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  1. #16
    se
    Sep 2006
    Sweden
    White's V3, Minelab Explorer II & XP Deus.
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    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by dash4cash View Post
    Thanks for the reply, with a pack loaded with all that stuff I would have to hire someone to carry it for me lol.

    Carl
    Hahha, yeah. I go equipped for basic sampling with pan, hard rock and some basic geological mapping. Basically an all-round set.
    Including food & water, I probably end up near 10-20 Kgs. An 8 hour day in the woods and I'm beat.
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    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

  2. #17
    us
    Dec 2015
    South Fork Yuba River, Motherlode
    GoldBug II
    251
    492 times
    Prospecting
    my basics:
    1. Patience
    2. Persistence

    without the above, nothing you can buy will be worth a damn.
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    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Pennsylvania Assembly, November 11, 1755

  3. #18
    us
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    mule to haul this,sorry,i tell my friends that all iam missing.brad
    Quote Originally Posted by Eu_citzen View Post
    I'd say, yes, it depends on the local enviroment. My basic pack looks like this:

    (Compass - for navigation, measuring geological features, if you have a map.)
    Non-glaced porcelain - to find out the streakcolor, test minerals.
    Knife; Preferably 2 of them, then a knife can be used for hardness testing of minerals.
    Loupe - 10x triplet, used to study minerals.
    Boots - good hiking boots.
    Rubberboots
    Extra dry socks, if it gets wet ...
    Goldpan, sieve and shovel
    Map / GPS - to navigate and tag finds.
    Food, drinks and coffee pot. That includes dried fruits, nuts etc.
    Backpack, ideally, most should fit in the backpack, 70L + is recommended.
    Hammers, to break rock with. Eye protection and protective gloves are recommended.
    Pen, make sure to mark specimens
    Plastic bags to store specimens.
    Clothes as needed.
    Lighters, matches or the like. To make a fire to cook or something else.
    A cooking vessel


    If useful, I'll strap a sluice to my backpack.
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  4. #19
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
    638
    719 times
    Prospecting
    A good pack frame to strap all your gear on is pretty handy. When I get a bigger place I plan on getting a mule or some burros, has long been a dream of mine.

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  5. #20

    Apr 2018
    Saukville, WI
    Garrett Ace 300 Garrett AT max
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I believe I have all the basics needed to be successful on the river, good back pack with 2 pans 14 inch, 1/8 and 30 mesh classifiers, rock hammer, 1/2 and 1 inch chisels, snuffer bottle just in case lol, 12 and 16 inch screw drivers for cleaning crevises {spelling},gold buddy hand dredge, 32 inch pry bar, small gravel shovel, bug spray, magnifying glass, couple pair tweezers, soft brushes, head lamp, jet dry, and a 5 gallon bucket.

    Carl

  6. #21
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    us
    TerrysKnifeStore.com

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Minelab GPZ 7000; Equinox 600 -- Teknetics EuroTek PRO -- Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger -- Bunk's Hermit Pick
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    Good luck!
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  7. #22
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
    638
    719 times
    Prospecting
    You shouldn't need the jet dry down at the river, for at home in a tub sure. Don't forget a good pick.
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  8. #23
    us
    Jul 2004
    Angels Camp,Ca.
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    looking in a known gold bearing area and most importantly is persistence and more persistence.
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  9. #24

    Apr 2018
    Saukville, WI
    Garrett Ace 300 Garrett AT max
    88
    83 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by dave wiseman View Post
    looking in a known gold bearing area and most importantly is persistence and more persistence.
    I am sure the more I go and the more I study up on WI gold the better it will get, for now its back to where I found my first gold and expand from there.

    Carl
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  10. #25
    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.
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    2898 times
    Prospecting
    If you get serious about prospecting you will probably also get into trouble with the wife. As near as I can gather it has something to do about junking up the garage or store room with all the various pieces of equipment, etc. that you acquire over the years.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; Jun 07, 2018 at 07:07 PM.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  11. #26

    Apr 2018
    Saukville, WI
    Garrett Ace 300 Garrett AT max
    88
    83 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    If you get serious about prospecting you will probably also get into trouble with the wife. As near as I can gather it has something to do about junking up the garage or store room with all the various pieces of equipment, etc. that you acquire over the years.

    Good luck.
    lol, no wife its just me, and the garage is all mine with a little space left next to the ice fishing stuff, the archery targets, the knife making tools, the bass fishing arsenal, and the camping supplies, just enough room for gold prospecting equipment.

    Carl

  12. #27
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
    638
    719 times
    Prospecting
    Oh just wait if you get the fever hard enough you're gonna hurting for space to put everything.
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  13. #28
    us
    Feb 2018
    Western Massachusetts
    49
    64 times
    Prospecting
    Jet dry? That's kinda gross, I prefer to bring beer or a flask to the river with me...

    My wife just bought us a couple of kayaks to explore the rivers. She doesn't know yet that this will lead to much more gold panning in our future.

    A small item that I always bring bc most of the prospecting that I do is crevicing is a tooth brush. Good for sweeping the mud up into a pile to scoop up with a teaspoon...
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  14. #29
    se
    Sep 2006
    Sweden
    White's V3, Minelab Explorer II & XP Deus.
    6,454
    2070 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by 1637 View Post
    mule to haul this,sorry,i tell my friends that all iam missing.brad
    Guess what my prospecting buddies nicknamed me? Donkey.
    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

 

 
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