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  1. #61
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    392 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by OwenT View Post
    Dang! For me, in that amount of time, thatís awesome. Looks like it was a Good call on the piglet. Letís see a video of it running

    Made it out yesterday, and told the wife to take some video but all she took was some stills. Here's a couple pics of the action.
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    We had to wait until afternoon to go out so it was hot and muggy by then and we didn't dig as much gravel as we had Wednesday, but it was still fun.

  2. #62
    us
    Feb 2015
    Moses Lake WA & Provo UT
    333
    422 times
    Prospecting
    Looks like a beast
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  3. #63
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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
    Shoreline,wa
    Equinox 800
    404
    685 times
    Prospecting
    great going Mike
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  4. #64
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
    132
    392 times
    Prospecting
    What a difference a year makes! Wifey and I finished our first 12 months of gold prospecting with about .8g. In the last month alone we've added a full gram! The Piglet helps, but we've been able to learn better where to dig. Here is todays take from about 1 1/2 hours digging.
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    Still trying to dial the Piglet in, and have started using our Angus Mackirk as an extension and also a tester of the Piglet's tailings. We are finding some gold in the AM as we try to figure out the right angle for the Piglet. Hoping Angus is catching everything that is escaping.

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    Grand total as of today.
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    May not seem much to those of you who do multi grams a day, but it is a lot of fun watching the total grow and also grow much faster than last year.
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  5. #65
    us
    May 2014
    AZ
    Sweep Jig, Whippet Dry Washer, Lobo ST, 1/2 width 2 tray Gold Cube, numerous pans, rocker box, and /home made fluid bed and stream sluices.
    1,866
    2696 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Gold4Mike View Post
    What a difference a year makes! Wifey and I finished our first 12 months of gold prospecting with about .8g. In the last month alone we've added a full gram! The Piglet helps, but we've been able to learn better where to dig. Here is todays take from about 1 1/2 hours digging.
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    Still trying to dial the Piglet in, and have started using our Angus Mackirk as an extension and also a tester of the Piglet's tailings. We are finding some gold in the AM as we try to figure out the right angle for the Piglet. Hoping Angus is catching everything that is escaping.

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    May not seem much to those of you who do multi grams a day, but it is a lot of fun watching the total grow and also grow much faster than last year.
    Don't know if you have seen this anywhere for tuning his bankers but Doc suggests you start with sluice too steep to collect material then lessen the slope until it does.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; Jul 12, 2018 at 12:53 AM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  6. #66
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
    132
    392 times
    Prospecting
    Yeah, it seemed at about 9 degrees the mats were clogging up so I bumped it to about 10.5 but was finding gold in the AM. Backed off to about 9.5 and still finding gold in the AM. Might go back to about 9 degrees and try that again. It seems going steeper than 10.5 degrees is a little extreme, but maybe try that too.
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  7. #67
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
    132
    392 times
    Prospecting
    Seems our summer projects keep getting put on hold as the wife and I keep going out digging. Seems the fever is worse now in our second year of doing this. We left the Piglet at home to rest this time and took the GGT. We and a friend of ours hiked about a mile into a creek we like. Got some gold and enjoyed the day alongside the beautiful stream!
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  8. #68
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    392 times
    Prospecting
    My wife and I were able to add a solid 2 grams to our vial this summer! We started June with .8 grams. Here is our current total.
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    Would have done more, but my back finally said enough in late August.
    We were able to get out to Canyon Creek (near Ross Lake) several times, Shaser Creek several times, Peshastin Creek and several different spots along the S and N Fork of the Nooksack.
    My back is starting to feel better and hopefully we'll get out for some fall digging before it starts getting really cold!

  9. #69
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
    132
    392 times
    Prospecting
    Wife and I made use of the amazing PNW weather this weekend to go out a couple times to different places. We spent Saturday hiking into Canyon Creek above Ross Lake and sluicing for a few hours.
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    Sunday we made the quicker drive to the South Fork of the Nooksack to run the Piglet highbanker. A lot of fishermen out there and it made us feel a little bit uncomfortable but still got a solid hour of running before we shut the Honda pump down and just enjoyed the sound of the river.
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    In the end, we got enough over the two days to pass the 1/10th of an ounce barrier! (our total, not the two days)
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  10. #70
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
    132
    392 times
    Prospecting
    I haven't posted in a while because the pictures pretty much look the same as before. I guess that's not a bad thing because my wife and I have been able to go out high banking at least a couple times a month even as winter has set in.
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    We really had our goal set on hitting the 4 gram (total) mark by the end of the year, but due to rain and fluctuating rivers we didn't go out quite as much as we had planned. Even so, we are sitting at 3.83g at years end so we are excited. We added a full 3 grams since the 1st of June! I am looking forward to adding to our total and eventually melting down a little 1/4 oz bar.

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    My wife and I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2019!

  11. #71
    us
    Mar 2012
    Idaho
    Bazooka 36" Prospector, Bottom Feeder Hand Dredge Nokta FORS Gold+, Fisher Gold Bug, Garrett Pro Pointer AT,
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    887 times
    Prospecting
    Love seeing another husband/wife team. You won't find a better mining partner.
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    Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD.
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  12. #72
    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
    132
    392 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Underburden View Post
    Love seeing another husband/wife team. You won't find a better mining partner.
    I love being able to go out with her, and it's pretty sweet that she likes to dig!
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  13. #73
    us
    May 2014
    AZ
    Sweep Jig, Whippet Dry Washer, Lobo ST, 1/2 width 2 tray Gold Cube, numerous pans, rocker box, and /home made fluid bed and stream sluices.
    1,866
    2696 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Gold4Mike View Post
    I love being able to go out with her, and it's pretty sweet that she likes to dig!
    Now that lends a different meaning to the term "Gold Digger"!
    Last edited by arizau; Jan 07, 2019 at 03:28 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

 

 
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