Hello, Im relatively new to prospecting and currently a resident of Pennsylvania. Soon I will be striking it out to the southwest to find some color. Any advice concerning gear, terrain, technique would be awesome. I will primarily be prospecting/panning in Arizona. Maybe Idaho, Utah and Colorado too. I'll be doing all of my panning in the field and also interested in metal detecting. I have a general metal detector and a fair amount of experience. I've studied my mining guide to some extent but value human advice, info and opinion. I will also be camping A LOT. I have a fair amount of camping experience as well. Interested in making my own sluice and sluicing for gold. Also, any stories or first hand accounts of y'all getting started in your own prospecting journeys will be sure to inspire. Thank you!!
1.Any info/advice on camping for multiple days/a couple weeks while prospecting near a claim? 2. I have a low to medium clearance car, what are my limitations reaching claims due to the terrain out west? 3. Will my low-end detector get the job done? 4. How important/how much would you recommend sluicing for finding larger quantities? Again, thank you very much for helping me be successful in finding some gold.