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    Prospecting, Backpacking, Fly Fishing, Mountain Biking, Wandering the West Camping, Bamboo Fly Rod & Reel Maker
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    24k, GPX 5000, Lil Monster Trommel / Dredge, Backhoe, Dump Truck, 125 yard per hr Trommel

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  1. Can anyone confirm the exact weight of the ORX with control box, complete stem, HF elliptical coil with battery and lower shaft? I did see 1 pound 14 oz. However the XP web site also says hip mounted next to the weight. If anyone knows the waterproof kit weight would be nice too? I'm an ultra light backpacker so weight matters. Thanks
  2. I've had a Whites 24k since it's release. Can confirm it is a great detector. Have all the coils made for it. The 6" concentric is a small gold killer. It's my go to coil. Hoping Garrett makes a GMX waterproof version sooner than later.
  3. Garrett's new Goldmaster 24k has been added to their website. Check out the instructional videos. Someone might look familiar. Hope Garrett comes out with the GMX waterproof version soon. https://garrett.com/garrett-goldmaster-24k-metal-detector
  4. Love the 24k. Interesting when Jim finds a nugget the display reads 08 then solid 01, 99 and 98. Not gold from my experience and I have found a lot of gold over the last 2 seasons with the 24k. The nugget was of good size at only about 3". Easy for the 24k to ID. From my experience the 24k would have displayed different. Can someone explain? Actually I think I know the answer. Just wondering if anyone else noticed that knows the 24k. If I am wrong maybe someone knows better and I would like to hear from them.
  5. I have to agree with Paul as I have been using the clip on external speakers for a while now. There only about 2 inches from your ears when you clip them to your harness. Really like them a lot. Not telling anyone what is best just what I like. If it gets to windy to hear I go sailing. One other advantage of external clip on speakers is I can hear the rattle snakes better as I have a hearing issue and can not hear the snakes with headphones.
  6. Last summer I backpacked the John Muir Trail. When I started the trail in Yosemite they had already found several animal cases there. Warning signs posted all around Yosemite. Areas close for spraying also. Actually there where Plague warning signs all along the trail. I questioned the Yosemite rangers when I got my permit. They said that the Plague has always been there. Just not usually human cases. I Observed Plague warning signs near the Golden Trout Wilderness two weeks ago when I was there. Been backpacking for 35 years and can not recall seeing Plague signs in the Sierra's before. Makes me feel uneasy on long trips. I don't like to however I now use Sawyer Permethrin clothing spray and DEET. Here is a news release from the forest service last year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/california-department-of-public-health-investigates-human-plague-case.htm Here is a CNN report and there video on the Plague last summer in Yosemite. http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/18/health/yosemite-plague/index.html I was in Yosemite September 3rd 2015 to started my backpacking trip. By that time a few human cases reported and I think 2 deaths form the Plague. When I finished on the 26th there where no reports of Plague around the Whitney Zone just signs at the trail heads.
  7. Stick, I noticed in your interests you like Water Boarding. Did you work for the CIA? I know sorry off topic but could not resist. Steve, Great comparison. Thanks for the time you put into all of this.
  8. Plus water proof to 10', wireless headphones and wireless external clip on speaker , rechargeable battery, foldable for backpacking and if it could dig the hole for me that would be nice too.
  9. Grass Valley, APEX Picks . I have a Badger 18", Badger 30" and the Extreme 36". All with 3 magnets. Magnets on your pick will save you a lot of time.
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