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About Pocketman

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  • Birthday 08/04/1945

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  1. Hi Fred, Wow! that's quite a coincidence with your brother. I guess most folks would consider that the Clair in my post wasted his life too. But he didn't feel that way. He was happiest, I think, out and away from people and civilization; to my mind, happiness is the very best measure of success. Money and material things didn't matter to him, beyond the necessities. I don't believe Clair was built to handle the asphalt, chatter, and close quarters of urban living, couldn't cope–too much stress for him. He didn't say so in so many words, but I kinda got the impression his childhoo
  2. Years ago, when I was young and living the life of a full-time sniper, I ran into a character camped in California's Plumas National Forest. His name was Clair (he said). For many seasons he had been living in his van and making his living sniping for gold with a gold pan. In ways, he was an odd dude—highly independent, fiercely opinionated, and disdainful of frills, opulence and the entanglements of society. Yet, never a steamroller, he was quiet and reserved by nature and kept his passions contained. I only visited his camp a few times that season. He'd be an old-timer by now (like me).
  3. I've been AWOL for quite sometime. It's good to see you're still active on the forum. Happy birthday (belatedly), and Happy Holidays too!
  4. Reg- Thanks for your excellent post. I copied and saved it so i can read it again before I take my ML 4000 out into the field again.
  5. It looks like you've gotten lots of good advice as to where to go panning in your area. If you're new to panning, for what it's worth, here's a link to my free gold panning tutor : How To Pan for Gold…a Primer for Beginners. Good luck!
  6. Headphones are a pain sometimes...migrating all over your noggin, getting tangled in brush, masking outside sounds, such a the buzz of a rattlesnake, and having to be removed when you set your detector down. That said, for me, they are definitely, far and away, the best equipment that you can attach to a metal detector for identifying targets...especially deep whispers on a windy, noisy outing.
  7. Howdy Gold Striker- Welcome to the best hobby ever...prospecting for gold. We all have a million questions when we first start out, and at times, becoming competent in the field can seem to be an overwhelming task. But with research and practice you will get a handle on it. In your post you wrote "You know what would be nice is a gallery for people like me of rocks." Here is a link to a mineral database that I found very helpful>>>Database Good luck! Jason
  8. Bill- Your article points out some very important fundamentals in clear terms. Even 'ol sourdoughs such as my self can benefit from reviewing the basics and for the newbies, your article is pure gold! Thanks, Jason
  9. Howdy-do, It's been awhile since I posted, however, I've been checking-in now and again to keep updated. I hope everyone is having a good season...lots of gold, or at least lots of fun! I tore some leg muscles and am just getting back on my feet. I was only able to make one two-week prospecting trip happen so far this year. I went to Tuscarora and the Eugene Mountains in Northern Nevada...got skunked (doesn't happen too often), but I had a really terrific time. It's just felt so.....ooo good to get out in the bush! I hope to make at least two more trips this year...one pretty soon to the Sierr
  10. I hope, like me, all my fellow prospectors are off to a good start in the new year. I'm headed for the Mojave in a couple of weeks with Yubalee, my Shar-pei mix mining pard. I Can't wait to get out there ahead of the blistering sun, pesky rattlers and killer bees to test my new coiltek coils on my GPX-4000...gonna be fun, and who knows, maybe profitable too. The main reason I dropped by today was to invite y'all to take my fat, old, butt-ugly, top ten evaluation test. You see, I have a tendency to pack on the pounds, am piling up the years, and I'm afraid to look in the mirror. So, for my own
  11. Thanks Bill, I'm familiar with Nevada Nugget Hunters; it is a great site. Good luck to you in Quartzite, Jason
  12. Hi Lanny- Sorry I called you "Larry" before...my eyes must be getting bad. Anyway, yeah, here's a couple: How I Found My First "Whopper" Gold Nugget Digging Gold in the Mojave Desert More stories Take care Lanny, maybe we'll run into each other one day in the nugget patch. Good luck, Jason
  13. Larry- Thanks a bunch for your input...all good observations and suggestions! I have lived and prospected in Nevada for several years...Northeastern NV. I've had fun and found my share of gold. I just recently moved to Northwestern NV where I am not very well informed about gold prospecting opportunities. I am especially interested in the Comstock District as it was super productive and is within easy driving distance. But I prospect and bleep other areas too, such as the Mother Lode and Mojave Desert. Thanks for your advice; I really appreciate it, and good luck! Jason
  14. Howdy James- Good to hear from you. It would sure be loads of fun to make a prospecting trip to Latin America, but there's no way I can make it...at least this season, I just can't get away! I hope you hook up with somebody good to prospect with and that you get lots of gold down there. Good luck to ya, and have a great holiday season! Maybe we can get together for a little bleeping some other time. Jason
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