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Last Post 14 Jan 2019 08:31 AM by  David Hartman
Prospecting Mentor
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David Hartman
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02 Jan 2019 01:03 PM
    Hello,

    I an a new prospector an will be camped in the area of Leadville Co. June July an Aug. of 2019. I am looking for a prospecting partner / mentor. I am a 61 year old retired firefighter and have my own tools.
    William Hall
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    04 Jan 2019 06:57 PM
    Welcome David,

    My advise,
    Research the area of interest, both here and any info you can find regarding gold history of the area
    Chances of finding gold is better in areas that gold has been found in the past
    Learn how to pan, and depending on the area of interest, learn to use the tools for the area, ie metal detector(s), sluice box, high banking.
    Obtain a handheld GPS, learn how to interpret maps, TOPO maps, being a firefighter I would think that would come easy...maybe LOL
    It is your responsibility to know you are on the right claim or not, the rules of the area by those that rule the area. BLM, Forest Circus, state, county

    Get out there and enjoy the surroundings
    Dont forget, gold mining is fun, as your back is barking at you from working your butt off all day

    Bill
    So Much River So Little Time...Get Out There
    David Hartman
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    05 Jan 2019 08:14 PM
    Thank You Bill
    William Hall
    Lost Dutchman
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    07 Jan 2019 08:00 PM
    David,

    Dont spend alot of $$$ on equipment until you know what type of prospecting you will primarily do, detector(s), sluice(s), clean up concentrates gear, nonmagnetic tweezers, scale

    If your operation is wet,
    Look for exposed bed rock, crevices, start with these in a known gold bearing area, you "should" find something
    Work different spots, test spots.
    On new to me spots, I will test three pans worth, nothing move on
    I dont do dry, cant offer suggestions

    Bill
    So Much River So Little Time...Get Out There
    David Hartman
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    14 Jan 2019 08:31 AM
    Thanks Bill
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