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The Life of an Independent Prospector

“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...

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As I planned for my trips, I concentrated on how to lighten my pack yet still carry enough gear to make the trip productive and enjoyable.

Research and Fieldwork Yield Some Promising Gold


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Following Clues to a Lost Gold Deposit—The Northern Extension of the Cedarberg


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