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  1. I could use some advice from the true adventurers out there. I have used a regular backpack for the past 4 years and it has gone with me all over the West (and even in the Amazon jungles of Brazil) on my detecting adventures. Inside I carry food, water, first aid, extra coil, TP, and other essentials. I have strapped sleeping bags and gold pans to the outside. I have it ready to go for at least one or two nights sleeping in mild weather. But the miles have taken their toll. For those of you who venture far from your vehicle into the bush, I would like to know what kind of pack you use. Pi
  2. Here is a video about an underwater camera. What do people here use?
  3. I’ve been sidelined without my prospecting rig for over a month, long story but the old 4.0 died and I’m waiting for a new engine being built by a shop back East. Chad Golen, of Golen Strokers is building a 4.6 stroker motor and a shop here in Vegas is putting it in and doing a bunch of other upgrades. While waiting with devils time on my hands I’ve been shopping for a little personal protection to pack with me on my excursions in the wilderness. I looked at a number of different guns and calibers and finally settled of a 10mm Glock 40 gen4 mos, this seemed to check a lot of boxes good for hun
  4. Back in HS, I had a great class called " Outdoors" . I loved it. It covered the whole spectrum of the outdoors. One of the things we learned was outdoor survival. So we had to make a survival kit that fit into a metal Band-Aid box. We got graded on how many essential items that we could fit into it. Also got extra points for some not as essential item that might fit. This was in the day before cell phones, gps, internet. We used to have a dime in the kit, so if you made it to civilization you could call someone on a pay phone. I try to keep it small and light enough to fit in my backp
  5. Colonel Dan's Detector Rack Anyone who is into metal detecting knows what its like to pack your vehicle for a day in the field or at the beach. This is what my SUV looked like...and that was on a very organized day! Two detectors, a shovel, a sand scoop, equipment bag and cooler Not much room left for Miss Mary's suitcase or art equipment when she goes along. Not much usable space for anything else really except for a small area behind the passenger seat. I'm sure everyone has their own version of this load plan but you know the deal. There had to be a better way. I ex
  6. Klunker and I are all ready to go to the diggings for the season. Wondering what did we leave off the list? What would you add to it?
  7. We go gold detecting some/all day in the bush whether it be in Vic or WA ( Oz) away from our 21'6" caravan, and for my other half, a fem with her 65th birthday just a memory, this can have some inconveniences and little privacy. On our recent trip to Tassie ( Bottom State underneath the Oz Mainland) came across a campervan whereby the young couple had mounted a Kickass Shower/loo tent on the side of their Campervan. I have mounted similar on the side of our Landcruiser. I will bring the small porta potty from our 1/2 cabin boat to do the job. Did the Install just prior to the lockdown, (
  8. Which size and type of backpacks do you all use to hike in for panning?
  9. Just Found This Tonite! It's A Winner Imo. Any Members on the Forum Seen this B4 or used one? Just Wondering.......Cheers Ig https://www.notelusa.com/
  10. I started the above thread yesterday and (as usual) got some good responses. As a bonus there were some suggestions on the choice of vehicle. I decided to start a new thread since if someone were to search topics they might not find that discussion there. For starters, like metal detectors, the choice of a vehicle depends strongly upon what and how it will be used, and even who will be using it. Not only is there an obvious higher cost involved (well, unless you're talking about a Zed ) but also the variety of required tasks is likely considerably larger. I'm certainly not going t
  11. Retirement less than 6 months away.... Kinda like waiting for the Equinox -- time really slows down when it's something you want really badly. Few of us are 20 years old anymore, and obviously the ability to put in a good day of detecting requires, at a minimum, a good night's sleep. I've not quite settled on a vehicle, but I'm close. Front runner is the new (2017&18) Jeep Compass Trailhawk. That choice could be discussed/debated but I have a more mundane question, and that's how to sleep comfortably. My plan is to be able to fold down the back seat and passenger seat to giv
  12. So I ran into Lost Wages (Las Vegas) yesterday for some meetings and to reacquaint myself with civilization and while I was at Camping World buying useless free-space absorbing junk for my RV, I found this........ what a great idea.... go grab one boyes n goyles.... great for those hot days on the gold fields.... combo water bottle/mister. Also available on Amazon, search for O2COOL Mist n Sip. Hey mister...... =+)
  13. OK, I have to admit the years are sneaking up on me. Comfort takes on more meaning the older I get though I am way behind most people in that department. Roughing it in a minimalistic fashion is just ingrained in me. That is changing however. It used to be just a squat over a hole behind a bush. Seems like these things take longer now and my haunches don't like squatting for long - help, I can't get up! So for several years I have used one of those small, cheap folding toilet seats for extended field operations. They are rather precarious and really too small but they get the job done.
  14. I know the sun is probably just coming up in the States, but it's nearly set in most of Oz. What prospecting gear did you receive this year? Anything else that was interesting? Was it what you wanted? Me? Got a few small items but none of it for detecting. Best thing was a torch holder that locks onto the bottom of a barrel via a magnet. Top little addition to the fox hunting arsenal. May have purchased it myself and popped it under the tree Interested to see what others got. Merry Christmas. Northeast.
  15. I spent some more time detecting at Miners Tip Gulch. Several targets were in the midst of poison oak roots. I knew this was risky but the lure of gold was too strong and now I'm paying the price. My left forearm is looking like raw hamburger pattys. Does anyone know of any good remedies? Technu doesn't do anything for me.
  16. During these cold months I find a lot of time is wasted and the boredom starts to kick In, So this winter I have set my self a Goal to get ready for the summer and sorting my camping gear out, As some of you know my lock up got raided by the people from the planet DORK and I have started to replace my some of the gear stolen, Anyways first up is I have had to replace my fridge So I just bought a new 4X4 ARB 47 litre / 50 Quarts fridge / freezer, and I am over the moon about that because my last one was just a fridge which means that I can now go off for weeks at a time, and as soon as
  17. Thought I'd breach the subject as I know I am not the only one who deals with this; What do you do when detecting in areas that are thick with poison oak? Do you take any precautions with your detector, yourself, your other gear? Personally I use and carry Dawn dish soap which is probably one of the most well known preventative/treatments. Some of the better areas I detect in are thick with this and I recently had a very bad bout with it after cleaning out a coyote hole, the entrance of which was covered with decomposing leaves (some of them poison oak - face, legs, and lungs all affected.)
  18. So, I've spent a lot of years in my life working in emergency services and one of the most important things I learned was talking about safety is one of the best ways to prevent something bad going worse, or better yet not having anything bad happen at all. That being said and me having tire issues in the high n Nevada desert this last time out, the next time I plan to be better equipped. To help my self and be able to help someone else as well, being out in remote areas is kind of like boating in that another in distress becomes your priority if you can assist. My growing list includes: upgra
  19. i use a16 oz water bottle in my back pocket,,,,,as i drink it i squeeze the air out and it fits better as i go along,,, most if you know that it takes a long time for fluids to replenish in your body----it takes a while to get into your cells, so it is most important to be well hydrated before you go out. When i lived in AZ I would always drink a lot of water or gatorade on friday night and skip the alcohol------ alcohol is a bIG cause of dehydration....so load up with good water the night before and you will last longer in the high desert with out having to continually milk one of them na
  20. Came across this metal detecting game on the play store. Kind of amusing. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.metaldetectorgame.mdgus called metal detector game usa.
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