Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting some ice around our gold washplant in Montana

Getting some ice around our gold washplant in Montana
We had 20 degree's yesterday and are still at it. We reached our goal today and plan to shut down Thursday night. We had a good solid year and look forward to next years season.

We have identified a new possible resource  and look forward to testing in the spring.

This property could yield for a few more years! Our equipment will need a bit of maintenance  this winter and we look forward to good gold prices and shallow ground!

We had a very competent team this year and this was one of the most enjoyable mining seasons I ever had. My brother Les was unbelievable in keeping production on track. Ben kept the plant feed exactly on track and Paul took over the rock truck duties as well as panning and maintenance.  We will have a new mining plan for next year and I can't wait to get started on it!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The exoskeleton of a placer mining tunnel.


My buddy Pete texted me and I could tell he uncovered something pretty cool! Pete is managing the stripping program for a a Canadian company and has done a great job for these folks.

Pete is a good steady hand and we have worked together for many years he knows placer mining and is neat and very efficient.

I beat it up to his site to check it out! He had the brilliance to recognize and dig up and over the main 1860's pay streak  exoskeleton  of a tunnel that extends for miles up this gulch.
By being able to look at this kind of history is amazing.

The best part is the ability to see where the meandering pay streak is going and being able to plan your next stripping set. The bedrock here is very fractured and altered and appears to be a very capable bedrock gold trap. I wish Pete and the company the best of luck.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A good panner will help your placer mining endeavors

A good panner  will help your placer mining endeavors
This year we changed things up a bit and added Paul to our team this year.

Paul pans each level of our pay gravel seam.  Top to bottom everyday and its the toughest job on the project. His efforts have really assisted me in determining what I send to the plant. Our grades are fairly low and I have been able to keep our mining plan on track.

A jack of all trades from driving the rock truck to feeding the plant we are lucky to have him.

Accurate panning is essential to keep your pay gravel grade in your economic margins.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lost Treasure Hunters: Animal Planet Starts Monday, 28 July, For Three Days

Lost Treasure Hunters: Animal Planet Starts Monday, 28 July, For Three Days
We are excited to let you know that the Animal Planet is doing a marathon of the Lost Treasure Hunter episodes (six total) for three days starting Monday the 28th of July.

Click here to check the schedule of Animal Planet ...
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/tv-schedule.htm
.... look under Monday the 28, Tuesday the 29th, and Wednesday the 30th.

Unless it changes, right now it looks like they start at 6 PM and runs to Midnight.

Check out Rob and his fellow treasure hunters as they search for diamonds in India.  They're real-life Indiana Joneses -- but for profit rather than posterity. In this series, prospector Sam Speerstra and his team of treasure hunters investigate the clues left by ancient civilizations, then go in search of long-lost riches. Their work begins in an ancient Indian city believed to have been the source of some of the world's most valuable diamonds, including the Hope diamond. Legend has it that the diamond mines of Golconda were depleted 250 years ago, but Speerstra believes the area is still rich with gems. He has dedicated his life to finding them, and this is his final chance, for the impending construction of a dam will soon erase the mines from the Indian landscape

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Big Sky Gold Mining

Big Sky Gold mining
We are saddled up and washing gold again. We finished up some reclamation; have a good stockpile of pay gravel,  and a new mining plan; its 16 hrs a day mining in Montana.

I do have internet but its painfully slow as we are very remote. Blogs will be a bit sparse.

Check out the July issue of Rock and Gem. I wrote an article about gold mining in Montana.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Montana Placer Mining (Rock & Gem Magazine article)

Montana Placer Mining

Rob has a great article in the July, 2014 issue of the Rock & Gem magazine. Here is the link to read it and view the pictures too - click here.

Reclamation at our placer mine

Reclamation at our placer mine
Just finishing up our reclamation on the ground we mined last year and it looks good.
Reclamation at our placer mine
My grandson comes over for a visit with grampa every chance he gets!