Hi guys, I have had some old timer sluiced gully workings up in the high country on my mind ever since getting the Zed. I was spoiled for choices of other places over our summer to go back over with the Zed & due to the hell walk into this high country area I gave it a miss. Then with winter upon us & snow down into this gully area it was a no go. But over the last week we have had a spell of warmer weather with rain & not snow. Rivers are up due to snow melt & gazing up to this high country area could see the snow line was crawling out of it. As we are in mid winter this warm spell I am sure is only going to be short lived. I was going to tackle it on saturday but it had rained hard that night & was looking very threatening during the morning. So I waited to see what sunday would dawn like.
Sunday was much better so I made the call to go. I loaded my back pack up with my detecting gear. Pick, pick belt, Pro swing harness, B&Z booster & speakers, WM12, Scoop, 10x6 GM 1000 coil, Thermos of coffee, Smoko bag of tucker, Headlamp just in case I got caught out in the dark coming home. Had all batteries charged up. I decided to take the GM 1000. How could I not as there was some exposed bedrock where I had done quite well on with my 4500 & the little 8x6 Nuggetfinder sadie coil & knew there had to be some smaller gold that the GM 1000 45khz would sniff out. I half pie dismantled the GM 1000. That consisted of sliding the control box just down past the top of the second rod assembly & unscrewing the top end section with the arm cuff on it & sticking that in the back pack. I then strapped the Monster to the side of my pack & lugging the Zed over my shoulder for the two hour slog up up & up. Wasn't looking forward to that part.
(If you click on a pic once it goes thru to flicker & if you click on it again it goes full screen, well it does for me. Just gives you more detail on some of the scenic shots. Enjoy)
Oh well...pack on back....& off we go.
This isn't even half way. The old original pack track behind me disappearing around that bluff & up thru the gorge.
Back in the day It wasn't easy work to do. Though people laugh when I say that now. But it is easy for them to travel the track that has been cut in the mountains brow. And cut in the mountains brow it has been.
Looking ahead.You wouldn't have wanted your pack horse or yourself falling off there.
And looking back
We are about half way at this point.
Looking down into the creek a few patches of snow in the shadows
I came across the exposed bedrock patch & I decided to hit it with the monster on the way up. I usually left it for the way back but like I have done in the past I had left it too late & was running out of day light & had to give it a miss. So I dropped pack & rigged up the little monster & got into it.
First signal in less than a minute & dig in the schist gave me two small bits of gold. That schist just being the perfect gold trap.
The first bit
As usual running in manual 10 sensitivity & deep all metal mode. Volume thru internal speaker set one notch down from max.
Yes, a little touch sensitive but I knew the gold was going to be tiny & didn't want to miss any signals. So just kept that careful coil sweep & control to avoid hitting the surface too much.
Some cracks & crevices gave me two pieces & one gave me four.
It was almost as if the old timers had used this run of bedrock as their tailings race as it was in this run of bedrock that the gold was caught up in.
Four pieces came out from this dig
After cleaning out what I could I had to move on to hopefully bigger & better gold further up.
I was happy with the little play with the monster in this bedrock & was rewarded with 18 pieces. Total weight .67 of a gram Fun though & no catch & release.
Got up a lot further & stopped for a well earned & deserved coffee break.
Looking down one of the main gully workings. You will see the turned over nature of the gully floor & the piles & humps. Sluiced areas up on the left & right slopes & the odd patch of snow.
Looking up further & where I was headed for.
After a wee break it was off again & up up up.
Got to where I wanted to be & rigged up the mighty Zed. Come on baby. I haven't come this far for nothing....or had I??
10 minutes I had a faint little signal. Down into & beautiful rich top soil. Looked so good I could have eaten it. Na...not really. But then the signal was out. Oh no...just going to be rubbish.
NOT....Ye Ha Not big though. Story of my life....
Then another very very faint signal...or was it. Scrape away at the grass & not 1 inch down on to bedrock schist. Signal strong now & raked out the schist. Signal out & on the coil.
How small is that for the Zed & that 14" coil.
Just in case you cant see it.
Have I ever mentioned how the Zed & this 14" coil blows me away with the small gold it pings??
There must be a bigger bit with my name on it. COME ON.
Another sweet little signal. Scrape scrape.
Oh man...at least it is gold.
I then noticed BLACK as clouds building up in the distant mountains & heading my way. Oh no...the distant mountains disappearing within & looking like snow. BUGGER. I need to get out of here. I was heading down a old wash/tailings race gutter that showed patches of bedrock. I got an ugly loud sharp signal that had shallow trash written all over it. I stepped down slope of it & turned around & approached it from down hill. Yep ugly signal, but then thought l got another more mellow signal just below it by about 4 inches. MMMmnnn hard to say. Different signal or edge of the first sharp signal. I scrapped away at the lower end of the sharp signal & the mellow signal came through a bit clearer & had me convinced it was a separate target. I was now peeling out schist rock by the slab. Signal mellow but getting better all the time. Mor dig, more schist out. This was proving a difficult little sucker. I was now convinced it was going to be gold.
A very flat thin piece. Wasn't even half a gram. Man I thought it was more than that when I first saw it...until I had it in my hand. But I will take it. It was now starting to sleet on me so I was out of there quick smart. Day cut much shorter than I wanted for the effort of getting into here. Them the breaks.
So all up ...not even 2 grams. Looks more than that hey. 18 for the Monster & 6 for the Zed. BIG effort put in to get those.
Until next time. Cheers
And Good luck out there
Hi guys, Headed back this arvo for a few hours to where I finished off on Sunday. Took the Zed & the GM 1000. Even though it is the middle of our winter It is a good time to get out there. The grasses have have really withered back & so to have many of the weedy plants & bushes. Opens up quite a bit more ground & makes it easier to get the coil in to many spots that when the growth is rich & strong you have no chance. My first sweet signal was just such a spot. It was on the top edge of an old timers tail race that had been cut deep into the schist & the briar rose bushes had backed off a bit in the winter conditions. My prunning shears helped a bit too, but that was more just to cut an access way in to some bed rock schist that I had done well on in the past & had not had the Zed in here. Got a faint sweet signal between two briar rose bushes. Scrapped away the top soil until the schist bed rock was showing.
Signal still in there so had to lay in to the dig a bit harder peeling out the schist. Here we go again.
The beauty is that these type digs down into the schist are always gold.
Signal finally out & a sassy bit of the good stuff.
Moved on to another area that I had thrashed in the past. I got a faint but positive signal on top of some loose broken up schist that the old timers had dumped. These kind of signals are usually rubbish from the old boys. I scrapped away at the broken up bits of schist & to my surprise I was straight on to smooth worn bed rock schist. Had no idea there was any bed rock there.
The signal was still coming from the bed rock but I couldn't see any thing. So I got the little Monster on to it. It read non ferrous. I couldnt see any gold so thought it was going to be a shot gun pellet. The bed rock was pretty smooth but I put the pointy end of the pick in to a small crack in the schist & raked it out. Signal had moved. Whittled it down in the scoop & yes....shoty pellet.
Well I thought so at first & came pretty close to chucking it to the bushes. But it is in fact a little shot gun pellet size & shape of gold. You wouldn't think so looking at it in the picture.
How small is that for the Zed. Incredible.
I dont know why...but I headed over to where I got those 5 bits of gold on Sunday & went back over the same ground again. To my surprise I got a very faint whisper. Same old scenario. Scraped off the top soil.
Exposed the schist bed rock
Signal still in there but getting better. Smashing in to the bed rock schist
Down in to a crevice
The depth again with the Zed on a small bit of gold. Still blows me away. loving it.
That was it though. 2 hours later & nothing more. Getting dark...time to head off. Three for .96 of a gram.
Good luck out there
Hi Guys, After a busy Saturday morning having a bit of a tidy up around the yard, filling up the trailer & doing a dump run Mrs JW was keen to head out down to the river or somewhere in the outdoors to chill out in the sun & read a magazine. MMMmmm.....I suggested how about we head to some old gold workings & you can chill out & read your mag in the sun there while I take the dog for a walk, mans best friend , the GM 1000. Mrs JW was fine with that....so off we went. I took the GPZ as well. We headed in to some shallow schist bed rock that the old timers had ground sluiced down to. Mrs JW got comfy on a flat slab of schist with her cushion seat & was in to her magazine. I headed off with the Gold monster. The ground was quite moist & the plant life & grasses had withered back quite a bit due to mid winter conditions. So good for detecting. I was getting my share of those pesty shot gun pellets thanks to rabbit shooters & the occasional hot rock. I was in manual 10 sensitivity, deep all metal mode & the GM's speaker on about 3/4 volume. The internal speaker is plenty loud enough & I find full volume is just too much.
After about an hour Mrs JW was making noises, again, about how a cold wind had come up & can we head home. My protests of, We have only just got here. Feel on deaf ears. Bugger. Ok I said, just give me another few minutes. I headed over to some bed rock where I had snagged a few bits with the Zed on a previous occasion. Hoping there were some smaller ones for the GM sitting on or close to the surface. Got a faint little signal, Well not that faint as Mrs JW heard it & came on over. A few scrapes into the up on edge schist & the signal had moved.
In to the scoop, whittled it down & on to the coil. Ye Ha, a sassy bit of gold for mans best friend.
Well I relented to Mrs JW's plea to head home. One bit of gold was better than no gold so still not skunked with the GM 1000. I was happy with that.
The next day I was keen to go further afield with the Zed & get some bigger gold than what the monster was getting me. I was well over due for a better gold fix. So put all my batteries on charge over night, Monsters as well. Woke Sunday morning & it was bucketing down. Damn, bugger, sh!t. There goes my detecting day. Fiddle sticks. So I killed a few hours on the forum & checking out some youtube stuff. Then about midday the sun poped out, still looked a bit susss though but I thought bugger it....I am out there. Was too late to go the further afield so I decided to go to a spot which was just past where Mrs JW & I had gone the previous day. It was an area where I had found quite a bit of gold with my GP 3000 & 4500 & also the Zed. I was gobsmacked at the gold I got there with the Zed knowing how well I done & how thorough I had been with the 4500 & many different coils. With the Zed I found more gold in the exact same places, just deeper & the gold no bigger. If anything, the gold with the Zed was smaller but the depth just blew me away. Some of you may recall that time when I broke the head off my old Walco pick on my very first target dig there with the Zed.
So back to that same spot. I was keen to go over it again with the the Zed due to the damp wet ground conditions & the lack of grass & the thinned plant growth. Got there, rigged up with the Zed, Also took the little Monster. High Yield/Normal sensitivity on 10, soil smoothing off as always. B&Z external speakers up about 3/4 volume. Worked my way along with very slow coil sweeps, coil scuffing the ground. Got to the end of my first pass at the very bottom of this ground sluiced slope. The end was a spot where I had got a little patch of alluvial worn pieces back with the GP 3000 & 11" commander mono coil right down on the schist bed rock. This little spot now had an annoying briar rose bush growing beside it with its horrible thorny branches hanging over the exact spot. Due to the winter conditions & the lack of leaves on the bush I was able to get the Zeds coil under the branches & rubbing the coil on the ground was sure I heard a faint change in the threshold. So much so that I went back to my pack & got out a pair of pruning shears that always live in there. I trimmed all the briar rose branches back so I could get in there with my pick. The briar rose bush protested profusely & didn't let me off lightly. Lashing out at me with its thorny barbed tentacles ripping into my arms, drawing blood. But I fought them of bravely, coming out the victor.
Scraped away at the grounds surface. The signal improved but still quite faint & not on to the bed rock.
Hit the bed rock schist.
Hacking in to the fingers of schist, like pages in a book, & the signal still sounding far off
Getting down a bit now & the signal still in there. The picture doesn't really show how deep it actually is.
Finally the signal was out. Can you see it next to the G on the coil. How small is that & how deep is that for the Zeds 14" coil? Unbelievable.....
This might give you a better idea of the depth. The detectors shaft is about where the ground level was when I first got the signal.
I then scanned the dig out pile with the GM 1000 & got two more bits of gold.
So three bits of gold from the one dig.
Note the pile of smashed out schist
Here is a bit of video footage I took on my phone. It isn't that crash hot, it started to rain so I was rushing.
On my return run across this slope I got another very faint hit on some bed rock that I had snagged some bits of gold with my 4500. You will see the exposed surface bed rock on the right & the fresh scrapes into the schist where the signal was coming from.
Again having to really hack into it & not sure which crevice the signal was in.
Ended up having to hack it right open.
And then get the Monster involved with its little 5" coil to pin point the signal. It was coming from right down in that deeper crevice.
Finally got it out. Again...look how small....& how deep.
That Zed just blows me away.
Things went quiet for a wee while but then I got a faint hit in a bank just a few yards further up slope from my first finds.
Again....down in a schist crevice.
.46 of a gram. The biggest bit for the weekend.
That was it for the afternoon. So five bits for that day & the tiny one for the GM 1000 the day before. Total of 2.6 grams. My best for a while.
Best of luck out there