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Following Clues to an Old Mill and Vein Strike


My last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.

Hunting for Hardrock: The Basics


Exposed veins and outcroppings can be a great source for gathering good gold ore for processing. Veins and outcroppings do require a lot of work to free the ore from its earthen grip, but this labor can be very rewarding.

Hit the Slopes to Find More Gold


Watching for these areas is one of my primary targets during the winter. It doesn’t take but a few inches of the surface moving away to give a fantastic target response that you didn’t hear prior to the washing of the surface.

Crumb Hunting With A VLF Detector


Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.

The Alaska Highway and Beyond


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Gold Detecting Strategies for Hydraulic Mines and Debris Flows


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A Lesson In Underwater Sniping


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