Canadian Miner Proves There's Nothing Easy About Gold Mining

(Travis S. with the loader/backhoe at his remote claim in the Canadian wilderness.)

Over the years you've heard me say time and time again that small-scale gold mining is very hard work for typically small returns. You also know that I recommend working the more remote areas if you're truly serious about getting good gold. Canadian miner Travis S. provides a good object lesson in both regards.

I'll pass along what Travis had to say in a recent e-mail:

150 Miles Over Rough Roads

I appreciate your site J.R. It was the first one I came across several years back when I started to really get into gold prospecting and mining. I'm still on the same claim that I was on when I first guest authored back in 2011.

I have since built two trommels, received permits for a mechanical operation, and got a loader/backhoe up there this Spring. My first trip up to the claim I drove the loader/backhoe in 150 miles over rough forestry roads to save money on trucking costs. It took me 9 full hours to reach my claim.

Nice Gold

I spent a couple of days clearing trees and building a road, and then did some preliminary sampling with a highbanker prior to setting up my trommel. Thus far I've found some really nice gold in muskeg, of all things!

Processing the muskeg is like running black peat moss through the sluice but it has gold in it. Luckily I have lots of water at the site as well. Still, it will take lots of 'Ps' to get the gold outta here.

Good luck this year and glad to see the site back.

Principle of the "3 Ps"

What can I say except that I'm highly impressed (to say the least) with Travis's dedication, level of commitment, and willingness to do whatever it takes to get at the gold. He may be relatively new mining as a whole, but he's definitely got what it takes to be a "miner's miner."

In case you're wondering, Travis's mention of the "Ps" is a direct reference to my principle of the "3 Ps" when it comes to all things mining: patience, persistence, and perseverance. It's clearly evident that he has all three in abundance.

Nothing but Success

I'm hoping that Travis will guest author again here at Bedrock Dreams and tell us his story in full. His previous guest-authored posts are currently in the 2011 archives and no longer available on the site. However, if you let me know you're interested via e-mail or by commenting on this post, I'll pull them out of the older archives and republish them.

Finally I want to thank Travis for his support as a donor and as a guest author in the past. I wish him nothing but success out there in the Canadian wilderness!

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2013

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