Your Guide to Prospecting in Alaska
May 2013 by Steve HerschbachAlaska is getting a lot of interest these days, not least because of all the gold prospecting shows on television. Hardly a month seems to pass without some new prospecting show being announced, and a couple of the most popular feature Alaska.
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.
A retired gold prospector spent hours digging up his fortune in the northern goldfields near Kambalda, Western Australia, after finding the target with his metal detector.
He began hiking my way and was as astonished as I was when he saw it. Another high five moment! It makes you wonder how long this gold had just been sitting there on the ground.
We spent the morning in a meeting with one of the higher-ups at the US Forest Service. I presented him with 412 complaints received from our readers, along with a summary of the complaints to make his job easier.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
During my adventures I’ve learned a few key best practices that help me to consistently find gold nuggets with my detectors. You can apply many of these best practices to any type of prospecting. These best practices are really common sense; however, they are easy to neglect.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
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