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Alaskan gold - Part 1

January 08, 2013 12:22pm

Last year I received an invite to prospect a remote mining property in the interior part of Alaska during the summer of 2012. My companions for the journey were Steve Herschbach, who traveled with me to Australia last year, and George White. Now for those who aren't familiar with Alaska, access to the interior part of Alaska isn’t at all like it is in rest if the US. Alaska has far fewer roads and there are huge portions of the state that you simply can't get even close to by driving a normal automobile. Even the state's capital cannot be accessed by road - it can only be reached by boat or by plane. There are vast mountainous portions of the state with no roads for 100 miles or more. Unlike Western Australia where I visited last year, Alaska is not flat and gigantic mountain ranges block the way. So even if one wanted to drive cross country (as you could in Australia) that is simply not possible in Alaska, because the state is built upon a series of mountain ranges and swamps.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 08, 2013 12:22pm | 2 Comments

I should have used the PRO-FIND 25

January 02, 2013 11:08am

The day looked like it was going to be hot and the humidity levels even at this time of the morning were already on the rise, I was loading my truck getting ready for an early bird assault on an old surfacing area that has been productive for me over the years and wanted to make sure I hit the ground running with everything ready to go before things got too uncomfortable.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on January 02, 2013 11:08am | 5 Comments

Back to the Golden Triangle

December 19, 2012 03:20pm

The time had finally arrived! I was on the plane flying back to the Victorian Gold Fields all the way from far North Queensland, meeting up with my old man to spend some time hunting down that elusive yellow metal. I had spent a lot of time gold prospecting around the triangle with my father over the years with both of us uncovering many great finds, so I was very excited to be going back to my old stomping grounds. To add to the excitement I would be swinging a brand new GPX 5000 as I recently traded in my GP 3500. I was also very keen to try out the new Fine Gold Timings on the GPX 5000 after hearing so many great things about this new Timing.

Posted by Angus James on December 19, 2012 03:20pm | 1 Comment

Chasing the little ones and letting the big ones look after themselves

November 23, 2012 11:40am

Gold is a funny thing but more importantly people are even funnier! This might all sound a little cryptic but please bear with me while I elaborate. I often talk with detector operators either in the field as I travel or when they call me on the phone here at our business ‘Aurum Australis’. The biggest common denominator is their burning desire to find some gold, particularly the big ones like I find in my videos, so the general drift of our conversations comes down to what it is I look for in my search for those trophy nuggets I seem to find so regularly.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on November 23, 2012 11:40am | 0 Comments

Adventures end

October 12, 2012 04:50pm

All good adventures have a beginning and an end, and ‘The West Australian Adventure’ was no exception. Personal reflections made when you’ve had time to sit down and go over your experiences all over again is what truly makes a great adventure and to that end they put this trip right up there with my all-time favourites. As I write this I’ve just received word from Chris Ralph who is waiting for an early flight at an Airport in the US, he’s on his way back home from a whole new adventure with Steve Herschbach poles apart from our trip last year. I’m amazed to find it’s been close on a year since we parted, so I suppose WA was truly a great adventure as it’s taken nearly a year to tell the story!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on October 12, 2012 04:50pm | 2 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 7

September 14, 2012 03:30pm

When I look back on the latter part of trip with the benefit of hindsight’s 20-20 vision, I finally realise that what I was now noticing in Chris and Steve’s behaviour was mirrored closely to the freeing up of my own worries and concerns in trying to get them over gold each and every day. This phenomenon is a pretty common occurrence in the gold game, you at first manically try to find crumbs all day every day then towards the end of the trip tend to back off and relax, its then that things generally come into alignment. Chris and Steve now knew the drill; they had confidence in their detectors and felt more in tune with their surrounds which was then subsequently reflected in their gold finds.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on September 14, 2012 03:30pm | 0 Comments

Essential items to take detecting

September 10, 2012 05:00pm

  1. Some form of communication
  2. GPS
  3. First aid kit, body protection
  4. Spare water, food and fuel
  5. Matches or lighter

Let’s investigate this list in more detail.

Communication is an essential item and top of my list of “needs”. The very first requirement is a need to tell someone where you are going and roughly when you expect to be back. I know that we, as detectorists like to be secretive about our spots, but an early alert might just be the difference between coming home with assistance and not coming home at all. We occasionally see some poor blighters perish for whatever reason and no-one is sure of where to start looking for them.

Posted by Peter Cragg on September 10, 2012 05:00pm | 0 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 6

August 17, 2012 11:44am

Cement as the name suggests is very hard, requiring special methods and tools. In this blog post I wish to discuss the way I set up our GPX 5000s to get maximum performance in the location seen in the video.

Firstly the area was well known to me and as a consequence has seen a lot of attention with all previous models of Minelab detectors dating back to the SD 2000; as such it’s a very good litmus test to the effectiveness of any new Minelab design!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on August 17, 2012 11:44am | 0 Comments

Minelab PRO-FIND 25

July 30, 2012 10:00am

Being asked to have a play with the PRO-FIND 25 pinpoint probe lacked excitement for me based on past experiences with similar devices due to a number of factors. Firstly a lack of sensitivity to small nuggets especially in mineralised soils and secondly my GPX 5000 would pick up my previous pinpointer from a long way away even when the thing was turned off!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on July 30, 2012 10:00am | 0 Comments

GPX 5000 Tricks of the Trade – Using Multiple Timings

June 29, 2012 04:50pm

The GPX 5000 has quite an array of Timings and selecting the right Timing to get the most out of this detector requires a little understanding of the ground you are working. Certain Timings work better in certain environments, and understanding the gold bearing ground conditions is an advantage in choosing the best Timing. However sometimes using a pair of Timings can be even more powerful.

Posted by Chris Ralph on June 29, 2012 04:50pm | 0 Comments
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