Gold Prospecting is a Great Hobby for Everyone!

Gold prospecting as a hobby has hit an all-time high recently, you hear about it everywhere.

There are huge amount of prospecting shows on TV lately and in public forums, Facebook and more! With the price of gold going through the roof and the economy still struggling as I write this article in 2014, it seems to be the best alternative activity to find some extra income.

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Dakota Fred – Gold Rush TV Show.

There can be some struggles to prospecting, it can get frustrating at times, one needs to be patience and do lots of research if they plan on hitting it big. It may seem like its takes a long time without finding anything. Keeping at it and don’t give up, take it slow and don’t expect to live off it. With precious metal exploration, there will be periods of success interspersed with frustrating dry spells.

If you’re a new hobbyist to gold exploration I highly recommend joining an organized like the GPAA, or clubs in your area, and establish Mines that are open to the public. Most Mines open to the public can give tours and show how to use a mini highbanker, pans or Gold Bankers. The good part about a these originations is getting directly to where the treasure is and they are with likeminded members.

The most common types of prospecting equipment are the sluice box, gold banker, pan, concentrator and bucket. Your average gold pan is very cheap; usually about 5 dollars, or free at a GPPA meeting, just check around, this is the cheapest prospecting equipment one can invest in. The sluice box is a little more money than the mini banker is the best investment in finding the most precious metals for your time. You can build a sluice box with little effort or material, the mini banker for its money is a good investment to purchase if you’re smart and want to have the best recovery.

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Panning for the treasure.

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Sluice concentrating the pay material.

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Mini Highbanker

Additional gold prospecting equipment consist of a shovel, pick axe, snuffer bottle, backpack, and a GPS like Garmin’s which has a APP for the smart phones you can use or purchase an individual units. GPS’s are great for locating and storing your locations to return to and keep a long of your finds. I have used my Garmin GPS to log waypoints and coordinates to some great spots, adding this to my info records to evaluate with old records to where the gold used to be. Most of the modern day explorer uses some type of location device, this will save you allot of time and energy keeping good records.

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What is also a good idea is to have a proper research system and knowledge for the above resources and prospecting equipment your better prepared to get on the gold. Spending some time to do proper research before you go out to a creek, river, or hard rock mine will save you allot of time and energy. Testing is also very important for the successful prospector. Most the exploration equipment we mention will help you do proper testing if you understand its capabilities.

Find gold fast – Gold Prospecting

Biking Adventures with My GPS

I love to travel on my mountain bike to some great places.

I use a GPS to get to these places and usually map it out before I go. Using a bicycle for my adventures makes it very easy and accessibly easy. I’m a avid bicyclist going on long trips, using my GPS to mark cool spot I want to come back to, and taking photos of my experience. When I get on my bike I feel free to go spots I can’t in a vehicle, you can just get to these places so much faster and its great exercise too!

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When you’re a consistent cyclist you will be in great shape, balance in a physical sense, you open up your lungs and feel great afterwards. I have done long travels that lasted for days while biking, backpacking all my gear and find great trails that leads to camping area’s I can stay overnight. The freedom of being outdoors and riding through the trails is spectacular for an adventurer like me.

I make sure my bike is up to the trip, checking all the gears which I oil them, tire pressure and taking a spare tube with bicycle pump attached to the frame. I always pack in extra previsions like water, granola bars, trail mix, electrolytes, power bars with high protein and vitamins to keep my strength up. I try to stay cool as much as possible, stopping at shaded areas for a few hours before I move on. If I find a good spot I have never been I will create a waypoint on my GPS and come back this for later use.


I once found a really old trail off the beaten path and did some exploring, finding some old rocks and gemstones which was really cool. I have even found old river channels and waterfalls which I feel were forgotten because I was so far off the trail. I can find these places on a bike pretty easy and mark it on my GPS map for my friends to also check out. It’s like a road adventure that I have discovered which most would pay for a guide to take them to, or park ranger would show them.

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I can create my adventure before I leave my house using the internet maps and upload to my GPS. I can be my own guide with the proper maps and coordinates to get me there. It’s pretty cool with the technology we have to get you to forgotten places most people would drive by and not even know it’s there. I consider myself a biking adventure or explorer with no limits to the places I can get to, log it in my GPS and then download the KML file to a mapping system keeping a data base of all my places I have visited.

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Biking with a GPS mapping system is the best technology we have invented, being outdoors and exploring these places is something everyone should try once. Check out all the online and off line bicycle, GPS, gear that fits you, join a club and ask questions to figure out what is the best setup for you.

Thanks for reading.

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