New Member in NW Arizona looking for advice
Last Post 24 Mar 2018 03:01 PM by A. BRENT HARSHBARGER. 6 Replies.
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David PalmerUser is Offline
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10 Mar 2018 11:22 AM

    Hello. we just moved to the area and got our first detector. (Minelab Xterra 705 Gold). We joined GPAA for the education in the hobby as well as access to the claims that GPAA has. I was wondering what to expect when we visit the claims that GPAA has as far as other people, and if the area is friendly.  We are looking out by Dolan Springs, AZ Specifically. 

    Thanks and we are excited to get out and see what we can find!

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    10 Mar 2018 12:32 PM
    Hello David. I have worked the Gold Basin area for about 10 or 11 years now.... off and on. Good gold is there! I have done a little detecting in the area too but no nuggets found .... yet. There have been reports of nuggets found detecting but not in my poke so far. You will find good, consistent amounts of flakes and fines and pickers if you are willing to go to a re-circulating system. You will certainly recover the cost of your equipment there if you are willing to expend the effort to throw dirt. I have worked the Bahde 10,11,12,13, and 14 with good results. You won't get rich but the amounts are consistent. The dirt is easy to work. Sandy, level areas with small to medium cobbles. You can get a small RV right up to the digging areas. 4x4 is recommended to assure you will not get stuck in the looser soils. Do not follow the mining guide instructions all the way to the sites. The MG says go north on Hideout 'til you make the left turn to get there. You would be well advised to use Hideout ONLY to Spring Rd. where you will turn left (W) to go to the road that goes north to the road you will turn left at. IF you follow Hideout all the way to the left turn, you will end up into a washed out road where you may not be able to turn around if pulling a trailer. DO look over the route in on a detailed (topo?) map ahead of time. Also try the Hoppy 1 through 4. Standard auto will get you to those. Added benefit.... take a stick with a strong neodymium magnet while detecting. Thousands of meteorite pieces have been found in the area of the claims over the years. Refer to ASU write-ups (Kreigh). I hope my info will help. I will be back in the area in mid April (I'm moving back to AZ) and will be glad to accompany you on a hunt or two. See you then. You can view a video of the re-circulator that I was using if you plug my name, Terry Cieszki, into you tube. You will also see other videos. If you are not a visitor to www.treasurenet.com I would suggest you check them out. Many of GPAA's members also post there. I post as TerryC. ╦╦Ç
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    David PalmerUser is Offline
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    10 Mar 2018 01:30 PM
    Much appreciated Terry! For someone new to this that is a lot of great information to have! I saw a few videos under your name but not one with the re-circulator. I will look forward to hunting with you.
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    10 Mar 2018 04:48 PM

    Tnx, David. I have been a member here since 2010. I am now a paid up life. In spite of some posts you may read here, GPAA/LDMA has some great claims! Like any other club/outfit, you have good-bad-indifferent membership. Those that make the most noise are not always the best to follow, although some of the more verbose really have info to digest.  ╦╦Ç

     

    (cycle through the videos a page or two 'til you find it)

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    20 Mar 2018 03:55 PM

    Hi David, We, myself and the admiral, live in Kingman and visit the claims out in Gold Basin where the Baude claims are at. We dry wash and metal detect and have had success doing both. It can be frustrating finding the claims your first time out but once you have been there it is easy to return. Lots of holes around from diggers that don't fill them back in but they also leave alot of gold behind in their tailings.  Weather is now changing so be careful of the critters that will be coming out.  Will be glad to show you the way out there and around the area. You can call me at 928 727 4016 and just remind me that we connected on the GPAA site.  Welcome to our little slice of paradise and good luck following your dream.

    David PalmerUser is Offline
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    22 Mar 2018 06:30 PM
    I will shoot you a message this evening. thanks for all the info!.
    A. BRENT HARSHBARGERUser is Offline
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    24 Mar 2018 03:01 PM
    Terry, you should notify the GPAA about the mistake in the claims guide about the directions. It migh save somebody from a bad experience.
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