and in immense pain.
The sound got quiet when the fuse burned down into the clay. I waited, and waited…
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