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  1. Chris Gholson

    3 oz of California Gold!

    Hi Mike, ALWAYS love to see pictures of that California gold - thanks for sharing them! I would venture to say there are many more where that came from, just a matter of having the right gear and being in the right place at the right time. Quick question: Is that a solid nugget all the way through, or has the gold been worn around some type of host rock? Chris
  2. Hi Denny, Good eyes! Yes, there was a reason we choose to use these two coils. The 8" Minelab mono is an incredible thing. Although it doesn't offer as much depth as its' bigger brothers, it has excellent sensitivity towards smaller bits, is light weight and picks up very little external interference when turned sideways - not to mention it is easy to manuever in a tight hole. Because we had a large tractor, depth penetration wasn't a huge concern. The lil' 8" was used to run the freshly exposed bedrock and to do a quick check on the sides of the bank for any screamers. The 14" mono was then used on the heaps or "throw-out" plies from the operation. Sometimes those nuggets get stuck somewhere in the middle of the gravels and never make it down to bedrock. This usually doesn't happen in places with high precipitation, but in the deserts it is not that uncommon. Some of the piles tossed out were too deep for the 8", so this is where the 14" came in handy. It was also used to re-work the sides of the hole, just in case any nuggets were hiding out deeper in the banks. We didn't strike it rich, but we sure had a lot of fun! Not sure how the prospecting will be from here on out, I hear it is supposed to break 100 degress in AZ tomorrow - scary! Reminds me of Marble Bar weather...
  3. Hi Everyone, Don just sent this over and asked me to post it up to the forum. He picked up more than just gold from his last trip to Rich Hill! "Hello: My name is Hitch Hiker. I enjoy riding in the engine compartment of automobiles. This picture shows me sitting comfortably on the battery of a Dodge Van following my ride from Octave, Arizona to Phoenix, a trip of about 100 miles. I love to pose for pictures. Please don't confuse me with a Rattle Snake because I am proud to be a Bull Snake. Just a reminder ALL of my cousins can climb trees, bushes and up into automobiles...so beware of some Hitch Hikers!!!" - Bandana Don
  4. Hi Gang, Okay, all finished up with the Mother’s Day BBQ and gift opening, time to sneak away to the computer to post a bit of information about this weekend’s outing. My father and I just returned last night from the big nugget-shoot at San Domingo, Arizona. What a day, beautiful weather and a great turn out. Some of the folks that showed up for the event included: Bill S., Mike C., Queen Creek Gary, Bob D., Jim P. & his brother-in-law Steve, JJ, Gary from CA, Aaron, Debbie & Corey, Mark, Goldfinger, Lee and Stan the Man. Some the guys there were already familiar with this goldfield, many of us were not. Luckily, Bill Southern, a veteran San Domingo hunter, was kind enough to share some of his sweet spots. The first area we visited was an extensive patch of surface workings. Someone had used a dozer to clean out one of the larger gullies, scrapping up the material from the bedrock and running it through some type of trommel – from the look of things it must have been quite rich. Not much was left of the gully besides the huge piles of oversize, so we agreed to concentrate our efforts on the banks and ridges that had escaped the blade. After an hour or two with no luck we decided to try another area further down the track. Once we arrived I noticed that there were no large-scale workings like the previous spot, but the scattered pieces of ironstone and outcroppings of metamorphic rock got the ol’ heart thumping. The gold was there, no question about that, but it was going to be tricky pulling it out. The ridge tops were covered almost entirely in a sea of cactus. At times I felt like a mouse trapped in a maze, ducking and weaving around thickets of sharp Cholla – OUCH! I know a couple of us had some great battle wounds by nightfall. Some good finds were made throughout the day. Mike C. took a hike off the beaten path and scored himself three nice ones weighing about 5+ grams, Bill nailed a half grammer right near where everyone had parked, Bob Dansie and Mark turned up later on with a few nuggets they had sniffed out from a nearby mountain range, and Jim Presley made friends with a 2-foot Gila Monster that actually crawled over the top of his shoe while photographing it! This was the “take” as of last night. Many of the guys camped out and were going to put in some hours today, so who knows what has been turned up since we left. The gold was coming in, but the real highlight of the trip for me was that evening around the campfire. Ten prospectors huddled around a pile of burning wood, joking, laughing and talking nothing but GOLD into the wee hours of the night. God, I love this stuff!!! I had a great time, a huge thanks to Bill Southern for organizing the event & sharing a few of his patches, and to everyone else for the wonderful stories and camaraderie. Looking forward to doing it again next season. Looking southward from San Domingo. Notice all the piles of oversize in the gully; there must have been some fantastic nuggets pulled out of there years ago.
  5. Chris Gholson

    Counter Productive

    Hi Paratrooper, The line of snake chaps I sell contain no metal whatsoever. I just double-checked and found that one of the sentences in the description on the website was incorrect, it was supposed to read "plastic buckles" instead of "metal zippers" - sorry about that, I will change it tonight. The other line of chaps I used to carry (like the ones shown in the Minelab commercial), offered good protection, but they were incredibly hot and had metal zippers running down the lower portion of the leg. The ones I now carry are light weight and a cinch to take on & off. Thanks for bringing the description error to my attention Here is a pic of the chaps, showing the plastic buckles which hold them in place.
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    Pothole Bob's Gold Photos

    Hi Phil, Seems like access is getting harder and harder all the time. I'm not sure about New Mexico, but here in AZ our biggest threat is housing developers. They are pushing further outward from the city every day, as more people arrive. Our goldfields are quickly going the way of the rainforests Thanks for the update on the Caballo area
  7. Chris Gholson

    LSD Outing

    Hi Mike, Boy, I am going to start calling you "Sharp-Shooter" from now on! That is some great looking gold. A guy will do a lot of hikes for nothing, but as you proved this weekend, sometimes they really pay off - well done! Thanks for giving me a peek at the mapping software, some of the things you were doing last night with that laptop blew my mind. Imagine what the old-timers would have given for something like that... Chris
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    San Domingo, Arizona

    Prospecting is a family affair Aaron, Corey and Debbie enjoying another beautiful Arizona evening
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    San Domingo, Arizona

    "Goldfinger" Jones taking a quick break from the goldfields to look over the newest issue of Gold, Gem & Treasure
  10. Chris Gholson

    San Domingo, Arizona

    Snapshot of the gang kicking back at camp after a long day of detecting
  11. Chris Gholson

    San Domingo, Arizona

    Here's a close up view of the good stuff!
  12. Chris Gholson

    San Domingo, Arizona

    The Smiles Say it All! Mark, Bill, Bob and Mike with some of their golden finds - way to go!
  13. Hi Gang, The purpose of this post is twofold. First and foremost, I wanted to comment on Jonathan’s most recent posts about the GP 3000, just in case there were any doubts about his intentions. Over the years Jonathan has worked closely with both Minelab and Bruce Candy field-testing new machines and brainstorming on ways to help enhance their products, however he is not a Minelab dealer, nor has he ever been one. He does not work on salary for Minelab or receive any sort of commission from them or AZO on detector sales. As it stands now, even if his posts helped Minelab sell a million GPs in the states he would not see a penny of it. He and his wife support themselves and their two children solely off the gold they find. The posts he puts on this forum are done remotely from a laptop and cell phone out in the goldfields, often at great financial expense; not to mention he has donated several nuggets and specimens from his own personal “poke” without compensation. He does what he does and writes what he writes, simply because he has a passion for metal detecting and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm with others. He has earned my utmost respect as both a detector operator and as a person. I for one am grateful for his informative contributions. This is truly an exciting time for the industry and Arizona Outback. In the last six months this forum has experienced massive change, all of which has been positive. So far we have 75 registered members and that number is growing weekly. As for the sheer volume of guests that simply browse the forum but don’t post is anyone’s guess. The amount of participation and the general level of respect and courtesy that our members extend to one another has been incredible. Never once has anyone gotten into a violent argument, never once has someone used unbelievably foul language, never once has someone gotten incredibly nasty, and never once have I had to consider deleting a post because of its’ unsavory content. So far this forum has become everything I dreamed it would, and more. A place where prospectors, regardless of experience level, can share their thoughts, ideas, stories, opinions, celebrate new finds, get answers to their questions, and most importantly, have a good time. You guys should be proud; I know I am. Whether this friendly atmosphere and level of quality can continue into the future is a choice I leave to you. The direction this forum decides to take in the weeks, months, even years to come ultimately rests in your hands. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you out there for helping to make this forum a special place where we can all discuss what we enjoy most – hunting gold! Chris Gholson
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    Pothole Bob's Gold Photos

    BINGO! As Bob and Aaron figured out, the stretch of the Rio Grande placers I was referring to is better known as the Caballo. Interesting goldfield, however the surrounding country rock did not look appealing at all to me. It is not the sort of "typical" ground one would expect to contain nuggets, but the gold is there nonetheless. I assume the nearby river played a huge role in helping enrich the area. Neat place, good opportunities for both dry-washing and detecting. As I said before, most of the nuggets are small, so if you head over there don't neglect those "wimpy" little wavers in the threshold - they are probably tiny bits of the yellow stuff! Be sure to wear your chaps, there are tons of critters around there. See you all tomorrow... Chris
  15. Hi Gang, Bob (Montana) Dansie is having some troubles getting his computer to spit out pictures, so he asked me to post one up of his latest finds along with a brief caption: "A week or so ago, I decided to give the Black Canyon benches one more try before the summer heat set in. After descending a steep rough road in my Jeep, I decided to try a stretch of the canyon I'd never been to before. About 1/4 mi. downstream a large wash entered from the right and I decided to take a detour up it. I knew it was a gold bearing wash because I had heard of nuggets being detected in it. About 100 feet up it I got a good beep, and lo and behold it was a nice three grammer. After a dozen or so trash targets, out came a 4 grammer. I kept working up the wash and got three more small ones and lots of trash, for a total of 10 grams. These are the 5 larger ones in photo. the others came the following day from the Bumble Bee area. It was a good finale to the lower desert prospecting season. I'm sure that the large amount of trash had lots to do with these beauties still being there. Sometimes I love trash!" - Bob Dansie
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    Pothole Bob's Gold Photos

    Aaron, SUPER close!!! - go further east and you'll nail it. Near the Rio. Gosh, this is kinda fun
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    Pothole Bob's Gold Photos

    Aaron is HOT on the trail, no wonder you can track for a living! A bit more to the east and you are spot on!
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    Pothole Bob's Gold Photos

    Another clue: It was taken northwest of Las Cruces, but south of Truth or Consequences. Not known for large gold, but many small nuggets. Very cool area, with tons of dry-blowings everywhere! Here's another pic, check out the workings!
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    Pothole Bob's Gold Photos

    Hey Bob, If you want to send me over an email with your pictures I would be happy to help you post them on the forum. I'm sure there are a lot of guys here that would love to see them (me especially! ) Okay Bob, here's a bit of photo trivia. I took this picture last year while detecting in New Mexico - can you guess where I was hunting? It was in the southern half of the state.
  20. Hi Southside, The online ordering information for GGT magazine should be in place on the AZO website by early next week. In the meantime, you can phone or email me with credit card details, send a check, or shoot me off an email with your # and I will call you - whichever is easiest. Once I get this info. you will be subscribed and your first issue will be mailed out ASAP. Chris 623-516-1161 www.arizonaoutback.com
  21. Hi Everyone, Holy molly!!! Leave for a few days out in the field and I miss all the “hub-bub!” Just returned from a 4 ½ day outing at one of Arizona’s sweetest goldfields; the famed Rich Hill. Joe Kauffman, Steve Gholson, Bob Dansie, and myself decided to make one more run for the gold before the full blast of summer hit the desert. The Rich Hill area has probably given up more nuggets to detectorists than any other location in the state, and not just small ones either – there have been some real whoppers pulled out in the last few years. Averaging around 90-93%, the quality and appearance of the gold is fairly good. However, there are two major drawbacks to this area. The first is the terrain. Aside from the rattlers and billions of insects that inhabit this region, the slopes of the hill are covered by acres and acres of huge granite boulders (some as large as cars!). The other is access. Nearly every square inch of the mountain is under private claim. Unless a person is a member of a prospecting club or gets permission from a property owner, gaining “detecting” access can be real a challenge. Luckily, we were prepared for both. My father and I have nearly 200 acres of BLM and State land under claim, so access would not be a problem. As for the rugged landscape, we brought along a full-size track hoe to deal with those plentiful boulders. Now all we needed was the gold! Here’s an overview of how the outing went. Day 1 At 5:30 AM we hit the road with our gear and trailer fully loaded. By 7:00 we had past Stanton and were on our way to the claim. Dragging the trailer up the steep and heavily eroded dirt track was no easy task, but after was seemed like an eternity of dodging boulders and deep ruts we finally spotted the perfect campsite. It was perched high on a hillside overlooking the site we planned to dig out with the track hoe. Our target was a ¼ mile stretch of gully that had been extensively worked by the old-timers. It had obviously been rich, the towering piles of hand-stacked rock walls were proof of that, but did the old guys ever make it to bottom? If not, think of the goodies that could still be waiting! Our goal was simple: get down to bedrock as quickly and efficiently as possible. This would mean having to dig our way through the original cemented material and the newer layers of overburden that had accumulated within the last 120 years. Good news, we had an experienced tractor operator and plenty of time. (story continued…)
  22. Jonathan, Does that mean I am eligible for the prize too??? - I wish! I have just recieved a shipment of Jonathan's jewellry, and am working hard to get all the pages built so that they can be displayed on the website. There are nugget rings, bracelets, pendants, nugget ear rings, and more. I am not exactly sure which piece will be given away in the GGT subscription contest, but wanted to attach this image so that you guys could check out the quality, beauty and craftmanship of JP's work. See you all on Saturday...
  23. Hi Denny, Just wanted to let you that I will be bringing along some of the May 2003 GGT issues with me to San Domingo. You can sign up for a yearly subscription then, and pay with either credit card or check. See you this weekend on the goldfields! Chris
  24. JP, What a day, what a find! That's how those "big boys" seem to come, when you least expect it. Incredible discovery - you deserved it Thanks for sharing with us... Chris
  25. Hi Gang, The Outback has arrived!!! My first shipment of Australian Gold, Gem & Treasure magazines have just landed in Arizona! The May 2003 issue is packed with stories, tips and the full color nugget photos had me drooling in no time! Some of the things inside include: an article about a couple of big lumps from Western Australia, a story about ferngold at Donnybrook, an article about an 82-ounce nugget unearthed at Creswick, a book review on Australian ghost towns, a glimpse of the Batavia River goldfield and one on Nannine, there is even an article titled, Golden Hues and the Summertime Blues, written by our own Jonathan Porter. If you are into detecting, this is an awesome magazine! A yearly subscription (12 issues) in the continental US is $55.95. Ordering information will be added to the website sometime this week. In the meantime, anyone interested in a G,G,&T subscription can email or phone me with questions. I will be bringing some issues along with me on the San Domingo outing this 10th. Shown below is the front cover of the May 2003 issue