The beginning prospector can start his search for gold in several ways and with varying amounts of equipment. One approach that takes a minimum of equipment and will get you started in this most interesting and challenging activity is to do some crevice mining. Crevice mining is a specialized type of placer mining. The name comes from the fact that one of the most likely places to find gold in a mountain stream is in the crevices of the bedrock over which the stream flows. Gold has accumulated in these cracks and crevices over a long period of time.
The old timers found that gold was located in the cracks and crevices in the bedrock not only in the present streambed but also higher up the bank and in exposed bedrock that the stream had reached during spring runoff. Gold was hidden in dry streambeds as well. Some of the early miners made a special search of these cracks and crevices. They were called crevice men or crevice miners. Crevice men who didn’t bother to stake claims and ranged up and down the creek working on any ground not staked were called snipers.
Tools Required: Crevice work is probably the easiest way to start looking for gold to be a crevice miner; you need specialized tools to get down into those cracks in the bedrocks. I’m not going to send the store to get a lot of expensive equipment. You probably have some of the tools you’ll need at home. Here is a list of the crevice man’s tools:
1. Large tablespoon.
2. Long handled teaspoon (tall glass variety).
3. Old screwdriver bent two to three inches from the end of the blade. Makes an ideal digger.
4. Tweezers. These are for picking up flakes or small nuggets out of the sand in your pan.
5. Small glass jars with a tight fitting screw cap with a wide mouth. Put your gold in this.
6. Small magnet. This is useful in sorting out the heavy magnetic pieces of black sand after your panned sample has dried.
7. Small shovel with short or long handle, whichever you prefer.
8. Gardener’s hand coop.
9. Miner’s hand picks.
10. Magnifying glass. This will add interest and make identification easier. The folding, double lens type is preferred.
12. Galvanized metal bucket. It has many uses and is handy for carrying your small items to the site of your diggings.
13. Gold pan.