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johnnybravo300
post Nov 3 2017, 08:45 PM
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We have the car packed up and making a trip to the claim again tomorrow. I really don't know how much time we will get there before it snows.
We have about 8 more buckets we can fill for a boring winter day later on....never know where the next corn flake may be hiding! I'd like to run some material too so I'll post if there's anything good.
I've been working in that area all week and I can feel the claim calling me. It's been torture I tell ya!
I have an idea for the biggest hole yet. The area we plugged up for the dredge earlier this summer has been over flowing for months onto the area I first opened up and it's soggy and saturated now. I might try to divert the creek on around further to dry it up and take advantage of that to open a huge hole right across the main channel. Seems like a decent plan and I was getting good gold there before anyway. Whoohoo!


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post Nov 3 2017, 08:51 PM
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I thought I had posted this in the members forum but I can see I didn't haha. I don't think I divulged any secret info... atomic.gif


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post Nov 4 2017, 12:24 PM
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Right on, pull out a nugget! I just started a new job, and will be limited to Clear Creek for the winter season.
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post Nov 8 2017, 08:24 PM
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We bailed on Saturday and went Sunday instead, the weather was much more favorable. We had a great day out there and saw really nice gold. I haven't cleaned up my snuffer or my cons yet so this weekend I'll get that done. I can't wait to see it!


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post Nov 9 2017, 07:25 AM
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Glad you got one more good day in!


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post Nov 22 2017, 09:32 AM
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I dropped my wife, son, and daughter-in-law off at DIA yesterday to fly to South Africa to visit family so I'm on my own for a few weeks with the dogs cats and chickens keeping me company...the best kind of company sometimes!
Im heading back to the claim tomorrow to work on the new diversion and fill more buckets to bring home. After this I'll have almost 40 gallons here for the winter to keep my gold withdraws at bay hehe. I'll probably run a few buckets while I'm there if I get time but I have alot to do so who knows.
I picked up a new shovel a month or so ago and can't say enough about it. I'd recommend it to anyone that digs in deep murky water and is tired of pulling the shovel up only to see most of the material washed off. Really irks me so I got this and it's made my life much easier! The guy is a miner in Cali and hand builds them for these conditions. His website is betterbasicsmining and he has a few models. I went with the Ace model. It has the long t handle. They are very well constructed with nice welds and very stiff.
He has a number to text and reach him and he was great to deal with. I wish I would have had this shovel long ago!
I don't try to advertise for anyone but with tools out there like this I like to share if it helps someone out. Personally id rather scoop 20 times than 50 for the same amount hehe.
This new hole should be big enough for quite a few guys to work in if it works out that way, maybe 5 or 6 guys. Theres a big rock layer knee deep or so that I've gotten nice chunkers from and I'd like to access it all eventually as well as get deeper.
Our area here at home is pretty snow covered so my sep nod and pet wood hunting days are coming to a close.


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post Nov 22 2017, 10:50 AM
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Gotta love colorado weather! Looks like a great weekend to get back up there!


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johnnybravo300
post Yesterday, 08:26 PM
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I got a little mercury in the last clean out today. I haven't seen mercury there before.
I didn't do anything all day except bail water and sluice. The other project will have to wait for when I want to mess with it because everytime I get there I end up wanting to run material....I'm not going to make plans anymore haha.
I left my buckets and pans there for tomorrow and maybe pics will load better later but not working for me now.
The new shovel totally killed it today and I forgot to mention the 14 lb San Angelo bar makes a great combo for complete creek bed destruction and recovery.
I'll see how tomorrow goes and if the weather holds out it may be a multi day event for me. Whoohoo!
I think the photo of the mercury loaded. It came from the deepest part of the hole which is 4 feet below the water level and it suprised me. It seems fairly deep and far downstream to be from the old timers? Anyone else seen mercury there?
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