Hello to My Fellow Gold Prospectors!
by Jason Pednault
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.
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.