Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking back at one of the best times of my life, searching for jungle Gold and Diamonds

Looking back at one of the best times of my life, searching for jungle Gold and Diamonds
I was unloading some local natives in the Grand Sabana of Venezuela.

These men were hunters from a local indigenous tribe that lived near where we were mining for Gold and Diamonds.

I frequently gave these hunters rides into a small town close to a hundred kilometers from our mine site. They often brought us jungle game for our cookhouse, and what a variety!!!

On occasion they would bring a Diamond for me to examine or buy.

I would ask them where they found it. Of course its just over the hill!  Well over the hill sometimes meant an over night death march. We were in the Tepui country and the beauty and natural wonders we encountered were like a dream. Waterfalls plunging over 1000 ft over these ancient Tepuis, untouched natural wildlife and plenty of snakes!

We would treck over to some obscure drainage and sure enough you could see a small camp set up near a small stream where they could suruca for Diamonds. These native people were on the edges of modern civilization and a jungle wilderness, unseen and untouched by the outside world.

I am sure it is just as untouched as it was years ago when we were invited to their homes and met their families. The balance of those people with nature is special, and it was a privilege to have these people take me into their world. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A good fifty ounce, 20 hr run of coarse nugget gold from Montana

A good fifty ounce, 20 hr run of coarse nugget gold from Montana
This is  50 ounce of gold in a two day cleanup we had on our last project a couple of years ago. That was two 10 hr shifts.

The property had almost no fines and was comprised of almost all glacial coarse gold. Every cleanup was fun and very satisfying. The gold price was up and we did pretty good that year.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Our gold cleanup sluice showing a bit of color!!!!!

Our gold cleanup sluice showing a bit of color!!!!!
This is a photo of a cleanup we had this fall. We usually use the small cleanup sluice for all our projects and it makes for a quick evaluation of every pit we open up.

Les, Ben and I put a lot of hard hours into our project this last year. I am already anxious to get started next year!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Finding old World War Two warbird crash sites, a hobby I love!!

Finding old World War Two warbird crash sites
Another one of my hobbies and I have done this for many years is looking for old world war two crash sites. I found this B-17 f bomber many years ago and made a trek back to check it out again and still found some great treasures.

I love to search  and I usually find what I am looking for. What a blessed life I have had

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Good Foot Print Operation : 35 to 45 Yards Per Hour

A Good Foot Print Operation : 35-45 Yards Per Hour
A good midsize mining operation will get you started and really give you some great evaluation as a paying operating bulk testing program. You will gain invaluable information on whether to size up or down depending what the margins require with your mining group.   

This is a couple of shots of my signature wash plant. As you can see it is pretty forward and simple.

The plant is light and very mobile on skid mounts. This property I mined was evaluated and  very deep. This plant was designed for a lesser throughput and higher grade gravel , due to overburden removal requirements.

We had a successful season here. This layout plan well worked for this plant.We did not have a lot of big boulders to contend with or tough haul roads.

You can see from the washplant setup that only three men were required to run the operation, everything was kept tight and neat. This type of operation will fit a niche in many of the types of placer operations I run into. It is very easy to size it up or down and add additional rolling stock as your operation requires.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gold Miners At Rest

Gold Miners At Rest
Rob and Les have been out in the Shop lately  working to get everything cleaned up and organized; finding a lot of great surprises in the process. 

It's also fun to visit with friends and get caught up.

~ Steu

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hughes Creek Placer Mine article in ICMJ, April, 2013

Hughes Creek Placer Mine article in ICMJ, April, 2013
In case you missed it, below is a link to an article in ICMJ's April 2013 issue about Rob's work in his Hughes Creek Placer Mine. 

It's filled with some historical info and gives some details too about Rob's  gold mining history in Montana. 

A good read. 

Click here to read the article

~ Steu

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gold Mining Project in Venezuela

Gold Mining Project in Venezuela
Gold Mining Project in Venezuela

Rob and Les have made many friends and met some wonderful folks around the world doing their mining work. 

These photos may have been this land was carpeted in film.  The picture to the left is most likely the first time this fella was ever photographed or even saw two strange looking white folks in odd looking clothes.

It was a chance encounter and a quick snap while Les and Rob stopped momentarily on the road.

~Steu

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gold Washplant: extracting gold for 75 years

gold mine washplant
Still making gold the ole Washplant is doing great.

This plant was built in 1938.