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Hi guys. After that awesome day biking up the river & checking out a few sights we headed back to the little local town. There was a bit of a shin dig happening that night in the local pub. A local hunting club was having a prize giving for best head (deer).
The guy in the middle was the splitting image of Todd Hoffman.
There was also a competition for best duck calling & stag roaring. That was an absolute laugh & the same bloke won both the stag roaring & the duck calling.
A few racks of antlers hanging form the pubs roof trusses. This was only a few of them. There were heaps.
Was a great night. The band were excellent.
We headed home the next day & I went for an afternoon detect with the Zed to a spot I hadnt been to for a couple of years. I was no longer getting any finds with the 4500 & I hadnt got around to trying the Zed here. So this was the Zeds first time here. I went to a spot that I thought had the greatest chance of the Zed getting something. I was wrong. The next spot I went to I thought I was least likely to get something. I was wrong again.
Up on a high terrace directly above the road, I got the fainest of faint signals. Well I thought it was a signal. Was pretty iffy, but I scraped away a bit of dirt...well more like rotten schist. I was then in to more solid schist & the signal had now improved & as I smashed in to the schist rock I was opening up & getting in to a crevice. The deeper I got the more confident I was that it was going to be gold. I had to be careful not to let any rocks tumble down on to the road below.
Finally the signal was out from deep in to the schist.
Out popped this sassy little bit. YE HA...
I wandered down a bit further along this terrace & over a bit of exposed schist bed rock. I thought I heard another very faint signal. Backed up on to it & tried a different angle. Nothing. Tried the first approach again & yes I was sure that was a faint signal coming from that crevice. Raked the crevice out with the pick & bingo. You may just make out the tiny piece of gold on the coil label.
If not....then here you go. How small is that for the Zed? No wonder it was a very faint signal one way & nothing the other way. High Yield/Normal sensitivity 5
That was it & all I could get from this most unlikely of spots. Gold is where you find it. Not a truer word spoken. I then went off to another unlikely spot. It looked like somebody else had been here as they had scraped down a bit of material. The material looked promising but I knew I had been here back in my GP 3000 days with the little 10x5 coiltek mono joey coil & pinged a few small bits. Maybe some one had scraped down more material & got a few more. I had also had the 4500 over here with the nugget finder 14x9 advantage coil & sadie coil & got nothing. Bring on the mighty Zed. Straight away I got a little faint hit. I groveled around in the dirt with the scoop until I had the target in it.
Whittled the signal down to a kinda surprise.
The Zed never fails to impress me on the small gold it can ping. I would be even more impressed though if the gold were bigger....
So I was happy with the three little bits for a fun afternoon & I can see I will have to go back as there are more spots here to go over.... & with the Zed....well you never know your luck.
A few weekends ago we had our first dusting of snow.
Last weekend I went back over the coast to see my mate again. I took the jetboat as we had a plan to go up the river to do some prospecting.
But the jetboat had other ideas & gave us a bit of grief. It started ok, idled fine & accelerated a little but wouldnt get up & dance, & boy....does it usually get up & dance. But not today. So that wasnt going to happen. Took it to the local garage 50 k's away & they couldnt look at it until the next day. So that day was stuffed. Next day didnt get any better as the garage couldnt sort it. Said the motor was ok & it looked like it was something to do with the computer & an electronic problem. They didnt have the gear to diagnose that. So end of the jetboat idea. My mate has been doing a bit of painting for the garage owner between his possum trapping & deer hunting & that was my link to tracking my mate down. Some one from an area I some times detect at had said they thought they had seen him painting this garage.....& so it turned out. So with the boat out of action the garage owner said to my mate, "What say we fly to Wanaka & pick up some roof paint?" The garage owner has his own little plane & so off we went.
It was a mint day to be flying over the Alps
When we crossed the Alps & got on the Lake Wanaka & Hawea side the lakes had a low cloud over them
We got to Wanaka, got the paint & on getting back to the airport had a coffee at the airport cafe before flying back. We got inside & my mate was dumb struck. He used to have his own motorbike shop & he specialized in custom bikes & restorations. Up above the entrance way on display was his old Harley Davidson that he had lovingly restored years ago. He recognized it straight away & approached the lady behind the counter asking her about it. She pointed outside to a chap talking to some one & said to my mate. "He is the owner of the bike. Have a talk to him. Well that talk went on for half an hour.
My mate was just blown away
Approaching back to the West Coast & in to the setting sun
Well that was last weekend so a bit of a catch up on what I have been up to. Went for a detect this weekend with a bit of success but will keep that for during the week. But here is a peak at a bit of scenery not too far away.
Good luck out there
Hi guys, A bit off topic to start with but just a bit of a catch up with a few of my latest adventures & trips away over to the West Coast chasing down a mate of mine who seemed to have vanished off the face of the earth. But I tracked him down after a year of not hearing from him. Was starting to think he had gone bush & something had happened to him. Ended up he had gone bush, possum trapping & deer hunting & just didn't bother coming back "home" last summer.
I will start off with some pics from a trip up to the head of Lake Wakatipu. The first three are taken from a jet boat going up the Dart River which flows in to the Lake. A bit more of Alaska from down under for you Steve
Couldn't give me a push could you??
A couple of weekends ago I took the Zed for a walk for just a half day mission. Got skunked on the gold front but did get a pretty deep signal on thrashed ground.
An old timers broken pick point. BUGGER!
Heard a rumor my mate was over the West Coast so Mrs JW & I decided to head on over & chase up on this "sighting" of him. We made a long weekend of the trip & if it turned out that it wasn't him then we would check out some sights any way. Some places that Mrs JW hadn't been to.
We left straight after I had finished work on the friday & got over to the Coast & booked in to our accommodation. Was a three hour drive & dark by the time we got there so we left trying to track down this sighting of my mate until morning. Morning came & yes it turned out to be my mate but was another 50 or so k's to his bush camp. What a surprise he got when we rocked up. After hand shakes, high fives & hugs I then abused the crap out of him for not informing us of his wanderings & intentions & that a few people were worried about him & about to go to the police with a missing persons report....etc. He put the billy on & we had a brew.
Me at his bush camp
We couldn't have picked a more perfect weather weekend to go over to the coast. Usually it is bucketing down. Something like 8 meters of rain fall a year.
The call was made to go for a bike ride up the river towards his hunting blocks. I hadn't ridden a motor bike for 12 years or so & was a bit apprehensive about that....but I didnt show it. Just had to think of it like mountain biking but with a motor. I had done heaps of mountain biking. Mrs JW was to go on the back with him on his 400 & me on the 125. Oh Boy...this will be interesting.
View up the river. Stunning! But a real jungle when you get up in there.
No sweat. Like a duck to water. Just like ridding a bike...oh year...I was ridding a bike.
Was an awesome day.
We then headed to the Coast & a sheltered little anchorage bay. Even the surf was non existent. Most unusual for the West Coast.
Ended the day with an awesome sunset
to be continued......
Good luck out there
Hi guys, Saturday I headed back to Doug's Gully, but this time I did not forget the WM12. I was all rigged up & detecting by 10am. I headed straight to a spot where I had found a little patch with the 4500 about 3 years ago. It was up out of the gully bottom but further prospecting the slope to the top of the spur revealed nothing more outside of the localized wee patch. It was at the head of the gully & I went straight to the spot where I got my first piece there on this wee patch. My back filled hole was still visible. BANG....a faint signal straight off. Probably just a shotty pellet.
Notice the old back filled hole beside the coil. A few scrapes & the signal had moved. Bugger.....was not going to be a bigger deep piece of gold.
But gold it was.
With in 10 minutes I repeated the same process 2 more times with the Zed. All small shallow gold.
I then thought I had better grab the Bug 2 & go back over these shallow digs & there scrape out piles before back filling & moving on. Well......
The Zed does pretty well on small gold & the Bug 2 just finishes things off. A great combination.
I moved on with the Zed back down in the gully floor & got a faint wee signal. Another small bit of gold
Then right in the gully bottom another very faint signal. I scraped away a few inches & the signal was still in the ground & getting better
I got down to over two feet & the signal was still in the ground & sounding good. I was having trouble pin pointing exactly where the target was so I wondered back to where I had left the Bug 2. My pin pointer & discriminator. No signal. Deeper down yet. Then the Bug got a signal. Flick in to discriminate. BUGGER...wasn't going to be gold. Down almost to the control box of the bug
Then the target was out. Now I put these old workings down to the mid to late 1860's.
An old pocket knife
A bit worse for the amount of time it had been buried. Looks like a bone or ivory or deer antler handle. Quite a cool find none the less. Makes you think of who's it was, what nationality, how well he was doing on the gold. But to think I am the first person to handle it since he lost it. Also makes me think of the amount of ground that was dug down, turned over & all by hand pick & shovel.
Then a very similar thing happened. Another deepish hole.
Out with the bug & again it wasn't going to be gold. Damn. But as I do I still dig to get rid of the junk just in case it is masking a gold signal.
Can you see it??
Not sure what it was but it was still very firm in the ground. I didn't bother getting it out. Back filled & moved on.
I kept on going down the gully bottom & I detected up on the top of a sarson stone & got a very faint signal. I scraped away & there was a flat piece of schist sitting on top of the sarson stone. I ended up removing the schist stone & the signal was still there
Bingo....a sassy bit of gold
Re scanning & another faint signal & another small bit of gold
I went back to my last deep hole & got the Bug 2, as I had left it beside the back filled hole. I thought I may as well try the bug 2 on this last little dig. Well bugger me.....4 more little bits of gold from the dig out dirt.
Then nothing for ages. Just on 10 pm & an awesome sunset happening
I got a faint signal. A little quartz specimen piece.
Not 3 feet away another small bit. As there was a half moon I detected until after midnight but got nothing more on the gold front. Still had a 2.5 hour drive home. The things we do.
So all up 17 pieces of small gold for just 1.21 grams What a long day & many miles of walking.
The old pocket knife
The thing I am noticing on my old haunts is that the GP 3000 & the 4500 have done a good job of getting the bigger deeper bits of gold & there doesn't seem to be any deeper bigger bits for the Zed but the zed is pinging the smaller slightly deeper bits.
Good luck out there
Hi Guys. Took the Zed for a late afternoon walk back to one of my well flogged patches. Took my spare pick after breaking my good old faithful Walco pick last time I was out. I continued on from where I left off the previous time. The ground was a little bit lively as we had a heavy down pour of rain during the previous night. The Zed was a bit more touchy but after several ground balances over the ferrite & a few auto tunes I got it to a manageable steady threshold with out having to change any of the other settings. 5 minutes in to it & my first very faint little signal.
Couple of scrapes & it was out.
Ten feet away & more of a hunch that there was a signal & not very convincing at that. Gave it a few scrapes & it improved very slightly but was now sounding like a very faint signal. So I scraped on down until I hit the schist bed rock. Which wasnt far down. You will just make it out in the pic
Signal had really improved now so I scraped out two crevices that had opened out in the hole.
I had brought a screwdriver today to scrape out just such crevices....& bingo. A sassy bit of gold
Before I back filled the dig I scanned the hole & the dug out dirt pile. Another wee signal down in the crevice.
Another little bit of gold
Again I scanned the dig out pile & the fainest of signals & another tiny bit of gold
I stopped for a bite to eat & a coffee before carrying on. Had a bit of a dry spell for a while before another very faint little signal. Again....down in the schist bed rock
Tiny gold it was
This a pic looking down slope of the exposed schist bed rock tilted up on edge.
And this is looking up hill to the dig of the last wee piece of gold
This is a surfaced area from the old timers. That little shallow gutter running up to the left produced many bits of gold for the GP 3000, the 4500 & now for the Zed
Just to the right of that green bush (briar rose) is an old small throw out pile from the old timers & is where I got the next three tiny bits of gold from.
I called it quits at that & had got 8 bits for a grand total of 1.34 grams Smallest was .04 of a gram & the biggest was two at .31 of a gram.
Good luck out there
Hi guys, After working on my schist columns all day, & Mrs JW had a wedding to video, I buggered off at about 5pm & headed back to where I got those last 8 little bits. I planned on going a bit further over from where I had been going the last couple of times. Still, the spot I chose was an area where I had done well with the GP 3000 & 4500 but was no longer getting gold there with the 4500. I dont think though that I had used the Elite coils here. Any way......I parked up & walked to the spot. Got rigged up & hit an area of semi exposed bed rock schist that the old timers had surface washed. Not even a minute in to it & I had a soft faint signel. Scraped about 1.5 inches off it & that lifted the signal
So I laid in to the dig with a bit more effort. Next minute.
Oh no....you b**tard. Shite bugger damn. Those last few times that I had been smashing into that solid schist to get a few signals out had taken there toll on my pick. I knew I felt the pain for my pick at the time. Didnt I say so. What do I do??? Pack up & come back later with another pick?? Maybe I will just keep detecting & mark spots where I get a signal & then come back & dig them. I picked up the head of the pick & had a go at scraping & digging as best I could.
So...scrape scrape dig dig...wasnt too bad actually. Down in to the schist bed rock which was actually quite rotten & soft & broke out easily
Ye Ha. A nice little bit of the good stuff.
Not five feet away, another very faint signal...I think. Some times you just think you here a slight hiccup in the threshold or just a hunch that it was a signal as it isnt all ways there with each sweep of the coil. I gave it a few scrapes any way.
The hint of a signal improved so I kept on going down in to the schist bed rock. Into a few crevices
A small bit of gold
Another small bit
This just kept on happening & no crap signals. All gold. Have detected here so often that there is no crap targets left. Bonus now.
Look at the depth. I was lucky that this schist was rotten & soft & peeled away easily
Deep in to another schist crevice
Loving the no crap tagets. Just GOLD
The signals just kept on coming
Thought I saw a bit of rusty crap come out of this hole, as it was a loud sharp signal as well
Actually got two bits out of that dig
Down in to a deep schist crevice
Time out & a look at the finds so far
In to the schist bed rock again
The hand was getting a bit sore as some of these digs were quite deep
And getting deeper
But still the gold was coming & all off thrashed ground. Loving the Zed.
Two bits from this hole
Well it was time to head out & back to the wagon.
All up 13 bits for 5.33 grams. Sure beat the other days 57 bits for 4.55 grams
The Zed just keeps on blowing me away. What a machine.
Best of luck to you out there
Hi guys, A few days ago I went back to the spot where I had got 6 little bits of gold for .88 of a gram on my 2nd to last days detecting of 2016. It was an area I hadnt been to prior for about 18 months as I was no longer getting gold from it until I hit it with the Zed. So roll on 2017 & my first days detect.
I got there & rigged up. It took about half an hour before I got my first very faint signal.
It was down a bit into the solid schist that I had to smash out to get down in to the folds of the turned up on edge schist. Such a great gold trap.
Gold it was
Moved on & another very faint signal
Again down in to the folds of the schist & in to a crevice
Small bit of gold
Then in to another schist crevice
A tiny piece .04 of a gram
Before I back filled the dig I scanned the hole, as I always do, & another signal. This time at the back of the hole
Another small bit of gold
Another faint signal. This time it was just in the gravel wash
Slightly bigger. But not by much
Then a signal right on top of bare schist bed rock. Must be down in it a bit.
Bloody hell......here we go again. Smashing in to the hard schist. Not breaking apart as easily as the others & not opening up in to a crevice. Oh my poor pick.
Took a while to get it out & luckily it wasnt too deep
.03 of a gram
Down in to the bed rock schist again
Wee bit bigger. Almost a half grammer.
I stopped for a coffee & a bite to eat & took a pic of the total so far
It was damn hot & I felt like packing it in but I had my coffee & wondered on down to another area of exposed bed rock.
Got a slight hint of a break in the threshold. Backed up & scraped in to the up on edge schist.
This one was getting down deep & giving me a hard time at getting it out
Broke out the tweezers & coffee spoon to get in to that tight crevice that my pick point just couldnt get in to. Too worn down. Note in the foreground the up on edge fingers of schist bed rock. Mighty fine gold traps those.
Finally got it out
That was it. I was buggered after that one. So all up of absolutely flogged ground that even the GB2 & GMT weren't scoring any thing. I got another 8 bits of gold for 1.72 grams
So off to a positive start with the Zed for 2017. YE HA
Cheers all & best of luck out there for 2017