New Gpaa chapter fl. panhandle
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JON RITTERUser is Offline
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20 Apr 2014 09:30 AM

    Considering new chapter Defuniak springs fl. Anyone interested ?  I have been active prospecting /mining for 2 years made 6 trips to agc by myself. Need some activity here. I will be back to agc 25-27 April 2014

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    20 Apr 2014 07:17 PM
    I am in Milton, FL. My wife and I would be very interested in joining a new chapter here in the panhandle. I work as an IT contractor so have spare time to help out as needed with start up. I just moved from California and have a friend in East Bay Prospectors GPAA that helped start that club and could probably give us some advice, though I have found the GPAA staff extremely friendly and helpful on any thing I have asked them about.
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    21 Apr 2014 06:17 AM

    Very good ! We have 4 people ready to join !   Call me asap 850 974 1556

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    24 Apr 2014 01:58 AM
    AWESOME! I live in Pensacola and am interested in joining also. Am a GPAA member and am planning my first outing in Al. for the near future. I have subscribed to this thread so I can stay updated. I am willing to help in any way I can. I do work shift work so it may be a bit of a challenge. ..lol
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    24 Apr 2014 12:39 PM

    Great to hear from you ! I will keep everyone posted with the progress. We now have 11 prospectors interested !  I will be mining at agc this Fri. sat sun .

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    24 Apr 2014 06:48 PM
    All,

    Sorry, my access to GPAA has been down for 2 days. 11 people so far sounds great. I have not been up to AGC yet but did go to the Farm Claim last month for the SGMA Club meeting. Nice group, lots of dredging going on. I still have cons to pan out.
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    25 Apr 2014 02:58 AM
    So, does everyone already have equipment? Dredge, sluice? I have a gold pan and metal detector. I am making plans to do some sniping as soon as I can get a couple days off work. My boys and a couple nephews are getting fired up also. We are gonna make a weekend of it.
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    25 Apr 2014 05:51 AM
    Ronda, I have pans, classifiers and a couple of small sluices. When I was up at the Farm claim people had dredges, Highbankers, big and little sluices. The best find of the day was actually from a boy of about 12 that just had a little shovel, a classifier and a pan. He found a real nice 'picker". I do not think it is the equipment so much as where you work and having fun. But then again I only started last October.
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    26 Apr 2014 12:47 AM
    What do they charge for panning there. How hard is it to get down to the water? Is it a long way from where you park at? Just want to know what to expect.
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    26 Apr 2014 06:21 AM
    The farm claim in Buchanan is a GPAA claim. No charge to use it for GPAA members and it has crude (no hookups but porta poties available) camping. Real easy to get to the water, right next to the campsite. I would read the rules posted there and in the mining guide. I understand Alabama Gold Mine is easy access to, I do not know the costs there as it is a pay to pan area. like I said I am still panning my concentrates as I ran a sluice all day and also brought back 2 buckets of classified material that I need to run through the sluice. I just moved here so have been very busy unpacking. I am looking forward to starting a local chapter so we can all go together. It is much more fun as a group.
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    26 Apr 2014 09:00 AM

    Hey Tim, Glad you got your log-in issues resolved. It was great meeting you at the Buchanan claim.   

     

    I happen to be going to the ALA gold camp next weekend 5/3-5/5. If you or anyone wants to meet us there and prospect and hang out. you're welcom to join our camp site.


    The rates at AGC are really good, Mining rates are, $5 a day per person to pan or stream sluice all day long. If you have your own highbanker it's either $15 for a 1.5",$20 for a 2"-2.5" or $25 for a 3" (max allowed) full day. Dredgeing is based on nozzle size, $10 an inch per day up to 6" (6" = $60). They have highbankers set up that you can rent for $45 for 4 hrs, piles of material included.

    Their camping is reasonable too. They do have cabins for $65 and $75 a night. Camping full hookup is either $25 for a 30 amp or $30 for a 50 amp. Primitive camping is only $5 a person per night, you can camp anywhere on property (over 200 acres), and there are 2 bathhouses with showers.

    If you are a GPAA or LDMA you get 20% of of camping and mining. So my 2" highbanker is $18 a day instead of $20, and primitive camping is $4.50 a person. No discount on cabin rentals.

    So Tim,Ronda, anyone who wants come on by our camp, you're welcome to join us. 96 white ford explorer older Coleman pop-up. Big guy, Big grey beard. Paul

    AKA: Nodnor the Wise -- LDMA/GPAA Lifetime -- Member--Northwest GA Chapter GPAA -- SGMA -- Live long and prospect! -- Remember: Without tools, we're just animals in pants!!
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    26 Apr 2014 09:23 PM
    Sounds good....probably won't make it this weekend but thanks for the offer and the great info. I do plan on going soon though. Can u suggest a place to get/order equipment? Want to start with a small sluice. Thanks, Ronda
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    27 Apr 2014 02:25 AM

    Hey Ronda, No problem on the info.   Let me know when you might make it up this way, either Buchanan or Ala gold camp, Maybe we can coordinate a get together.   

     

    A great place that I use for supplies and stuff is Carolina Prospectors in Statesville NC.   They are one of the sponsors of prizes for the club at Buchanan.

    Their prices are usually less than everybody else, and being in NC, shipping is cheaper and service is great.  I usually get an order here in ATL in 3 days or less.

     Here's their info,        Bill and Mary Brewer,  Carolina Prospectors  704- 450 -1639     http://www.carolinaprospectors.net

    I don't get a discount or anything but if you order from them, please tell them I referred you, thanks.   Paul Straub

     

    Take it easy, and keep in touch, my wife and I love meeting up with new folks for prospecting.         Paul

    AKA: Nodnor the Wise -- LDMA/GPAA Lifetime -- Member--Northwest GA Chapter GPAA -- SGMA -- Live long and prospect! -- Remember: Without tools, we're just animals in pants!!
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    27 Apr 2014 03:13 AM
    My name is Joel and I just joined the GPAA. I live in Pensacola and surely would enjoy being part of the panhandle chapter. I work for GE and travel extensively (currently in Arkansas) but I do have the summers off. I plan to spend a week or so up at the Alabama gold camp this summer. You guys sound like a great group of folks. Looking forward to meeting out there sometime.
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    27 Apr 2014 07:15 AM

    Hey Joel, Welcome to the GPAA family.     I live just outside Atl, in East Point.      I hope you guys get a chapter formed  down there, it's fun getting together every month.  That would  give me another reason to visit the panhandle, been going to PCB for yrs, also had an uncle stationed at Pensacola yrs ago.        Keep in touch, let me know when you go to Ala GC,  or if you'd like to visit  the Loud Mine up in Cleveland, GA,  (or any LDMA camp, I can take guests.

                                     Paul

    AKA: Nodnor the Wise -- LDMA/GPAA Lifetime -- Member--Northwest GA Chapter GPAA -- SGMA -- Live long and prospect! -- Remember: Without tools, we're just animals in pants!!
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    27 Apr 2014 12:42 PM

    I just got back from agc a couple of hours ago. It is a 4 hr 20 min. trip one way from my location. Beautiful 2 days and nights. Actual sluicing time was aprox. 5 hours with mini Keene and homemade hopper/grizzly/ 1200gph elec. pump. Ran 175 gal of dirt with .037 grams of gold ( stop laughing ). There were at least 6 dredges / 7 highbankers and a trommel operating. I also dragged a friend along who is new to all of this but i dont know if he will be back.  New piles are out but only on the south end. Creeks are down to an acceptable level.

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    29 Apr 2014 06:04 PM
    Jon and everyone else. Do we want to see if we can get together somewhere and maybe see how interested we are in pursuing the new club idea?
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    30 Apr 2014 11:42 AM
    I am interested. ..like I said though, I work shift work and long stretches at a time so y'all plan whatever and if I can make it I will....good luck...hope we have alot of interest!
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    30 Apr 2014 04:58 PM
    I am still waiting on research results from gpaa hq. But of course we can meet any time we would like. Let me locate a suitable meeting area and post time and date.
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    06 May 2014 07:01 PM
    What exactly are they researching? Heard anything yet?

    My boys and I are going up to Oak Mtn St. Park weekend of 16-18 for the Xterra race and to do some mountain biking ourselves. I am taking my pan and metal detector to try my luck there. Haven't heard of anyone finding gold there, but I am sure there is and I plan on finding it...lol. I'll report back when I get back home.
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