bedrock that I look at every time I hike into the claim, but I walk by it because my plan is to
work farther upstream. I figured this weekend would be a good time to take a look at this
The area want to check out is a short section of bedrock, it's on the inside of a turn, right
after a long straight narrow section of the river. I ran a detector over this area in the early
nineties. I found a few pennyweight size nugget. Back then, I had a Whites V Sat detector. I
wanted to check and see if the flood of 97 had deposited any new gold in this area. I
thought it would be a good idea to take a look and see if I had missed anything with my old
detector. My main concern was, this area is fairly accessible and I'm not sure how hard it
has been worked.
After the hike in, we set up a base camp in the center of the work area. I started detecting
the bedrock and when I got target, I would mark it. Jeff followed and checked out the
crevices that were marked. After marking several crevices, I shut off my detector and
started checking the targets also. After digging crevices for several hours Jeff and I had
quite a pile of lead between us, but not much gold. I could tell that the crevices had been
checked before, because only the very top had packed gravel. After you broke through the
first layer of rock, everything below dug out easy not a good sign.
After lunch it had warmed up quite a bit and we decided to get into the river and do a little
sniping. I was disappointed to find the same situation under water as above, someone had
been there before us.
I did a little more detecting and by the time we had worked the last of the crevices that had
targets in them, it was getting late. By the end of the day my fears have been validated, this
area has been worked over fairly hard. The good news now I know. We did go home with
a little gold and a lot of lead. Oh well, there's always next weekend!