Heading up to Big Bear for the next week to do some prospecting. My parents have a cabin up there and live there most of the year so luckily I go up there as much as I can. Thru the years we have done some mining, sluicing at some of the small local streams, and dry washing at multiple spots in Holcomb Valley. I'm looking to get more serious, well I should say spend more time up there. I'm going to also start testing a few local spots around where the cabin is, around Holcomb, and testing a few of the piles of old pilings at multiple old mines. There are a few big ones that have good size piles of old material that was gone thru. But my thinking is when the material was gone thru (many many years ago - hundreds of years ago) the equipment was not close to as good as what we have today. Again this is my THOUGHT.. So I'm going to test it this trip and take a few pails from a few different sites, label them so I know where they came from, and go thru the material at the cabin while I enjoy a nice cold beverage. Maybe I'll find nothing, but I'm thinking that I might find something as there was and still is plenty of gold up there. I leave tomorrow morning (Saturday) and I'll keep you all updated on my findings. I also have a small mini re-circulating sluice that I found while looking thru our equipment. I believe it's missing one wood leg that is used to fit into a bucket (I'll remake one). And those small pins pull out and release the screen and pad for a clean out. Has anyone used one of these?? I'll try posting a few pictures of it and hopefully someone can give me some advice as how to use it or some tips!! Talk soon!