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  1. Thank you for the info. Where I dredge there are not to many boulders either They are mostly quartz slicks or quartzite. The bedrock is a quartz schist so it doesn’t break off into anything to big. All the frost shattering leave a layer of clay with broke pieces of the bedrock. Almost all of the gold is in the clay.
  2. Mineit, This is a great post. I have been meaning to comment and ask a couple of questions if you don’t mind because I also have a claim up the Steese. Your operation looks awesome and a lot of fun. We are looking to do some light exploration this summer. I think my claim is closer to Fairbanks but the geology is similar. How much muck is on top of gravels? How deep is the pay/ bedrock? Historic info says the main valley below my claim the bedrock was 10-12 feet. Looking around mine I think it is shallower because it is in a side valley. I
  3. It looks like it would work good when screened. Light and portable. I like plastic sluices from Europe. I learned about these molded blue sluices from Sweden when I was a kid. I know they haven’t been made for a while but they work great for fine gold.
  4. Not to compact but the best fire pits. It is two washing machine drums with legs that screw on welded to the bottom.
  5. 7 total, still own 4. GP Extreme EQ 800 SDC Falcon It’s been a while but I would like to find a nugget with the GP. I found some back in the day with it including some moderately small pieces but nothing like the SDC. I still use the Falcon still for pieces of quartz. Right now I am really more of a dredger than anything else.
  6. I always have the freeze dried food on hand and eat a lot in Alaska. They are light, don’t necessarily don’t have to be heated ( little crunchy), or don’t use a whole lot of water. I mostly eat mountain house but there are other brands. I use jet boil to heat the water. I always keep a water purifier in my side by side, there is always water around in AK.
  7. Detected nuggets in Alaska, Wyoming and New Mexico. Dredged, sluiced or panned flake or fine gold in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and found nuggets in Georgia and Montana.
  8. Glad to see Simon is back. I know there are previous posts about SDC battery compartment seal, I had problems with mine this summer. Here is the background that I have posted about before. I dredge in an old cut that wasn’t cleaned that good into the bedrock. The bedrock is a quartz muscovite schist that through frost shattering and dissolution is deeply weathered making it easy to dredge into for a couple of feet. Because it is a cut the water is always murky and work is done by feel. A couple of years ago I dug a big section that I thought was cleaned up. Previously
  9. Last night I tried to get the last of some crushed quartz out of my le trap. I gave a good smack on the bottom with my palm and cracked it. It was a good run. That pan was about 25 years old. Even worse no gold in the quartz. I will defiantly get another one, I just need to figure out where.
  10. Here is the link to the article in the ICMJ. https://www.icmj.com/resources/news-and-events/miners-news/man-finds-9-carat-diamond-at-arkansas-crater-of-diamonds-445/?fbclid=IwAR37Lty5iQRGc7xl9Q4ECJSKwpc3v7K8IRIi-5NMbZz6xr7leHpYQzI4js0
  11. I have always wanted to visit this park. Large diamond was found this month. When I was younger I prospected for diamonds in SW Wyoming. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-finds-9-07-carat-diamond-arkansas-state-park/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab6i&linkId=100453663
  12. Yes the frame is removable. If you take the frame off it makes it more like an assault pack. I liked that medium ruck when I had one in the Army. There have been issues with the full sized polymer MOLLE frame but I never heard of any with that one.
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