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Steve's Mining Journal

Steve Herschbach

I became involved in metal detecting and gold prospecting at an early age and have been at it now for over 45 years. My quest has taken me all over the world and this journal documents many of those adventures.

I hope to offer an idea of what can be done by one person with relatively inexpensive equipment. Keep in mind I have been doing this most of my life, and that I am familiar with the areas I am working. I don't want to imply you can just jump right in and have the same results I have. On the other hand, if one works at it, the rewards can be immense. I'm not talking about just the gold and other finds, but the sheer fun and adventure of the search! So here we go, with the successes, and occasional failures, of a prospector and detectorist from Alaska.

Steve with 14.1 Dwt Nugget found at Ganes Creek, Alaska

The reuse of these stories and images is strictly protected under the copyright laws. You may not do so without my express permission. Image reuse on other websites will normally only require a credit and a link back to this page... but only if I am notified in advance for permission. This Journal is dedicated to my wife for encouraging and supporting my adventures, and to my father for getting me started on the search for gold.  ~ Steve Herschbach

2023 - Over 50 Years of Metal Detecting & Gold Prospecting

Garrett Axiom in Australia
September 2022

2020 - Year of the Pandemic

Hunting Ancient Gold in England
October 2018

Minelab Equinox Finds Silver
Fall 2017

Minelab GPZ 19 Gets First Gold
June 8, 2017

Gold Specimen With GPZ 7000
November 1, 2016

Garrett ATX Return To Hawaii
April 10, 2015

Nevada Gold With The Garrett ATX
September 9, 2014

California With Nokta FORS Gold
October 11, 2014

Minelab SDC 2300 Finds Tiny Gold
August 24, 2014

Detecting Hawaii With Garrett ATX
February 4, 2014

Gold Detecting with Garrett ATX
November 20, 2013

Fisher F75 Strikes Gold in Alaska!
June 2013

Alaska Gold Dredging 2013
January 2013

2011 Australia Gold Adventure

Ganes Creek with F75 and GPX 5000
June 2011

Alaska Gold with Minelab GPX 5000
September 2010

Detecting Micro Gold at Crow Creek
September 13, 2009

Minelab X-Terra 50 at Cabo
Spring 2006

Beach Detecting with GP 3500
Fall 2005

White's Surf PI & Platinum in Hawaii
December 18, 2004

Coin Detecting with Garrett Infinium


Garrett Axiom in Alaska
August 2022

Steve’s 2019 UK Adventure
September 2019

The Chisana Story
1973 - 2018

XP Deus 74 Khz Elliptical Coil
July 22, 2017

Gold With Minelab Gold Monster
May 7, 2017

Nevada Gold With GPZ 7000
June 29, 2015

Minelab GPZ 7000 Eureka Moment
March 11, 2015

Nokta Scores Gold Specimen
Fall 2014

Sore Feet And Gold
September 3, 2014

Steve's 2014 Alaska Gold Adventure

Steve's 2013 Alaska Gold Adventure

Gold and Silver with the Garrett ATX
November 2013

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons
May 2013

Last Visit to Ganes Creek
June 2012

Fisher F75 & Gold Nuggets
June 2011

Ancient Coins at Colchester, UK
October 1, 2010

Moore Creek Gold Treated with Acid
May 2010

White's TDI at Moore Creek, Alaska
Summer 2008

White's M6 & Surf PI Pro in Hawaii
December 20, 2005

Bulldozer Adventure (Moore Creek)
Fall 2004 & Spring 2005

George's Moore Creek Nugget
July 2004

Moore Creek Permits & Gold
June 2004


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Garrett Infinium at Moore Creek
Fall 2003

Moore Creek, Alaska
June 28, 2003

GP Extreme in the Fortymile
May 23, 2003

Shadow X5 at Crow Creek
September 18, 2002

Detector Reps at Ganes Creek
June 17, 2002

First Gold with White's GMT
May 11, 2002

Minelab SD2200D at Fortymile
August 18, 2001

Exploring Petersville, Alaska
August 5, 2001

Gold Layers at Crow Creek
June 15, 2001

Fall Mining at Mills Creek
September 16, 2000

Where Gold Comes From
August 13, 2000

GPAA Claims at Mills Creek
June 24, 2000

Spring Gold Dredging at Crow Creek
May 2000

Sniping for Gold at Mills Creek
October 24, 1999

4" Subsurface Dredge at Crow Creek
October 9, 1999

Gold Dredging at Mills Creek
October 2, 1999

5" Subsurface Dredge at Mills Creek
August 21, 1999

Mills Creek Cooperative
July 17, 1999

About Subsurface Gold Dredges
June 24, 1999

Tesoro Lobo at Crow Creek
May 23, 1999

Origin of Gold at Crow Creek
May 8, 1999

Canyon Dredging at Crow Creek
April 24, 1999

Winter Dredging at Crow Creek
Fall 1996

Minelab GP 3000 at Moore Creek
August 7, 2003

GP 3000 & MXT Get Fortymile Gold
June 6, 2003

Garrett Infinium in Hawaii
February 18, 2003

Infinium & MXT at Ganes Creek 
August 29, 2002

Memorial Day at Ganes Creek
May 25, 2002

30 Years with White's Detectors

Lode Gold at Hatcher Pass
August 12, 2001

Detecting Gold at Ganes Creek
June 22, 2001

Crow Creek Nugget Rescue
November 4, 2000

Detecting Gold in the Fortymile
September 1, 2000

Detecting Gold at Chisana
July 21, 2000

Minelab SD2200D at Crow Creek
June 10, 2000

Gold in Hawaii
Winter 1999

Sluicing Gold at Crow Creek
October 17, 1999

Metal Detecting at Mills Creek
October 5, 1999

Gold Mining at Mills Creek
September 5, 1999

4" Subsurface Dredge at Mills Creek
August 15, 1999

Old Stream Layers at Crow Creek
July 10, 1999

Detecting Small Gold at Crow Creek
May 30, 1999

Flooded Out! of Crow Creek
Goldmaster & SD2200D Detectors
May 15, 1999

What's Placer Gold Worth?
May 1, 1999

First Nugget with a Metal Detector
1973 - 1989


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