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Author Topic: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims  (Read 479 times)

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Offline Suave

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Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« on: November 18, 2019, 04:02:05 PM »
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November is a great time to prospect the Fraser. The water is low and there is nobody around, except of course, the wildlife. No bear tracks this time, but we did see fresh wolf tracks. Rain was in the forecast, but that didn't deter everyone from going.

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We set up two high-bankers in tandem where we were going to dig. We tested this area on a previous trip so we knew it was a good location.

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Our settling pond was a mere 20 feet away which was real nice. The last trip we made here the pond was dried up so we had no water to run.

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Our first clean up yielded these pieces of mercury covered gold. A common sight on the Fraser. Just goes to show the old timers didn't get it all. Makes you wonder how much mercury was left behind contaminating our rivers. Nasty stuff.

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This nice little picker was sitting on top of the gravels as we were digging.

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This was the start of the hole. It was at the bottom of a bedrock face.

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This shows the bottom of the hole on bedrock. Notice how the bedrock is smooth and rounded. The bedrock on the rest of the claim is typically sharp and jagged. This is the result of all the hydraulicking done during the gold rush.  The walls of the canyon were hydraulicked throughout this entire area. They obviously missed this spot with their cannons.

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Here's a better view depicting the bedrock. In two days, we moved an impressive three to four yards of material. That is a lot of dirt! We never waste precious time in the field to process our cons, but take them home.

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Here's a couple of shots of the gold clean-up so far. A couple grams of some chunkier gold, and a few nice pickers.

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All in all, a great trip. Although rain was in the forecast all weekend, it only drizzled for a brief time. We still have about 20 yards of material left in this cut and can't wait to get back and finish it on a future trip. A special thanks to all the gang.

Keep On Diggin'_Suave

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2019, 05:00:23 PM »
 {-applause-} nice done :)

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2019, 08:08:43 PM »
Very nice.But did the tandem sit up make a difference?Was it worth it or would 2 boxes have made a difference.Luck Mcbain.
I started out with nothing Istill have most of it.

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2019, 08:55:56 PM »
Excellent post, Rick, with multiple photos telling the story. Would be great to see more of these!

Great to see the gold at the end too.

Looks like there is still lots of opportunity in that area you were digging last time. Can't wait to hurl some gravel at the highbanker with you guys in 2020!

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2019, 12:05:00 AM »
Nice pics. I guess the Fraser is at different water levels at the same time. Between Yale and Emory the water is 4-4 1/2  ft higher since the last rains started. But it can drop 3 ft in 24 hrs . Interesting.  I was talking to some people panning at Yale, they said " the water will go 12 ft higher at spring run off."

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2019, 05:49:10 AM »
Very nice.But did the tandem sit up make a difference?Was it worth it or would 2 boxes have made a difference.Luck Mcbain.

No. The tandem setup did not make any difference. Very little in the way of gold in the second box.

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2019, 05:53:08 AM »
Nice pics. I guess the Fraser is at different water levels at the same time. Between Yale and Emory the water is 4-4 1/2  ft higher since the last rains started. But it can drop 3 ft in 24 hrs . Interesting.  I was talking to some people panning at Yale, they said " the water will go 12 ft higher at spring run off."

We were high up on the bank. Probably a good fifty or sixty feet from the water.

Keep On Diggin'_Suave

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Re: Fall Trip To One Of Our Fraser Claims
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2019, 11:16:29 AM »
Looks like it was a blast, congratulations!

All the best,

Lanny

 


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