Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting some ice around our gold washplant in Montana

Getting some ice around our gold washplant in Montana
We had 20 degree's yesterday and are still at it. We reached our goal today and plan to shut down Thursday night. We had a good solid year and look forward to next years season.

We have identified a new possible resource  and look forward to testing in the spring.

This property could yield for a few more years! Our equipment will need a bit of maintenance  this winter and we look forward to good gold prices and shallow ground!

We had a very competent team this year and this was one of the most enjoyable mining seasons I ever had. My brother Les was unbelievable in keeping production on track. Ben kept the plant feed exactly on track and Paul took over the rock truck duties as well as panning and maintenance.  We will have a new mining plan for next year and I can't wait to get started on it!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The exoskeleton of a placer mining tunnel.


My buddy Pete texted me and I could tell he uncovered something pretty cool! Pete is managing the stripping program for a a Canadian company and has done a great job for these folks.

Pete is a good steady hand and we have worked together for many years he knows placer mining and is neat and very efficient.

I beat it up to his site to check it out! He had the brilliance to recognize and dig up and over the main 1860's pay streak  exoskeleton  of a tunnel that extends for miles up this gulch.
By being able to look at this kind of history is amazing.

The best part is the ability to see where the meandering pay streak is going and being able to plan your next stripping set. The bedrock here is very fractured and altered and appears to be a very capable bedrock gold trap. I wish Pete and the company the best of luck.