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Rich Hill Arizona Gold Prospecting Day 2-Part 1
Day two of our prospecting trip began at the crack of dawn. We were headed to the claim which would serve as our home for the next two nights. The claims we would be visiting belonged to Frontier Gold Prospecting out of Congress, Arizona. We were following Bob, and he was on a mission to get there and get things set up for us so we could start prospecting. The roads were rough, but ole' Scrap Iron kept up just fine.
The terrain was rough getting to the claim, but the set up they had was pretty darn slick and it was in a perfect location. Located in the valley of a dry stream bed, it provided both morning and evening shade and always seemed to have a steady breeze blowing through. They had set up a heavy metal canopy which provided a frame to strap tarps to so we could avoid the scorching dessert sun as it crossed the sky.
Since it was still early and relatively cool, we would set up camp, go poke around with our metal detectors for a bit, and then go over to another private claim they owned which was a proven gold producer. Once we got camp set up, we headed up the hill to swing the sticks.
Although mostly dessert, Arizona has some beautiful country. We were in a little higher elevation and getting up into the mountains. Flora, fauna, and all types of geologic marvels were all around us. Quartz veins, like this small one and some much, much, larger, were everywhere.
Travis was hunting with a Fisher Gold Bug 2 that day and I was using my trusty Garrett AT Pro. Unlike back in Kansas, we were hunting for gold instead of coins, jewelry, and relics. So we did not use any discrimination settings since small pieces of gold could show up as a very low reading and a larger nugget may result a higher reading, plus there was very little trash to contend with, and we wanted to hear everything. And we dug everything.
We only spent an hour or so detecting since we wanted to go do some digging before it got too hot. So, we loaded up and headed over to the claim code named “The Quartz Vein” to dig. They have pulled a fair amount of gold from this claim, and Bob felt they were just now getting into the pay layers. When we got out of the car you could definitely tell there had been some mining done around here. There were yards upon yards of tailing piles neatly stacked up. This day, we would be digging into a hole which Bob felt had a very good chance of yielding gold if we could just get to the right layer. Since there was no plan of operation filed on this claim, we were limited to using hand tools here. So the digging began in search of the elusive pay layer.
After digging and classifying for a few hours the temperature began to climb. We had loaded about 13 buckets of classified material before deciding to head back into the shade to run it on a re-circulating sluice and see if we were on the gold.
After only running one bucket of classified material, we fund several small flakes and a LOT of very, very, fine gold also known as “Flour” gold. This was only one bucket and it was from before we finally hit the red pay layer. We were excited to run the rest of the material and see what we had. Stay tuned to the second half of Rich Hill Gold Prospecting Day 2 for the rest of this prosperous day.
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