Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Visit to the C-Gem GPAA Claim near Stanton, Arizona

The community gold dig was over in Stanton and we found ourselves with some free time. We had a few hours in the afternoon and decided to make a trek to the nearby C-Gem GPAA claim a few miles from Stanton. The GPAA C-Gem gold claim is new and made its debut in the most recent GPAA Mining Guide.

We studied the directions in the guide and set out for the claim. We made our way to the Old Stage Coach Rd/Yarnell Rd which is just off the small mining camp at Stanton. Following the directions we turned and headed the 2.1 miles towards Yarnell as the guide instructed. We had five people in an ATV and a jeep. The jeep led the way with our gps. Once we made the 2.1 mile mark there was no right turn. Looked like we were going to have to figure this one out. A typical TexanTreks adventure was on!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Visit to GPAA claims near Sierra Vista, Arizona

Our destination was the GPAA event at Stanton, Arizona Dec 29 - 31st, but on the way we set aside a day to check out the GPAA claims just south of Sierra Vista, Arizona.  The original plan was to go to the claims near Ancho, New Mexico, but snow turned us southward to Sierra Vista.

The plan was half a day at the Big Four #1 GPAA claim and half a day at the PC-2 GPAA claim.  Both claims offered easy access just off State Highway 92 south of Sierra Vista.  No four wheel drive needed at all for either claim.

So we hit the PC-2 claim first.  The GPAA Mining Guide offers perfect directions and the claim is easy to find.  The PC-2 claim runs along the wash in Ash Canyon.  The country is really pretty as you can see from the pictures. A fire came through in the last couple of years and the trees are scarred, but the views are still quite nice.