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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. Hi, I regularly watched the "Gem Hunt" cable tv series over this last winter. The emphasis on haggling over price was a turn off, but getting to visit actual gem mines and see gem material in the rough more than compensated for me. The one character in the series who I enjoyed was Bernie Gaboury, the quiet, techno-gemologist-geologist guy. The May, 2014, issue of "Rock&Gem" magazine has an interview with Bernie which I really enjoyed. Maybe you will too. Besides his knowledge of gems, minerals, geology, lapidary, faceting and chemistry, I now also admire him for his outlook on life. Sincerely, -C
  4. 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.
  5. Thank you tons for this link. I discovered the magazine as a young boy in the 50s and spent the money I earned mowing lawns in the neighborhood on subscriptions and back issues. What a wonderful resource this is.
  6. Max, This must be it: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Battle-Mountain-Walt-Wilhelm/dp/0688019692 I'll put it on order, too. Thanks tons. Jim
  7. Thanks, Max. I have ordered it. Yes, the cover page photo is very impressive. Never seen that before. http://www.amazon.com/True-Stories-Mines-Miners-People/dp/1453629467/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER -C/Jim
  8. I finished reading this book, Deep Enough, by Frank A. Crampton, and want to recommend it to everyone on this forum who shares an interest in western mining and prospecting. http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Enough-Working-Stiff-Western/dp/0806125292 It is a first hand account of late 1800s and early 1900s mining and not something that a historian just cobbled together from research in a library or from old newspaper files. The author’s earthy sense of humor makes the reading especially enjoyable, too. For the benefit of everyone living in Wickenburg, AZ, Frank Crampton spent a lot of time there and mentions several place names and mines where he worked. Finally, Crampton doesn’t think much of most lost mine stories. However, he was personally involved in one such episode and helped bury the discoverer and saw the high grade silver ore that had been removed from the prospect. Go directly to the chapter entitled, “Skeletons in a Cabin”. Later in the book, Crampton mentions his friends looked for the deposit but never found it. No one else made the location to the author’s knowledge, as well. The events occurred in central NV, the Eureka-Hamilton-Cherry Creek region. I rate the book 5/5 stars. Hope you get yourselves a copy and enjoy it as much as I did. -C
  9. Hi, Folks, My time spent at Buena Vista was half the trip. Next day, I relocated myself ~80 miles south into the north end of the San Luis Valley. The objective was the same: prospect for intrusive mineral veins in country rock. This time the target region was exposures of beige, feldspar rich granite. The weather was hot, dry and a smoke haze filled the valley from forest fires to the west. After a lot of sweat and leg work, I found in situ quartz, but again the ML Eureka detector warned me of the bad news: it was barren of yellow metal. Regardless not bring home gold specie, this was one of my best trips yet, as at least I was able to track down the solid quartz veins. If anyone is interested in taking a Google Earth flyby, the quartz photo was taken at lat 38.19879N, lon 105.99973W.
  10. I went on a prospecting trip last weekend to the mountains east of the Arkansas River valley in central Colorado. I was interested in a particular sloping mountain ridgeline and wanted to look for intrusive vein systems in the hope of finding a little epithermal gold. Once I arrived and was afoot, I quickly found a blowout of iron stained quartz. From there I followed successive concentrations of quartz float upslope until I came to a trench someone else had dug, which exposed decomposing quartz in situ. I had my ML Eureka metal detector with me, but none of the quartz anywhere registered any yellow metal, regardless the VLF machine’s setting of 60 or 20 kHz. At the trench I detected some iron trash: a square nail, and a something-or-other-else. The square nail makes me want to think 19th century, but I can’t identify what that other do-dad might be. Does anyone have an idea? With that little protruding “ear” on it, I think of a spring loaded contraption that was once pulled back in a cocking action. Anyway, that’s what I was up to over the July 4th weekend. p.s. The big mountain behind Buena Vista is Mt. Princeton. Mt. Antero, of “Prospectors” cable television show fame, is behind and to the far left.
  11. I watched all episodes and enjoyed the series. I especially liked it because I live not far from where it was partially filmed on Mt. Antero. I spent the July 4th weekend across the Arkansas River valley prospecting for gold in San Isabel Nat'l Forest. Mount Antero is an impressive sight to view from below and east. I am prone to altitude sickness, so don't expect I will ever trek up on top at 14,000+ ft.
  12. Robert and elder-miner, Excellent reference links. Thank you. Jim
  13. ArcticDave, Thank you. I am waiting for a callback next week from an Iridium sales guy. I'm beginning to feel like I am at long last on the right track. Jim
  14. This sounds like what I am after. Thanks Garimpo for the lead, and El D for any further information. I remember in this last season's "Gold Rush" tv program, when Todd got into trouble, he phoned outside the Yukon to his financial backer to plead for help. That telephone service he used is what I am seeking. Thanks very much.
  15. Hi, Has anyone had experience using satellite telephone service? I am searching for a provider and phone handset so that I can remain in communication with my wife at home while I am out in the mountains looking for minerals. You know, if there is an emergency at home, my wife can phone and leave a voicemail, or if I break a leg, I can phone out for a wheelchair. I have already been to satellitephonestore.com (http://www.satellitephonestore.com/ ) and their product and service has been a disaster for me. I bought an IsatPhone Pro handset and service from the Inmarsat satellite network. The voicemail function which was advertised does not work. Also, when I dial out from a mountain meadow to my home, the voice connection is always breaking up, I can’t say more than two sentences before all but a word or two is lost. Color me very angry... Thanks for sharing your experiences, if any forum member has knowledge here. Sincerely, -C/Jim
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