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Everything posted by SlowNLow

  1. Night detecting??? That sounds like my thing. LOL That's what you have to do in these hot deserts.
  2. Thanks, SL. You're right about the dern heat. I need to get up in the mountains a few thousand feet to beat the heat a little better. Weaver, I tried to make it to the SPMA meeting last Thursday because I read the schedule on the website. Either I didn't get it, or the website is wrong.
  3. Ya, it's too late here to be pickin' in the deserts until October or so. I'm in the San Diego region, but I travel, and I'm not doing anything else other that prospecting this year, so I can go basically anywhere and stay as long as necessary in the regions. Thanks for those links and tips.
  4. Well, I'm doing the big research process right now. I'm pulling books from the library, amazon, and sources online. I've been going at this for a few months. I also have caught wind about the claims for sale that are bogus. I'm not buying claims by any means. lol I'm wondering about selling claims and not just gold claims.....any kind of deposit gold or not. Thanks
  5. Trying to get off on the right foot today. Does anyone use a map to locate the legal lands that you can prospect on? Is there a difference in types of lands that you can do a little panning on, but you can't stake a claim on? How about along roads? That may be a bad question? lol I'm really hoping to find the kind of map that shows all of the details like little plots of lands that can be prospected that won't be on a bigger, broader map.
  6. I'm thinking that prospecting for any kind of lode, gold or not, would be as profitable or more as placer hunting. I like the hiking and climbing involved. I live for that kind of stuff rather than picking and swing a detector (not that I don't live for that too).
  7. I haven't even found a single color yet. I haven't looked much either. I went lode hunting a few times is all so far. I found nothing but a big cup in a big marble dike worn out by storm waters for the past million years it looks like. Dug down to the bottom, and found nothing. There was a gossan or iron hat across the way from it in the wall. Didn't pan any of it yet though. I didn't know what it was other than some kind of vein at the time. I need to go back, and check. This weekend I'm going to go out to one of these GPAA claims after I join tomorrow, and camp out for a few weeks,
  8. Wowwwwwww, nice in AZ. One thing that most don't realize around the US about CA is that privileges used decent citizens in other states are abused to whole other realms of extremes here. There are several basic reasons for it, but in simple terms it's culture. The majority of people here are okay, but there are so many other people without healthy intentions here. CA is sort of like the debris trap on the side of the swimming pool. This place collects a lot of questionable characters from around the world, and then they multiply. Managing a prison is much different than managing a col
  9. Thanks for the warnings and advice. I don't have anything to blast. I'm just dredging info on everything to understand the limitations and possibilities of the field. Safety is a top priority, and blasting is extreme risk management. If it's all too much hassle, then I assume checking all of the details of a find, and selling a claim to the outfits is just as good or better. There's something about the contractor in me that wants to drop a shaft down in the ground, and pull out that stuff.
  10. I'm new to the site, and I'm relatively new to gold prospecting, but I'm learning fast. I've been researching and prospecting in the California back country full time since Jan this year (2015). I'm wondering about blasting. I understand there is a contractor's license for blasting, so I was thinking that if I get that specialty qualification stamped on my license (I have a contractors license), I only have to legitimize my claim, and I can blast. What do I need to know about it around here? To introduce myself: I'm 35, and I moved to CA after exiting the Navy in my early 20's. I've be
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