A goldpanning report by MrNuss / AU
20.03.2004 00:00:00
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somewhere near the Salzache-River

Again, the notorious bunch of golddiggers met to get some of the 'golden stones'. Steffen, Hans, Karlheinz and I decided to benefit from my short trip to austria with my girlfriend. (at this place I have to thank my honey again for her generosity to let me play in the water while she was skiing!)

Steffen and I where there a little earlier that the others, so it already blinks in the sluice as Karlheinz and Hans arrived! So theese two could 'go in' immediately.
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Steffen did the best setup for the sluice that was able here in the broad stream of the Salzach-River, the elvo universal rack (Advertisement!! ;-) dit it's duty 'cum laudae'. Since the stream was rather fast with no remarkable decline, the setup would be very difficult without the rack (this is no ad, this is real!)
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Hans, with two feet an the bedrock was showeling till his arms felt off!!
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Steffen, feeding the sluice. Since we worked in a schist area, the feeding must be done very carefully. The gold sticks very tight to the schist and the stones must be washed one after another...
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This time, I took the photos so it was AU's turn to show whow they do in Austria :-) You can clearely see the bedrock in the middle of the picture, spawning through the whole creek.
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Now, teamwork is in demand! Again it has to be mentionend: golddigging is a hard, exhausting and dirty job. But for us, gold is the minor point. It's more a conjunction with the environment and the brute forces of the water and rocks.Isn't it? ;-)
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Work was done! Now let's check, if it pays... We checked the sluice very carefully because you can evaluate the position of the sluice from the kind, the material deposits in the sluice.
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As to be expected, the nugget box was full of nails and other iron parts (even an aureated fish hook was in the box!) beside blump bullets and of course black sand. We also took a sample of the gravel behind the sluice, but there was no gold there (thanks to Seffen for his accurate washing of the stones!).
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The inflow was full of sparkeling flitters! Nice to see... We soo forgot all the cold and our hurting muscles! All you could see was a tender smile on our faces.
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No words needed!
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This is a nice pile of gold for the Austrian "tauern"-Mountains! Something around 3-4g. (you guys from the States and Canada: DON'T LAUGHT! :-)
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MrNuss
16.04.2004 00:00:00
eng the larger ones were around 3-4mm!
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As usual, we closed the session with some beers and a good 'schnitzel' (this is no joke!). We talked about new plans and of course about our near trip to the Elvo River in Italy, where we want to meet again.
Greetings! Björn & Karlheinz

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