Gold Prospecting Forums - General => Prospecting and Treasure Hunting Tutorials => Topic started by: Ghoti on February 12, 2009, 09:54:58 AM

Post by: Ghoti on February 12, 2009, 09:54:58 AM

A Newbie getting into gold prospecting is faced with so much information that it can be a little daunting to figure out what is needed to get started. I posted on several forums this question,  “What equipment does a newbie need to get started in gold prospecting,” and received some great suggestions that I will share here. I hope it will not only benefit a newbie but possibly those who have been prospecting for years.
Portability is important, allowing you to search for an area that has a good concentration of gold.  Later you can bring in some heavier equipment (if you have it), but until then you need something that is portable, light enough to carry and yet provide most everything you will need.

Red indicates bare essentials, but having as many items on the list as possible will make your early prospecting experience less frustrating.
Green indicates personally highly recommended to get early

Start with a ruck sack (back pack, knapsack) big enough to carry on your back the following and more:

2 - Gold pans -  one large 14” and one small 7” - The bigger pan to bulk process your material to concentrates and the 7" pan to do the slow cleanup of the concentrate while using the larger pan as a safety pan.

1 - Sucker bottle - Mandatory item - Most gold found will be so fine that a sucker bottle is needed to get it out of your pan.

Classifier - Buy a good 1/4" classifier as it will make panning easier by removing the larger material first. Make sure it fits on the 3 – 5 gallon bucket as well as your large pan.

A metal garden trowel for digging material that a shovel can't get at; it's also great to feed hand sluice.

Tool for cleaning out cracks.  (Long flat head screw driver works well)

Small tackle or Tupperware box to hold small items like:
    Vials, pill bottles – to hold any pickers you find
    Tweezers - to pick up gold too small to be picked up with fingers
    Hand Loupe – magnifier to examine samples to help see if fine gold is present
    Small bottle of Jet Dry – a few drops used in the small pan. It reduces water tension thus reducing floating gold
Zip Lock Bags (strongest you can get) to hold con and small rocks of interest
H2O Bottle - Bring a large bottle of water for drinking as well as wetting material in areas of no water
High energy snacks
Sting/first aid kit
Emergency/survival kit in case you get lost or have an accident and need to wait to get help.
Pocket knife or multi tool on belt
Hand Sanitizer
Gloves - leather to prevent blisters
Bug Spray (Max. DEET)
Toilet Paper in a baggie (wet TP is of little use! Don't ask how I know  ;D)

Now that the small stuff is accounted for on to the larger stuff...

Good boots – needs to be able to handle getting wet, could be hip or chest waders (depends on depth of water you will be working)
Knee pads   – makes being on knees for long periods of time tolerable
Good fiberglass handled spade shovel. Don't skimp on quality.  You don't want to ruin a day's outing with a busted handle because you saved a few bucks on a shovel
Wonder Bar pry bar to open up cracks and crevices
3 gallon plastic bucket – Carrying 5 gallons of material all day long will tire you faster than using a 3 gallon
5 gallon bucket for seat (upside down)- These two buckets will nest inside each other

Additional items - good to have, light weight, processes more material

Gold sucker -allows you to suck up material from cracks and crevices and sample behind rocks
Sluice - a good hand sluice will allow you to process more material

This list doesn't cover all the prospecting needs of a specific individual but is a good starting point.  It's great to have a prospecting kit that is ready to go. Keep it in the trunk of your car and you are set to prospect on a moments notice.
Post by: shiver on February 12, 2009, 01:34:17 PM
Excellent Ghoti! A Great starter's list  {cool^sign}
Post by: ClickTheYellowChick on February 12, 2009, 03:50:41 PM

what a TERRIFIC post.  <-star-> <-star-> <-star->

However, you got me to wondering something...
if a newbie only buys 1 snuffer bottle, and it gets dropped in the stream...not only have they lost their gold,
don't they lose their ability to "snuffer?"


do you recommend them to quit, pack up, and drive to town to replace the missing snuffer bottle and then go back, un-pack and keep on prospecting? 

Post by: CaribooAu on February 12, 2009, 09:08:22 PM
Great list........wish it was around the first time I went out panning.
Post by: rockpup on February 13, 2009, 03:05:07 PM
Cool post thats a great help for any newbie! What with the hand santizer? For first aid?
Dry Toliet paper is nice,good hint.

Its allmost complete,I would add a Rock hammer,Pick and a pry bar,In my mind those are essintial.
I never leave home without my rock hammer.The pry bar is a option,but very nice to have.

The Pick is a must have,I dont care what anyone says!That is one of my most used piece of hand equipment besides a shovel.I never start digging without it now.
Post by: Johnny on February 14, 2009, 03:16:43 PM
We alway have a broom with us... great for sweeping up gold on the bedrock and snow off the truck. Can also be pressed into use as an oar for the canoe and an emergency torch when you are deep in the mine and yur battery light goes out. Good fire starter material and o yeh... can be used to sweep out the trailer or camper. Or the back of the Pick Up Truck... quite a multi-purpose tool.
But nothing really replaces TP! Great Post big easy to read letters and color coded...
Post by: howlin on May 23, 2009, 07:53:46 PM
awesome list i to wish i had this last week as it was my first time panning,one thing i would add would be rubber gloves for the cold water that cut my trip short
Post by: Vance in AK on June 26, 2009, 10:54:05 AM
Nice list.
Might I add "digital camera" to the list?  For most of us the memories we make will be of more long term value than the gold we find (or don't find).  Plus that way you can share your trip w/us!!!!
Post by: JB on May 18, 2010, 10:00:06 PM
Thanks for the post,
Being new to panning this will be a great help.
Post by: OldNed on June 14, 2010, 01:55:40 AM

Another great post. Thanks all. {cool^sign}
Post by: idstitch on December 14, 2010, 10:52:51 AM
  I see many different items from varied locals. Being from an area where I'm not on top of the food chain, I'll be packing something loud and reliable. Thankyou Mr. Colt.
Post by: JOE S (INDY) on December 20, 2010, 08:33:48 AM
Loose your snuffer bottle?  Improvise and pan down to very-little-left concentrates and save that in the Baggies or 3 gallon (11 Liter) bucket.  You might consider using the sucker bottle while panning from a quiet pool of water or, better yet, the larger gold pan as a safety pan.

Always put the glass Gold Vial inside one of the empty plastic medicine bottles in case you drop it.  Always carry them in a buttoned pocket.

Don't forget 2 or 3 large, heavier, plastic trash bags (raingear) and a small candle for an emergency fire starter. 

Carry the Bic lighter in the baggie with the Pooh Paper.

Post by: TK0043 on December 22, 2010, 06:32:05 PM
Great list and just what I was looking for as a newbie! Thanks!
Post by: mygrain on December 23, 2010, 02:48:30 PM
Post by: Guest on December 23, 2010, 03:02:45 PM
Just thought I would throw out a list of things I like to take out when going out for a month or so, there are probably a few things missing, but this is basically what I pack along in the Den, like to be prepared.........Guest

Equipment needed to Prospect or Hand Mine

1.   Gold pans 2-3 testing, and finishing.
2.   Snuffer Bottles.
3.   Tweezers.
4.   1-2-5 oz display bottles for gold.
5.   Pill bottles for potential gold nuggets.
6.   Magnet for Blacksands.
7.   Plastic canisters for concentrates.- 5-10 plastic tobacco or coffee cans depending on length of time in field.
8.   Plastic 20 litre oil pails, clean washed ones for packing gravels to the highbanker or stream sluice, it pays to have anywhere from 4 to 20 depending on room in vehicle.
9.   2 to 3 round mouth shovels, as handles break fairly easily.
10. 3 picks, one normal pick, one mattock, and one fire axe just for bush.
11. 1 heavy duty pry bar, 4-6 ft long, for moving boulders.
12. 1 short pry bar for bedrock.
13. 2 heavy duty hand trowels.
14. 1 whisk broom for cleaning bedrock.
15. Set of tools, wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, Visegrips, and so forth, for fixing truck, pump and what have you, there are no garages out in the bush.
16. Hammer, handsaw, small crosscut saw, small chain saw, for building things and trees across roads and trails.
17. Rope 200ft ¼ inch, 200 ft3/4 inch you will never know when it will get you out of a pinch.
18. 1-2 come-along winches, gets you unstuck, and moving boulders and blown down trees.
19. 2 Axes for cutting firewood and shaping trees into whatever you need.
20. Stream sluice for testing, optional.
21. Highbanker sluice for prospecting and or hand mining, small 8 inch for prospecting or 12 inch for hand mining.
22. Small 50-80 gpm gasoline powered pump.
23. 100 to 400 ft of 1 ½ inch firehose for pump.
24. 2 sets of screens, 20 mesh and 80 mesh for classifying concentrates.
25. Large 10 gal tub for finishing concentrates back at camp after working all day.
26. Large backpack for packing everything into site.
27. Small knapsack for packing things back and forth every day.
28. Large Bear Spray for every day trips.
29. Defender 12 Gauge if you can get one is advisable.
30. 12 inch Bowie Knife comes in real handy just about any time
31. First Aid kits large one for camp, small knapsack one for field.
32, Rubber water proof boots, and patching kit or hip waders.
33. Wheelbarrow rubber tired heavy duty.
34. 1 set of heavy duty cross bar tire chains; these will really help in mud and such!!

This doesn’t cover you grub or clothing.

               Supplies for a Month of Hand Mining or Prospecting.

 The thing that people should take into consideration when batching out in the bush is the wildlife, so if you don’t want to be overrun by unwelcome critters I recommend taking dry goods and canned goods as your staples for your diet, for produce without secured refrigeration is just going to go bad and smell to high heaven which wildlife with their very attuned noses can smell for miles, just what you want a grizzly or black bear tearing up your camp, better yet a wolverine friendly little critter that will be your worst nightmare!!

List of recommended groceries for a month per person prospecting/placer mining.

1.  10 lbs flour mixed with Baking Powder Recipe or Biscuit Pancake and Biscuit mix.
2.  5 lbs sugar
3.  1 can pepper
4.  2 lbs salt
5.  1 can seasoned salt
6.  4 lbs coffee
7.  1-2 lbs tea
8.  2-3 lbs coffee whitener
9.  20-30 lbs processed canned meats
10. 15 lbs canned stew
11. 15 lbs canned chilli
12. 15-30 canned tomatoes
13. 10 lbs dry pasta
14. 5 lbs rice
15. 30 packages of dry soups
16. 30 canned soups
17. 3 lbs dried egg mix
18. 10 lbs dried potatoes
19. 10 lbs dried fruit
20. 5 lbs crackers
21. 10 lbs cookies
22. 2 lbs jams
23. 2 lbs peanut butter
24. 5 lbs margarine if you have some way to keep submerged and cool in a creek
25. 5-10 lbs dried jerky kept in an airtight container.

This should keep you well fed and can be supplemented with fish or small game animals easily enough, as you can see there is some variety afforded but not a lot.

                           Camping Equipment Requirements

The equipment required for rough camping varies from individual to size of group that is camping; this is what I would recommend for the individual or up to four person expeditions. This is assuming that you can drive into where you will be setting up your base camp.

1.   Industrial sized Level 1 First Aid Kit
2.   Knapsack sized First Aid Kit
3.   Communication device, be it Truck to Truck radio or GPS Locater
4.   Heavy Canvas tent to meet the requirements of the group size
5.   Cots or Air mattresses for number of persons involved
6.   Coleman type gas lanterns, can be used for light and heat
7.   Coleman type stove, the older style will work just as well on regular Gasoline or mixed
8.   Folding canvas chairs are good to have along
9.   Axes for firewood
10. Chainsaw
11. Extra tarp and ropes
12. Cooking utensils
13. Large frying pan
14. Several pots and pans
15. Grill large enough to place over fire pit
16. Garbage Bags
17. Tupperware type containers several
18. Bug Dope
19. Flashlights couple
20. Dish pans and soaps and dishtowels
21. Extra matches and Lighters
22. Toilet Paper, 1-2 rolls per person per week
23. Buckets for water
24. Bear Spray one per person
25. 1-2 rifles or defender shotguns if possible
26. Heavy Duty sleeping bags
27. Mosquito netted boony hats highly recommended
28. Deck of cards and selection of reading materials for entertainment

Post by: juu907 on December 25, 2010, 10:39:22 AM
 [email protected]* [email protected]* old saying EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK. oh maybe i will  read the list again. i may have missed it. ::) ::) [{SnowMan]} MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE   jerry
Post by: GPEX admin on December 25, 2010, 12:46:48 PM

Re: Eric’s List

Thought you might want to add a few things, Eric

- A notepad and pencil, for sketching your new equipment creations you come up with.
- A jug or two of gas/diesel – in case you run out or rupture a tank
- A small supply of nails, even a few 4” spirals
- An extras fan belt, (alternator if you have a spare) & extra motor oil
- Empty gallon jug for radiator water if needed
- An extras fan belt & a litre of trany fluid
- A torch for your small bottled propane, for heating things, starting fires, etc.
- Side cutters and a couple of flat-head 1" to 1 ¼” nails and a jug of brake fluid
  (If a brake line goes, trim nail to head + ¼” length, uncouple bad line at master cylinder, insert nail [head outward], & replace line - - will stop off the bad line and give brakes on the other.)
- If camped in bear country, a small tape player with good volume & a tape of barking dogs.
- Lots of extra batteries for everything, plus a spare for the vehicle.

- Oh yeah – a bit of diesel fuel, and some turpentine (Diesel for a thin spread around the campsite perimeter and for boot bottoms when hiking through the woods, Turpentine - will kill the nose capability of any animal tracking you.)
- Air horn for the critters, preferably one you recharge with compressed air (& small pump)
- Vinegar is also a good bug repellent for mosquitos, so is creolin with a base like lard/butter or similar
- Flare bullets - red lazer key-chain penlight (if lost or injured, great to shine at airplanes)
- In the first aid kit, small vial of Lavender (apply to open wound for overnight healing)
- Also in the first aid kit, Tylenol/Aspirn, (even a pain med if you have it. A pinch of Cloves for possible cavity toothaches).
- An oak, ash or hickory walking stick 1¼” thick and one foot longer than yourself. (a most excellent [and could be lethal] combatant tool when manipulated with both hands – such packs on heck of a blow and instantaneously ready again for more).
- ¼” adhesive tape and marker pen, for labeling samples, plus Notebook for registry
- Small solar panel if you have it – offers lighting, and if satellite internet, you’ve got it made in the shade (yak with the good old boys and girls, and great for emergencies).

While there remains likely more, ssssh about this list to the women-folk, else the microwave and kitchen sink will also have to come.

Say what?  Now needing a trailer?
Post by: juu907 on December 25, 2010, 12:55:21 PM
 :( taint natural saw no mention of wife or girlfriend. a must for those long stays.  DEVIL&?? DEVIL&??  jerry
Post by: Detectorman on December 25, 2010, 02:46:57 PM
Excellent lists for newbie and veteran alike.

Thanks Folks.
Post by: Eyethforce on January 16, 2011, 01:39:39 PM
Thank you!
Post by: AUssie on July 06, 2011, 11:12:28 PM
 <-good_>just bumping this up the list, if someone could do this every few weeks. Also look at posts by Larry (GPEX) and Greywolf on page 2
Post by: jj1781 on July 06, 2011, 11:57:26 PM
lol look at us all in this new day and age how did the salted miners  do it a hundred years ago  80 pound pack and the best friend their rifle lol now a days we bring the whole house with us kinda funny how things change
Post by: Ivyn69 on August 19, 2011, 09:11:53 PM
Fantastic info!  I really liked Greywolfs list on page two as well.  Thanks a bunch!

Post by: Coastal Prospects on August 19, 2011, 10:26:15 PM
JB Weld, or, in my case, the two part small tubs if industrial DevCon plastic steel epoxy already on hand. It will repair holes in gas tanks, permanently if fuel is drained first into one of your large tubs, metal radiator tanks, oil pans, cracked engine block even, water pump block and pump housing, pump impellor if you happen to suck up a nasty that busts or cracks the impellor, it will rejoin the impellor parts until it can be replaced, etc, etc, etc. Be patient, let repair cure overnight, use a wee extra hardener. For so many metal repair possibilities its weight and storage room are minimal, and may make the difference of getting back out that isolated road without an expense return rescue trip or tow or just disrupting a whole prospector outing. A must with the tool collection.
Post by: aref_naa on August 22, 2011, 09:57:57 AM
I've run across a number of lists like this, but this is the first I've seen that explains the items enough for a total noob. Thanks much ^^

Also: Is your name pronounced 'fish'? :p
Post by: rekcd on October 01, 2011, 12:49:38 AM
Excellent, looks like I gotta head into Nevada, and hit the shop tomorrow. This makes it cake.
Post by: stronghold96 on October 11, 2011, 02:19:52 PM
Very cool! There are things on this list that I probably wouldn't have thought of on my own.  Already, the experience here is paying off tenfold.  Thanks again.
Post by: JBone on April 24, 2012, 07:35:53 PM
heres the ultimate noob question how do i know what Im seeing in tha pan is gold and not ion pyrite or mica :-[
Post by: jack on April 24, 2012, 10:02:15 PM
  You'll know when you see gold. A strange feeling will come over you.
Post by: NZnewbie on August 03, 2012, 03:59:10 PM
Thanks, looks like some great advice here, if you have never done it before, ( Like me)  there is a lot to learn
Post by: trevor216051 on September 23, 2012, 03:56:56 PM
Good List..... Maybe Waterproof Gloves?
Post by: brotherjames on September 23, 2012, 06:44:17 PM
Maybe I missed it but one of my best recent purchases was a good hand lens 10X - 15X is fine and it helps a lot when panning out the black sand. I feel a lot more confident now that I am not blowing out any flour gold.
Post by: Former Guest on September 26, 2012, 08:43:19 AM
I carry a pouch and in it is spare everything a eye dropper also works good also. I have miners magnut, lupals spare vials tweesers spare sniffer botttle plyers and soap in a vial. This is strapped to my wast. I have 2 spare pouches pockets for anything i find and can put aside for a look at home, and add rubber boots a gold pan i do not use a classifier when panning. I empty it out in my classes so ppl can see my stuff i may need at any time. I also have a spot in pouch for my vial of gold. I LOST TOO MUCH STUFF PANNING SO I LIKE MY POUCH AS IT STRAPS AROUND ME AND WHEN PANNING I HAVE ACESS TO IT AT ALL TIMES WITHOUT GETTING UP CHEERS RAY
Post by: Dwarvenminer on October 14, 2012, 08:59:04 PM
   Like the idea of having the two buckets,especially the 5 gallon for a seat.
Post by: OVProspector on February 14, 2013, 12:42:40 PM
Being new to all this myself, it was nice to come across this thread.

Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.

OVP  [<-panning->]
Post by: rontut on March 07, 2013, 10:19:02 AM
Hand Lens a great idea thank you!!
Post by: brotherjames on March 07, 2013, 10:35:38 AM
ronut - if you are any where near Van - I suggest
   Deakin Equipment: Geological, Forestry, Industry and Outdoor Gear
 ( for a hand lens. My $18 lens works like a charm. 
Post by: Dusty Diamonds on March 16, 2013, 05:11:41 PM
Great post I was on the right track on my own you just focused my packing list and made the load a little lighter. The 3 gal bucket is a great idea as I can see how 5 callin buckets would get very tiresome quickly
Post by: Brazilian Guy on April 30, 2013, 06:00:54 PM
to me that I am quite newbie will help it all ... Thank you.  {-applause-}
Post by: Fuzzydog on June 18, 2013, 11:08:41 AM
Great thread with lots of excellent info/suggestions. I thought I had most of the bases covered, just to find there are some things I should have that I never even considered.
Post by: mcbain on August 14, 2013, 08:47:19 PM
HI. great list but you forgot the one thing most people don't have and that is common sencse.Always know where you are going and know how to get back.learn to use a compass before leaving tour vehicle dime store ones do not work.even the cheap versions of the silva ranger are good as long as you learnHOW TO USE IT.I have seen folks walk 100ft from their truck and not know there way back.Hanging surveyors ribbon is a great way for new folks in the bush as long as they follow it back to starting point.Luck Mcbain.
Post by: HeavyMetalX on August 15, 2013, 06:10:19 PM
The best hand lens I had, I lost a couple of weeks ago... the river and beer combo... duh... anyways, I had taken the two large lens ends from a pair of binoc's and taped them together, with the lens on each end... worked like a hot durn.
Post by: Family panner on September 04, 2013, 10:24:38 PM
I like a backpackers or also called a military combination shovel/pick. Fold the spade to 90 degrees and easier to get material out of a hole without going wider to stop caving in the sides.
Post by: Nuggz on September 07, 2013, 11:41:59 AM

Hi Im jarret and i live on Vancouver island an my buddy has giving me the gold fever haha.
thanks you vary much for this post vary helpful. :-*
Post by: trbarber on September 08, 2013, 12:58:35 PM
I think I missed seeing sunblock and a snakebite kit (we have pit vipers here)   <~ShOcK~>
Post by: Queen Lily on May 17, 2019, 12:44:03 AM
I enjoyed reading this list.

Portable shower. Basically a plastic bladder that hangs on a tree branch with a shower head on it so you can wash up a bit. If your creative you can heat the water using your campfire

This is the list of the equipment I will be using.

Gold hog River sluice and Mats
Garrett gold pan 14 in
One eighth of an inch classifier
Rock pick
Round pointed shovel
Coal shovel straight edge shovel
Several 5 gallon buckets
Two wheel Dolly truck to move buckets
Some type of crevicing tool
Pry bar or crowbar
Broom and dustpan
Snuffer bottle
Plastic vial or two
Custom-made classifier for 5 gallon bucket DIY
Small hand shovel
Small hand rake
Trash bags

That's about all I can think of right now
Post by: ivantheterrible on June 08, 2019, 01:31:53 AM
Great posts everyone thanks so much. Great way to get started.


Post by: JOE S (INDY) on June 08, 2019, 06:30:00 AM

Just remember - start simple and add to it as needed or as seems handy.

One thing that jumped out at me from this "Oldie but Goodie" post was something that many folks don't know.

The hand lens (magnifying lens) is certainly a worthy item - but - also is that pair of binoculars on the list. 

Sometime (when nobody is looking) pick up your binocs and flip them over and look the "wrong" way through one of the large lenses.  Put the small lens close to what you want magnified and move the binocs toward and away from the object until it's in focus.  Just like the lens, the binocs will magnify - only REALLY well!    <-shock_>

That's another way to turn a splinter into a log!   <-yes_>

Tricks from the old guy.   <-yahoo_>

Post by: suburbanator on June 08, 2019, 09:06:13 AM
Great posts everyone thanks so much. Great way to get started.



Ivan.   I started just over a year ago,  so let me impart my wisdom as a recent Newb.

Purchase nothing other than common sense items needed for use in the bush (Water bottle, small first aid kit,  compass,  BC back road map book or equiv etc etc) .  But when it comes to PROSPECTING Equipment hold off!!!

After Several trips into the bush,  preferably working with someone with some experience use your judgement to purchase the items you need to do the type of work and exploring that you will be doing and that you enjoy.  Also make sure that said equipment is within the rules of what your allowed to use in the area your working.

IN my experience new people get so excited they run out and buy stuff both online,  and in stores that seem helpful or required but really end up not being very useful!!!

Here are examples of my list of errors:

6 Classifier Sizes (Only use 2 now ever)
3 Different Gold Pans (One is clearly the best IMO) the other two are wall ornaments now
Mother Sucker (ok this one might have its place in the arsenal but not where I work!)
Gold Vials (Cheap pieces of junk, get a couple good ones NOT from dollar store that don't leak)
Medium capacity HIghbanker (Two small for big digs,  two large to hike in) (SOLD)
Home depot buckets (Check craigs list,  I bought 5, then found 10 free on craigslist with lids!)
Cheap Snuffer Bottle (Get a good one)
Pick Axe (Full size one,  really needed more of a small "hoe" style)

SO for us it turns out we like a even split between our 4x4 technical trip into the bush,  our difficult terrain hike,  Route planning and exploring,  and finally prospecting which means we need to travel light....    We are not super keen on 12 hour dig days with the same scenery.  (Maybe  A.D.D. haha).

Point is,  go spend some time working with someone which will help you determine what you need....... and what you don't

Post by: ivantheterrible on June 08, 2019, 03:10:45 PM
I hear you. This is a new hobby for me and getting whatever experience I can before throwing good money away is 100% the plan.

I have military/backcountry experience so I am right there with you.  There are things that are must have and then there are the right tools for the job. Only time in the field will help me make the right choices.

The info is great reading for sure.

Good luck out there.

Post by: ivantheterrible on June 08, 2019, 03:16:39 PM
I agree. Just in my short experience googling about the subject, it is quite a rabbit hole. Like all things if it was easy, everyone would do it and it wouldn't likely be worth it.  It would be nice to have the details a bit more chewable for newcomers, but it is out there.

The forum is good and I see a book or two in my very near future. Rules and regs are important but waterboarding yourself with legalese is nobody's Joy.

Good luck, have fun!

Post by: ivantheterrible on June 08, 2019, 03:36:11 PM
Nice, love it!

I am a big fan for purpose built kits. Bag for this, pouch for that.

When I am in the Backcountry I have a few hip pouches that only leave my side for sleeping  and then it is in arms reach.

 Looks like a rock hounding/prospecting kit will be one I work on after I get a better understanding of what the bare bones are.

I am thinking
Pan, Magnet, Magnifying glass, tweezer, gold sucker bottle, gold vial, latrine shovel, gardening hand shovel... dunno what else yet, but I am getting the picture.

A small day kit and sweat it out. I am not looking to retire on my massive nuggets I find. Just want to give the kids some gold fever and enjoy the outdoors.

Also I want them to think I look like I know what I am doing a lil bit.

I am going to be humping the gear, so bare bones is pretty high priority.

Maybe I am unrealistic, but who cares.

Good luck and have fun out there!


Post by: mcbain on June 08, 2019, 07:58:26 PM
Hi.Ivan.If you are used to camping out.and want to go prospecting.there are only 4 items you need.Apan,Ascreen(not needed but helpfull)A shovel and a snuffer bottle.The rest you already have if camping out.Just saying .Luck,Mcbain.
Post by: Xplore on June 10, 2019, 12:23:33 PM
For newbies just starting out (like I was 1 year ago) - keep it simple and lightweight, and focus on your panning technique as that is the core competency of a gold prospector.

You'll need the following (all supplied in the Garret Deluxe Gold Panning Kit - or purchase separately)

15-inch SuperSluice Pan
1/2 inch Classifier
Gold Guzzler snuffer bottle
A small or large shovel
A tote or backpack to carry your gear

The Garret gear is all very high quality and affordable, so you can't go wrong with that brand.

A hammer or small to medium pickaxe for loosening up cobbles and gravels.