GPAA Pinelog Outing 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by ScottC   
Friday, 12 October 2007

My experience at the 2007 GPAA Pinelog outing or the Motherload Trip.


The Pinelog experience is really 3 one week outings held each year in Sept. on the Stanulaus River. Cost is $950 per week, I signed up for the first week only, because I can't afford to take too much time off work. Some people signed up for 2 weeks, how lucky they are.


This year there were 3 dredge operations, two 6 inch dredges and one 4 inch dredge. I was assigned to the 4 inch dredge operation which was located about 1/4 of a mile up stream from camp.


The whole week was great fun, Dredging, moving bolders and finding gold. I learned alot this year.


Especially how to safely move large boulders. We used a Tirfor winch a very powerful lightwieght griphoist.


I would like to take time to thank the crew for working so hard. There is a lot of work getting the camp and equipment setup prior to us arriving. And thanks to the camp cook Donna for the great food prepared for us.


Each day at 5pm after operations quit for the day, we are allowed to go prospecting, as long as we are a fair distance away from any community operations. We get to keep that after hours gold we find. It's always a fun challenge to pan and snipe up there, since there's always the chance of finding good gold.



Here's a photo of my after hours gold for the week. Both nuggets are about 2.5 dwt each.




In summary: This outing is well planned and alot of fun. And I would recommend it for beginners to advanced prospectors. Also, at the end of each week Tom Massie visits the camp and brings steak for the barbque.

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