Quoted from ManyQuarters:
Awesome photos! Best of luck!
Gold fever...has a real edge to it, no cure and no regrets...lots of adventures and occasional treasures, it's the memories that can't be weighed or measured.
Agreed been doing it long enough got it down to a science and it is a fun living. It is an expensive learning curve the first years as mining is hard and brutal. It grinds you up and spits you out. The education is expensive as no books can show you the current effective methods. I can’t count how many plants I have built or had. Everything is about up time and volume. Late in the year it gets tiring but a few months off and you get recharged and ready to go. Something about getting gold out of the ground that so many have failed doing for decades or centuries. Their machines or dredges are left that show their failure of their hope, dreams and fortunes spent pursuing. It is gold fever! You have to know geology, fabrication, water rights, engineering, logistics, sourcing, methodical scheduling, mechanics, hydrology, hedging, operations, accounting, employee management, equipment operator, negotiating, politics, permitting, and have steady determination. Every property I have mined others have mined but failed. They all did well a long time ago but that is history. Between then no one can make it and they all have failed because they lacked at least one or many of the above. To be successful where other have failed is rewarding. Previous operators always get “investors” and promote their way. When you don’t have any investors you are very careful when it is your own money. You can’t buy new equipment and have to go to auctions around the country and world. I use the southwest airlines approach at each property of using the same model equipment for each task. This allows spare parts. The equipment however requires a strong local dealer who stocks parts. This changes per geographic location. Gold prospecting and mining is not for the weak or easily discouraged. It all starts with the gold pan.
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