Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mile High Gold Prospecting Summit

1st Annual- presented by Gold-Unlimited.  Saturday, November 3, 2012.  

Gold is at $1714.90 this morning.  As promised, I am bringing you the first installment of the events that took place last Saturday.

Amidst all the problems and work associated with buying a new home, moving and selling the old home, we decided to take last Saturday afternoon off to attend a ‘gold summit’ put on by Gold Unlimited whose purpose was to get some information out to prospectors in the Colorado area about local regulations and what local entities are expecting from gold prospectors.
The 5 hour speaker lineup was informative and spanned general prospecting to hard rock, and even had one local celebrity from the Gold Rush show.  Pizza was brought in for participants who knew lunch was being served.  The venue was cold….I mean there was no heat in the room and the door was open the entire afternoon. It was sunny and 60 degrees outside, but for those who were inside sitting on metal chairs for hours, it was cold.  Thankfully, one of the speakers needed a bit of preparation time, or we would not have had a break at all.  Of course, you could leave at any time and miss part of what was being said.  Not an option for someone who needed to get the information down and written about in a blog.  I was chilled to the bone and shivering by the time it was over.

That being said, the rest of the afternoon was worth our time to listen to what was said.  If it hadn’t been, I certainly would not have stayed and froze all afternoon.  LOL!  Since there was so much that was gone over, I will post for several days so you can digest it in pieces.   Speakers were from Gold-Unlimited, Christie Wright from South Park Historical Society and Park County Mining Association, Al Mosche who owns and operates the Phoenix Mine outside Idaho Springs, Fred Dodge representing the for profit gold miners, Ann Beierle who discussed regulations pertaining to Clear Creek in Golden, Dave Winters National Forest Service Stream Biologist, Colleen Gad with Jefferson County Open Space, and Jake Wells with Denver Parks and Recreation. We also were given some information about Gold Unlimited and heard a history of Arapahoe City.

Everyone had a specific time slot to fill and the meeting moved along very nicely.  We were finished by around 5:00 p.m., in time for a nice dinner before heading home to turn all our clocks back one hour to end daylight savings time.   

Since this start is getting so long, I will stop it here and tomorrow I will start catching you up on the information that the speakers gave out.  You will find you know much of it, but there was much clarification on some of the terms used.  As usual, your interpretation and theirs is not the same, and I did ask for clarification so I understood it myself. 

As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau
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