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    Current: Goldmonster 1000, Equinox 800, SDC 2300, GPZ 7000

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  1. One of my biggest regrets is telling a couple of fellow club members about where I found a larger nugget. After all, one of the club’s mottos is “no secrets”! In trying to be careful, I gave the name of a small claim that was nearby and seldom visited. Later on, I decided the claim name I had given would be a desirable location to look into in more depth due to being closer to the source in the same drainage. Upon revisiting the “decoy” claim, the landscape had been totally changed. It had been intensely creviced and dredged to smithereens. Needless to say, I’m a lot more careful about sharing
  2. Sounds like they are pretty well hardened. The tip seems sharper than any other picks I've seen.
  3. Swegin, unfortunately, no other picks and she’s in the Phoenix valley. I’ll PM you details in case you’re still interested.
  4. I’m not sure! Yesterday, I met an elderly lady who had several storage bins full of prospecting tools to sell. They hadn’t been opened in years since her husband passed away. I really didn’t need anything, but the pick looked so pretty and pristine I bought it anyway. I had heard the name Hodan, but admit to not knowing anything about them. Without any for sale online (not even completed listings on eBay), I was curious if they had any inherent value. The metal head appears thicker than my Doc’s pick. The handle is hefty. But, it seems like the current trend in detecting picks is to have a bro
  5. I just came across a once-used 16” Hodan Pick. Any compelling reason to keep it vs. any value in selling it?
  6. A great story. I was having some of these same thoughts just several weeks ago! “How long I am willing look for this $80 pick?” is really hard not to ask yourself out loud when it’s that versus a long drive. Thankfully, I recovered mine, as well. What actually kept me searching was the thought of how someone else would soon be coming across my nice, fancy pick and think it was a successful trip even without finding gold. By the way, your story has just reminded me of my personal commitment to paint my wooden handle a lovely hazard yellow. It also reminded me of my somewhat related story of
  7. I've had a question about using the colors of the dirt as indicators for awhile. If an area has a both lighter/bleached dirt and rocks in the vicinity of red rocks and dirt, how do you typically interpret that? Of course, everyone loves to talk about rich mineralized, red dirt in gold bearing areas. However, I've also read that acidic compounds in mineralized ground can "bleach" the area as a useful indicator, as well. In your experience, do you typically find one sign more helpful than the other?
  8. In the watershed there is a big flat area of concentrated, undisturbed, coarse quartz with dark, black and red, vuggy inclusions. It looked so good, but there just wasn't much to find detecting up that way past a certain point in the wash. I did multiple test pans feeding from those areas and found some flour gold, but nothing bigger. Running right through the wash perpendicularly is a contact zone in the bedrock. The only way I know there is a contact zone is from the Macrostrat bedrock map. This seems to transect the area with more nuggets, but the contact zone isn't really obvious to m
  9. This may actually be occurring, which I hadn't considered. I found some of the water worn pieces at the higher point in the wash and some of the larger, rougher pieces in the mid portion. The other things you mentioned lay out a dizzying mystery of geologic layers. I suppose the one good thing here may be that the bedrock is superficial from the wash to the hilltops. I hope that bodes well for having less layers for less complication. Tied into your explanation may be an answer to one of my other questions. It sounds like hillside gold can truly be either deep or shallow without easy
  10. Do you think the breadth of a fanned deposit is more dependent on distance traveled or grade of incline? For instance, this locale has hills no more than 10-30 feet high. Would you expect that translate into a tighter line because it hasn't far to travel, or would that more likely mean a broader fan, because the slope is so shallow?
  11. I looked for his info on the topic, but Google comes up dry searching for that user handle. I see another thread here talking about him and detecting burn scars. Perhaps, he's changed his online name? Maybe I'll have to search up his past article in ICMJ.
  12. How narrow and/or shallow have you found the lines to be?
  13. I’m seeking some wisdom in taking the next step in my prospecting journey. Up to this point, most of the gold I’ve found has been in riverbeds or washes. I’m not quite sure how to move from them into the hillsides. Here’s a current scenario, perhaps as a template to discuss. Recently, I’ve found a little desert wash with a fair amount of small, detectable gold. It’s within a broader area generally known for old-time dry washing. I can find no signs of old workings in this relatively short wash. Nevertheless, there are a few, very recent spots where someone has vacuumed and drywashed smal
  14. One week later, the < 0.1 grain threshold has been breached with the runt of the batch using the GM1k. Initially, couldn’t tell if it was lead or gold because a white, dusty coating made it look like the rest of the tiny debris. I placed it on my tongue to clean it only to realize I couldn’t feel where it was in my mouth. After a moment of pondering my predicament, some forceful spitting and sputtering got it back into my scoop. I won’t be doing that for any nuggets of this size, again.
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