Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

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Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:05 pm

Hey Gold Adventurers...

Well, my prospecting buddy Matt called me on Thursday, said he wanted to try Cache Creek, after big Winter Storm Vexo had passed thru on Monday and a lot of the wet, heavy snow at the lower elevations had melted in...  I said, "O.K.", let's give it a try and see if we could dig some dirt, sluice...

We met at 8:45 AM and the roads were all clear, no problem getting to the cemetery parking lot, walking down the hill to our favorite dry gulch.

A view of Mt. Elbert at 14,433 feet, totally covered in new snow:



Mt. Massive to the North all white too:



Mt. Belford & Mt. Oxford just as white:



My trusty Le Trap all setup:



A look up the creek with my sluice and Matt's Le Trap above:



A shot up the gulch.  Kinda slippery/muddy from all the snow melt and dark topsoil:



My dig spot in the compacted gravels above the bedrock and a close up of some of the layering.  Notice the layers of heavy black Magnetite? A very good sign for gold.   Wink  




Matt at his dig spot:



The day was beautiful...........no wind, sunny, started off about 40 F and warmed up to probably 55 by noontime.  I ended up digging 12 total 2 1/2-gal pails of material.  I sample panned a couple buckets dug further up the gulch, but just a few specks, so where we're at now is still the closest/better dirt.  I had a roast beef sandwich at noon.  We saw a Cooper's Hawk earlier in the morning, out hunting for breakfast.  Perched on a granite outcropping above us and then flew on down creek.

I stayed until 1:30PM.  By then I was tired, so I cleaned up, hiked back to the Jeep.  Matt stayed longer to sluice more material, get more gold.

Back at the Jeep I took this pic to show how most the 2+ feet of snow had melted into the ground in just 4 short days:



Driving back home I spotted this small herd of Elk across from my house, so I took a pic.  Nice to see the Elk hanging around the area, around my house more these days.    Wink :



Well, I panned out my Cache Creek cons and here's my gold.  A total of 3.1 grains or .20 grams.  Definitely not a bonanza day, but hey...........didn't get skunked AND enjoyed a day with Matt in the great outdoors.




I made two short YouTube videos.  The first documents our sluicing ops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSWjQGi3f4

The second shows some of the gold I got in my on-stream cleanup:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upVyp5ZNUy0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upVyp5ZNUy0

So, pretty much a carbon copy from about a week before, before the big snow storm...

Hope you too get out, find some "wild" gold for yourself!

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Re: Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

Post by Chief05 on Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:20 pm

Sir:

Thanks for sharing, always makes it a little easier when a person can't be in the field to at least see someone else is having a little hard fun. Really does look like you two had a beautiful day to chase that elusive Yellar Colorado Gold. Just checked 10 day forecast doesn't look good for next week, but I think that I will try and make a trip over the following week, maybe if you are available we can get a little feeder creek/berm action, if it starts flowing...

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Re: Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:48 pm

Chief,

Matt was panning his cons today and called me and sent me a pic of a nice little picker he got. The pic is a bit blurry and I can't download them off my old phone anyways, but maybe i'll get a better pic to share with everyone.

This afternoon we got a bunch of thunderstorms that built up here over Princeton, Yale, Columbia & Harvard.....been raining good for the last 1/2 hour or so.

I am reloading some ammo now, but once I finish that little project I am going working on my "Long Tom" sluice box again for my 4 inch dredge.....BUT use various types of GH matting. I'll need to get you over one week/weekend to help me try it out and see how the GH does.

If it stays warm & wet, MAYBE that water by Randy's Hole MIGHT start flowing again... Wink

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Re: Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

Post by gold girl on Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:14 pm

Yes, it looks like you had a beautiful Colorado day to enjoy outside! The mountains all look drenched in powdered sugar

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Re: Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

Post by gold girl on Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:17 pm

Once again, half of my post is cut off and missing! Anyway...Next weekend Susie, Linda and I are going to try our luck in Dunsmuir. We'll keep you posted. Thanks for the report!

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Re: Colorado -- Sluicing Cache Creek with Matt -- 22 Apr 2016

Post by Admin on Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:32 am

Sister,

Ha.  Sorry on the cut off post.  Embarassed Seems the Forum hosting service started new banner ads that rotate about every 15 seconds.  When a new ad shows up it seems to "disconnect" your typing and/or link to the Forum.

I have to look at my text now as I type, fix any dropped words or letters, even hit "enter" or reclick my cursor to get relinked sometimes to keep typing...

When I write a longer post or a big Trip Report now, I write it in e-mail first, then just copy/paste all at one time. NO dropped words, no dropped letters, no missing text. Wink

I may look into paying for Forum hosting w/o the annoying ads...

Anyways, yep...  It was a great day in the hills, billion dollar views, no bugs, no sweating.  Wink

Good luck in Dunsmuir!  Find some GOLD!  Come back, write a Trip Report.  Take some pics.  If need be, e-mail me the pics and your story and I'll post a Trip Report for you.

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