Summertime Gold Panning
September 2016 by Chris RalphI have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.
There you’re expected to be personally responsible in making decisions, and yes, it can be costly. When you are responsible for your own life, you live life more, and with it you certainly risk more.
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.
I believe dry washing is an underappreciated prospecting method. There are plenty of places where there is some pretty decent gold to be had, but the spot is a long way from any water and dry processing may well be the best way to go.
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.
It is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
There weren’t as many pieces of gold, but what I did find was bigger. As I worked my way down towards the spot that I had been working the first three days, I noticed a large crack that crossed the river.
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