Alaska Prospecting
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hanging up my gold pan, quitting bush Alaska with a bitter taste in my mouth for being beat-up by a wild vigilante big city gang of bureaucrats who don't fight fair.

My claims have been legally jumped by, allegedly, through behind the scenes manipulations at the Alaska Department of Lands brought about by a Hong Kong buyer, and his Hasting Dry Gulch, Vancouver, BC, TSX partner crooks who found it was cheaper to overtake, and pay the ADL for validation, to sell an EB-5 pathway to US citizenship green cards in Asia.

Perhaps something said something to influenced the clerk who allegedly decided that I must have lost interest in paying an annual rental to my maintain my mining rights to what was listed on, staked in 1980.

A very strange "drop dead" decision with a December 1 deadline $4,000, and change filing, when measured by over $400,000 spent over 40 years just because I seemed to be more interested in the galena being used as a photovoltaic material, as detailed by my

So sad for Alaskan's who need FoamKrete [tm] construction work building zero energy homes with a smart roof similar to what Tesla just announced. Your stupid ( I have burned my old fart Alaska hunting and fishing licence in protest) Wall Street controlled banking, mining, and securities regulations have also led to ... "so what else in new" ... the multinational takeover of Alaska by qualifying "investors" past the old-fashioned grubstake level and being one of two states in the US that treat simple LLC's as a regulated security.

Part of my loss was that I used the absentee option for the first time even when filing a State of Alaska Affidavit of Annual Labor for Mining through applying for Excess labor value credits from prior years, along with my own "unprofessional" bench testing of embedding Alaska photovoltaic galena with my Oregon nepheline syenite to put a low-cost smart roof onto a forest fire resistant and much higher 'R' value cabin.

This document explaining additional "mineral dressing on the headwater zone ore" was mailed on November 22 by certified mail to the Kuskokwim Recording District in time to meet the December 1 deadline. I did not receive any explanation as to what was happening from the USPS certified delivery return receipt of a guaranteed date until
I received a certified delivery of my Affidavit for recording, along with my check, in mid-December from the Department of Natural Resources in Anchorage disqualifying me for not making the deadline because the offical Kuskokwim Recorders office, which I knew was run by a very proper Yup'ik named Anna, who I knew from experience was very responsible goverment official... had been closed?

What a far cry this all was from the old days in the bush when US Mining Claim recording was accomplished by making it to a post office before December 1 for validation. This by guaranteed USPS just in time delivery, that did not happen. Does this mean my only recovery will be a reimbursement from the US Government for Certified Delivery Service?

Somehow C.S. Tice, Recorder II, from Fairbanks had made the decision not to file, and returning the blue ink-signed original document for my ADL numbered claims, along with my filing fee check ?, for not making a minimum acceptance criteria checklist?? for misspelling the name of the legal "T/S/R/M" of the s'T'eward Meridan that used to be used before they redesigned the must use online form with a very small, almost inconsequential box, as SM ??? This was in the middle of December, much to late to do anything about it December.

What is really curious about this is was a duplicate filing of these same ADL numbers across the line in the Mt. McKinley Recording District in Fairbanks was correctly recorded.

Wait, this story gets better! When I fell for the razmataz of the new ADL online filing system of paying the also drop dead ADL $4,000 rental payments cost me dearly.

Perhaps my computer had been hacked by malware, just at a time my, and my personal were hit for my babbling on how my career was based upon an understanding the supply side of the US Mining Law of 1872. Guess I really an annoyed someone in power in the financial mining side of a multinational industry.

I really do not know what happened. I did not receive any confirmation of payment of that $4,000 plus change until six months later a document was delivered to an out of date Washington address— instead of the one I had been using with the ADL in Oregon. This non-certified mailing simply declared that my claims had been abandoned, which meant I could not legally restake in my name for one-full year.

The really funny thing about the confusion of my being a punished for a minor spelling mistake is that I know the Seward Meridian very well. My mining attorney father who almost went to Washington DC as an undersecretary of the Department Interior with Wally Hickle, lost out on that for being an active part of the Seward Meridian "Big Hurrah" gold mine.

This followed my Great Uncle's Nome experience, after climbing the Chillcoot Pass and "working a lay" on a pup of the Klondike before staking claims inland from the beaches of Nome. A very likely Mining Law of 1872 prospect that was lost by his partner going to town, and stopping by the Second Class Saloon, before entering the crooked federal recording office mentioned in Michener's Alaska.

Was "Midas" MacAdam bitter about this? In the Alaska bush anger will kill. So he headed instead to South Africa and made his fortune using Nome technology to recover beach diamonds,

Exactly what I am doing right now with the FoamKrete nano-SI02 breakthrough of what was destined to be a viable Alaskan business of Sorry about that neighbors. Nevada also has galena.

I am still concerned about what was my home before being so rudely kicked out of the log cabin I helped build by hand. I may have to change the direction of where my also very neglected, is going.

Because I have been a snowbird "magazine man" since the 1960's with articles in LIFE, Holiday, Ladies Home Companion, Economic Currents, and McGraw Hills Chemical week, etc., I respect my readers for "owning a magazine" and I will not take cheap shots at the tourism business.

For this publication I will keeping trying to support the Alaska Department of Lands system (that in archived articles I had pubiciall supported as "your best friend" to those following the new reality TV Gold Rush to Alaska by changing my personal opinion editorial stance.

As I don't much care for the oxygen deprived thinking of those who wear circulation restrictive neckties, just let me make a few changes to what follows in my previous editorial support, now withdrawn, of other ADL criticisms:

1) Who was the Bozo that slipped in behind Title 38. Public Land Sec. 38.05.190.

(A) The right to acquire exploration and Mining Rights under AS 38.05.185 - 38.05.275 may be acquired or held only by...

(3) Persons at least 18 years of age who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States?

What an easy to qualify difference from the US Mining Law of 1872 requirement of actually being a Citizen.

Wow, was the "I surely do want to become an American citizen" until it comes times to pay taxes, made up my some English reality show TV director?

2) How did the Alaskan version of physically staking upon what the US Mining Law of 1872 would not consider a valid discovery get so favorable to large corporations using the "MTRSC" qualified expert of airborne survey systems as side-looking radar that mega corporations have closed out the opportunities for real Alaskan's in favor of "unfair" Canadian "Free" trade, London bankers, and Brazilian financial interests? How can ordinary 'real citizens' citizens compete with gold royalties due the Permanent Fund not being collected by umpire assays out of Asian smelters?

3) And while you are at it ADL nitpickers, please make up your mind about connecting "contiguous structures" between valid discoveries into claim blocks with "discoveries" that really cannot be supported by real assay support

My first time around being legalized out of an LLC at Ophir had to do with favoritism. On what is now being, allegedly, operated by a Chinese/Vietnam consortium that also ran over Alaska veterans rights.

The kick in the ass here was that the same people who won the pissing match back then in a distant Fairbanks just happened to have ... allegedly as told to me over his taunting telephone call of "somebody waiting" just waiting to file paper claims they had supposedly staked in January?

So at 78-years of age, I quit. Want to sue me, or arrest me for not spelling that well, see if you can find me in my home state of Oregon where I am recovering by developing a more important property. Adios White Supremacists. EF you, and your lead dog that brought you North in the first place to earn a living for nitpicking.

And excuse me if I tell the full story in my upcoming story in a biography of being TheProspector, which will be published by my

I am keeping the rest of my 16-year old, in a modified "Do not trust the forked tongue white guys" mode for now. If you too have a valid complaint, write an article. If it is not fake news, and documentable. I will run it to remember the memory of some very good Governors who actually qualified as old-time Alaskans.

rry to keep on whimpering to Alaskans just looking for information on bottom-up opportunities on the want-to-be supply side of Alaskan mining projects. But apparently last August my rambling tirade of truth about having first hand knowledge of a multinational attempt to use a Vancouver, B.C. (that has laxer security law enforcement) junior, with a Toronto Stock Exchange (the TSX, of "pump and dump" fame, venture capital shell (that also also have unfair free trade advantages), coupling up with an "offshore flow-through tax advantage" of a Hong Kong IPO ( a favored nation) to take advantage of the "In Canadian Interests 43-101 mining professional validation" over Alaskan workers, enabling a resource exporter to cut their labor costs by selling EB-5 Green Card Visas (considered by many to be a "buy your way to U.S. Citizenship... lead to anonymous, multinational, vicious cyber attacks.

Within a week this publication experienced a loss of ad partner revenue, and our web stats recorded a sudden drop in readership of unique first time visitors, averaging 3,000+ per month, to less than 1,000.

Following leads back on the web stats of a securely hosted URL, we found the problem to be Asian search engines overriding US Internet businesses in ranking, achieved through their 92.6 percent of bot spider crawlers spending less than a half second per visit.

Part of this has been reversed. What we haven't been able to solve, for now, is the security from a deep dark pool, only visible on our stats for "links from an external page as other web sites except search engines".

These unasked for links were to blackmail offers to clean up the problem, or join them, for a price in a reverse keyword attack on a competitor, and perhaps the most "blacklisted" damming of all are the online Russian porn sites, with obvious underage 'models' that I was tricked into opening by misdirection, where I may have made a mistake in sapping a screen dump for my evidence file.

I don't feel personally threatened by checking to try and figure out who these were really coming from, as I know even the Secretary of Defense, and Sony, have had e-mail problems also, which is why I am suggestioning, if the FTC cannot solve the problem we all go back to the proven true Red White and Blue snailmail delivered through the USPS. Right now I am at the Oregon nepheline syenite property : Barry Murray, POB 678, Waldport, OR 97394.

If you had to trust your instinct to click through a bogus "certificate" warning to get here, perhaps the only safe way to contact me is by phone, at 503-753-5868 if you can get through can

Just now I realized I somehow have lost connection to my ad sense partnership advertising, nanners in between these lines. Oh well, the important virus free PDFs still work... I think. What a disappointment all this is for having been a Mozilla Internet volunteer back in the last century, developing the free Internet.

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Continuing on to my magazin copy from two years ago..... and PS the cover shot is of one of the claimposts I ski-mountineered in on an coldsnap winter month of minus 20º below day. So thrust the old man when he says BE VERY CAREFUL when you come back to so-called civilization.

My point is, at 76-years young, focused on passing on to helpful others, my, to retire from the stress of not getting any e-mail directed to the address in the header coming through since that August, guess I sort of need to reinvent my business and financial plans, and find somebody to take over my, as this, which could start right now with an old fashioned phone call to 503-753-5868. Ask for Barry.

The unexpected nuggets of information following the dis-information trail back to those who would benefit financially the most from the manipulation of silver to the point that the annual physical deficit so far in 2015 is 42.7 million ounces, while already mined above ground supplies are spot priced 18.3% lower than the same period in 2014.

This at a time when silver solar use has been jumping from 5% a few years ago to 50%, and is projected to be headed to 85% of silver demand in three years. This need may be met when those holding silver bullion as an investment will come to realize that the safest place to hide their future security, is on the roof of your home.Why? Solar silver panels built 30-years ago have not worn out; or disappeared from a recycle smelting stockpile often used for improving the efficiency through new construction innovations. Embedding solar into a roof makes it part of a mortgage package of a Energy Star home, and does away with storage fees, and the so called "loss of bank interest" is more than recovered by dramatic savings for the homeowner on energy bills.

The push for Alaskan silver in this issue, being that the (also a publication) has no other viable prospects to list, is that the Bowser Creek deposit is almost alone in the USA for being the last of the independent galena deposits with the feed stocks with a potential of developing a dedicated  use industry, as manufacturing gutter to clean rainwater harvesting gutter, ECO solar smart roofs.

And thanks to the happenstance of having to battle cyber crime, we are now protecting sensitive words and photos in a locked PDF download, to avoid creepy crawler bots. is changing our overall the information format from vulnerable through neglect, and link complexity to "project proposal" as these:

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I came North in February '68 to stake by ski plane and ski mountaineering the claim post shown above, by being first in on the release of U.S.G.S. Bulletin 559, for being hired with expenses and a 10% limited partnership position. When Homestake Mining took over on a rDocumented Silver Depositight of first refusal I ended up running a crew and camp of 27 for them, with a budget 0f $250,000, for buffer staking, and opening up the surface trenches, as sampled by some very well respected consulting geologists, as featured in this 223 page portfolio of reports:

I did not come back for the second season as I was more or less traded out of a limited partnership into a corporation that allowed greed to kill the deal with Homestake, and then turn down an US Office of Mineral Exploration loan for a drill program, to avoid managements dilution of their shares.

At only 30 years of age, without initials following my name and reputation, I was voted down for a company management position for supporting $5 million buyout offer of $1m in cash, and $4m in Seattle real estate. I was that close to semi-retirement to help develop my family's Nevada marble property.

By the time MBA mismanagement lost the Federal Claims by non-compliance with a new BLM registrary system, only costing $5 per claim per year to hold, my 10% had been whittled down to .0125%! After a prudent interval, waiting for the office bound bean counters to realize what they had allowed to happen, I went back in again on skis to reclaim the "null and void" property under the new State of Alaska rules, for statehood selected land, in my own name. The background for some of this is explained on my "white paper" on

My troubles of dealing with one sided Industrial Age corporations did not change. Which is why I really have given up with negotiating with "mining sector" money men, even in a joint 50-50 joint venture, who think they understand mining law, and the complexities of raising development funding, is going back to a silk stocking, one percent, New York, hat in hand, to make a market using SEC approved IPO tinkle down monopolies, a mythology that has been failing lately.

What I have in mind is bottom-up marketing to make the sale of a product actually secure enough to build a solid retirement portfolio.

What I would really like to see happen, as a cash payout at my age is next to useless, is for someone with the grit I used to have, to break trail. Preferably a wool stocking Alaskan, or Vet used to mountain outposts, handling explosives, and tracked vehicles in off-road terrain.

What I would like to hear on the phone is a "facilitator" with $10,000 dollars on a credit card to lead a earn-in crowdfunding style formation of a State of Alaska company for what is only a URL for now. AlaskaRangeSolar, or whatever name works best, could be a simple investor managed LLC; or a Master Limited Partnership; or a Class A+ qualified for manufacturing C business corp; or even going all the way with using my to build a REI style COOP, as my suggested My role would be a hard asset enabler, director, otherwise limited to being a paid consultant.

A role, even if this this third party "magazine" becomes a marketing web site for selling product instead of paper, I should like to continue with, as the following through for a readership that explodes with every realty gold rush TV show.

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The Problem With The Coming Next Gold Rush Cycle to Alaska Is Old-Timers, Who Learned Through Experience How To Prospect Properly, Are Rapidly Disappearing!

Along with who realize today the collapse of gold and silver "commodities" in leveraged paper values almost overlays the going short speculation losses charts just preceding the First Great Depression, are going to totally caught unawares that the traditional "boom to bust and back again" cycle has been delayed so long on the "kick the can down the road" downswing, that the natural upswing is totally going to bring the HFT nanno second traders of Wall Street to tears.

Why? Because finally "bush" Alaskan's who wear wool socks are going to be able to laugh back at the silk stocking wizards who don't understand the nature of long term survival. They will soon have to alter their day-by-day flowchart spreadsheet ETF mentality about the failure of big company gold mining stocks in Alaska. 

We slow minded "quaint characters" have been waiting. And watching just how the flow of a creek and rivers have ever so slowly been physically changing in the past 35 years since the last gold rush, due to global warming / climate change where melting glaciers and permafrost has renewed placer gold opportunities for individual US citizens, over that of English, Chinese, Brazilian, Canadian, etc. corporations building humongous holes in the Earth.

And as my e-mail somehow hasn't lately been delivered by USPS standards, I need to answer questions that haven't been received for my being on flagged (?) on someone's spam black list. So you listen up Cheechakos, Pilgrims, Greenhorns, Tenderfeet, for advice I would give myself setting out on a yet-another-Northern Lights-adventure Main Chance of a lifetime opportunity.

This comes in part because I listened to the genetic wisdom of Great Uncle  'Midas' MacAdam who climbed the Chilkoot Pass, who worked "a lay" on a pup of Bonanza Creek on the Klondike.

I too climbed that right of passage, but did not have to pack a ton of supplies up the chute, as required by the Mounties. The family story was he arrived on the first relay to the top in a swirling snowstorm as just about fell onto the gatling machine gun the Canadian Army Field Force had set to defend the Yukon Territory from "54-40 or Fight" Americans taking a shortcut to what we thought was US Army Lieutenant Schwatka’s "moose hide landmark", that American prospector George Carmack used to discoverer “Rabbit Creek” gold now known as the Bonanza flowing into the Klondike.  He and his native brother in law staked their claims believing they were to be recorded in Alaska’s Forty Mile Mining District.

Stampeder MacAdam also made it down the Yukon River on to Nome, where he lost his claim to the U.S. land office mess. Eventually he returned from South Africa with the moniker of Midas for using a California/Alaska gold rush rocker to wash beach diamonds.

And then I listened to my father who was perhaps the most respected mining attorney in the West, that from his hard rock Big Hurrah, and Lituya Bay beach sands experience, almost ended up going back to Washington, D.C., with Wally, otherwise known as The Governor, who became Secretary Hickle of the Department of the Interior.

My wintertime wilderness Alaska experiences began on ski and snowshoe in 1968, and continued to stories published in my  And sharing moose nose head cheese, and smoked beaver tail, at camps with some unbelievable handshake partners who had been on the Kobuck, and Forty Mile, and Wild Lake, etc. stampedes. And I did some articles done in my spare time on my, which I hope are received with the idea that no prospector, no matter how old, really truly understands the art of "finding gold" by exploring, is not something learned as an exact science in a classroom.

So listen with respect from a partner of the database when I tell you that those that have valid gold prospects are hanging on to what most likely will shoot up in value during the coming cyclical gold rush.

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Therefore, Small Placer Gold Prospecting Class 101:

1) Step one, away from civilization is to click here to download the State of Alaska Mining Laws & Regulations. Do not leave home without a printout. Pay particular attention to the "Prudent Man" doctrine when prospecting. And, the part about actually making a physical discovery, by a US citizen at least 18 years old. The "caution" part missing is that Alaska State troopers are also game wardens. Your mining adventure should not turn into a macho marathon hunting expedition. When dealing with bears, which react to a scent of fear, many bush Alaskans have gone to pepper bear spray. No, you do not apply it to clothing and tents as a repellant.

Also acquire a copy of fishing regulations to understand your role in protecting Alaska's greatest renewable resource. Salmon. An economic system that has worked well the last 10,000 years. Which is why there is no such thing as ETF HFT silver salmon futures?

Have the unfortunate happenstance to run into a belligerent, and automatic weapon armed Chicken War,  "paper staker", with no provable claim post boundary markers visible? Then make a 911 call to our better than Texas Rangers troopers using your expensive rented satellite phone, to make a garbled report about a drug fiend shooting grayling. FYI; a delicious trout like arctic char with a dorsal fin that makes it the most worthy fly fishing challenge, ever.

Just as with a respect for Troopers sometimes acting as judge and jury in remote villages, know that our Alaska Department of Lands is your best friend in the North, in that there is no such thing as patenting a fee simple claim anymore as real estate. What they say about ownership, even past what big city law firms promulgate on retainer, is the rule of law.

Consequently, the act of staking a state claim is a "gift" from someone who is actually a partner. Especially when the ADL is concerned about collecting a 3% royalty that goes directly into the permanent fund paid out to Alaska voters who don't do the "snowbird" migration south for the winter.

As I am a half-baked Alaskan voter, who came North in a pre-pipeline ice-age era, have never actually been tough enough to make it through an Alaskan December. It's not the cold, as I have camped out in forty-below weather in a single wall tent. It is about darkness, which I guess has something to do with my desire to see my off-grid system work, as sort of explained in my dream of

These noble few citizens, who need what many consider a subsidy from exported oil to keep warm in the deepness of a harsh winter, are the only such voters in the world to directly benefit from a government’s regulation of natural resources.

This happenstance has made Alaska a lot of national media enemies, as CBS's  "Catfight Kouric," who apparently was tired of supporting a menagerie of welfare freeloaders, who didn't even read newspapers, magazines, and books. Huh! What else is there to do in wintertime? And besides, a log cabins R-value of 7, can be boosted almost to 12, by the practicable insulation of full bookshelves.

To further explain the "Bridge to Nowhere" (from the Village of Ketchikan, to a State of Alaska owned and maintained airport) scandal, consider that when you pull up to a fuel pump in Anchorage, there is a US Excise Tax sticker, which somehow doesn't’t explain why we have no Federally funded highways or freeways, or bridges to anywhere, out of said tax revenue? 

Continuing on in this "mad miner" string of complaints, Fairbanks fuel pumps have a reasonable price on the high end of North Slope locally cracked production gasoline, but the high imported again diesel fuel prices we really need to operate through a winter reflects the cruel fact that our crude is shipped outside. Some of the vital cat and truck and generator fuel is returned by ice roads, sometimes to Brooks Range / North Slope mining camps, at a cost outside corporate bean counters love, because it explains away why a heavily promoted "financial paper" mining project is just not making a profit due to unforeseen 10 times the price conditions! And, of course, printing more stock to cover the losses.

And just as bizarre, this is why old supply side miners love that 3% royalty, for writing in an equal continuing royalty into a contract.  So many small miners have been taken so badly by TSX and Penny Stock Greensheet joint ventures, as explained in my The royalty clause at least gives us a fighting chance to collect when ore concentrates are shipped to foreign countries for refinement that just might not have a valid umpire assayer system.

I fully expect that the BLM system of also validating Mining Law of 1872 mining claims by a yearly rental system, to logically follow Alaska with a royalty that perhaps could be used to keep schools open in Nevada mining towns.  As somewhat explained by my guide book notations, and Nevada claim staking procedures. here:

The State of Alaska recently went further ahead in the ”keep it honest battle” to an "in-kind" royalty payment before oil leaves Valdez. This toughness is this "tax" already is benefiting a joint roads to resources / and a public/private natural gas line, which actually is a very wise green energy idea. And given that "commodity" oil revenues are down, the mining royalty is doubly important to our popular U.S. Senator Lisa M-m-m-you-write-it-in, carrying on her former Governor father's "Roads to Resources" campaign. Contrary to popular TV shows selling oversized, untested, mining equipment being delivered by all weather roads, the reality is that 97% of Alaska lands have any sort of infrastructure.

Think that is another wacky thought from a 76-year old miner/conservationist? Then find the 1960’s(?) National Geographic article, gathering dust on a log cabin shelf somewhere, that documented the Artic gas field shared by Siberia, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories contains a 250 year supply of a clean burning replacement for coal generation of electricity. Consider, also, as gold and silver "shipping bars" are not considered as taxable money, or legal tender, what it would be like to have a State of Alaska "in-kind" certified weight in ounces blank round.

2) If you too are capable of reading, do some library research in old adventure books, U.S. Geological, and State of Alaska reports, mining journals, concerning where your prospecting target area might be. Understand also that really, really big foreign mining companies cannot function at all on small prospects.

See if you can find a used copy of Ernie Wolff's "Handbook For The Alaskan Prospector". I just looked and there were two available from Amazon. I was a friend with him six months before it came out in conversation that he was a University of Alaska professor. And then there is my old competitor Leo Mark Anthony’s short course "Red Book" where he is more attuned to importing problematical California style dredges.

3) Shut off any reality TV show with an English film crew, and dramatic director/ commentator who thinks mining deposits millions of years old, need to be accomplished in desperate days. This attitude only seems to lead to dangerous no win arguments between supposedly handshake and grubstake partners.

4) Do not head up the Alcan from the outside world with a caravan of oversized equipment on rubber tires to a state where only a few mining claims may be reached by "haul roads." That is if you are not expecting to be financed by advertising revenues and reality TV actor's equity.

5) In fact don't buy, bring, anything "outside" from a big box store. Everything you will need can be found in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau. And you can be reasonably certain that as Wal-Mart in Anchorage has an outdoor and fishing supply department that sells special to Alaska fishing lures, that they don't stock junk that flat doesn't’t work well above 54°40′ degrees north.

I should say untested junk in that I once tried to reach Boob Creek, to follow up a story I had found in a dusty old book about the Iditarod and Flat, but lost out to an outboard kicker chewing up a gear case to a aftermarket prop protector. Don't set out 250 miles upriver from the nearest cabin with junk! Years later my skookum sidekick Miz Bobby of, helped someone else sell the Boob Creek claims that had greatly increased in value for having mastodon tusks.  

6) Speaking of useless junk you will find what that is all about when loading a bush plane, while the pilot is throwing this and that out the other door. Or when a helicopter crew calls in other units to act a fuel tankers.

7) My old fashioned preferred method of small property prospecting is using rivers as highways to a support camp on a stream, even if you have to jump over the side onto freezing water to man a tow line. Then send out a two-man backpack (or siwash) teams to follow a pup with pick and pan (shovel, loupe, and plastic sample bags) to the divide.

8) Once you find enough colors in a test pan, choices have to be made: As move camp to the find and start working exploring it further by hand. Or, if you have a two boat, four man company: one returns to see if the latitude / longitude as worked out on your topo maps, or GPS unit, can be legally filed upon as prudent men.

The very necessary camp keeper/cook starts whipsawing boards to build a prospectors style wooden sluice box, or rocker, which is a better choice to test a mineable hand dug explorative shaft.  Want to be lazy about this, take a quick look at the hopefully abandoned holes grizzly bears dig looking for food. 

Meanwhile the guys on the shovels are stockpiling material ready to wash, and this in reality is very important, when the whole company is back together again to do the first cleanup. Gold fever brings mistrust among the best of friends.

9) If all has gone well, that season’s gold is used to expand the find with next level of equipment needed for exploration and development to fit the project. 

10) This will include experience that I am not willing to share with the Asian EB-5 crews working my old claims, lost through a nasty divorce settlement with a gold digger wife, at Ophir.

If however, you are a friend of bush Alaskans, and somehow understand my / and, empty head rattling on, well give an invite to a "touch down" for social visit of traditional tea and pilot bread to tell a long story, because when you reach my age you just might understand the true wealth of a season of your life is a fun experience which is why I need to finish my latest book of memories.

Barry Murray, 503-753-5868, PhM (Prospector of Honest Mining)

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