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Old 07-04-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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I'm going to rent an excavator and dig a hole 50 feet deep and bury myself until this blast furnace type weather passes.

Maybe I'll find some gold while sitting down there with a 12-pack waiting for this oppressive heatwave to take a f$%%^ing hike.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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I'm going to rent an excavator and dig a hole 50 feet deep and bury myself until this blast furnace type weather passes.

Maybe I'll find some gold while sitting down there with a 12-pack waiting for this oppressive heatwave to take a f$%%^ing hike.
If only I could, I would be underwater... Heat is especially bad this year...

I hope by the time I take my trip in the beginning of August it is better, although somehow I doubt it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Hi, I want to move to Alaska to mine. Which city is the best location for that, and how do I get into it? Anything I should know beforehand; licenses, equipment, experience?
You'll need to be prepared to pour money into it. Unless you're going to dig sand on Nome beach, be prepared to pay a ton of cash for a semi-proven claim, with permits and water. Then there's all the equipment, and getting it to the stakes. How many tons of material do you want to move a day? Will you be hard rocking, or scraping permafrost?

You'd be best off getting hired as a greenhorn and learning from experienced miners. Otherwise start with a good minelab or similar detector and see if you REALLY like digging for gold.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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Maybe this is just the way I see things, but if somebody finds a great mining spot that produces lots of good material, they usually don't start blabbing about where it is located. Too many claim jumpers around that want to get rich. Not saying that there aren't honest people in the world, but you know the story. Three words ought to help: Research, Research, Research.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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Just talked to a friend of mine who is an experienced gold miner. He said there is nothing in Alaska worth buying that you can afford. He is going to Canada to mine. Canada has a lot more possibilities and fewer regulations. There is a reason why most of the mining stops at the border and it has nothing to do with mineral distribution. The mines are on the Canadian side.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Just talked to a friend of mine who is an experienced gold miner. He said there is nothing in Alaska worth buying that you can afford. He is going to Canada to mine. Canada has a lot more possibilities and fewer regulations. There is a reason why most of the mining stops at the border and it has nothing to do with mineral distribution. The mines are on the Canadian side.
And he is exactly right. Uber GREEN Canada, ironically, has become more open to small and large mining alike. The permits and water are much easier to get there than here. The downside is it's the states' gold and must be sold in Canada (should double check.)

If I were to go north I'd head straight for Alberta or BC. There's still plenty of stakable, virgin mineralized ground there.

Who needs all the regulations the US is throwing at mining these days? I won't even get started on the USFS tyranical control of the western states public lands. You can't even dredge in Cali because of environmentalists. It shows how ignorant they are, and how completely inept Schwarzenegger is/was. Consider that dredging removed tons of lead, mercury and rusting iron from the streams, and creates fertile spawning grounds for the fish. Good JOB, backa$$ward moron bureaucrats running the show here = SNAFU

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Just talked to a friend of mine who is an experienced gold miner. He said there is nothing in Alaska worth buying that you can afford. He is going to Canada to mine. Canada has a lot more possibilities and fewer regulations. There is a reason why most of the mining stops at the border and it has nothing to do with mineral distribution. The mines are on the Canadian side.
I just visited a friend's mine in Livengood and they're pulling out 200 ounces a year with three total employees (friend, his dad, and another guy) and all their equipment owned free and clear. All they're paying is the lease on the land and they're making great money. A guy I know down here mines in his spare time and has put away 100K from it over the last ten years. Not bad for a hobby. Met some folks a few weeks ago who are leasing back a mine they sold twenty years ago down here and are even rebuilding part of the defunct road to it. It'll be interesting to see how far they get this summer and how they do once they're up and running. They did have a lot of silly stuff they had to do because of regulations, but they know the land the claim is on and they thought it was worth it. I doubt that even a large minority of people who make the attempt are actually successful miners, but with some experience and education there are certainly people making money off of it in this state.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Prospecting, testing, sampling and panning. You have to do that before you ever bring in a piece of equipment larger then a gold pan or a shovel. Plenty of good ground here in Alaska. If you're willing to do the work.
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