Grant County Rolling Stone 2016 Gem & Mineral Show
FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
Saturday September 3RD - 1:00PM – GEODE CLAIM This trip will be to the club’s geode claim off of Bear Mountain Road. The road is fine for all vehicles up to the turn off of the claim. At that point High Clearance vehicles are recommended. There has been new ground worked up and will provide all participants with the opportunity to locate whole or partial agate filled geodes also known as Thunder Eggs. Small shovels or digging tools will be helpful and also a bag or bucket to carry home your treasures. Meet in the hall at the entrance of the gym. If you don’t have a High Clearance Vehicle, see if you can catch a ride with someone who does. This trip will last about 2 hours.
Sunday September 4th – 10:00 am – Silver City Range This trip will be to the Silver City Range just south of Bear Mountain. Access through Forest Service Road 862 will take us along the spine of the range. Rocks we will encounter will include ocean deposits with coral and bivalve fossils, sedimentary sandstone rocks and metamorphosed rocks with collectable scarn minerals. The road is a rough one lane so carpooling with high clearance vehicles is advised. Meet in the hall at the entrance of the gym. This trip will last about 2 ½ hours.
Sunday September 4th – 1:00 pm – 49rs Gold Club
This trip will be to the 49rs Pinos Altos claim where we will teach prospecting a creek for a place to mine. We will show different types of equipment in recreational gold mining and show how to use them weather permitting what types of equipment. All gold found will be distributed among the visiting participants. The trip will last between 2 to 3 hours. The claim is located directly off of the paved road and any vehicle can make it there. Meet in the hall at the entrance of the gym.
The Silver City 49rs will have an area for gold panning demonstrations and information about their club at the show. They will be available each day of the show from 10am to 4pm. They will also have some different types of equipment on display.
Monday September 5th – 11:00am – Amethyst
This trip will be up Boston Hill to collect local Amethyst. This will require a 6 tenths of a mile hike up a somewhat steep and rocky trail. There will be several rest stops on the way for those who need it. To get to the colorful crystals some digging will be required. A small shovel, rock hammer and chisel will also be helpful. There are a lot of clear crystals on the surface to collect for those who do not wish to dig.
PLEASE REMEMBER SAFETY FIRST AND GOOD ROCKHOUND ETIQUETTE. BRING LOTS OF WATER AND IF YOU PACK IT IN PACK IT OUT!