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Moving The Big Rocks


The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me. 

Getting A Successful Start in Metal Detecting for Gold


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.

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Take a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.

Prospecting The East Fork San Gabriel Canyon, Southern California


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Ancestral Yuba River Placer Gold Deposits


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


Last month, in “Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit,” I ended the article with the direction that we were on the hunt! We were getting prepared and ready to roll with our detectors, then snow came, and lots of it. We had already found the seam diggings mine on the mountainside in wild, rough brush and trees. It had been well hidden.

Commercial Placer Mining: Alaska Style


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