Putting Together A Small Free Gold Mill—Part II
June 2018 by Chris Ralph
There are many smaller old hard rock mines out there—more than you might think. There are some small hard rock properties that are even open to be claimed if one does the right amount of research to find them.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
In some areas these channels were thousands of feet wide, and just figuring out where you are in some of these diggings is a challenge.
The signal I was hearing was coming from a vertical bedrock crack on the bank of the creek. I removed my backpack, took out my crevicing tools and started to clean out the crack when I saw a glint of gold.
…the excitement passed so quickly that little work was done, but they still have good potential, and I find they are not as well-known and not hit so hard by most prospectors.
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.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
This new map-based tool is far superior to the old version with lots of potential layers and information that a prospector can use in research.
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