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  1. Good stuffs bro. Looking forward to seeing how the SP01 performs in the field in a few weeks when we camp out with Las. Lots of gold left in the area you mentioned, no doubt
  2. Been traveling around Colorado. Beautiful state with a rich mining history. In Telluride now for a few days. Just chilling out after 7 days of camping and being off grid here and there. Been visiting national parks and mining country. Prospecting and detecting in national parks is not allowed. Colorado has lots of country to beep and prospect. Endless mines and hiking. Hope you are all staying cool wherever you are. Getting back on the road soon. Life is good. Enjoy the pics... No visible gold but screams on the Gold Bug. Lots of pyrite showing. Gold and pyrite do run together so we'll know more when we crush it. Nice molybdenum specimen. Some cubic pyrites. My daughter and I at the Old 100. Very cool tour with neat history. A nice quartz slab with gold and pyrites someone had at the Old 100. Met some kids from Missouri on the Old 100 tour who wanted to see some "real gold" so we showed them some. Inside the Old 100. Massive pegmatites in gneiss and schist at the Black Canyon of the Gunnision national park. Only 2,500 feet down to the river. Lots of great photo opportunities here. Hiking the Black Canyon. 3 pics from La Plata Canyon. A great mining history here. Met two guys while hiking who had sluices and pans who were on their way somewhere. Once we began talking gold they had to leave all the sudden. Think they were worried about their honey hole being discovered. Can't blame them for being cautious. Big mudslides below Sawpit and Placerville. It's rained every afternoon. Sometimes it's light, other times very heavy. 3 off road pics. Lots of opportunity for those who wander. A nice morning in Telluride.
  3. All depends on who you ask Ron. Makes no difference to me what anyone thinks but I do find it comical how polarized of a topic this can be for some people who live out there. You and me both, still waiting to win the lottery
  4. My family lives in Santa Rosa, about two and a half hours south west of Auburn. Beautiful country, not too far from the gold fields and very close to the ocean. Santa Rosa is kind of in the middle between Clear Lake and Berryessa if memory serves correct.
  5. Very nice find, those miles old dredge tailings offer great opportunity for those patient enough to hunt them. That must have been a wonderful evening around the campfire for her and everyone.
  6. Got it Jenn. Moe, it's no longer for sale.
  7. Not much of a story. Maybe not worth posting lol Warm day, good times!
  8. Haha! You know me well bro! A belly fully of good food and a beer around a campfire after 10 hours hunting gold just relaxes me. My most restful sleeps are on the nights around a fire under the stars 🙂
  9. Great weather this week to be out exploring. Wednesday was especially nice. Managed a few grams of both nugget and specimen gold. The specimen you see here has a nice little vein of gold shot through it and there is more in the area it came from I'm sure. It's that time of year again where fire restrictions are coming into effect so some areas of the desert already aren't allowing campfires. Stars are beautiful at night though. Time to prepare to head north to cooler states.
  10. That is awesome Browine, thanks for the continuation of the story! Very nice gold. It's out there.
  11. I was a skeptic of the ZED long before I bought one. When I did buy one and invested a few hundred hours into learning it in the field, I then realized how capable and versatile it really is. It's huge leaps forward from many of the older (and newer) SD and GP models on the technology side. I'm not an expert in all things ZED and have not broken any personal records with it but have been surprised at the gold it has found in ground that was detected many times by a wide variety of detectors, SDs, GPs, VLFs, etc. As a veteran of decades of hunting gold there is one thing that I can say for certain, you can't find gold where none exists. You can however use the tools in your toolbox (including your brain) to maximize recovery and get the true potential out of any area. Some friends and I have performed comparisons between the ZED and other units like a 4500 with a 19 inch coil. The results are mixed and likely boil down to more than just the detectors and settings. There is always a human factor involved, like focus, hearing ability and sound preferences. There is no perfect detector or magic settings, there are possibilities.
  12. Glad to help. Sensitivity is important but remember running the detector to where is you can best hear the signals and whispers is paramount. The sensitivity setting on the GPZ is more like a volume booster, it amplifies the receive signal. You may increase the sounds that nuggets make by turning the sensitivity up but you might also (will likely) do the same with ground noise and hot rocks. I've hunted areas where 2-4 has proven to be the best sensitivity setting. Again, I really encourage you to try different settings and remember there are no magic settings. One setting that is underutilized is the threshold pitch, it can really be good to experiment with it because we all hear differently. Wes is right, there are some areas that are one or two nuggets to be found but, you never know until you placer it out. I'm very excited for you to hear that the nugget was not on bedrock. Might be a good bet to pick a few 10x10 areas and slowly begin to scrape down 2-3 inches at a time and run them until you hit bedrock. Even the ZED misses so hopefully you can bring a VLF along to check that bedrock and get any tiny bits too, they can be plentiful and are sure fun to find. Looking forward to hearing about your return trip.
  13. Nice gold Brownie. If you're hitting that at 10 inches with the ZED it's very possible that the bulk of the gold is the same depth or deeper, and smaller (or bigger). There is no "one size fits all" detector so hitting the area with another detector (like a vlf) and possibly doing some digging down to bedrock are certainly in order. As a fellow ZED owner I agree its a great machine; however, it has a lot of settings for a reason. Experiment a little with your settings and you might just be surprised at what you missed. Detect, dig, detect some more. Over the years we've found many great patches by finding that first "leader nugget(s)" as you have. IMHO it does not sound like you've worked it very hard with just one trip, one detector, and no digging. Hope you return and find much more.
  14. Nel Snake or Cors Shrew - who names these things? lol BTW - I believe both of these coils are primarily for relic/coin hunting (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). Never personally used either for gold and have no idea how well they could handle mineralized ground. I have experienced that a gold detector will work great as a relic unit provided you are prepared to deal with the trash as gold detectors are not great with target ID like coil/relic machines; however, I've not seen any relic/coin machine that can serve as truly capable gold machines in mineralized ground.
  15. I’ve been enjoying using the Gold Monster for the last month or so to help dial it in for my better half. It’s kind of been tough to do this and not swing the 7000 but doing so has really helped her and that’s cool. We’ve been out traveling all over the place with the GM. My opinion of the GM is still forming but I have made some observations that I’ll share here. Time may change my positions (observations). Hot Ground The GM is not a panacea for hot ground. I know a few areas that are very hot and simply no detector does well in the them. My friends and I have swung every PI made from the SD 2100 to the 7000, SDC, TDI, etc. in these areas and it’s just the way it is. Some areas are simply extremely hot ground. The GM does handle hot ground better than the other vlfs (I’ve used) such as the Gold Bug 2 (GB2), White’s GMT, Minelab Eureka, or the Tesoro Lobo Super Traq. Sensitivity compared to other vlfs The GM is not as sensitive as the GB2 on the smallest pieces of gold. Close but not quite. Noting due to the difference in kHZ. I believe the fact that the GM handles the ground better does level the playing field here somewhat. Coils So far no crazy falsing from either coil. Was kind of wondering after reading the experiences of others with the small coil. Would really like to see a small 5 or 6 inch elliptical coil for the GM. Sounds My gut tells me whoever engineered the sounds of this unit played on an original Atari game console as a kid. Really enjoy the sounds this unit makes and the lack of a threshold is a nice change. At first I (and she) had to get used to the lack of a threshold “Is this thing working?” Battery Life Great battery life. 8-10 hours of use you and you’re still going. This is true for both the stock battery and when using the AAs in the adapter. Here are a few pics of the smallest and largest gold the GM has found for me. One sub 1/10th of a gram piece and a 1.16 ounce specimen (gold weight after specific gravity test) although it only has a little gold showing. There are plenty of other size nuggets and species that we’ve found in between these weights. Putting the large specie aside, we’ve found just under 2 ounces with the GM so far - with the specie added into the mix, it brings the total gold weight to over 3 ounces. It's a fun and capable unit - we'll be taking the GM along on our summer adventures to cooler areas of the U.S.