Time to Stake Your Own Mining Claim
February 2020 by Chris Ralph
So let’s dive in and see what I can do to convince you that this is the year you should be out staking your own claims.
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.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
Once you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.
Lots of prospectors are trying out nugget detecting for the first time and finding out that it isn’t all that easy. In fact, in my opinion, metal detecting for nuggets is perhaps the most difficult form of prospecting that one can take on.
So, how much rain does it take to cause a major movement of gravels in a stream and redistribute the gold? The technical answer is enough water to move the bed load of the river.
...it's very refreshing to hear that some of our youth will learn of the value of mining without all the environmental spin.
After getting all the gear together we headed up the old road that led us to an old ground sluice site. George and Kaleb were using lightweight VLF (very low frequency) detectors. I carried a newer technology unit that is just a tad coil-heavy in the front.
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