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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
  16. Ron, I'm praying for you. Get outta there soon. -C/Jim
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. Adam, Your trip report and photos made my morning. Thank you!
  21. Hi, Everyone, I am somewhere in the chain of readers, But I need to bow out because my life has become just too busy with "life" to be able to read the magazine and send it along in a timely manner. Please remove my position and move everyone else who comes after me up a notch. Thanks, guys. Cochetopa/Jim
  22. El D, If you had the opportunity to watch, what was your opinion of the values mentioned for the recovered stones? Thanks. -C/Jim
  23. 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/
  24. 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
  25. 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
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