Keep It Simple
One of the Worst Things You Can Do
Hardly a day goes by that I don’t receive an e-mail message or two from readers of “Bedrock Dreams” asking me what I recommend in terms of equipping themselves for basic gold mining endeavors. Sure, most of these folks are novices who are just starting their search for the precious yellow metal, but a good percentage already have the basics down and some experience under their belts.
As I have said before a number of times here, one of the worst things you can do when you’re under-experienced and over-zealous as a gold miner is to start throwing money around like a drunken sailor on liberty in a foreign port. Granted, the “dream merchants” will absolutely love you, but you really need a reality check before you start spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on gold detectors, dredges, highbankers, and the like.
I Rest My Case
Conversely, I’ve also received a number of what I call “Sad Sack” type messages wherein the author relates his or her frustration and disgust because, after spending tons of money on fancy new machines and gear, he or she still hasn’t found any gold (or very little of it). Ladies and gentleman of the jury…I rest my case.
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At the same time I want to save you some money if I can. Like someone once said, “Times is tough.” So listen and listen closely because I am about to dispense one of my rare “gems” of wisdom to you:
“KEEP IT SIMPLE.”
A 5-gallon bucket, a gold pan or two, a rock hammer, a small shovel or military “E” tool, a few small hand or crevicing tools, and maybe a backpack. That’s all you need to get some gold…and if you’re a quick learner, some good gold.
That’s it. That’s all you need. Total cost, easily (by a wide margin) under $100 USD. So put away your credit cards (unless you want to make a donation to “Bedrock Dreams”!) and save some dough.
There’s plenty of time down the road for all that other stuff…
If you liked this post, you may want to read: “Characteristics of Gold-Bearing Quartz Veins (Part 1)”
© J.R. 2011
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