Hello to My Fellow Gold Prospectors!

by Jason Pednault
(Tena, Ecuador)

Hello, my name is Jason and I have been in Ecuador for 3.5 months. As of now, I have no intention of leaving. I have been exploring around Tena recently, specifically the Jatunacu/Verdeyacu region and would love to meet fellow prospectors who would like to join me. The area is absolutely beautiful and pristine.

As of now, I am on a very tight budget and I have mainly been crevicing/moss washing the bedrock along the upper Jatunacu/lower Verdeyacu. There are massive amounts of exposed bedrock and basic crevicing tools are all you need. Some kind of manual suction device (hand dredge) goes a long way. There is great potential to make a living doing this if you understand the basics. I like packing relatively light, and by crevicing you have no worries about packing fuel and breakdowns.

Please be in at least decent physical condition with basic survival skills. Most of it is common sense and everything else can be picked up fairly easy. A decent hammock is a real plus in this environment. If this sounds interesting to you, please leave your contact information.

PS. I have met Stan and his wife, and they are wonderful people. Stan has given me a massive push in the right direction, and much of what I have learned concerning this region has been through him.

Cheers!
Jason

Stan's response: Thanks Jason. I just wanted to say that Jason came to Ecuador as a seriously capable gold prospector and backwoodsman. Anyone would be lucky to have him as a working associate. Since he already knows the lay of the land in Ecuador, that makes for a huge shortcut.

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Feb 14, 2013
GOING TO TENA ECUADOR MAY 2013
by: JIM WALKER

HELLO: MY NAME IS JIM WALKER, MY EMAIL IS DEEPBLUESKYINC@YAHOO.COM, I WILL BE HEADED TO ECUADOR MAY 2013 FOR 2 WEEKS AND WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND SHARE IDEAS WITH ANYONE CURRENTLY GOLD MINING IN ECUADOR. I'M ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN TALKING WITH JASON PEDNAULT, BELOW ARE SOME OF MY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:


1. RESEARCH ECUADOR GOLD MINING NEXT 90 DAYS

2. TRAVEL TO ECUADOR MAY 13TH -2013 TO JUNE 1ST

3. LOCATE RESEARCH SMALL MINING SITE OPERATION TO MINE FULL-TIME

4, LOCATE RENTAL CLOSE TO MINING AREA

5. MOVE FROM WYOMING TO ECUADOR TO MINE FULL-TIME

6. EXPLORE ALL MINING AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

7.GET CLOSER TO NATURE AND ENJOY LIFE



I LOOKED FORWARD TO BUILDING A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU..


THANKS

JIM WALKER

Jun 20, 2012
Gold Dredging Knowledge is Useful
by: Hansjoachim

Hi guys, I love reading the adventure you're on.
I started mine years ago. I'd like to come join you. I Have many dredges - 3" to 10", but it would be simpler to build one there.

But, there are many ways to skin a cat. I have a small income of $900 a month but what I know is priceless.

I'm 63 but still kick ass. I fished commercially off the pacific coast from Mexico to Canada, we could do some ocean dredging, sounds like fun to me.

Keep it up guys. it's a wonderful life. Stay in trouble

Hansjoachim

Dec 18, 2011
I Am Headed to Ecuador Soon to Find Gold
by: Jonathan

Hi Jason,

I just read your post. I'm trying to find some other prospectors in Ecuador to maybe team up with. Are you still looking for people to watch each others backs and go exploring? I plan on being out there in the next couple weeks and will stay - well, it'll depend on what I find. I'm 32, ready to crank out some work and find some gold!

Do you know where I can pick up some cheap new or second hand equipment - like a hand dredge?

Please get in touch with me soon if you can. My email is: sunburntblack@hotmail.com

Jonathan

Oct 07, 2011
Let's Meet Up in Tena for Some Gold Nugget Shooting
by: Suzanne

Hi Jason

I read your post and I am impressed with what you are doing.

I recently met with Stan and his lovely wife and he mentioned your project, which sounds quite interesting for me.

I have a GPX5000 Metal detector and would love to come out with you in the next weeks (Oct 2011) if you are interested in a bit of nugget shooting.

Like you, I am also interested in having someone watch my back should situations dictate. (Not that I expect anything to happen).

I have a few survival skills already ;-)
No Hammock though.

Suz
jtpuk@yahoo.co.uk

Jun 27, 2011
Hi Dave and Keith.
by: Jason

Hello Dave, thanks for the reply. I sent you an email.

Hey Keith. I am basically just looking for another small scale prospector to prospect with me and watch each others backs.

As far as expenses, i guess it depends on quite a few factors. Since i am usually camping, they are minimal. About 15.00 one way to get to the river where we start hiking. So figure 30.00 round trip for the ride. I am a relatively skinny guy and only weigh about 150, For me, i figure about 5.00 a day when i am prospecting, figure about 10.00-15.00 a day when you are Tena. The hotel i stay at runs me 12.00 a night and it includes a nice breakfast and has hot water. One of the nicer places i have stayed at in Ecuador.

I am mainly just samping right now. This is very small scale. I am generally happy with at least 3 grams a day. I would be estatic if i were to get 5 or more. Stan believes it is possible to get 10 grams or more, if we are persistant. Keep in mind you can live on about 20-25.00 a day here comfortably. The gold buyers pay around 40.00 a gram, give or take a dollar. It depends on purity and quantity. The gold at the Verdeyacu is very pure, so that is a bonus.

You could consider the area high jungle. It is probably around 1500-2000 feet elevation. You just need to use common sense when it comes to protecting yourself from dengue and malaria. Lots of repellant and cover up as best as possible, especially in the evenings. Honestly, i rarely see mosquitos out there. Ants are by far the biggest pain in the butt. If you stand still too long, they can swarm you. The area is quite beautiful with hundreds, if not thousands of butterflies flying all over. I bet i had 20 of them landing on me at once. The area reminds me of the rainforest in the movie Avatar.

Unfortunately there isnĀ“t a whole lot of wildlife in the area. I saw a couple lizards and quite a few birds. The farther into the Llanganatis you travel, the more you will see.

This is just something to do for now until i get a little income saved up. I have lots of future projects i have been exploring in the last few months. One slightly larger project, but it might require a small investment. Hi Dave

Jun 27, 2011
Hello Jason, More Gold Prospecting in Ecuador Info Please
by: Keith

I would be interested in knowing more about your operation. What type of earnings weekly or monthly /what would the cost of operations for same period of time, food, equipment, all other living expenses.

I would also like to know what area in Ecuador you are operating in. Mountains, jungle basin, pacific side of the mountains. My interest in this mainly, down in the jungle malaria, dengay, yellow fever, snakes, bad insects etc... LOL. I been in the Andes in Colombia (Medellin), very nice climate, drink the water, no snakes or bugs to speak off, thinking Ecuador might be similar at higher elevations.

I am 46 years old, good shape for my age, kind of looking for a change, would be very interested in learning more about your operation. I live in eastern Canada, used to woods, but I am sure I would need to learn some new tricks in your part of the woods. Looking forward to your reply, Keith.

My email is grabdog12@yahoo.ca

Jun 26, 2011
Verdeyacu Bound for the Gold, Round 2...
by: Anonymous

Hey guys, thanks for the comments.

Bill, I believe the hand suction dredge will give you a huge advantage.

I am heading out to the Verdeyacu again on Tuesday, this time with a hand suction dredge (thanks Stan for loaning it to me). I will be heading out for up to 5 days and will be packing lighter(leaving my sluice box behind this time).

I will let you know how it goes. On the Verdeyacu it is all about washing the moss and crevicing, since that is about all there is in the upper areas of the river.

Looking forward to meeting you as well John and Keith. I will be here in Tena for at least a few more weeks, if not longer. It just depends on how things go on the next couple of trips.

Jun 26, 2011
Add me to your Contact list please.
by: Dave Stoner

Jason, Add me to your contact list please. Maybe we can get together. I have some equipment stateside that would work quite well there.

dutchscottmining@hotmail.com

Contact me if you would. Dave

Jun 25, 2011
Fellow Gold Prospector
by: Johnc

Hi Jason, I will be arriving in Ecuador mid July. I share your passion for gold prospecting. I hope to 1: practice and better understand Spanish and 2: enjoy the adventure of finding a prospect.
Please feel free to contact me at:
john@mauiv.com

Jun 25, 2011
Gold Prospecting in Tena Ecuador
by: Capt. Keith

Hi Jason, it sounds like you have an interesting project going there.

I live in North Peru and am working on several projects here. I would like to communicate further with you. My email is mardelsurvp@hotmail.com.
Cheers, CK

Jun 25, 2011
I Have a Hand Suction Gold Dredge
by: Anonymous

What do you feel the potential is crevicing with a hand suction dredge. I'm in Ecuador also. I had to order mine from the States because I could not find one-way plumbing valves in this area.

Jason, this is Bill in case you haven't figured it out. The day after you left, I found a nice creek with good size gold. But, I also see the hand suction dredge is important shoveling in current was time consuming after I had a signal from my detector. Much easier to suck it up.

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