I had taken off my pack and set it down on the 45 degree slope, propping it up with a rock, and then set my D40 camera on top of the pack.
I turned around and started to work the seam of Tahoma Agate, when I bumped the pack. Seeing my camera bouncing and rolling down the slope before coming to a halt 20 feet down, was to say the least gut tightening. I was very fortunate that the camera didn’t hit any of the numerous rocks. I climbed down and examined it and everything worked!
I climbed back up to the site, and after making a better spot for the pack and camera started working on the seam.
This day started out like many others. Garry and I met at 8:00am and headed to the claim.
We split up and the Spires and Garry went down to Discovery Point, while I went to the west end of the claim to do some prospecting. This is the same area I found the last seam of top quality material, and I wanted to see if I could locate any more seams. I hiked across the slope and stopped a few time to check out some promising spots. None of them produced anything worth keeping and when I got to the end of the claim boundary I started down.
This slope was quite steep and interspersed with short cliffs, which made climbing difficult. I was rewarded though when I looked down thirty feet and could see a nice seam angling up the slope toward me.
I did a little surface scratching to located the length of the seam, and figured out that it was a least 10 feet long.
The rest of the day was spent moving rock and mining the agate. I had to move quite a few rocks in order to make a flat spot to work from, but after that it wasn’t to bad getting the agate out.
Here is a small portion of the agate.
My radio had stopped working without my knowing it and I was unable to call Garry, so I just loaded up my gear and headed back. I met Garry at the Spires and we hiked back together.
I will be going back to get more of this material, so keep tuned.
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