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Friends of Placer Pete
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Steve Scukanec
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07 Mar 2021 06:43 PM
    Hi All
    From March 17th to March 21st we will be having a outing out at the claim. Come on out and enjoy the fun as we dry wash and metal detect for Placer Pete Gold! Spend a day or more with us. We will also be working with a small group of greenhorns on Friday and Saturday in dedicated classes to learn how to read the claim to dry washing / metal detecting through clean out and weighing your gold! Contact us for details on the classes. There are only 4 spaces left in these dedicated classes. If you are a seasoned prospector and just want to share some stories or new to the prospecting activity this is a great place and time to share and learn. Hope to see the GPAA/LDMA folks out there.
    Kevin Euceda-rivera
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    07 Mar 2021 09:04 PM
    Hey there, greenhorn here. I’ve known about gold mining for years, and decided to do more in depth research over the last few months and realized even if I live in Houston, Texas I can still mine gold! So I’m really interested in buying equipment, getting out there, learning, mining, and basically spending a season out there in other states. Would a class like yours be open to me?
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    07 Mar 2021 10:35 PM
    Hello
    Absolutely our class would be available. Are you thinking on coming out to Southern California to our claim? If so please contact me and we will make sure you have all of your questions answered and you get the prospecting information you will need to find color!
    I can be reached at

    www.Placerpetesgoldcamp.com

    or

    Placerpetesoutings@outlook.com

    I hope to hear from you very soon
    Mark Taylor
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    08 Mar 2021 07:09 AM
    Looks interesting. I got on the mailing list although I am already committed for those dates.

    Kevin I'm just north of you in Montgomery. I you ever care to meet up drop me a line. My gmail is MDTAYLORLRIM
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    08 Mar 2021 11:11 AM
    Great Mark.
    Since most of our events are in the spring, fall and winter (the desert is hot in the summer of course) we hope to see you at an upcoming outing or class in the near future. We are planning our advanced prospecting course ( 3 days) for the near future, probably in early to mid May. Thanks for joining the mailing list. Good luck and may your pan always have color.
    Kevin Euceda-rivera
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    08 Mar 2021 12:35 PM
    Steve, Thank you, ive looked more into it and have seen that its dry washing in the desert, as well as you need to pay for your spot daily?. Would be nice, but im planning on buying a gold hog highbanker and was wanting to start off with that and learning to run material with water. I will undoubtedly attend one of your courses, but id want to get my feet wet first in the waters prospecting. Then again its not too late for me to buy a dry wash plant lol. Im keeping my options open.

    Mark, thats actually really great. I saw its a little over an hour from where i am here in Houston so id be happy to meet up. Im wanting to meet more prospectors here in Texas, maybe even do a trip here in Texas with fellow prospectors before i go all out and head to other state(s) for months. As i said im wanting to spend a season traveling the states mining for gold and hopefully pull in around 2 ounces a month. I know the goal is pretty high and a bit of a long shot, but ive also learned if you have a bit of knowledge, and perseverance, you can make it happen. (If anyone has a reality check hit me with it now lol) Anyways im getting off track, ill send you an email, we'll talk more on there brother.
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    08 Mar 2021 12:42 PM
    Hi Kevin and Mark
    Thanks for the interest in our Upcoming activity in the desert. I would like to encourage both of you to sign up for our mailing list again. It seems that there was an error in the web site regarding the email address. This has been fixed but unfortunately your email address was not sent to us to add you to our list. If you could please give it one more shot I will make sure you get onto our list. Thanks

    www.placerpetesgoldcamp.com


    As far a desert versus river prospecting well I really enjoy both however in California it's a bit difficult to do any water prospecting beyond shovel and sluice box unless you are 300 feet / yards? (Don't exactly remember) from the water source. So please make sure you are following the rules before starting out on an adventure you may not be able to fulfill.

    Thanks again
    Mike Costley
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    14 Apr 2021 11:33 AM
    What are the accomadation near by? I have a small camper and generally just try to stay on the claim.
    Jeffrey Hodges
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    14 Apr 2021 03:37 PM
    Recently rejoined the GPAA
    I’m interested in coming out to the Placer Pete claim with the wife & grandkids.
    Couple of questions:
    1) Is it cool to bring out my Lab puppy. I know seems like a stupid question being in the middle of nowhere but I don’t want to make the trip and piss off the claim owners.
    2) is the somewhere nearby to park my motor home? My wife isn’t into roughing it & to be honest I’ve gotten softer in recent years.
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    14 Apr 2021 10:58 PM
    Hi Jeff
    Welcome. You are certainly welcomed to our event. There spots for motorhome/trailers on the claim. Dogs have been out to the claim as well but be advised there are desert critter out there as well. If you are new to the GPAA and to prospecting I did encourage you to attend our beginners class it does help alot to getting you on the gold. Please feel free to email me directly with your questions or even better yet give me a call. The web site
    Www.placerpetesgoldcamp.com is also helpful in reaching me. Hope to see you at the claim.
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    14 Apr 2021 11:01 PM
    Hello Mike
    Campers are welcome on the claim however it is in the middle of the desert, easy to get to but it is a dry claim with no water or facilities. I hope this helps. Hope to see you at the claim.
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    18 Apr 2021 10:34 PM
    Hi All
    Our next Placer Pete Outing is coming up in May
    May 19th - 23rd
    Come on out to the claim and try your luck at prospecting any time during this week. There is of course no cost for this outing. Keep what you find. There is always color on Placer Pete's.
    May 22-23
    Pete's Beginner class
    May 22 – 23, 2021
    Learn the basics of desert prospecting from equipment set up to gold recovery desert style. Learn the basics of how to read the land and what to look for when looking for a place to dig. Learn how to determine the value of your prospect hole. Join us in the evening and get all of your questions answered! Of course keep all the gold you find! Reservations required, limited number of participants (about 6).

    May 21 – 23, 2021
    Placer Pete's Advanced Class
    Our first advanced mining class of the year. Will cover advanced topics like reading the land, how to sample, determine your dig spot, how to file a claim, how to do prospecting research, equipment tuning, how to know what your take home gold value really is. This is a 3 day class. Day 1 is sessions on filing a claim, research, tools, study of the land, what to look for in the land, what are layers and why are they important, learn the different land topography. Day 2 is class selection of a spot, prospecting holes, study of the claim, how to set up your dig site, how deep should I dig and other activities. Prospect holes will be developed and sampling taken. Then you chose your spot for you full day dig. Discover other valuable strategies for preparing for and executing a desert mining trip. An overview of metal detecting will also be presented. Day 3 is a 1 full day of prospecting on your own (with aid from the instructors). Of course you keep all the gold you find.
    All classes require a RSVP since space is limited. If you just want to come out and find some of the Placer Pete Gold, great - see you out there.
    You can RSVP through our web site
    www.placerpetesgoldcamp.com
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    06 Sep 2021 12:02 PM
    Our Octoberfest outing in October (20th – 25TH ) is coming AND WE HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU OUT AT THE CLAIM! This the second time the event is being held. Please come on out and find some Placer Pete Gold and share a story or two! We sure would like to know if you will be coming out so we can prepare for your visit! If you plan on visiting us this year please drop us a quick note and tell us you will be coming to the event. A simple response is all we ask. Also if you are still planning to attend on of our classes please let us know that as well! We hope your summer is golden and again we look forward to renewing our prospecting experience with all of our Friends of Placer Pete. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel would be interested.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
    Steve and Phil
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    13 Sep 2021 12:22 PM
    Hi Friends of Placer Pete.
    Just got back from the claim and despite the very hot weather limiting our dig time and increasing our relaxation time we did pretty well. Our payout was one gram for 10 hours of digging over 3 days. The claim is certainly paying good Karma to those who venture out to the clam in the summer time!
    Hey - don't forget the upcoming the upcoming Octoberfest outing at the claim! We hope to see you there.
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