Monday, July 21, 2014

The Serpent Raises its Ugly Head Again (Part 2)

 (Claim scammers remind me of sewer rats. Hmmm...I wonder why?)

Yep, some of the very same claim scammers I've warned you about in the past are back at work, running their shell game on the unsuspecting and the unprepared. I can no longer name names without risking potential legal ramifications, but you sure as hell can bet I'll get the message about these sewer rats out there one way or another.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Serpent Raises its Ugly Head Again (Part 1)

 (Play with snakes and guess what's gonna happen?)

I'm taking a short break from my ongoing series about working smaller bedrock cracks and crevices to bring your attention to an important issue that I wrote about extensively in the past. This particular serpent has reared its ugly head once again and needs to be addressed, so please bear with me.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hammer, Chisel, and Small Crevices Equal Good Gold (Part 4)

 (This simple illustration of fractured bedrock's ability to trap placer gold tells it like it is. Image courtesy of

In this installment of this series about taking placer gold from smaller bedrock cracks and crevices using basic tools I'll be throwing some additional tips and your way and offering a bit of advice that should help you in your quest for the yellow metal.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hammer, Chisel, and Small Crevices Equal Good Gold (Part 3)

 (It's all about getting the yellow my friend.)

Life has been carrying me adrift  this past week so I apologize for the lack of new posts. I'm here to rectify the situation by giving you some additional info and tips on getting the gold from those smaller, less-noticed bedrock crevices.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hammer, Chisel, and Small Crevices Equal Good Gold (Part 2)

 (With hammer and chisel...)

Well I'm finally back in the gold saddle here after the hiatus of the long 4th of July weekend. Even though Nero continues fiddling away while Rome burns to ash around him, you and I are still kicking so let's move on to more about small crevice placer gold.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hammer, Chisel, and Small Crevices Equal Good Gold (Part 1)

(These fine cracks in a foundation provide a decent example of what I'm talking about.)

As I've said numerous times before, in the right circumstances bedrock crevice sniping can bring you more placer gold than you ever dreamed of. Hit the right crack or crevice and you might walk away with multiple troy ounces. I know...I've seen it happen more than once in my mining career.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

You Can't Squeeze Gold From Turnips

Although this post is targeted primarily toward novices and newcomers to small-scale gold prospecting and mining, it includes some pearls of questionable wisdom that may apply to you old vets and sourdoughs out there as well.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The "Mouth" Gets His Come Uppance

 (Beware the blowhard.)

Not all of the people you come into contact with in your gold prospecting and mining forays are the likable (if sometimes eccentric) characters like "Taylor" or "Crazy Ben." Like life in general, in small-scale mining you'll run into the occasional blowhard, flaming a-hole, and general n'er-do-well. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly, because this post is about just such a person.