Monday, August 24, 2015

You Have to Dig Deep

(I'd suspect there's a newbie or two in this bunch.)

If there's one glaring mistake I see most newcomers make, it's the fact that they're constantly "skimming" the surface of that dry wash or streambed and failing to dig deeper. I'll even take this a step farther and say that, over the years, I've seen quite a few experienced small-scale gold miners do the same thing. Ultimately, this approach is going to leave you with your pockets turned inside out and very little gold in that vial of yours.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 11)



By popular demand (I'm a legend in my own mind, you see) I'm back with a few more old-timer tips that should produce positive results in all your endeavors, small-scale gold mining and prospecting included. If you're able to look past the obvious and see what may exist between the lines, well...that's all for the better. Let's get started.

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Newcomer with a Strong Desire to Learn


Being a relative newbie (a.k.a., greenhorn) to small-scale gold mining and prospecting is no easy path. Everyone around you seems to know much more than you do and at times you find yourself frustrated and feeling like a red-headed step child. Taking baby steps isn't easy when it comes to getting the gold but it's a process we've all been through or are going through right now. All this said, I'm always impressed when I encounter a gold mining newcomer who exhibits a strong desire to learn, knows the value of research, and hits the decks running. This post is about just such a person.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 10)



In case you didn't already know, I'm the old timer here. All those years of gold prospecting and small-scale mining have raced on by, leaving me to scratch my head and wonder how I lost track of all that time. So bear with me a bit and allow me the opportunity to present a few "philosophical" tips on prospecting and gold mining. Who knows? You just might uncover a pearl of wisdom here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Forgotten Potential of Elluvial Gold (Part 3)


 (Elluvials may be hit or miss, but take a shot anyway.)

Most small-scale gold prospectors don't place too much emphasis on hunting for or recovering elluvial gold deposits. There's no doubt that finding elluvials is a hit-or-miss enterprise, but if you're tired of the same old burnt-out alluvial placers, then you may want to step outside that limiting box for a bit and read this series of posts.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Forgotten Potential of Elluvial Gold (Part 2)

 (This gent knows his stuff...he's searching around and below a "blow out" on an elluvial slope.)

In this, the second post of this series, I'll be addressing some specific aspects of elluvial gold deposits that you should know if you're interested in recovering some (or all?) of the yellow metal they contain. You should know by now that I'll shoot you straight with both the positives and the negatives from an informational standpoint. After all, I'm no dream merchant. But you knew that already, didn't you?