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I got out for 3 days to Gold Basin. The first day was a skunk but then at the end of the second a little color. I got up at daylight on Saturday and found a couple of meteorites before 8 AM. Then on a long walkabout I found a mini-patch of 3 pieces. Later on a 5 mile walk I found a 15g sunbaker meteorite. It is nice to get even small results with the 7000/14.
Hi Guys, Mrs JW headed up to the North Island for a few days to visit friends & family. So I took advantage of being home alone for the weekend & headed off up in to the hills for a detecting mission. Spending Saturday night in an old miners hut. I slipped up a bit & spent too much time on this forum before tearing myself away saturday morning. So I was off to a late start by the time I got in there & detecting.
It was to an old haunt & I didnt start off too good. Heaps of signals....but none gold. I was getting sick & tired of digging shot gun pellets. I finally got a signal that stayed in the ground after a few scrapes & then getting in to the rotten basement schist & signal still in there.
A small bit of the good stuff......finally
Then not too far away another signal that stayed in the ground after more than a few scrapes & bit of digging. I was peeling out slabs of schist & the signal was still in there. I broke through the more solid slabs of schist & hit a rusty coloured rotten schist layer.
It was down a good 8 inches before the target was out.
I couldnt believe the size of gold for the depth of the hole. The gold must have been sitting flat.
Believe it or not those were the only two bits I got for the weekend. Sunday I got skunked.
Got my share of rubbish of which any one of them could have been gold. Got to love those pellets....NOT. I got to a stage that if the signal gave that double hit & moved after a scrape, I moved on with out retrieving it.
So just the two for .36 of a gram
Good luck out there
Recently purchased a used Nugget Finder Evo from a forum member... wasn't planning on a trip to Gold Basin this weekend but woke up Sunday morning, jumped in the truck, was there having a nice breakfast by 11:00AM, said hi to some friends, jumped on the side of a ridge and BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM.... all within an hour, all within 150'... spent the next couple hours checking the area around it, nice tight little patch..
Cleaned up, no dirt... 9.29 grams, over a quarter ounce troy, at today's price of $40.48 per gram = $376.05 US$ BOOOO YAAAAAAA fuel and coil paid for.. awesome day in Gold Basin...
By Chris Ben
Went out with a buddy Saturday and tried a couple of new areas. Full of trash. Got tired of digging trash with no gold see we decided to move on to another area that had been extensively drywashed in hopes of picking up a few scraps. Still a bunch of trash but I picked up the specie on a bench on bedrock under about 10 in of silt. Nice solid signal on the GPZ
Same nugget, different angle. 3.3 grams
Also found a half gram solid piece.
Woke up grabbed the 7000 and left for the day. It's what I love to do on my birthday. I called an old friend to ask if I could swing a coil of his land. Of course you can he replied. I haven't ever been there with a detector so what the heck.
After my half hour drive a stepped out grabbed my gear got suited up and headed out. I stepped about sixty feet from my pickup and was mired in a patch. Four hours I was up and down like mad. Every swing yielded a nugget. I got tired after 3.3 ounces. Had to head home for a pint. Here's some pics