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    Alaska (Mat-Su Valley)
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    Hunting gold. 4WD getaways. Alpine hikes. Fly fishing. Hunting. Nature Photography.
  • Gear Used:
    Gold Bug 2, Garrett ATX, Garrett Pro-Pointer AT, White's Bullseye TRX, Keene Sluice, Keene Dredge

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  1. Well, more an expert than myself! I value your assessments and much appreciate the above knowledge/ ideas. Very cool those may be geodes. I will certainly do as suggested. Great idea to use my tile cutter for rocks! As for chert spears, I have photos of that very thing as well, along the Denali Hwy in the eskers is evidence of a boulder of chert showing where spears were calved off, yes pretty cool. Brooks Range, now that is where some serious gold lies ... oh how I'd love to know someone who lives in Nolan! That rock shop on Arctic, ya I forgot about them ... that is where I need to go when i
  2. Well said. I prefer to do the same, for that reason (emails) but they don't provide replies with answers. They rarely even acknowledge an email. So, have made the drive to Anchorage at least six times in 3 years and met with them. And more times than not I leave with more unanswered questions and a headache. A good friend in Texas is a former Alaskan, he's smart about matters like this and said the same thing applies in Texas. And that it's likely this way intentionally because in so doing they "leave it up to a judge to decide" ... which is precisely my fear. I appreciate your response ... I
  3. I'm on this system a lot. What I don't like about it is the missing layers that show where the patented lands are, rather than only those "tentatively assigned" and so the toggling over to other databases to know land status is a major PIA. It's always fascinated me how so many areas are top claimed and a nightmare that must be for those folks who have to deal with that. In this day with technology very advanced/ GPS, the state mapping mining claims system ought not to even allow any top filing yet it still happens. There are also errors on that map -- there are areas indicated as being u
  4. I like the way you phrase things. Have never detected with Steve. But fact that he has been everywhere there is to go here in AK where the public can go for free or via fee, and on others' claims too, is a factor in my own detecting strategies/ plans and one of many reasons why I opted to buy a claim and plan to buy more claims by next summer ... that offers the best odds for being on gold fields where detectors have never been. I'm motivated by challenge but wish Steve had gotten into a different line of work back in the 70's!
  5. Chris, this is awesome! You have done well... this news is good to read. May it work out for you as has been laid out to you by this rep, no further hassles/ headache. It's always interesting to me how it often takes just ONE person in a company to care, to get a good outcome.
  6. One hell of a gold find! Excellent read. As for insurance denial of hip surgery at last minute, OMG is that pathetic yet having 32 years in the American healthcare industry, nothing surprises me HC related ... drop me a message if you so desire, maybe I can help (pro bono) with a terminology advisory on how to structure your written complaints and related matters. Among my lines of work is private investigations specific to the medical field and have had countless battles with parties over fiscal issues. Being scheduled for such a critical need surgery then refused the procedure due to a last
  7. yes, the top two most often heard lines are something like "how easy it must be to find gold with a detector" and the insinuations of how "rich I am going to be from 'all the gold' I find" ... ya, I say, that's why I drive a 2001 truck, all the wealth from gold haha
  8. My perspective on just about all tech purchases is centered on output/ outcomes and peformance capacities, first and foremost, next the ease of use/ competency level required to operate it effectively, and lastly the cost. I bought the ATX due to its waterproof feature and no need to worry about being caught in rain, and this summer it's rained almost daily, plus all of what I'd read about its closed DD coil which I knew would be ideal for conditions encountered, which drive me crazy with GB2. I'm in a category not mentioned and some consider me foolish along these lines, but is just
  9. Steve, the million dollar question I struggle with at times is how to know what the mineralization may be in an area, such as grounds never having been detected before, by myself or others -- for example, a person with a claim that they inherited and know there's never been any metal detector used onsite -- thus, how to discern low from moderate, high, or extreme mineralization conductivity? Are there indicators applicable, or is it a judgment call with some luck thrown in? Thank you for this guidance! Literally everything in the forums that is specific to my detectors and hunting condi
  10. Introducing my first-ever encounter with "fool's gold" -- not pyrite, that's at least pretty easily ruled out -- instead, mica schist with quartz, that is "pretending to be gold on quartz" ha. Yes, some rocks are a really big tease to the novice mind; in this case, it was me who was the fool that got fooled by the non-fools gold. I think this find was in the mid to late 70's ... by far, this piece looks more like gold than any pyrite I've ever found. Did you keep or do you have a photo of, or a story to tell as regards, what rock first fooled you? Or were you savvy about gold/ non-gold from t
  11. I second this ... is how I have found gold there also (and running a sluice) .. but to be fair, when I found gold via GB2 several years ago I was on another's lode claim (with permission of course), and no way could I have done so (found the gold-quartz pieces) had that not been the case, due to that area so heavily claimed, and mineral entry areas plus the SRS and historical areas, which prohibit detecting/ collecting altogether, but oh how I wish the state offered us miners the same emergency order system that applies for anglers, lol, like granting us a 1 day EO allowing detectors due to so
  12. Aging sucks, that's damn right ... the "can't do what is most desired and needed to do, to feel fulfilled and happiest" season is getting a lot harder to content with each passing year ... hard to accept its late summer already ... last August we had snow in the mountains already. I understand why you'd leave. Thanks for replying.
  13. I figured that, but only after I commented ... then couldn't figure out how to delete my comment.
  14. LOL ... that is a question posed for Jim_Alaska, not Steve. Jim_Alaska use to live here (Alaska) and am curious "what drove him from Alaska" to his present location in Northern California.
  15. Humboldt county? May I ask what drove you from Alaska? Alaska makes more sense alright, why didn't I think of that?! I suspect the tailings piles on Kenai Pen, same ones I have hit the last 2 weeks and got skunked cuz he found them already lol.
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