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I found her very distracting when she kept talking about the mother load........
 

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hey Rollie , thanks for the heads up on the good doctors gold videos..

count me amongst the thoroughly enriched

(gawd o mitty does she have a hard body or what!)
 

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I am not sure what you guys are referring to as I just appreciate the expert opinions of a doctor.
She has a great video on waterfalls that I learned a lot from. Her videos show many shots of her walking away from the camera. Its like you're there hiking with her.

 

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I have been getting a lot of paydirt in this week, 2 coming in from Alaska. I will be panning this one from Gold King Creek tonight.
Awesome location it's fly in only. There is no guaranteed amount of Gold in this 4 pounds of dirt but they do guarantee Gold.
It's $65 with free shipping on ebay so I am not expecting a lot of Gold, but it ought to be a lot of fun to pan it all out.

Gold King Creek is a huge active placer Gold mine that also hosts prospecting vacations in season. It's been mined for over 100 years.

I figure minus ebay and shipping fees $48 worth of Gold would be 100% ROI, so I'm excited to see what I get!

No matter what happens I will get moar Alaska Gold for my AK Gold vial, so it's a win before I even start!

https://mrdata.usgs.gov/ardf/show-ardf.php?ardf_num=FB148

https://prospectingvacations.com/gold-king-creek-alaska-adventures/

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I should get Irons address and send him a bag from Arizona.
Todays outing wasn't all that productive as the ground was still a little bit wet.
Haven't had any measurable rain in 2 weeks, I figured I'd be able to drywash today.
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We were out in Doug's spot first time since he passed away....(RIP DOUG)
That's Doug's chair on the left, we left the dirt out to dry.
That's the way Doug used to do it.
 

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I should get Irons address and send him a bag from Arizona.
Todays outing wasn't all that productive as the ground was still a little bit wet.
Haven't had any measurable rain in 2 weeks, I figured I'd be able to drywash today.View attachment 201219View attachment 201219View attachment 201220
We were out in Doug's spot first time since he passed away....(RIP DOUG)
That's Doug's chair on the left, we left the dirt out to dry.
That's the way Doug used to do it.
That would be awesome. I'll be happy to pay for the flat rate shipping box of course!


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The Gold King Creek paydirt was a a lot of fun and really challenging to pan out I was busy at it for over 3 hours. Lots of magnetite, lots of really heavy little pebbles that just did not want to wash down away from the Gold and that damn glittery non magnetic black sand at the end.
4 pounds so lots of material to go through and you really had to take your time to get all the fly poop Gold dust clean. I'm sure I missed a little
too that I'll find later when I pan the tailings.

Got .596 of a gram so a pretty decent return on cost @ $34.75.

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That would be awesome. I'll be happy to pay for the flat rate shipping box of course!
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If your looking at it as something to pass the time, get a little workout,all while uncovering small gold that hasn't seen daylight for many years...
This stuff might be worthy...I should vaccum up the area and get a good sampler box.
Let me see what I can put together.
 

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If your looking at it as something to pass the time, get a little workout,all while uncovering small gold that hasn't seen daylight for many years...
This stuff might be worthy...I should vaccum up the area and get a good sampler box.
Let me see what I can put together.
That would be cool, I would really enjoy it!


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Yeah Buddy! I got a 8 pound bag of Chicken Alaska dredge concentrates from Alaska Dredgeman!

This is pretty hard paydirt to get he only sell on ebay via auction and he doesn't run many auctions. Reviews on youtube (there are very few) are good to excellent so I'm excited to see what I get and how difficult it will be to pan. Either way I will get moar Gold for my Alaska Gold vial!

Actual weight of the bag I got ~ 8.53 pounds. This will keep me busy all weekend!

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ALASKA GOLD Super Paydirt concentrates gold panning material

SUPER BAG! 8+ pounds amount~ Alaska Gold Concentrates ~ Panning Material straight from the dredge! This auction is for a bag of concentrates which was mined using our 10" commerical suction dredge on the south fork of the Forty Mile River near Chicken, AK. Pan your gold just as the old timers did. (I recomend a wash tub so you won't lose anything). This is the perfect material to practice doing your concentrates. This bag of concentrates contains a mixture of black sands, blonde sands and GOLD.

The bag you will receive contains 8+ pounds of concentrate.

This bag is right off the dredge in Alaska and loaded with gold! *******************************************************

**************NEW CONCENTRATES 2020! Straight from the dredge!

If you like our normal bags, you're going to love our SUPER BAGS!


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Irons: "I'm getting pretty good at panning Gold."

Alaska Dredgeman: "Ha ha ha ha ha......hold my beer."

This is by far the toughest paydirt I have ever panned. Definitely dredge concentrates, everything is heavy and does not want to separate from the Gold. There is a lot of Gold though from fly poop to nuggets! I had to take a break from it and I've only done half of the 4 pounds I set out to pan tonight.


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Well, that was a trip! I got a 200+ % return on investment from Alaska Dredgeman's paydirt. He didn't guarantee any set amount of Gold he just stated in the description "loaded with Gold." This is probably the only truly unsearched paydirt out there because they never send too much Gold on purpose.

I figured 3 grams would have been a really good return and I ended up getting 5.612 grams.

Price was $196.50 plus tax and $15 shipping so I paid :
ORDER TOTAL
US $224.19


I got $ 327.81 worth of Gold!

Sure it was very difficult to get all the Gold out, a lot of it is Gold dust. I admit I got frustrated more than once trying to learn how to get the Gold out of it and get it all cleaned up, but I did it. Kept me busy for many hours on a cold and snowy weekend.

It was awesome, there was Gold in every pan. A lot of Gold in every pan! The picture that is all Gold is the contents of my snuffer bottle after one run of 4 pounds of paydirt. I still had to do the slow slow washing back and forth to get the black sand out of all that beautiful placer Gold.

I had a helper too!

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I forgot to post this one last night. My Alaska Gold vial is looking pretty good, got a little over a 1/4 oz!
40 mile river placer is beautiful Gold.

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He didn't guarantee any set amount of Gold he just stated in the description "loaded with Gold." This is probably the only truly unsearched paydirt out there because they never send too much Gold on purpose.

I had a helper too!

I heard some sellers pad every 10 bags or so with a little extra.
I know the stuff from roaring camp is that way IF you're a member of the month club.

I've got that ARIZONA practice bag ready.
PM me an address to send it.
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Dont get your Hope's too high I didn't find much in it, sure I could have missed a bunch but WELL, we will see.
Feel free to get the assistance of your helper.
 

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I heard some sellers pad every 10 bags or so with a little extra.
I know the stuff from roaring camp is that way IF you're a member of the month club.

I've got that ARIZONA practice bag ready.
PM me an address to send it.
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Dont get your Hope's too high I didn't find much in it, sure I could have missed a bunch but WELL, we will see.
Feel free to get the assistance of your helper.
Oh man that is awesome! PM sent!

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I'll drop it off at the post office tomorrow.
Small flat rate box about 5.5 pounds.

Not your ordinary practice bag for sure.
Got it today sir, Thank you again! Gotta love Arizona mining dirt a magnet sticks to the plastic bag!
This is going to be big fun I will work on it Sunday after dinner.


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I look forward to the money shot!

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Irons I read previously in the thread you bought 2 panning kits. Which one do you prefer?

I think im gonna get in on this.
 
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Irons I read previously in the thread you bought 2 panning kits. Which one do you prefer?

I think im gonna get in on this.

Here is my kit for panning at home. It's what I use after trying and dismissing other things. Panning in the wild is another deal entirely you need bigger pans and classifiers for that.

The 11 inch Gold catcher pan that comes with this kit from the GPAA is my favorite for panning over a tub. I have bought others and I always go back to this one. It also has a bigger 14" pan, Gold vial, paydirt sample, tweezers and snuffer bottle. This kit is a frickin' steal for $30.

https://gpaastore.com/collections/most-viewed/products/6-piece-gold-panning-kit

I also use a #10 classifier, a dollar store kitchen strainer and a small pen style magnet to remove magnetic black sand. Use too much magnet and/or do it wrong and you can end up throwing out tiny Gold along with the magnetite.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-MESH-6-Mini-CLASSIFIER-Sifting-PAN-GOLD-Panning-PROSPECTING-Sluice-Dredge/193385377575?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5lb-Magnetic-Black-Sand-Pocket-Separator-Pen-Gold-Pan-Mining-Panning-Prospecting/302294695575?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

The only thing I use from this kit for home panning is the snuffer bottle.

https://www.amazon.com/Garrett-Complete-Gold-Pan-1651300/dp/B000GFQ61G
 

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Alrighty then.......thanks for the info....................

Now gotta ask, what is the best prospecting message board?
 

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Alrighty then.......thanks for the info....................

Now gotta ask, what is the best prospecting message board?
You are on your own there. I watch youtube videos where folks do paydirt reviews and also videos that teach me how to pan.
If I lived out west I would join the GPAA and prospect their claims or find another group to join that has claims for their members.


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Klesh pans out a $10,000 nugget bucket! Gold Porn!

$10,000.00 Gold Paydirt Bucket - The Most Expensive on YouTube

 

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say , this is fun
Yes, it is a fun skill to learn and a relaxing hobby. I thoroughly enjoy it.

EDIT: And you have Gold to sell when you are done, the more you do it the moar Gold you have.

Beats the feck out of golf!


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Hey Irons , have you done any qualifying or stratification of that Arizona paydirt yet?

ordered another bag the other day when gold was down and added an extra gram to the bag

panning for gold like this is satisfying and for me is a catalyst for prospecting and panning in the real world

I have access to some property that I know was sluiced for gold about a 100 years ago and not since

a creek runs through the middle of this ten acres and the 20 next to it so altogether I will have access to about 30 acres

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and the creek

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getting the flour gold is a real tedious process and with time and patience I think I can get 90% or more....I trying drying some fines on paper towel and then get the magnet to clean the black and then maybe collect the flour

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some of the nuggets from today’s panning of the second bag

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I’m getting there..

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I use a version of this method from Dan Hurd to get rid of magnetite. I use a smaller magnet and lift and drop it several times in the same pan. On the last pick up I spread the clean magnetite out and pick it up one last time. Experimenting with this method I got it down and don't lose any Gold dust.

 

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Hey Irons , have you done any qualifying or stratification of that Arizona paydirt yet?

ordered another bag the other day when gold was down and added an extra gram to the bag

panning for gold like this is satisfying and for me is a catalyst for prospecting and panning in the real world

I have access to some property that I know was sluiced for gold about a 100 years ago and not since

a creek runs through the middle of this ten acres and the 20 next to it so altogether I will have access to about 30 acres

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and the creek

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getting the flour gold is a real tedious process and with time and patience I think I can get 90% or more....I trying drying some fines on paper towel and then get the magnet to clean the black and then maybe collect the flour

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some of the nuggets from today’s panning of the second bag

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I’m getting there..

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I would be all over that creek man! I did pan some of that awesome paydirt brother RTE sent me, I took some pictures too so I plan on making a post of it I just haven't got to it yet. It is drywasher concentrates and super magnetic and heavy. There is Gold in it too but you have to do a spoonful at a time and work it down slowly. I will be working on that bag for quite a while which is cool as hell!

Here is Dan Hurd again demonstrating a fine Gold clean up method with a Falcon finishing pan.

 

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Klesh breaks down panning Gold at home. I learned a lot from this guy.

 
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You are on your own there. I watch youtube videos where folks do paydirt reviews and also videos that teach me how to pan.
If I lived out west I would join the GPAA and prospect their claims or find another group to join that has claims for their members.


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Exactly what I'm going to do. The local chapter is $72 for the first year and $55 per year from then on. They have at least 3 claims about 1/2 hour from town. I may do some panning if there is water available or I may just pan the concentrates at home. I'm also going to spend some time metal detecting there. I also plan on sluicing/panning and metal detecting near our cabin. There a fairly good amount of water up there. and several old copper mines in the area. I did quite a bit of panning in AZ when I lived there. Got really good with a rocker box and a pan.

Yes, it is a fun skill to learn and a relaxing hobby. I thoroughly enjoy it.

EDIT: And you have Gold to sell when you are done, the more you do it the moar Gold you have.

Beats the feck out of golf!


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Yes it does beat the heck out of golf. I've wasted enough of my life chasing that little white ball. My dad loved the game so I spent lots of time playing with him. When he passed away I quit playing. I literally threw away my golf bag along with everything in it several years ago. I have way to many hobbies as it is.
 

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lots of stuff for this old guy to learn....the world of geology is fascinating



Many people are surprised that biotite mica can fool people into thinking that it is gold. This most often occurs when an inexperienced person is panning for gold and sees a bright flash in their gold pan.
After chasing the tiny, highly lustrous flake, they think that it might be gold. However, slight pressure with a pin can break the flake of mica, but a tiny flake of gold will bend around the pin.
 

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lots of stuff for this old guy to learn....the world of geology is fascinating



Many people are surprised that biotite mica can fool people into thinking that it is gold. This most often occurs when an inexperienced person is panning for gold and sees a bright flash in their gold pan.
After chasing the tiny, highly lustrous flake, they think that it might be gold. However, slight pressure with a pin can break the flake of mica, but a tiny flake of gold will bend around the pin.
The dredge concentrates I get from Alaska dredgeman are so full of shattered mica and small mica chunks it really adds to the challenge of panning it. I keep a 30x loupe and small needle nose pliers handy to test the mica that looks like Gold and stays with the Gold when I am washing the black sand out of it.

It shatters when squeezed.


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We have lots and lots of mica in my area too. I've been dealing with it for years. We even have areas where they mine Mica, for what purpose I have no idea. I think I'm going to order a bag or two from GoldBay. Mostly looking for some chunky gold that I can use for practice with my new metal detector. Thinking about ordering a Chunky bag and some extra 6 or 8 mesh gold nuggets. Any suggestions Irons?
 

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We have lots and lots of mica in my area too. I've been dealing with it for years. We even have areas where they mine Mica, for what purpose I have no idea. I think I'm going to order a bag or two from GoldBay. Mostly looking for some chunky gold that I can use for practice with my new metal detector. Thinking about ordering a Chunky bag and some extra 6 or 8 mesh gold nuggets. Any suggestions Irons?
You can't go wrong with Goldbay, Dave is the real deal and he's honest. The chunky Gold paydirt is excellent and you can buy just nuggets if you want, large or small. I am good enough at panning that now my new favorite is his 103% ROI paydirt bags. They are small bags around a pound and a half of dirt with a full gram of small Gold added. One bag takes me an hour to pan out and If I have more time I'll pan out 2 or 3 bags.



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Yay beer virus stimulus! There is around 25 grams of placer Gold here, I just have to pan it out.

Which I will thoroughly enjoy doing.

Life is good!

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Nice way to leverage that free shit into hard assets that to appreciate! :beer:
 

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A friend went with another guy to an auction house to look at some small mining equipment.
Drywasher and sluice type stuff.
He bought one machine reasonably priced and it came with a partially full 5 gallon bucket of dirt, couple interesting rocks and a small vial with 3 gold pickers.

In the bucket ended up being 3/4 ounce in gold pickers.
The widowed wife said the husband went out to the desert to find gold but she had no idea where.
Another mystery unsolved...
 

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Klesh breaks down panning Gold at home. I learned a lot from this guy.

WOW, this is an interesting hobby and the video was quite informative