Stan's Recent Gold Adventures 3

Where to Find Gold in Ecuador

Richard Verkley and Stan Grist

Stan's Recent Gold Adventures - part 3 of 3

Unfortunately, I simply don’t have the time or space to share my recent gold adventures in the depth and detail I would like. I really have to wrap things up today so that we can move on to other topics. However, I am working on a way to share the entire story with you so that you can learn from many of my mistakes.

I’ll also be sharing with you some of the things we are doing right.
Since I joined forces with my partner, things are moving along much faster now.

The gold belt that I mentioned in the last newsletter is quite remote and difficult to reach. It sits at the very top of the Andes Mountains. Rivers drain it in all directions.

Interestingly, the part of the gold belt that most interests us, encapsulates about a dozen mountain peaks and lakes in an oval formation. The peaks are all pretty much connected together naturally by a kind of high-mountain highway. There are no major valleys blocking the highway.

From what we can tell on Google Earth and other satellite imagery, it appears that once we reach the “highway”, moving about between peaks should be relatively simple as the area is up above the tree line. However, reaching the highway at its most convenient spot, is very challenging.

Due to the remoteness and difficulty of reaching our target areas, we decided to create and employ technology to help us. Before meeting Charles, I had basically given up on ever being able to explore this rich area properly.

However, now there is new hope! The new technology should help us to take a very close look at all of the areas that once seemed impossible to reach.

We have started off by creating a unique and powerful, 2-wheel drive, electric motorcycle. The bike has wide, low-pressure tires for traction. It weighs only 62 lbs. and travels silently. It can carry a payload of more than a hundred lbs. One battery charge lasts about 30 miles.

The first prototype has already been field tested. It runs great. It far surpassed all of my wildest expectations. We are now working on a second prototype to improve on the minor deficiencies. Once this second model has been field tested and proven, we will build several bikes for our small group.

Next, we have been working on piloting Charles’ new Mavic Pro drone (quadcopter). The drone has a range of up to 4 miles. We have already been able to closely examine remote mountain cliff faces and waterfalls where no human has ever reached before.

The high-resolution video images are beyond belief. The images are so good that we could easily identify a dime sitting on a rock ledge, 4 miles away! Visible gold in a quartz vein would be a piece of cake.

We are also using a Garmin Montana GPS unit. With this model, we are able to upload 1:50,000 scale topographic maps.

We can pre-plot likely pathways to our destinations, pushing on, even while operating in extremely cloudy conditions with no visible reference points.

Being able to pack in comfortable camping gear will allow us to enjoy longer stays in any kind of weather condition. The goal is to be able to sleep warm and dry every night. Being able to pack in a hundred lbs. of gear can make all of the difference.

I will continue to update you as we begin to make our first exploratory trips into the gold belt area.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I will soon be introducing a new gold finding course. In the training course, I will be sharing an entire methodology that I developed over several decades. Many years ago I figured out that a lot of gold prospectors are regularly walking right over rich placer deposits without even knowing it. These little-known deposits can be found in many parts of the world.

Below, I have posted some photos of discoveries I have made and projects I have worked on that display this particular type of alluvial gold deposit. You will notice that is most cases, the gold is quite coarse. These are the kind of gold deposits that gold nugget shooters just love.

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My 2nd ancient alluvial discovery in Brazil's Mato Grosso in 1980.

How and Where to Find Gold in Ecuador

Dredging re-concentrated ancient alluvial gold on the Anzu in Ecuador.

Adventure Venezuela

Hydrolicking an ancient river channel deposit of diamonds in Venezuela.

Stan in Guyana

Consulting on a rich gold & diamond alluvial deposit in Guyana.


An ancient channel project in the Yukon.

How and Where to Find Gold in Ecuador

My most recent ancient gold channel discovery near Mendez, Ecuador.

If you would like to know how to discover and mine these kinds of gold deposits, please stay tuned for more information on my upcoming training course. If you have learned my hard-won tricks and know what you are doing, you can make a comfortable living with a gold pan, sluice box, high-banker, dredge or metal detector.

See you back soon,



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