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amethystguy
Hey guys long time no see..CP and Mrs. CP...as I was in the mtns. of North carolina this last weekend I went to a mineral museum which had lost of books...now 90% of all rock and min. books just repeat the same thing..so they get nary a glance from me...well this time I noticed one book way in the back in the corner.."whats this" I say..."golly gosh darn lookie here" ...looks like a Bible but not just any old bible the "Mt. Antero Bible"(comparing this find to something as good as the Bible:)) well heck ya..this is an awesome book..extremely in-depth..well written..all the info you could ever need..it's older written in the 80's but still an excellent read...what is the collecting status on Antero and White mtns. now? Are there still large lode claims filed on those molybdenum areas? any other info you can provide?
ColoradoProspector
Hi Amethystguy,

Very cool book you got ahold of there. happy088.gif Keep that one around for sure.
I would imagine that yes, there are still many active claims up there for many different goodies found in that area. Active claims have been in use up there since the late 1800's.
Way up in altitude and very very steep conditions, be prepared for any weather any time of the year too.
After some good research as to claims and locals, I bet one could find a spot to prospect on up there though. biggrin.gif Just make sure not to accidentally be on someones claim(s).....they might get a tad irratated.

Oh yea, go slow, pace yourself and remember to breathe .......it's very high altitude. smile.gif

CP
amethystguy
Hey CP are the claim laws still the same as they were 20 years ago. Do all the claims have to be staked and/or marked? Is it still true that the claim has to be worked every year for a certain amount of time or by some certain degree? Do they still have to file a yearly affidavit of assement work? I can challenge the validity of a claim if no actual work has been done and documented, correct? Also is the FBLM still in Lakewood? Hypothetically speaking if a claim is not staked or marked or with rock monuments and you are hiking across a claimed piece of property and you happen to spot something like a crystal or whatever and pick it up are you liable for "mining" on someones claim even if no markings or claim posts are seen? Sorry about all the questions but when it comes to mlegality and claims this is the number one site to go to...Thanks CP
russau
i beleive the laws are still the same as any other federal mining claim. the monuments/signs keep getting destroyed by jerks or natural events(rock slides) and yes you could be violating a mans claim if still a valid one by picking up minerals from his claim.and yes they need to do their assessment work to keep it valid. do your research before you pickup anything.and id have a copy of it on you when you go out and your GPS so you know where your at to backup your information. there was a show on tv awhile back about these claims up there.
ColoradoProspector
You are very welcome Amethystguy, and thank you for the very kind compliments. biggrin.gif That is what we strive for here.

As Russ said, the mining laws are the same as 20 years ago and the basics of "staking" and "monumenting" claims are still required.

Yes all location claims must be marked with corner monuments and discovery markers by federal law. There aren't any laws stating they must be re-erected if something happens to them though either. Like Russ said.....things happen and they do get knocked down.
The requirement for locations claims to have assesment work is still true today too although I don't think a citizen can challenge a claims validity.....that authority is the BLM's if I'm not mistaken. The waiver can only be used for claim owners with less than 10 claims to.
Yepper, BLM office is still in Lakewood.

On your hypothetical situation........technically you would be committing "mineral tresspass" which is a class c felony. Easiest way to describe our responsibility and avoid that situation in the field is ....it's our job as prospectors/field collectors to know where we are and where not to be. Location claims and patented claims (private land) are often mistaken for open ground just because it's not marked or fenced off, or the markers weren't seen.
But it't still our job personally to know where we are in field. Patented claims are privately owned lands.
Location claims are still usable for other activities but you can not prospect on them and your activities can not interfere with any mining operations.

Best if you wish to prospect a bit, do a little pre checking and make sure you're going to an open spot.
Hopefully this helps out with some of the q's smile.gif
We also strive to help club members learn the ins and outs along the way while doing all these steps in research and all the questions that arise too. wink.gif If you or other readers are really interested in learning about claims, filing and the research involved, check out the ColoradoProspector club membership page sometime. happy.gif

CP

amethystguy
Cool..thanks guys..clears some things up...I knew that it was the prospectors job to know where he was at at all times..i just didn't know if you could get into trouble if you happened to be hiking across a claim and without the markings being present coulgd get into troubel for pciking something up unbeknowst to you. If it is still the prospectors duty to know where he is at what is the need for staking in the first place? Seems like an antiquated thing to me. If I remember my research correctly I think there are onyl 2 patented claims up on white and antero..the rest just regular. Thanks again guys..hoping to make it out that way soon...jason
ASTROBLEME
QUOTE (amethystguy @ Jul 29 2009, 12:22 PM) *
" If it is still the prospectors duty to know where he is at what is the need for staking in the first place? Seems like an antiquated thing to me."


Hi Jason:

Putting down stakes on a claim boundary, along with a location monument and written notice of location, is a practice that has developed from a long history and tradition. The staking or monumenting of a claim operates to tie in the legal description to an actual position on the ground. This effort makes it more difficult for "floating claims" to become legitimate. Floating claims are those that have paperwork but aren't tied to a particular spot or an actual monument that can be witnessed upon the land surface. Those types of claims have a loosely described location and get filed when there is a staking rush taking place. They operate in a manner that the location on the ground "floats" around until it is ultimately locked down by a monument. Legal problems then arise as the floating claim has, not surprisingly, floated under another claim where valuable minerals are found.

The specific time deadlines and monument requirements vary from state-to-state so be sure to check with the State BLM office for the state you are going to prospect in. If you do find a valuable mineral occurrence, you'll want to be sure to not miss any deadlines or other responsibilities that fall on the claimant that would invalidate the discovery. There are too many stories about a prospector making a valuable discovery only to lose it by not following the local or state laws governing claim staking and/or filing legal documents.

Best of Luck,

Johnny T.
amethystguy
I was hoping you would chime in Mr. Tonko..I know you are very peculiar about claims and staking since you have had you propertyy ripped up and trampled on by other "prospectors" Can I get a claim map from county clerk or recorders office in Salida couthouse or from the FBLM in Lakewood?
ASTROBLEME
QUOTE (amethystguy @ Jul 29 2009, 07:16 PM) *
I was hoping you would chime in Mr. Tonko..I know you are very peculiar about claims and staking since you have had you propertyy ripped up and trampled on by other "prospectors" Can I get a claim map from county clerk or recorders office in Salida couthouse or from the FBLM in Lakewood?


Dear amethystguy:

Although I've prospected on occasion and actually staked a claim in Chaffee County, I never tried to track down claim information with the County Clerk and Recorder. I'm sure they have copies of the claims and maps on file but I don't know their specific procedures for providing copies to the public. I've always had success in getting copies of claim information I needed from the BLM office in Lakewood. They will also have a "Master Title Plat" that you can copy that shows the entire patent ground in each section along with status of the mineral rights on the federal lands. That would be handy to have if you plan to prospect with intent to stake a claim as some areas get withdrawn for one reason or another.

Here's a photo of the "ore" that you'll be searching for up on Antero. If you can locate an occurance with the large gem crystals, you'll be set!

JT
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amethystguy
yep..thats called beryl "clots"...if you could find a little peg pocket near those clots you might get pretty lucky...I know there is still lots of material to be found up there...I have a few locations I would like to check out that will produce something...but it will only produce with lots of hard work...won't make it this season but next I am game...i plan on starting a strict regimente of jogging each evening..not for antero but for my health in general...thanks for the info..never messed with claimed land or anything along those lines so I come to the place that has it all CP forums. he CP keep a space on the floor for me when i come out there...do you accept visa,..master card...mineral specimens:))))
mikeybrew
QUOTE (amethystguy @ Jul 30 2009, 10:31 PM) *
yep..thats called beryl "clots"...if you could find a little peg pocket near those clots you might get pretty lucky...I know there is still lots of material to be found up there...I have a few locations I would like to check out that will produce something...but it will only produce with lots of hard work...won't make it this season but next I am game...i plan on starting a strict regimente of jogging each evening..not for antero but for my health in general...thanks for the info..never messed with claimed land or anything along those lines so I come to the place that has it all CP forums. he CP keep a space on the floor for me when i come out there...do you accept visa,..master card...mineral specimens:))))


Amguy, I'll say again I'm envious of your copy of the Antero book! I've been looking for a copy myself for a few years now. Just let me know when you decide to make a trip out to CO and Antero, I'd be happy to get you up the road in my Jeep and do some digging with you. I've only been up the mountain once myself (so far) with little result, but as you also probably know I'll be heading up again soon with Dick Lackmond. Fingers crossed that we have some luck! Congrats again on finding that book!
amethystguy
Mikey you and Dick will be on my crap list if you guys don't have a comprehensive report and picture spread next time you go up:)...LOL..make sure and get some good pics to share...If everything looks good I hope to be out there next antero season(early july)...it's all hopes and dreams now and is not set in stone but i think I have a decent chance of finding some stuff..maybve not aqua but at least betrandite or phenakite...more than likely will camp up there on the mtn. down a couple thousand feet and hike up each day...don't like the whole storms and lightning thing...let me know when you and dick head up
mikeybrew
QUOTE (amethystguy @ Aug 2 2009, 05:33 AM) *
Mikey you and Dick will be on my crap list if you guys don't have a comprehensive report and picture spread next time you go up:)...LOL..make sure and get some good pics to share...If everything looks good I hope to be out there next antero season(early july)...it's all hopes and dreams now and is not set in stone but i think I have a decent chance of finding some stuff..maybve not aqua but at least betrandite or phenakite...more than likely will camp up there on the mtn. down a couple thousand feet and hike up each day...don't like the whole storms and lightning thing...let me know when you and dick head up


Don't worry, I'll do my best to get plenty of pics when we're up there next week. I think we stand a pretty good chance of finding some blue stuff. Last time I was up there by myself (solo) the top of the mountain was still snow covered so a lot of the popular collecting areas were inaccessible, but I did manage to pick up a few nice rocks that looks very much like the one Astrobleme posted. Camping at or slightly below treeline is a good idea, and I know of a couple great campsites along there.
ASTROBLEME
QUOTE (mikeybrew @ Aug 2 2009, 10:25 AM) *
, but I did manage to pick up a few nice rocks that looks very much like the one Astrobleme posted.


I came across this aqua photo on a website last night that shows how that "ore" can yeild larger crystals...

http://www.thegeozone.com/treasure/colorad...t/s29_large.jsp

Good luck!

mikeybrew
QUOTE (ASTROBLEME @ Aug 2 2009, 11:03 AM) *
I came across this aqua photo on a website last night that shows how that "ore" can yeild larger crystals...

http://www.thegeozone.com/treasure/colorad...t/s29_large.jsp

Good luck!


Interesting! Well, I'm pretty sure the pieces I got aren't hiding anything, but it doesn't hurt to take a closer look I guess! The "ore" is definitely a good indicator based on that photo!
amethystguy
Thats what that blue wall you and dick found is made of..nice blue nodules or clots..bring a prybar with you and look for that peg!
Mrs.CP
Great info! Sounds like you guys have a great adventure ahead of you. happy088.gif
With the tool supply list, dont forget the goggles to go with that prybar, and be sure to pack that snow shovel to help warm you up before you get to shovel dirt....hehe

Take care and stay safe out there. We look forward to an update on your trip.

Denise
mikeybrew
QUOTE (Mrs.CP @ Aug 5 2009, 09:35 AM) *
Great info! Sounds like you guys have a great adventure ahead of you. happy088.gif
With the tool supply list, dont forget the goggles to go with that prybar, and be sure to pack that snow shovel to help warm you up before you get to shovel dirt....hehe

Take care and stay safe out there. We look forward to an update on your trip.

Denise


No worries, I ALWAYS wear goggles or well shielded safety glasses when digging/breaking rock. No sense in losing an eye! Should be a fun trip up on the mountain tomorrow, I'm very much looking forward to it. I'll try to post some pics when we get back!
tbeerprospector
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wow that amguy cracks me up !!!

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lets see if his tune changes once he experiences Antero .
he talks a good one

Aquamarines are common in colorado , granted you know where to look, I often visit many Aqua hotspots , and every one is under 9000 feet , which means I can mine for more than 3 months a year ... unlike Antero where its 14,000 feet and the odds are for the smaller crystals (spagetti noodle sized)...

im talking about 5 foot aquas , but whatever floats your boat
ColoradoProspector
Hello tbeerprospector a.k.a. bennie,

Yes we know it's you bennie. Too bad but no one wants to play with you today. rolleyes.gif We do not appreciate your button pushing with multiple user names here either. Your account(s) has been suspended.

Continued prospectors discussions......... sorry for the rude interuption everyone.
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CP
amethystguy
5 foot aquas..what are you talking about dude...anybody can talk a big game but you have to back it up..I wonder how you found these "5 foot aquas" but i have not seen them at the Denver show, the min. rec., or heard pete Modreski mention them..oh well..you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk..
Mikey I heard and saw pics of you and Dick's trip to the blue wall..didn't pan out as we all hoped..you need to keep at it..still have a month or two of good collecting time
mikeybrew
QUOTE (amethystguy @ Aug 16 2009, 07:42 AM) *
5 foot aquas..what are you talking about dude...anybody can talk a big game but you have to back it up..I wonder how you found these "5 foot aquas" but i have not seen them at the Denver show, the min. rec., or heard pete Modreski mention them..oh well..you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk..
Mikey I heard and saw pics of you and Dick's trip to the blue wall..didn't pan out as we all hoped..you need to keep at it..still have a month or two of good collecting time


Yeah, the prospective claim area didn't seem to have any real crystallized aqua. There was plenty of rock with blue in it, but the granite seemed to be more gray than the classic Antero white. I think maybe it was a bit too low on the mountain. The blue wall was indeed pretty to see, and I would still be interested to see if anything turned up if you broke it up a bit, but I didn't want to do that without Dicky there (I was up by myself at the time). Still had a great time on the mountain, picked up a couple small aqua crystals over in the old California Mine tailings, and loaded a few nice big "yard" rocks into the back of my jeep. Wanted to poke around the top of Antero some, as it was snowed over on my prior trip, but the stormy weather kept me away this time. As they say, I'll be back! If anyone ever wants to take a trip up, I'd be happy to provide a ride up!
mikeybrew
QUOTE (mikeybrew @ Aug 18 2009, 09:42 PM) *
Yeah, the prospective claim area didn't seem to have any real crystallized aqua. There was plenty of rock with blue in it, but the granite seemed to be more gray than the classic Antero white. I think maybe it was a bit too low on the mountain. The blue wall was indeed pretty to see, and I would still be interested to see if anything turned up if you broke it up a bit, but I didn't want to do that without Dicky there (I was up by myself at the time). Still had a great time on the mountain, picked up a couple small aqua crystals over in the old California Mine tailings, and loaded a few nice big "yard" rocks into the back of my jeep. Wanted to poke around the top of Antero some, as it was snowed over on my prior trip, but the stormy weather kept me away this time. As they say, I'll be back! If anyone ever wants to take a trip up, I'd be happy to provide a ride up!


Looks like I'll be taking the intrepid trip up Antero again in a week or so, thinking maybe the Tuesday after Labor Day. Has anyone here been up this year, any reports on whether the "road" is any better/worse?
ColoradoProspector
I haven't been up there this year but I'd expect the road is still rough as ever. Good luck up there when you go and we'd all love to see and hear about the finds/trip later too.
Hopefully the weather holds out for you on this trip too.

CP
marntson
any solid plans yet on the date? i would love to join up might try and take a day off.
mikeybrew
QUOTE (marntson @ Sep 4 2010, 11:12 PM) *
any solid plans yet on the date? i would love to join up might try and take a day off.


Well, I'm definitely going to spend a couple days digging Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, that's probably way short notice though. Right now, probably planning on hitting the Tarryalls to do some topaz digging, and maybe hitting one of the amazonite areas or something else out that way. Might still be enticed to do Antero though....
marntson
Mikey, you out digging antero or the tarryalls? I have done my fair share of digging topaz as well. You on private claims or NF? It looks like I could take tomorrow off and meet up with you if you get this and want a fellow boulder mover. Send you a PM with contact info, if we cant pull it off this time we should try to set on up for the future.
dlackmond
Antero aas usual is taking her toll. I ahve assisted two stuck soles , both went just a week or so early. I do know of many who have made it sence then tho. I will be doing a visit about 3 weeks from now , Per chance does anyone know the owner of the california patent claim ?
chrisso
Wow COOL book. Hey you guys- I just re-filed the claim on a 600 foot across hexagonal volcano core my family has been taking aqua out of for 90 years or so. Please see my post under gemstone finds. Lookin for minin' partners.

Anybody tired of traipsing around at 14000 feet instead of a registered claim at 9000? Lemme know. A ways from Antero but almost surely from the same magma supply. Maybe just haul it out on railroad cars to a mill, I'm thinking, mostly. I'd like to assay the wash and core sample the formation this year. Maybe make the creek flow across the top of the formation... i dunno. Anyone want to be minin partners?

Chris

chrisso
QUOTE (chrisso @ Aug 14 2011, 09:49 PM) *
Wow COOL book. Hey you guys- I just re-filed the claim on a 600 foot across hexagonal volcano core my family has been taking aqua out of for 90 years or so. Please see my post under gemstone finds. Lookin for minin' partners.

Anybody tired of traipsing around at 14000 feet instead of a registered claim at 9000? Lemme know. A ways from Antero but almost surely from the same magma supply. Maybe just haul it out on railroad cars to a mill, I'm thinking, mostly. I'd like to assay the wash and core sample the formation this year. Maybe make the creek flow across the top of the formation... i dunno. Anyone want to be minin partners?

Chris



I extended the claim a little so that it goes to private property on the bottom. If you come off either trail to the east, you're on the claim.
Palle
Last post i three and a half years old. Any news about the current claiming situation on Mt Antero. IŽll be on a three week rockhounding roadtrip during June and July, and I canŽt make up my mind about this mountain. Coming from the Ouray/Silverton area on highway 50, and later North on the 285, I will pass the road to Mt Antero.

I have some experience the mentioned mining cities, and also places like Leadville, Alma and Breckenridge, but IŽve never been on a to a Place like Mt Antero. Also, IŽll have a rental car, which means I canŽt be sure in advance exactly what kind. On the other hand, IŽm a persistant swede, ready to do some altitude by foot. Should I save a day for Mt Antero?




traddoerr
QUOTE (Palle @ Mar 25 2014, 09:10 AM) *
Last post i three and a half years old. Any news about the current claiming situation on Mt Antero. IŽll be on a three week rockhounding roadtrip during June and July, and I canŽt make up my mind about this mountain. Coming from the Ouray/Silverton area on highway 50, and later North on the 285, I will pass the road to Mt Antero.

I have some experience the mentioned mining cities, and also places like Leadville, Alma and Breckenridge, but IŽve never been on a to a Place like Mt Antero. Also, IŽll have a rental car, which means I canŽt be sure in advance exactly what kind. On the other hand, IŽm a persistant swede, ready to do some altitude by foot. Should I save a day for Mt Antero?


Palle- you will need a 4X4 vehicale to gain access to this area, and it is riddled with claims, so you will need to do a LOT of home work before you venture there, and this is the place to do just that. I have found that this is big territory and one day is not enough, but it is worth the venture any way. Best of luck!
Palle
Perhaps I should add a day then. I have three or four days that arenŽt planned for yet.

I have ordered a Ford Escape (or similar), but IŽm not sure I should force a rental car to do that climb. IŽm guessing the Baldwin creek trail is fairly easy. The Baldwin gulch trail seems hard from the start, having to cross water (three or four times?). Except for that, and the trail beeing quite tight on some places, the road itself doesnŽt seem that bad. But, I guess that changes from day to day.

I made the mistake of taking the Weston pass with a Dodge Caliber four years ago (from Alma to Leadville). I thought I could save time, but going down from the pass and westwards was the worst road IŽve ever taken. The Baldwin gulch trail looks a lot better, but then thereŽs the steep sides close to the road.

I have to think about this, but I sure would hate to come back and say No, maybe the next time.




russau
the last time i rented a car was several years back,and at that time the car rental joint made me sign a statement that i would NOT leave the state or the United States with their car. They also stated that this vehical shouldnt be driven on off road conditions.....they have a built in tracker that records where you drive. before you drive up to Mt. Antero, be sure that you are allowed to do so. when they have your credit card, they can come back and nail you for any "other" damages/restrictions that come up!Just to be on the safe side!
Palle
This will be the fifth time I rent a car for a road trip in the U.S., and the conditions have been different every time. The last time, dirt roads werenŽt allowed, I was told afterwards. And, what is off road? Anyway, rockhounding is almost impossible for me if I have to stay on paved roads.

I suppose there will have to be a plan B, one more day in the Leadville or Alma area instead. But IŽve got lots of other dirt roads planned for this trip too.

Also, leaving the state has never been mentioned when I rent cars. Then again, I mostly pick up the car in one state, and leave it in an other. This time, IŽll start in Salt Lake city, and end up in Denver.


traddoerr
Palle, I got a snow report and it looks like late June early July will most likely be when this area will accessable, if we get snows in April like we did last year it could be even later before the roads are passable. I also heard that there were a few new claims filed last fall, it would be very advisable to look into these new locations before heading up. Best of luck!
ColoradoProspector
Hi Palle and welcome to the Colorado Prospector forums. sign0016.gif

Mt Antero is definitely a place you want to be fully prepared for being known as one of the hardest collecting/prospecting spots in north America. New claims wouldn't be surprising either with all the recent attention.
I remember reading about someone who thought they could "blanket claim" both Mt Antero and Mt White with one claim filed by a conservation group? Not valid if filed by a conservation group or as one claim obviously.
At any rate there are sure to be newer locations filed so like traddoerr said, be sure to due the proper research prior to heading up there. Sounds like the snow up there is pretty deep this year, might be some time before access is possible at all, but hopefully by your trip in June/July it's warmer up there.

I bet the rental car companies would not like to hear where you plan to take the cars for this trip. smiley-shocked003.gif smiley-laughing021.gif Maybe they'll have some 4x4's available?

Have a great time on your trip and safe travels along the way, Salt lake to Denver should be a really fun trip for you.
OklaPony
QUOTE (Palle @ Mar 30 2014, 09:40 AM) *
This will be the fifth time I rent a car for a road trip in the U.S., and the conditions have been different every time. The last time, dirt roads werenŽt allowed, I was told afterwards. And, what is off road? Anyway, rockhounding is almost impossible for me if I have to stay on paved roads.

I suppose there will have to be a plan B, one more day in the Leadville or Alma area instead. But IŽve got lots of other dirt roads planned for this trip too.

Also, leaving the state has never been mentioned when I rent cars. Then again, I mostly pick up the car in one state, and leave it in an other. This time, IŽll start in Salt Lake city, and end up in Denver.

I think I'd look in to doing a local Jeep rental for the harder trails.
swizz
Antero is one tuff mother in terms of terrain and violent daily weather. It is indeed riddled with claims, mostly due to recent national tv exposure as Dan eluded to. I actually love the show 'Prospectors' (the only one I really like) but it has had a big effect on activity in that area.
I have a lifted Jeep and wouldn't consider exploring far without another skilled Jeeper along. My Jeep club goes there on occasion for fun.... there is much in the way of challenging terrain there. I can't imagine that there is anything "easy" to get to that would be unclaimed or extremely worthwhile. Claim owners up there are pretty paranoid now and have taken measures. Definitely KNOW where you are standing if you have a tool or bucket in your hand. Assume you are on camera.
I don't mean to discourage you, just keeping it real so you don't set yourself up for disappointment or trouble. Keep these things in mind when doing your research for that locale. Be prepared.
ASTROBLEME
QUOTE (Palle @ Mar 25 2014, 09:10 AM) *
On the other hand, IŽm a persistant swede, ready to do some altitude by foot. Should I save a day for Mt Antero?



Palle,

I'm in agreement with swizz's and CP's advice on being well prepared for Mount Antero. It is dangerous terrain and can be deadly, even for those attempting by foot. Here is a link to a recent news article about a man one would never expect to die just hiking up there.

Man Dies On Mount Antero

If possible, find someone to team up with to avoid going there alone. You are in for a great adventure for sure. Take care,

ASTROBLEME
Bones
Glad I read this thread through...I too am planning on hitting Antero late June early July to try my hands at prospecting...hoping my nephew is still as excited to go when the time gets here otherwise I will be going alone...kind of a scary thought. I did read something in The Salida Times a while back about someone from TX who had 471 placer mine claims on Antero and White...glad someone cleared this up. Its been interesting reading about the terrain and how tough Antero is and I realize its no picnic but I have the drive and ambition. Ill defiitely keep following this one....
ColoradoProspector
Glad you saw this thread too Bones, definitely go prepared if you still plan on visiting Mt Antero for sure!
471 "placer" claims eh? ..... laught16.gif slaphead.gif Woops they didn't think that one through if that's true. Must have been quite a chunk of change to toss in the garbage too for that many claims filed.
Just check your research and watch out for the real claims in the area if you go, be careful and good luck too. emoticon-misc-004.gif
Bones
it was in the salida citizen and i cannot find the article anymore but here is a couple links about the subject....the first is a map of his supposed borders of the claims...the second is a quick article...

http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/news/ima...19bb30f31a.html

http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/news/art...19bb30f31a.html
traddoerr
Hello Bones, if this Texans plan is to block any prospecting or mining on the 2 mountains he's in for some trouble, if he doesn't mine it with-in a certain time frame and produce product they (Gov.) will revoke his claims and reopen it for prospecting. We have some people doing the very same thing in Gilpin County and their about to revoke their claims because they are not working the claims, this final decission will be made this summer or at the latest the end of the year 2014.

On another note, I have been all over the Antero and white mountains hunting and scouting for sheep and goats. didn't do any prospecting or rock hounding because I had no idea of claim locations, and their wasn't to many recognizable boundries at the time or I just wasn't really looking for them as I had other interests at that time. A friend who drew a goat tag there last year said he had never seen so many people wondering in the area. I plan on making a trip there this summer to do some prospecting if there is any good areas left to venture into, maybe we could all hook up and head down there. Best of luck!
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