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  1. Alwaysdirty


    Nice gold!
  2. Alwaysdirty

    The most incredible gold video I have ever seen

    Watch out, this guy is going to single handedly drive down the price of gold. Now everyone knows how easy it is to pickup a pound of nuggets before lunch.
  3. Alwaysdirty

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Thanks for the great memories Tom! That was an amazing day and a huge turning point for me! So awesome.
  4. There is usually more than meets the eye when you come across spots like that, especially if you can move much of the overburden, and get up under the boulders.  Here is what I managed to unearth last month by lifting (if possible), undermining, and/or moving the boulders and the associated collections of rocks and dirt that backs up behind those boulders.  It's about 1-gram shy of a quarter oz.  Three of the smaller nuggets where in the same hole as the 2nd largest (a 1-gram +) nugget.  This methodology( although not many like utilizing it), keeps the O'l back and muscles in shape.  And the return on nuggets is much better than just swinging a detector.  Gary   


    1. Alwaysdirty


      Nice Gary. This spot doesn't have to many boulders as large as I pictured. It has also been placered in the last 10 years or less by persons not completely thorough in their search, I'm sure P.I.'s have been through here too. The gold I find here is deep in black sand pockets, under boulders or up on the sides. I literally leave no stone unturned. The boulder pictured I actually moved left, right and propped it up to check underneath it so as not to miss anything. Its fun too me being able to pull gold from areas worked by others, but you have to put in the work and think outside the box as to the run of the wash and how it may have eroded to its current run.


    2. LowPoint


       "I literally leave no stone unturned.".........Sounds like me,.............Have fun.  Gary

  5. Alwaysdirty

    Thanks for the shirt ADAM

    I think it should have charactertures of adam and bd on it.
  6. Alwaysdirty

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Thanks guys! Not very deep and all the rest shown in the pic is bedrock, this boulder was jammed up against that bedrock looking downstream.
  7. I managed to catch a break in the weather and make it out recently. No luck in several new washes so I hit a past producer for myself on the way out, I placered a few feet to what I thought was bedrock sticking up through the overburden, turns out it was a boulder with gravels wedged under it. It was too heavy to roll out of the way so with my pick I could only shimmy it over about a foot and prop it up, that was all it took to expose some hiding spots for gold. .8 of a gram between the two.
  8. Alwaysdirty

    Field Trip Report !

    Alex Quartz 1893. Thanks to GeoJack for finding this article and posting it. I learned quite a bit from it, I now have a new sporoach thought out for a pocket I am trying to locate. This article is based more for Cali/Oregon, but the technique definetly applies here in AZ. Here's a link that AzNuggetBob posted to the entire article. Pocket Hunting
  9. Alwaysdirty

    Field Trip Report !

    This is from a pocket mining article posted on the "Where does gold come from" thread. "Thegold in those pockets Is generally rough and " scraggly," and pieces are often found allhoneycombed like pumice stone where the quartz has decayed away and left nothing in asolid form except the gold. Sometimes in the larger pockets of this class there is smoothgold, similar to well-worn placer gold, found In the center of the pocket; but, uponexamination, it will be found that those smooth nuggets have a coating or glazing ofcopper on the smooth surface and are more of an orange tint than the rest of the gold inthe pocket.Sometimes those nuggets or pieces which are found In the center of the pocket arerough and scraggly on one side and smooth and glazed on the other. Those smoothpieces are found only In large pockets, and in pockets where they are found there Isalways a large percentage of copper In the mineral combination."
  10. Alwaysdirty

    Beeping the Arctic

    Lord, please don't let this turn into a global warming debate.
  11. This is great, I just read through part one for the first time and am thoroughly enjoying pt.2. Way to go Rocky! You stood your ground the whole time and came out WAY on top! Experts...LOL! Egos is more like it!
  12. Alwaysdirty

    Field Trip Report !

    Its nice when those long hikes pay off. Way to go guys!
  13. Alwaysdirty

    What a exciting day!

    Great find!
  14. Alwaysdirty

    Another Before & After !

    Thats awesome!
  15. Alwaysdirty

    To dig, or not to dig? Your personal limit...

    In short Adam is right. My opinion is discrimination nugget hunting only complicates things. Don't use it! Cover it with tape, learn the sounds, after lots of practice and digging MANY targets you will be able to tell the difference in sounds between target types. Be very patient during this learning process. You will have many trashy/hot rock days before you get the hang of it, just accept that fact, use your first nugget as practice. Watching the disc screen will keep your hearing distracted from listening carefully. Our brains are much better at focusing on one thing at a time.