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  1. #466
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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
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    This is the job site where I got the dry washing material. My dirt was just a sample from those piles they set aside as they dug foundation trenches. Some of it they'll use as backfill...I want to know where the rest is going
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  2. #467
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    May 2014
    AZ
    Beach High Banker, 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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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
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    This is the job site where I got the dry washing material. My dirt was just a sample from those piles they set aside as they dug foundation trenches. Some of it they'll use as backfill...I want to know where the rest is going
    There is nothing like the taste of wild Colorado mountain strawberries. Maybe it is time to convince your wife of the need of some material to build some mounds to grow them on.
    Last edited by arizau; Aug 09, 2016 at 10:42 AM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  3. #468
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    There is nothing like the taste of wild Colorado mountain strawberries. Maybe it is time to convince your wife of the need of some material to build some mounds to grow them on.
    LoL, they grow wild in the field right next to our condo! And living in a condo, it's more like I need to convince the maintenance guy we need some fill material on the property...hmm, that could be a good idea!
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  4. #469
    us
    FIRE...Financially Independent Retired Early. Poor but free!

    Feb 2013
    Deep in the redwoods of the TRUE Northern CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Yup. It's a Whippet. Only 15 pounds including the battery and backpack setup!
    Whippet Engineering LLC - Home
    Expensive but worth it if you want something you can pack in on your own.
    Expensive AND out of stock. Always a good sign.
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    We don't fight for gain. We fight for what is rightfully ours.

    Just another supporter of Land Matters http://www.mylandmatters.org/ The one stop place for mining matters on public lands!

    CA prospectors check here http://www.mylandmatters.org/Donate/Gift1.html

    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

  5. #470
    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
    6,898
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    Went to the Country Boy mine last Wednesday with some friends who were visiting. The underground tour is pretty good and my visitors loved it. I thought the gold panning teaching session and the actual gold panning were really lame Nice display of old mining gear and a good viewpoint to look at the Wellington Mine across the way too. Did some sampling in French Creek on their property too but our pans came up empty there. In the past, I've found gold upstream but is spots was loaded with washed cobbles and mine dump rock
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  6. #471
    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
    6,898
    10950 times
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    Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere

    Got out sampling on the Blue River today, a few miles north of my home in Silverthorne. Had researched several possible locations. First one was a fail with one speck from samples in 5 different spots. Second was loaded with mosquitoes so I'll come back a different day. Downstream to the third spot...better with some gold and a couple pieces of fishing lead. Not enough gold to be exciting but better. Pic is below as I mixed my sampling from a couple days in one cons container.

    In case you are wondering, this is the beginning of a prospecting campaign to find spots near home (since I moved full time to the mountains) where I can dig. This may lead to filing a claim if I find a real hot spot. Time will tell!
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Aug 16, 2016 at 07:05 PM.

  7. #472
    us
    FIRE...Financially Independent Retired Early. Poor but free!

    Feb 2013
    Deep in the redwoods of the TRUE Northern CA
    Teknetics Alpha 2000
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    So I did a bit of research on your new home. Beautiful place!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverthorne,_Colorado

    8730 feet above sea level? Yikes it's thin up there! But one person per square mile tells me ya done good Kevin! And the gold is there and if anyone can find it, it'll be you.
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    We don't fight for gain. We fight for what is rightfully ours.

    Just another supporter of Land Matters http://www.mylandmatters.org/ The one stop place for mining matters on public lands!

    CA prospectors check here http://www.mylandmatters.org/Donate/Gift1.html

    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

  8. #473
    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
    6,898
    10950 times
    Prospecting

    Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere

    Yup, my place is up on Buffalo Mountain, above town, at 9300+ feet. Funny what you can get used to. I don't even notice it when I'm digging now

    I went out today on the Blue River downstream from town a ways and found some gold. All -50 mesh.
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    Pretty spot and open to claiming but I need better gold!!
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  9. #474
    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
    6,898
    10950 times
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    Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere

    Got out yesterday while down in Denver area for a dentist appt and a prospecting club meeting. Got good gold at the first spot (which I've hit before: "crayfish creek") and very little at the second. Second spot was lower Big Dry Creek just upstream from the South Platte River. Easy access and I know guys who've found pockets of good gold there. I found a few specks in each sample hole but nothing decent.
    Sample site just downstream of Santa Fe St bridge:
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  10. #475
    us
    Mar 2014
    Lincolnton North Carolina
    30" Bazooka Sniper, Drop Riffle sluice box. Various Gold Pans
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    The shade looks nice! Just cutting the grass here is taxing. 94 and 95+ days.
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  11. #476
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    Husband, father & fun seeker

    Jul 2015
    utah
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckwalk View Post
    The shade looks nice! Just cutting the grass here is taxing. 94 and 95+ days.
    95 I can handle here. But 95 where you are is a very different feel. Whats your humidity %
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  12. #477
    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
    6,898
    10950 times
    Prospecting

    Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere

    Highs in the 70's here at my mountain home. Hi 80's but zero humidity in the city when I was digging.

    Gold from crayfish creek was actually pretty disappointing at 0.03 grams. David, I continued upstream from my dig with you. I guess it's time to go downstream! I did get about 100 pieces of lead bird shot, just not much gold. Anyway, here it is:
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    Lack of volume & big stuff tells me I'm at the upper end of the hotspot. The hot spot was producing 10-15x this amount.
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Aug 19, 2016 at 04:59 PM.

  13. #478
    us
    Mar 2014
    Lincolnton North Carolina
    30" Bazooka Sniper, Drop Riffle sluice box. Various Gold Pans
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    Quote Originally Posted by utah mason View Post
    95 I can handle here. But 95 where you are is a very different feel. Whats your humidity %
    I don't know the exact % but when you step outside it feels sticky. Call it high!
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  14. #479
    Charter Member
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    WP

    Mar 2014
    Dallas,GA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckwalk View Post
    I don't know the exact % but when you step outside it feels sticky. Call it high!
    I understand this! It took me almost 3 years, but I'm starting to get use to it...I wouldn't want to work on a paving or roofing crew here! But I'm getting a little more comfortable with it!

  15. #480
    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
    6,898
    10950 times
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    Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere

    Went out with a friend to his claim today to stake it. It was a beautiful day and spot as you can see!
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    A view across the claim:
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