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    us
    Feb 2010
    Kenai, Alaska
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    Who was going to alaska to dredge???

    I remember someone last spring had a big remote dredging trip to ak planned but i dont remember who. Was wondering how it turned out or if anyone had reports

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    Probably me. Was planning a trip this summer, but nephew didn't hold up his end. My friend who gave me the location info told me that it was better to have stayed home! His brother's land around Willow was spared by the fires, but everyone else got hit. From what I saw of the fire maps, we could have been trapped in the valley, and going over the mountains was our only way out if we couldn't get airlifted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Nemo View Post
    Probably me. Was planning a trip this summer, but nephew didn't hold up his end. My friend who gave me the location info told me that it was better to have stayed home! His brother's land around Willow was spared by the fires, but everyone else got hit. From what I saw of the fire maps, we could have been trapped in the valley, and going over the mountains was our only way out if we couldn't get airlifted.
    If he told you it was better to have stayed home, I am guessing the original report was greatly skewed. Based on your original reports, nothing would have kept me at home for those kind of numbers.

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    All the gold in the world ain't worth dying for. You don't play games with forest fires.
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    I had the same problem about 5 years ago while dredging out in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains . after driving 16 hours and then getting set up for the next day. We were in the water and I tasted a Smokey taste from my air compressor so I popped back up and EVERYTHING was foggy looking. Smokey was a more accurate description! So we went back to check on the condition and meet up with several Forest ranger's saying "get out of here right now!" .....needless to say we had to scramble. We meet up with Reed in Larime Wyoming that evening and had to cancel our plans for a week of dredging with him ! Better to be gone and NOT cooked !
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    fires were not ever close to the location, however, more power to ya for what ever reason you decided to not explore the area.

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    us
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    The main reason was not being ready to ship the gear in time. I had to have everything ready to ship by June 1. The fire I was worried about stayed north of the river, but if it had jumped, then we could be in trouble.

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    Sucked having to unpack the first A-22 cargo bag after it was ready to go. Had to unpack to keep the food storage temps down, otherwise the drink mixes start tasting weird. Also that load had all the mining gear in it, and I needed the pans, and also I wanted to try the stream sluices out. I'll also have to pull the kitchen box apart for stuff that can freeze. But the good part is that everything was inventoried and weighed so repack will be easy in spring.
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  8. #8
    us
    Feb 2010
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    You guys were going on by helicopter right?
    Sorry to hear it didnt work out
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  9. #9
    us
    Feb 2010
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    Capt Nemo, you guys going this year? I'm looking forward to hearing about the adventure.

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    George

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    Dredging in Alaska is pretty tough anymore anyway, years ago i used a 3 box 5" had good luck but ground is hard to come by, if you have to helicopter in somewhere you'd better have some easy gold to pay your way
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  11. #11
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, XGIH, GDR, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner/operator.

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    I really would like to get up there someday just to have the experience. I know some folks that dredge in Nome on one of those backhoe barge rigs sounds like a neat way to spend a summer. Hard to get the time off being self employed.

 

 

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