The Kern River
December 2020 by Dan Stanton
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.
The sun was beginning to set, which put the light at just the right angle against the hillsides to where I believed that I spotted a very small dig and tailings pile up the hill near the top of the second wash.
I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.
“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...
We are both very experienced working this type of ground, and we quickly found the pay layer where we would focus our efforts. The bedrock has good gold, but so does the red hard pan.
Micro blasting can be used to take down hanging rock, separate minerals from overburden, and collect gemstones and other high-value product with minimal damage.
Maybe we could find a few pieces of ore from that tunnel? It was worth a try. The old timers didn’t have that stamp mill for looks, so we set off to get some samples.
My third sample location proved to be my last and most interesting. I needed to look no further.
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