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    Galt's Gulch, Colorado
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    My home with Numero Uno and 2 dogs plus 2 cats, our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, gold, geology, prospecting, nugget hunting, dowsing, ...

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  1. Thanks for your help. Sincerely, -C
  2. Last month, I went on a nugget hunting trip to Buck Mountains, southwest of Kingman. Specifically, I chose the SE flank of the mountains, T15N, R18W, Sec 1. I selected this site because the online, BLM LR2000 system shows section 12, the neighboring section to the south, to be completely claimed in its entirety by the “Deep Canyon” series of unpatented placer claims. I figured that maybe some of that gold in 12 could have spilled over into 1. I found nothing but an unending supply of spent military ordinance, e.g. 50 and 30 cal. bullets and tiny shrapnel shards. It was nearly impossible to move my detector search plate without getting another hit signal. However, I beep’d no shell casings, so section 1 was clearly on the receiving end, not the sending end, of a lot of live fire at some point in time. I’ve attached a couple of photos I took while there. Can you Arizona guys set me straight on Buck Mountains? Has anyone had better results around there than what I experienced? Thanks.
  3. When I saw that this specimen was from the Idarado, I thought, “Hey, that’s in my backyard!” The Idarado Mine consolidated all the separate small mines and prospects covering the three Red Mountain peaks #s 1, 2 and 3. Red Mountain is located between Ouray and Silverton, CO. Its inactive now, and I think is owned by Newmont. An interesting fact about Red Mountain is there are no ore body exposures on the surface. The first mine operators oriented their tunnels by-guess-and-by-golly. Ore structures inside the mountain are vertical pipes. If the miner accidentally hit one, it was payday. Else, it was money down the hole. Another factoid is the creek drainage downslope in the Red Mountain watershed was found to be naturally polluted by acid runoff when the first whites arrived in the 19th century. I’ve attached a few snapshots.
  4. Ron, I'm praying for you. Get outta there soon. -C/Jim
  5. Hi, TomH, Thanks for the headsup about the Colorado Mineral Belt. I have kind of given up there because its been exploited for the past 150 years and it’s hard to do much prospecting within the Belt without trespassing on patented mining claims. On the other hand, since retiring here I’ve noted numerous outlier locations where excitement was once generated by the minerals present, but they were shallow and soon exhausted. The outlier locations never made headlines like deposits within the Belt. These outliers ring to me like how Jim Straight has noted the attributes for epithermal deposits. Going after these... on the downside it’s a big long shot, but on the upside I don’t worry about trespassing on existing locations, I have no competition where I go, and the scenery is always gorgeous. As readers can tell from my Gateway, CO, write up, even if I find no gold, just working on understanding the geology and its implications thrills me. Thanks, again, for your helpful data on the Colorado Mineral Belt. Best, -C/Jim
  6. Hi, 1.) It is pretty much common knowledge that there is no BIG gold for beeping in Colorado. 2.) Two years ago, I retired and moved here (Colorado). That’s the last move I am making, except for feet first into a mortuary in the mighty far distant future. 3.) Thanks for people like Jim Straight, Chris Ralph, Ray Mills and others, I have read a lot about epithermal deposits, residual placers, “pocket hunting”, etc. 4.) As a result, while gold hunting in Colorado my battle plan is to focus on the #3 items. Last week, I enjoyed just such a day trip. Colorado spent 300+ million years of its history beneath oceans, seas and lakes accumulating thousands of feet of sediment. That material remains as sandstone rock all around where I live. However, there are places where the igneous and metamorphic basement rock beneath is visible. One of those locations is on the north end of the Uncompahgre Plateau. I went there to investigate that unconformity contact between sedimentary and metamorphic, where I know others before me have found shallow mineralization. I started at the floor of Unaweep Canyon near Gateway, Colorado. I hiked up into canyon land terrain where the plateau erodes downward from higher elevation. There you can see the color difference between gray-blue igneous and metamorphic material and orange-red sandstone. The blue-gray layers were where I wanted to beep with my ML Eureka VLF. I detected only hot rock on this trip, but found the geology changes fascinating as I gained elevation hiking up canyon ridges. I walked through igneous and metamorphic layers: quartzite, mica schist, schist with embedded quartz lenses, iron stained quartz, cryptocrystalline green quartz and breccia. (I am strictly an amateur geologist.) One of my problems was navigation in the canyon lands maze of arroyos. Early on, I took a bad turn and followed the wrong drainage, which caused me to miss my intended target for beeping. I reached the elevation I had wanted, but one ridgeline away from where I hoped to be. At that time, I was out of energy, and out of water, and the canyon between me and the next ridge over was way too deep, and the sun was beastly hot, and my feet hurt from new hiking boots, so I turned back for home. I might return next autumn when the weather is cooler, and if Google Earth plus my El Cheapo GPS can help me lay out a route to follow up the correct, snake-like canyon segments to my intended location. Regards, -C
  7. Dan, Thank you for this link url. The photos are especially helpful/educational for someone like me, who wants to learn more about epithermal geology. Of course, thanks, too, to Jim S. for leading the charge for so long on this topic!
  8. Adam, Your trip report and photos made my morning. Thank you!
  9. El D, If you had the opportunity to watch, what was your opinion of the values mentioned for the recovered stones? Thanks. -C/Jim
  10. Shep, Thanks for posting this news. I would not have known otherwise, as I don't watch Weather Channel. For those of us who missed it, look for a rebroadcast in a few days on your cable provider. My provider is Bresnan. The series pilot and 1st episode, one-half hour each, are scheduled for rebroadcast this Saturday, 3/30, starting at 12pm, 6pm and 9pm mountain time. Here is the series press release from last year, which I also missed: The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) announced today that it has greenlit “Prospectors” (working title), which follows a group of miners searching for the rarest gems in order to strike it rich. However, they risk life and limb daily as they face extreme climates, weather and other perilous conditions in every step of their pursuit. Produced by High Noon Entertainment (“Hurricane Hunters,” “Cake Boss”), “Prospectors” features 9x 30-minute episodes and premieres Tuesday, March 26 with back-to-back episodes at 9:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. ET (repeating at midnight & 12:30 a.m. ET) “I can’t imagine anyone facing the kind of danger the group in ‘Prospectors’ faces on a daily basis, yet this gang simply can’t resist the call of the fortune awaiting them,” said Michael Dingley, senior vice president, content and development, The Weather Channel Companies. “It’s a thrilling, and sometimes terrifying, journey to watch them pursue their riches at all costs.” Just like their predecessors 150 years ago, the small, ragtag gang in “Prospectors” has one goal: find their fortune. Based in Colorado, they brave the continent’s most extreme mountain environments in search of the planet’s most precious gems, such as topaz, aquamarine and rhodochrosite. Rarer than diamonds, more valuable than gold and far more difficult to mine, one of these fist-sized gems can bring $3 million or more. The prospectors use picks, sledgehammers and dynamite to send Volkswagen-sized boulders spinning out of control down the 60 percent grade mountainside. They open holes, looking for veins of brilliant red, blue and green crystals. And the right pocket, extracted correctly, can bring a million dollar payday or more. But the process is brutal. This is some of the most dangerous mining in the world, because while Colorado is home to North America’s richest, most abundant gem fields, they’re also at the highest elevations. At 14,000 feet above sea level, there’s 50 percent less oxygen, and weather is always more extreme, with twice as many lightning strikes, hurricane force winds, and vicious storms that move in without warning. And if the weather doesn’t get the prospectors, the thieves might. http://press.weather.com/press-releases/the-weather-channel-finds-a-gem-with-prospectors/
  11. Glenn Beck had to put his dog, Victor, down yesterday. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/23/beck-family-says-farewell-to-victor-loyal-companion-and-watchdog/ TAKE JOY IN OLD DOGS Their joys are simple. A soft bed. A scrap fallen from the table that the younger dogs missed. The memory of a treed squirrel. A stormless night. White whiskered faces and legs crooked as question marks. Old Dogs…their sweet Buddha bellies hang over crossed legs as they fall asleep in a coveted patch of sun. Dreaming of out-racing their shadows down long, shady lanes. Once they danced by your side. The very definition of joy unleashed. A perfect poem caught in shining eyes and wagging tails. They have followed you faithfully for years. And would plunge into fires, untamed wildernesses, raging waters if you asked. Now, they struggle to catch up. Their pace slow but their hearts still valiant. Their cloudy eyes are starting to dim and go distant, tuning in to some invisible world. Just beyond your reach. Don’t go you say, as you scratch the tender part between their ears. Stay longer. I can’t imagine a world without your fur pressed close to my cheek. There are still so many roads we haven’t explored. And they look up at you with a wisdom that just slays you. Their backs are bent, not from the weight of years, but from the invisible wings they are growing That will soon take them to a place where once more they are warriors of speed Drunk with the sights and scents of a thousand meadows. Able to leap high enough to touch the wing of the tiniest butterfly. A place where they will now wait for you to catch up. Glenn and Victor Just Victor Victor, ever vigilant, keeps watch over Glenn Beck’s youngest children October 2012. Raphe shares his affection for Victor
  12. I have a Garmin bottom-of-the-line model that I bought at the Sports Authority store for $90 last year. It has no maps database or anything snazzy like that, but at the end of a day's walking in heavy CO forest, it could tell the difference between my standing by the RR or LF doors of my SUV auto. I had set a my car location before I went out in the morning, just in case I got lost. This unit is exactly what I had wanted. Hope this helps. Cochetopa/Jim
  13. I am still working on my first, unassisted nugget. Congratulations. I can feel your happiness in the words you wrote. Sincerely, Jim
  14. Thanks for the doggie update. He is a handsome prize.
  15. Guys, Thanks for your comments which encourage me to keep on keepin' on. NS Forum is great. Jim
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