Just Another Ordinary Weekend
March 2015 by Adam HThere was no evidence that anyone else had ever worked this gully with the exception of some old sample piles near the foot of the ravine.
It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.
Detectors were invented long before I was born, but it was in the 1960s when they started to become an item popular enough to power a fledgling industry. The key development was miniature transistor technology replacing the old fashioned tube technology of the 1950s, making lightweight, affordable detectors possible.
Over 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.
An online video gave me some ideas, and with a lot of trial and error I developed a reliable method of panning free gold particles down below 35 microns quickly and easily.
Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
Today it is getting tougher and tougher to find a place to prospect. There is one significant haven left for the small miner...
Please note that new mining claims filed on or after September 1, 2019, will be subject to the new fee schedule.
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