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Chris Gholson

Chris Gholsion expert metal detector operator showing gold that he has found with a metal detector

Chris Gholson’s introduction to gold prospecting started as a young boy when his grandfather began taking him along on his many excursions into the Arizona desert to search for Indian artifacts, relics, and of course gold.

In 1998, Chris wrote his first book, Metal Detecting for Placer Gold. In 2002, he authored another book about gold mining with his colleagues from the University of Arizona and California State University. He is a columnist for Lost Treasure Magazine, and is contributing author for several other magazines including: The Gold Prospector, and the International California Mining Journal.

Chris has made numerous appearances on the Outdoor Channel and has his own series of instructional videos.

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He holds a Bachelors degree in the Biological Sciences. He has prospected extensively throughout the Western United States, the Australian Outback, the goldfields of Alaska, and the rainforests of South America. He is currently the owner of Arizona Outback and the AZO Prospector's Forum.


SDC 2300 – Experiences from the Arizona Goldfields (Part 2)

August 15, 2014 11:56pm

The following day I returned to the patch and decided to stay out of the main “run” and instead focus on the fringes of the patch that were covered in heavy scrub. The thick oak brush and Manzanita made it virtually impossible to work with a large diameter coil. The constant snags and hang-ups were beyond frustrating, but this brush provided the perfect hiding place for a few more nuggets. By the end of the day I left with scratches on my arms, but not empty handed. Careful searching produced four small bits of gold for a total weight of only 0.5 grams; the deepest of which was roughly four inches. The SDC’s 8” monoloop coil was easy to maneuver around the brush, and its solid design kept it from getting snagged on the many low hanging branches. I feel it will be a good choice for working most of the central Arizona goldfields. 

Posted by Chris Gholson on August 15, 2014 11:56pm | 0 Comments

SDC 2300 – Experiences from the Arizona Goldfields (Part 1)

August 12, 2014 12:30am

When I looked down at the minuscule shard of iron in my hand I couldn’t help but be impressed. It was paper thin and only about a quarter the size of a grain of rice. This was my very first target found with the new SDC 2300 and it was incredibly small. So small in fact, that it would not trigger my digital scale! In the days to follow I would discover that not only could the SDC find incredibly small targets, it could pull them from ground that had been detected many times in the past.  The place I chose to take my new SDC was one of my old nugget patches located in central Arizona in the foothills of the famed gold-bearing Bradshaw Mountains.

Posted by Chris Gholson on August 12, 2014 12:30am | 0 Comments

Hot rocks - Part 2

January 21, 2011 04:30pm

While hot rocks can be incredibly annoying, they are actually a good indicator that gold may be nearby. As most experienced prospectors know, the yellow metal likes to hang out in highly mineralized ground. In fact, the worse the soil is and the more hot rocks there are, the better the odds of walking over a nugget.

Learning to deal with hot rocks does take patience, but with a little practice you’ll have a handle on them in no time. Here are a few tips that I have found useful for dealing with them:

Posted by Chris Gholson on January 21, 2011 04:30pm | 4 Comments

Hot rocks - Part 1

November 18, 2010 02:57pm

Persons new to the hobby of metal detecting will probably realize fairly quickly that it isn't just the ground that can cause false signals. There are other things lurking in the goldfields that can be just as noisy; namely the dreaded hot rocks!

A hot rock can loosely be defined as: any rock or stone not containing a valuable mineral (gold, silver, or copper) which generates an audible signal response on a metal detector. The exact cause of this phenomenon has been debated among detectorists for some time.

Posted by Chris Gholson on November 18, 2010 02:57pm | 0 Comments
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