I hope you have been enjoying our conversation about gold crevicing and sniping. I’m back today to share 2 main ideas with you.
First today, I’ll share an excerpt from a gold prospecting club’s newsletter. They get together periodically and go out gold prospecting for the weekend.
As I mention in my new training course, Cash for Crevicing Gold Nuggets, it is wise to join up with other gold prospectors who are already experts in gold crevicing and who also know certain target areas really well. You can learn a ton from these people.
“What an outing this was! 92 Goldhounds signed in on this outing, and I suspect some didn’t, which means we were pushing 100 members plus. The weather was cold on Thursday, our arrival and setup day, but the rest of the days were really nice. Saturday and Sunday were perfect.”
The Gold Prospecting Club
“The river seemed to be running just a little bit higher, but that was really hard to judge since last years storms changed the river bars some. Crossing seemed to be a little deeper by maybe three inches or so.
“Our potluck dinner was great as always and our Sunday morning potluck found us all eating like horses, and getting ready to find some gold. And that we did.
Although we all got plenty of color. Tom Frederick got 3 pennyweight over the outing. John Adachi found one piece crevicing that was ½ pennyweight. Richard Wetzel scored like a champion taking out almost two and a half pennyweight in three hours. He hit a crevice loaded with mercury coated gold. Paul Pekarek got some nice gold crevicing too, but I don’t know the weight. I haven’t even cleaned up my black sands yet.
Richard’s gold from three hours of sniping. At the top is very fine gold captured by the mercury.
“A few of us also went up stream exploring and found an area that was giving us some really nice pans. We’ll pursue that more the next time too.
Paul’s gold from sniping at the campground river area.
“I have a ton of more pictures but the newsletter is limited on how much we can send.”
It sounds like the whole club had a great weekend.
Second today, Even if you decide not to purchase my new course about Gold Crevicing, I wanted to leave you with some important and actionable information that can help you to get started in this great business right away.
Gold crevicing, also called sniping or cracking, is basically cleaning out cracks and crevices in and around bedrock— areas that were submerged for many, many years but are accessible during times of drought. These areas have the potential to trap and retain gold. After visually determining the best places to crevice (more on that later), all you need are a few simple tools for collecting and panning the high-grade material from those cracks. Basic, yet effective!
When normally rushing rivers and streams are reduced to a trickle and boulders and bedrock are exposed, you won’t need a wet suit or snorkel, only some waders. The boulders can still be very slippery, though, so keep that in mind when crossing waterways. Most crevicers do use a mask and snorkel and wetsuit.
In addition, the basic tools for crevicing include a plastic gold pan, long stainless steel tweezers, snuffer bottle, plastic vials, pry bars to loosen jammed-together rocks, a garden trowel or similar tool to dig behind boulders, and a bucket. A hand dredge or nugget sucker can really come in handy, too.
Various Types of Crevice Suckers
Once you’re on site, visually study the river and think about all the areas that gold might be hiding. Loose flakes or nuggets of placer gold are much heavier than the surrounding sand and gravel, therefore, the dense metal gradually works its way downward and collects in seams in the bedrock. The inside bends of rivers tend to be good collection spots because the water slows there, allowing the heavier sands and metals to collect in and around anything that obstructs its path.
Try investigating the exposed underwater root systems of any trees found along the bank, too. These act as natural gold traps. Large boulders offer opportunities as well. It's best to crevice on the downstream side of these monoliths since the back eddies occurring there sometimes pull gold and other heavy materials out of the passing current and force them to settle.
If you’re crevicing underwater (sniping), float on the water with your mask and snorkel, going downstream with the current.
Look for crevices below the waterline that are reachable. When you locate a likely spot, remove the loose sand that commonly fills crevices in the bedrock. “Fan” away the sand and lighter debris with your hand, then use a pry bar or other crevice tool to loosen packed gravels. Once exposed under water, gold just seems to glow, especially on a sunny day, so it’s easy to use tweezers to collect the flakes and pickers. Walnut-sized nuggets are few and far between, but the thrill of the hunt will keep most crevicers looking!
Be sure to thoroughly clean out each crevice because the majority of the gold is going to be concentrated at the very bottom.
When you need a break from getting your feet wet (or the rest of you), panning along the bank or using a gold vacuum in the dry material along the shoreline can be lucrative.
Backpacker Cordless Portable Wet/Dry Vacuum
When the water level is low, plants, logs, and smaller rocks that used to be below the waterline are now visible. Gold might have collected around these obstructions when they were under water, but no one thinks to look here because they’re now in plain sight and almost too obvious. What others miss could be your bonanza!
Bigger is not always better. With most mining operations, the more dirt you move, the more gold you get. Crevicing is about the little things - working smaller areas very thoroughly. Perhaps the most pleasurable thing about crevicing is its simplicity. You can hike in and get away from the crowds, and enjoy some peace and quiet and lovely scenery. It is a cool way to spend a hot summer day, and if you have patience and really learn to read the stream, you will find more and more gold using this method. If you’re new to gold crevicing, you also might want to search YouTube for videos showing crevicers in action.
I hope you have enjoyed our time discussing the many and profitable opportunities in gold crevicing. It really can turn into a great, freedom type of lifestyle for you.
Please remember, my new Gold Crevicing course will only be available for a short time at the intro discount of less than $10. I hope you can grab a copy and then take some solid action with it.
I’ll be back with you soon to begin discussing strategies and tactics of how and where to recover gold that has been lost or hidden.
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