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A few spots remaining for our hands-on training classes Friday April 15 & Monday April 18

April 9, 2016

by Scott Harn
ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal

We have a few spots remaining for our hands-on placer training classes on Friday, April 15, & Monday, April 18.

We'll be teaching panning, highbanking and detecting at a private mining property about one hour north of Auburn, California. We'll depart from Auburn together at about 7:00am and head up to the training site. (Those who sign up for a class will receive the meeting address, map, entry bracelets, etc.)

There will be approx. 15 instructors available to assist you. If you have a detector sitting in your closet, it's a great opportunity to bring it out and put it to use! We we provide group instruction for your particular brand/model, then individual instruction for those who need more.

You can stay and play until 4:00pm. I'll be there on Friday morning to help get things started, then I'm heading over to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to prepare for the vendor/exhibitor/lecture portion on Saturday & Sunday. I'll be back out at the training site for the second placer class on Monday.

If you're interested in highbanking you can bring your own or utilize one of the many highbanking stations we will have set up. 

You can still sign up for the hands-on placer classes online, but be sure to provide a valid email address and phone number. We will email over the registration packet, map, etc., and you can pick up your entry bracelet when we meet in the morning on the actual training day.

Here's just a few of the intstructors who will be there to assist you:

Mike Bowers
President, Mother Lode Goldhounds
Pat Keene
Keene Engineering
Jim McCullough
Author and speaker
Ray Mills
Author and speaker
Chris Ralph, Associate Editor
ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal

The cost for the hands-on placer class is just $20 for ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal subscribers; $45 for non-subscribers. Sign up online here 

Or give us a call at 831 479-1500.  

The Full Scoop:

Hands-on Training at a Placer Operation
  • H1: Friday, April 15, 2016 
  • H2: Monday, April 18, 2016
  1. A full trommel operation will be up and running so attendees can see first-hand how the process works.
  2. Attendees will have the opportunity to pan, power sluice (high bank) and metal detect for gold.
  3. Several power sluicing stations will be set up if you would like to team up.
  4. You may bring your own power sluice (high banker) with pump & hose if desired.
  5. Those who wish to try detecting must bring their own equipment.
  6. Instructors will be present to teach panning, power sluicing and metal detecting, and to discuss setting up a placer operation similar to the one on-site.
  7. Yes, you get to keep the gold you recover.
Venue:  Private mining property near Iowa HIll, 
approximately 2 hours northeast of Placerville.

Hours:  8:30am - 4:00pm (Caravan leaves Auburn for site at 7:00am.)

Cost:  $20 

Additional Details: 
  • Directions and rendezvous points will be provided to those who register.
  • Bring a sack lunch.

See the full lecture schedule for Saturday & Sunday, list of vendor etc., on our Mining Summit page.

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