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  1. Reducing to $5100 to keep in pace with others here. Skip @Au Seeker can you please adjust the title (and perhaps the price within the post itself) to reflect $5100?
  2. You’ll love the Grizzly Tom. I bought a 660 4x4 Grizzly in 2005 and used it for a decade. Great machine, never left me stranded. Not sure if yours has the backup pull cord starter option. Mine did it and I used it at least once per month for two reasons: 1) ensure it works 2) ensure that I could operate it correctly. All puns aside the pull starter was a “bear” in cold weather. When I sold it a few years ago I weighed 260 and could throw that extra weight into it. Weighing 185 today I’m sure it would not be as easy lol Frankly, I much prefer my 4x4 side by side today. A lot more payload and unless trail width is a concern I have found few places the side by side can’t match a quad on. Plus a good hike is always fun. When I think about the question “What do all of you carry to help you get out if something goes wrong on the quad?”. The most important piece of gear is you, the quad can be rescued later (confident that we all know this). Your mental and physical health will be a huge factor in getting out in one piece. Even in temporary survival situations the first thing that kills most people is hypothermia and the second is dehydration. I’m sure most of you know this already, but noting in the event someone does not. If anyone reading this thinks that a simple breakdown off road cannot turn into a temporary survival situation you are wrong. There has been some good advice given here, and some of it makes me chuckle. Serious injury aside and depending on where you break down these are my main priorities: Avoid hypothermia (or heat stroke), hydration, orienteering, communication. Guessing most folks here are good manual orienteers or carry a gps. Both work equally well. A few of the items you’ll find in my gear bag are as follows (not affiliate links) and I had the same on the Grizzly. Some of these items are “backpack” items, but adding for good measure. I'm of the "rather have it and not need it" mindset with both gear and guns. Air Compressor - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FBD3HSK/ Battery Jumper - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074XFLJS5/ Delorme InReach Explorer - unless you don’t travel out of cell phone areas https://www.amazon.com/AG-008727-201-Explorer-Satellite-Communicator-Navigation/dp/B00I6EY01C/ Survival Blanket - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CQUA28/ Quality Leatherman multi-tool of your choice Milspec paracord Zip ties Duct Tape Hose Clamps (work for all kinds of things) Lighter and quality fire starter (that actually works lol) https://firesteel.com/ Jacket, beanie, dry shirt, pants, and socks Extra headlamp (with batteries) A brightly colored bandana Whistle Protein based snacks/foods Rain gear (Frog Toggs) Small tarp Side note: Extra medication/prescriptions (I don’t take any meds/prescriptions, but if you do might be a good idea to have a few extra days worth handy) Need more coffee so likely leaving something out, but that’s my two cents for now. Life is good.
  3. GPZ 7000 for sale $5,500.00...EDIT PRICE REDUCED TO $5,100 Cash only. Ammo boxes and ammo not included ;-) This detector is in excellent condition. Purchased from Rob. The serial number is shown below. Used but never abused. This is a great deal, especially with the extras. Comes with an extra battery, heavy duty aftermarket coil cover, and Doc's detector/wireless/screen cover. Wireless WM 12 speaker module and headphones included. The original little iron ferrite ring cracked, but I just wrapped red duct tape around it and have seen no performance difference. The ferrite ring is not part of the detector, it's just another method to ground balance. You can read more about the ferrite ring here. I have a new ferrite ring for you too. You also get a Camelbak hydropack attached to the Minelab harness. You'll just need your own bladder. The Camelbak is not new, it's just one of my older ones. I have several detectors, can't swing them all at once, and I don't want to see this machine collect dust. It's paid for itself for me and I'm sure you'll do well with it too. This is a great deal for the price, especially with the extras. Going to reinvest the money into my next detector model adventure. It's a lot of fun trying different machines out. Send texts or PMs. Text preferred as I don't get on the internet every day. (928) 298-5775. Please text before calling as I don't take calls from unknown numbers due to the amount of scams out there. Sale will likely take place in Arizona. If I don't return your text right away we're likely traveling and not in a service area. Please don't make lowball offers, the price is firm and very fair. We both have better ways of spending our time.
  4. Been traveling around Colorado. Beautiful state with a rich mining history. In Telluride now for a few days. Just chilling out after 7 days of camping and being off grid here and there. Been visiting national parks and mining country. Prospecting and detecting in national parks is not allowed. Colorado has lots of country to beep and prospect. Endless mines and hiking. Hope you are all staying cool wherever you are. Getting back on the road soon. Life is good. Enjoy the pics... No visible gold but screams on the Gold Bug. Lots of pyrite showing. Gold and pyrite do run together so we'll know more when we crush it. Nice molybdenum specimen. Some cubic pyrites. My daughter and I at the Old 100. Very cool tour with neat history. A nice quartz slab with gold and pyrites someone had at the Old 100. Met some kids from Missouri on the Old 100 tour who wanted to see some "real gold" so we showed them some. Inside the Old 100. Massive pegmatites in gneiss and schist at the Black Canyon of the Gunnision national park. Only 2,500 feet down to the river. Lots of great photo opportunities here. Hiking the Black Canyon. 3 pics from La Plata Canyon. A great mining history here. Met two guys while hiking who had sluices and pans who were on their way somewhere. Once we began talking gold they had to leave all the sudden. Think they were worried about their honey hole being discovered. Can't blame them for being cautious. Big mudslides below Sawpit and Placerville. It's rained every afternoon. Sometimes it's light, other times very heavy. 3 off road pics. Lots of opportunity for those who wander. A nice morning in Telluride.
  5. Very cool DD. That gold has beautiful character, chevron looking from my screen. And you got a new little buddy, sounds like a great trip. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Rod

    Death Valley trip

    Very cool, thanks Charlie
  7. Rod

    "Dang, I forgot my camera !"

    Great good and good times. Bobcats can be curious creatures. We've had them just hang out 25 or so feet away and just watch as long as we stayed mellow and out of their comfort zone. Gotta love nature.
  8. Yep...more details here https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news-events/?cid=fseprd581999
  9. Rod


    Very nice finds, congrats
  10. Rod

    Lead mining

    One target closer to a nugget Keep swinging
  11. Rod

    Don't disregard the old coils

    Good to know Bill, thanks. Thought I read about someone in OZ experimenting with the idea but the details escape me. Frankly, my wish is not performance based, the ZED is a great machine, just enjoy variety.
  12. Rod

    Hey, got prayers?

    All the best to you and your mom, Tammy. Hope she recovers quickly.
  13. Rod

    Don't disregard the old coils

    Totally agree. My favorite was the good old Coiltek 14 round mono. That coil was crazy sensitive and deep. The Minelab 8 inch mono Super Gold Search mono was another favorite. And with DD's the Coiltek 17 Wallaby DD Pro was the standout. That's the one thing that drove me crazy on the SDC 2300, the lack of coils but I cannot fault the machine itself, great unit. I don't see any need to buy a 19 for the ZED but would like to see a smaller coil for it like an 11 inch.
  14. Rod

    Modded 3500

    Good stuff. Totally agree with trying different units and kinda chuckle when people are closed minded to possibilities.
  15. Rod

    Blasting caps

    What could possibly go wrong? 😉