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On the Road


Heading to the sierra for another adventure! On The Road Again.. 
 

High Sierra Gold


Join Cal on an adventure in the Califonria high Sierras! 

Trails to Gold


Reaserch is a critical step in finding new areas.
 

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Prospecting the Easy Way


And what do I think is the easy way? It’s what you can learn from the old timers that walked that ground many years ago.

The Importance of Prepping you Gold Detecting Spots


If you want to get better gold you will need to put your detector down for a while .
 

Hunting for Big Gold in a Haunted Canyon


More than one prospector has gone into that canyon and never came out.

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Over the Divide: Retta Atkins & Darren VanHouten


The Forms of Crystalline Gold


The largest and most perfect single gold crystals are nearly always in the form of octahedra. These large octahedral crystals often possess deeply recessed faces.

Evolution Of A Desert Wash Plant


The water instantly dropped though the screen, leaving a pile of mud behind! I was so excited that I replaced it with a 150-mesh screen, and the same thing happened!

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Gleaning for Gold


It couldn’t possibly be a bullet or other trash this deep into the hill. No sir, it was a solid zip-zip signal that I know so well.

Making the Jump to Electronic Prospecting


After pinpointing and recovery, he had his first nugget of channel gold in his hand. This was also his first nugget with the new detector.

Gold: Is It Everywhere?


Gold, on the other hand, is super rare, and is one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust. It averages only 0.000004 percent of the earth’s surface. That is four parts in a billion.

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How to Use BLM’s New Mineral and Land Records System


This new map-based tool is far superior to the old version with lots of potential layers and information that a prospector can use in research.

A Short But Productive Hunt


The prospects I found are known to carry heavy chunks of gold, sometimes in quartz, ironstone, or many times a rusty-looking type of shale covering.

Old Dog(Fighter), New Trick


Then it occurred to me that the drywasher was designed by an engineer. Gotta love engineers! Those slide-rule geeks always tinker with gravity, angles, curves and flow.

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Talking Metal Detectors with Brent Weaver of Garrett


… I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Brent Weaver, Garrett’s chief design engineer to talk about gold-oriented detectors, how they work and how prospectors can get the most out of them.

Strategies for Detecting Heavily Pounded Areas—Part III


This helps me to see if there is a pattern taking place with where I am finding nuggets, and when I study the map layer with all of my pins marking nuggets, I can drop in new pins where I want to search the next day.

The Highs and Hazards of Desert Prospecting


We hit on a good spot the last time we were at this location and we made up our minds that we weren’t going to let hurricane-like winds stop us.

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Just Feel The Heft of It


“Just feel the heft of it!” Those were the words that lit the fire that created a prospector. Before I tell you what took place, I have a desire to tell you when and where it took place.

Mineralization, Ground Balance and Metal Detecting


The right ground balance setting for the conditions you are working is critical. If your detector isn’t set properly, you will lose depth of detection, sometimes to an extreme degree.

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