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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
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    So I go to the Gold prospectors of the Rockies meetings most months. They meet the third Wed of each month and have a finds of the month contest with several categories. As a result I've been keeping my gold organized and tracked from one meeting to the next to compete for the category "Most Raw Gold of the Month". I thought it would be fun to share the monthly journey here. This first pic is what I've done since the last meeting on the third Wed of January. The lead is just from my last outing and weighs 17 grams. All done with my BGT Prospector of course. No way I'd get this much by hand if I had to classify. In fact at this location I'm two steps from paydirt to sluice so no buckets used except at sluice cleanup...gotta love that

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    is all that from just that creek we went too?
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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
    10581 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by tweeta_bear View Post
    is all that from just that creek we went too?
    haha, wouldn't you like to know! It is all from one hole in one creek down here in South metro Denver but that's all I'll say for now. I'll show you exactly where after I finish cleaning it out ;-)
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    hahaha im not going to take your spot... im not that kinda guy, dont forget i got 2 stream right down the street full of gold but congrats on the score!
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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
    10581 times
    Prospecting
    You're the best Tweeta, not worried about that! This current hole is the best I've seen in metro Denver and is a good reminder that there are still hot spots out there to be found in modest little creeks around town.
    BTW the total digging time represented by that pic is about 5.5 hours.this time of year most of my outings are pretty short as I'm digging after work and before it gets dark.
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    Jul 2011
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    Do you mean you can prospect in the city limits? Here in Placerville CA. it is illegal, and there are some nice looking creeks with bedrock exposed. It is a shame.

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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
    10581 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Armchair prospector View Post
    Do you mean you can prospect in the city limits? Here in Placerville CA. it is illegal, and there are some nice looking creeks with bedrock exposed. It is a shame.
    sad to hear that. Yes, I'm in the city limits of various suburbs and in the City of Denver too! There are a few towns or park districts with bans in place but most governmental entities here are open to manual and battery operated prospecting. Gotta love this town

    The big news in town last fall was the formal creation of the Arapahoe Prospecting Park in the suburb of Wheatridge on the west side of town. It is the site of Arapahoe City which was one of the first settlements created at the beginning of the CO goldrush. The town was later obliterated by the giant river dredges around 1906-8 but those dredges left a lot of fine gold for us :-D

    The next big win looks to be expanded access up in Clear Creek Canyon as Jefferson County extends the recreational path up river. Their Open Space Parks director told us in a recent meeting that the logistical needs of visiting prospectors are a specific need they will focus on...love being welcomed! (PS you can run a 4" dredge in the canyon without any permit, anytime you want)
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    Feb 2013
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    Thanks for posting the pic Kevin. Also really enjoy the historical information you drop into your posts every now and then.

    I may have totally butchered the math on this, but I figured you made about 135.00 dollars an hour for that take.
    Last edited by Leonard F.; Jan 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM.
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  9. #9
    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
    10581 times
    Prospecting
    I wish! More like $50 in 5.5 hours of digging plus maybe 2.5 of cons processing...so about $6/hour. Better at Burger King...not that impressive. If only I could do that well consistently. Usually I only get1/2 that, sometimes less of course. Well, except when I can get up to my buddy's mountain claim I guess but that's under many feet of snow now...
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Jan 31, 2014 at 01:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    I wish! More like $135 in 5.5 hours of digging plus maybe 2.5 of cons processing...so about $16/hour. Better than Burger King but not that impressive. If only I could do that well consistently. Usually I only get1/2 that, sometimes less of course. Well, except when I can get up to my buddy's mountain claim I guess but that's under many feet of snow now...
    i got a couple snow shovels and that big truck... lets go, id do all the snow shoveling! lol jk
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    us
    Aug 2013
    Coloma, California
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    Prospecting
    Nice looking piles Kevin!
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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
    10581 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by bazookagoldtrap View Post
    Nice looking piles Kevin!
    thanks! Happy to be your poster child for high fines production with a BGT! Now if I only had paydirt with pieces that got caught in the grizzly, sure would be nice to test out how that works lol

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    us
    Feb 2013
    Arvada, CO
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    Prospecting
    Kevin,

    Do you know how far up Clear Creek access will be expanded? If it happens.

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    May 2012
    nevada
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    Kevin - there is a small percentage of us fighting for our rights in calif. I am more and more convinced that beating ourselves up at the state and federal level, and in court, is a waste. But at local city, county levels, we have some influence. I would really like to hear what you and your club has done to work with
    local officials, to create the friendly atmosphere you enjoy. Perhaps a thread on that subject, ok ?

    "We either restore local government, or submit to global governance" Kirk MacKenzie DRA

  15. #15
    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,773
    10581 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Leonard F. View Post
    Kevin, Do you know how far up Clear Creek access will be expanded? If it happens.
    Hi Leonard! the Open space Rep said the goal was to go all the way up Clear creek canyon to the west edge of Jefferson county and then to link with the path that runs to Idaho Springs. The bad news is that some of it will be very, very expensive to build due to the narrow canyon and existing road so they are doing pieces of it now as road rebuilding projects and open space funding allows.

 

 
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