2005 Newsletter Archive for... "Adventures Into the Unknown"


Adventures Into the Unknown

January 18, 2005

News From Stan…

Here we are in a whole new year again! Welcome back to the newsletter for what I am planning to be one of the best years ever. I want to thank everyone who sent me a message recently responding to my brief email about the upcoming year. The comments were extremely kind and helped to get me all pumped up and motivated for some great new adventures this year. What a pleasure it is to be in contact with so many like-minded people!

As always, I have way too many projects in the works. One of my main priorities this year is to stay prioritized. Hmmm. Please allow me to share some of the things I am currently working on:


Several weeks ago I was invited to a very interesting meeting with my friend, noted Latin American paranormal investigator, Jaime Rodriguez:


and ex-NASA astronaut, Dr. Brian O'Leary:



See the newly posted photo of our small group in my Yahoo Groups "Photos" section. It is the last photo on page 2.

We discussed a number of amazing topics that would cause most sane people to become dizzy (I felt pretty good, hmmm). Some of the main topics discussed included "free energy" developments (a la Tesla), recent UFO documentation (Yikes!), human longevity in Vilcabamba (Brian's new home in southern Ecuador), modern alchemy (aka Monoatomic Gold) and the continuing enigma of the Cave of the Tayos (a la Juan Moricz).

Brian is busily working on developing "new" / "free" energy devices through a world-wide network of scientists and inventors. (much more to come on this later in the year) Unfortunately, one of Brian's associates, Gene Mallove, was murdered under suspicious circumstances in May of last year and Brian found it necessary to move from North America immediately. (some people would just hate to see the oil industry slow down)

http://www.pureenergysystems.com/events/ conferences/2004/NewEnergyMovement/ 6900045_BrianOLeary_opening/

Meanwhile, Jaime gave me a DVD copy of a television special that he did several years ago inside the Tayos Cave. There is some great footage from within the cave and I hope to be able to make this available to you all sometime this year, perhaps as an internet download or from the Yahoo Groups "File" site.

Some of the (not so natural) things that Jaime found and documented inside the cave defy logical explanation. Apparently, somebody very large, or very powerful, or very technological once spent a lot of time in this cave / tunnel system. This project has had a hold of me for quite a few years now and just won't let go. Jaime and I are discussing the possibility of a new, deeper Tayos cave expedition later in the year or early next year. It would require a lot of preparation to do it right. It will probably happen.


El Dorado – Rediscovered…Now Let's Document It!

As many of you may know from my web site, I have been working on rediscovery and documenting of the Lost Seven Cities of El Dorado for quite a few years.


For a long time, while studying ancient Spanish mining records of South America, dating from the 1500's, I didn't realize what I was actually working on. Then when I read The Rivers Ran East by Leonard Clark (1953), it all began to come together.

Apparently, the Jesuits "inherited" (I use the term loosely) the seven primary secret gold mining locations from the Incas. Due to Pizarro "handicapping" (I am being kind here) the Incas, the Jesuits were able to move in, enslave the locals and really get things into production. They even took some of the gold (SEVEN TONS to be exact) and covered the inside of their church in Quito, "La Compania", with it. Check it out for yourself the next time you're in Quito. I have.

Next, the Jesuits kept it all a big secret and purposely sent out false information about their "source" in El Dorado. This caused poor, misinformed (disinformed) explorers to search for El Dorado in Venezuela, North America, Colombia, etc. without any luck. See:


Interestingly, The Cave of the Tayos sits smack dab in the heart of El Dorado country. Is this an amazing coincidence or is there a connection? I'll certainly be giving this question a lot of thought and investigation this year.

The point here is that one of my goals is to at least physically document one of the seven sites this year, look for a little gold myself and maybe even round up a little free publicity to help sell some more of my digital packages on my web site.


(please excuse the unabashed plug…)

which brings me to the next project to tell you about...


I am currently revising my "Ancient Deposits, Modern Wealth" and "Explorer's Course" e-packages for 2005. Each of you who has purchased these e-packages in the past, will be given the updated version free of cost as soon as they are ready. The rest of you will be gently coerced in to hearing more about them in future newsletters. ;-)


I will also be conducting a number of minor expeditions this year to hopefully answer some unanswered questions that I have had for a long time. Some of these expeditions that I will be sharing with you include the following:

1. An attempt to discover the exact gold mine site within the largest volcano in South America, Pululagua, where hundreds of pounds of gold were reportedly mined and shipped to Spain by Franciscan priests in the late 1700's. I want to know if there is still any mineable gold there! I have already discovered the old ruins of their hacienda living quarters. We are very close to the lost mine site.

2. A very deep investigation of Jumandy Cave in the Amazon jungle, near Tena, to try and find the end of the cave for the first time in modern times, and hopefully discover archaeological remains. I hope its not raining outside this time. We almost drowned inside the cave last time due to a cloudburst outside.

3. An investigation of a virgin (in modern terms) cave whose entrance I discovered 2 years ago near the small town of Oyacachi. This very remote area remained hidden from Spanish conquistadors and has been continuously inhabited by the natives for thousands of years. I am not sure what to expect. There should be something interesting in that cave!

4. A further exploration of the lost city of Coaque mentioned in The Treasure Hunter by Howard Jennings and Robin Moore. Also, I will attempt to discover the site of the Conquista River where hundreds of pounds of gold and copper artifacts have reportedly been discovered over the years by locals as mentioned in the book. Can you imagine what that would do to my metal detector speaker?

5. Further exploration of a site where giant human remains were discovered in 1969 near Vilcabamba in southern Ecuador. I was recently visited by archaeologist, Jon Hegeman, who is studying ancient deformed skulls in South America. We have discussed teaming up on this project as there is interesting evidence for each of our projects originating in the same general vicinity.



I was planning to address an interesting and important question from a subscriber in Poland that I mentioned to you last year. Unfortunately, this newsletter is already getting too large though. I will address his question and also offer you an interesting digital gift in my next newsletter, soon to come.


Goodbye for now...

Thanks to you all out there for reading this newsletter and sharing ideas with me. I look forward to continue bringing you news and information that is quite different from anything else out there in the world.

Warmest Regards to All,


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Adventures Into the Unknown

February 11, 2005

News From Stan...

Warm greetings to each of you this month as the New Year really starts to get into full swing. I have some pretty interesting news items to share with you in this issue. I hope you don't mind if this newsletter turns out to be a little longer than usual.


First, Mike Olafson of Vintage Adventure


has completed his "Pilot Promotional Adventure Video" and it is nothing less than incredible. I've watched it 10 times now and love every minute of it. This video is currently being sent out to networks and agents around the globe. I can't wait to see which lucky organization it is that signs a deal with Mike to begin shooting this unique adventure series. If The Discovery Channel doesn't move quickly, they will really miss out on something special.

Mike's series includes adventures on land, sunken treasures under the sea and still more adventures in the skies with "Vintage" aircraft. These adventures and explorations take place all over the world. I'll be begging Mike to let me participate at least in his adventures around Latin America. Hear that Mike? At least we have the Lost Cities of the Sun and El Dorado projects locked in so far.


For those of you who have already purchased my Juan Moricz, Ancient Tunnels and the Cave of the Tayos e-package


you will notice that perhaps the single most important document in that package was written by Stanley Hall. In this document, Hall reveals that the secret entrance, which leads to the "Metallic Library", is accessed from under the water in a river somewhere.

Stan Hall was the expedition leader for the joint British – Ecuadorian Tayos Cave expedition in 1976. Astronaut, Neil Armstrong participated in this expedition along with my deceased friend (one of Juan Moricz' best friends), Julio Goyen. Stan Hall also received much information about the cave/ancient tunnel from a little-known key individual in the story by the name of Major Petronio Jaramillo. Information about Jaramillo is included in my Tayos e-package originating from several chapters in Pino Turolla's, "Beyond the Andes".

Apparently, Stan Hall has now decided to finally go public with many Tayos Cave details and secrets that he has been sitting on for years. His information about the Ancient Metallic Library sounds potentially explosive. He has written some new books that are about to be published. Check out his new web site at:


I can't wait to see what this will be all about!


A subscriber recently wrote that he was not able to access a free e-book that I had mentioned as being "very interesting" in a previous newsletter. This e-book, a four-volume set, is entitled The Alchemy Key, by Stuart Nettlerton. If you are open-minded and interested in "ancient mysteries", especially the important ones, then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A good live link can currently be found at:


I hope you can take the time to at least have a glance.


OK, now to the meat of this newsletter...

Some time ago (I apologize for the delay), one of my subscribers, Wojciech Bobilewicz ( rafiki_yako@... ), wrote me an email from Warsaw with some pretty heavy-duty questions. Interestingly, Wojciech's questions were similar to questions that I get very regularly. However, his questions were so well put, that I wanted to share them with you here along with some of my thoughts in response.

Similar questions are largely what prompted me to write the Explorer's Course http://www.stangrist.com/Course.htm several years ago. I saw that many people had the same questions. This course is currently in revision for 2005. Those of you who have purchased a copy of it or will purchase one soon, will receive this new, revised addition free of charge the moment it is ready. Anyway, with Wojciech's permission, please read his email to me here below:


Dear Mr. Grist,

With mouth agape, I read your stories of expeditions, discoveries, hunting for treasures and the like. They are as if from a fairy-tale, from a Science Fiction book or an action movie.

Yet I know that you (and a number of other people around the world) are really doing this - leading a dream-like, fantastic life that I have always dreamt of living AND making your living from it.

So the question arises which is both pragmatic and rhetoric at the same time: just how do you do it?

I know that you have published a book in which you describe various "techniques" of achieving certain things. However:

a) I am much less interested in gold-prospecting and similar "mundane" activities that even most pragmatic and skeptical minds acknowledge; instead I am much more interested in those Indiana Jones-like expeditions in search of lost civilizations, cultures, treasures or unknown animals, traces of extra-terrestrial intelligence on Earth (paleo-astrology) and the like. Is there any way you could advise on THAT?

b) I live in Poland where achieving anything - while not impossible - is in many cases much more difficult than in the US or elsewhere in the West. Therefore what advice from your book works perfectly fine in the US might not work fine (or not work at all) in Central Europe. Therefore another question is how to overcome this obstacle?

c) Irrespective of whether one comes from the US, Poland or another country, three things are always needed for successful expeditions: time, money and personal situation.

Regarding time: how is one supposed to organize an expedition when one works in an office where the maximum leave allowed is 26 working days (in fact less because some days are needed for Christmas break etc.)? How to change one's work from a mundane and boring office to a life full of adventures (and having much more time) when one is not sure about his/her success rate in treasure/Unknown-hunting? Which brings me to the question of money. Organizing an expedition ONCE a year seems to be a huge drain on one's pocket (or account).

Organizing SEVERAL of them seems to me possible only to very well to do, or downright very rich, people. Or am I wrong? How to go about it? How did you first organize yours? (I mean such that was in any way profitable and let you make a living on it).

Finally, there is a question on personal relations. It seems to me that when out of 365 days in a year one is absent for, say, 200 days, it may negatively affect personal relations. In my case, with my mother being so ill she can hardly move, and my girlfriend insisting on leading a "normal" life, how can I possibly even dream of doing something similar to what you're doing?

Ideas spring to my mind about places to explore. I simply cannot live without life of adventure - I LONG to do something similar to what you're doing. And yet, even this year I was forced to cancel a para-scientific expedition to Siberia because of my mother's illness.

So will I ever overcome obstacles, forget my mother's illness, forget earning money to pay for my credits and debts (including credit for apartment purchase) and set out for a Journey of My Life? Many people tell me: if you really want something, you will achieve it. How, in my situation, is it really possible to do what I would really love to do and what would make me happy? How did you overcome this point?

Mr. Grist, as you can see, probably most of these questions above are just my own musings and no one can answer them. And yet, when I read about you and people like you, inevitably a question arises: How Do They Do It?

Kindest regards

Wojciech Bobilewicz (Mr)

Warsaw, Poland


Dear Wojciech,

Thank you for your thoughtful email. You really made me think about a lot of important issues in life and helped me to remember many experiences from the past, some sweet and some painful. While it is true that I have had and do have an interesting and adventurous lifestyle, I do not exactly live the daily life of an Indiana Jones.

As the Buddhists would say, I "chop a lot of wood" and "carry a lot of water" each day. Sometimes it is still "tricky" to fund many of the things that I do.

I do have a philosophy of life to share with you. I believe that each person is a very special, unique individual. I also believe that everyone has a passion inside, and one of the biggest missions in life is to discover what that passion is. I believe that if you will follow your passion - your dream - then everything will eventually be all right. It will work out somehow.

You'll make enough money to live on, perhaps even get rich, but more importantly you'll have a joy-filled and truly meaningful life.

The alternative is to live a life like our primitive ancestors - grueling, toil-filled days devoid of meaning other than brute survival.

The difference is that they had no choice. You do, but...

That said, it ain't exactly easy. You can't just quit your job and head out to the field exploring. This process takes extreme preparation, dedication and perseverance. It has actually been a life-long struggle for me to stay as close to my passion as possible while still trying to maintain some sort of balance with the "normal world". It still is a daily struggle, but an interesting one.

Once you discover your passion in life, you have to figure out "how to get from here to there" in a realistic way. In other words, how can you eventually replace an undesirable lifestyle with one that excites you? In my Explorer's Course I emphasize that one of the ways to break out of the daily rat race trap is to develop a "residual income" as a part-time activity while you keep your regular job. I give many examples of how to do this. A residual income is one that you set up once and then it pays you for the rest of your life.

This residual income can come in many forms and types. Some of the ways that people do this is with real estate investing, royalties on mining or intellectual property, e-commerce web sites that sell digital information, an e-Bay business (there are more than 450,000 people who now claim e-Bay as their full-time income), or some other simple common business that supplies an important product or service.

The development of a solid residual income normally requires tremendous part-time dedication for a few years before being able to get it in to "auto-pilot" mode.

For example, I live in Ecuador, one of the poorest countries in the world. However, based in Quito I am able to co-run an e-commerce business selling my own digital information products world-wide, operate an e-Bay virtual store (Adventures Into the Unknown) exporting goods made by local natives and small antiquities, trade stocks on the internet and publish a weekly stock trading newsletter, prospect for and dredge alluvial gold, search for lost cities (they are everywhere in the world), receive mining royalties, and even a few other projects.

People smarter than me could probably thrive on doing just one of these things. I still hope to figure it all out better someday. There are so many opportunities throughout the whole world if you know where to look. That is what my Explorers Course is all about.

There are also other ways to "change jobs" to do something more fun and exciting. You can take a free e-course about this at:


that will teach you about some of these alternative professions. Thomas, the author of this course, is one of the most perfect examples I have seen of someone who has successfully "broken out" to live an interesting and adventurous lifestyle. He really knows what he is talking about.

Wojciech, I understand how difficult it must be to care for your ill mother. Is there any help available from other family members from time to time? This sort of thing can really limit your outside activities. This situation will probably not last for too many years. In the meanwhile you might be studying, preparing and executing a part-time residual income plan.

As for your girlfriend, you should probably ask someone else for advise about that. I do know that a woman, who does not stand behind and support your passion, is really not for you. Enough said about that I think.

Last of all is the importance and power of the human mind. Read Napoleon Hill and Dr. Robert Anthony in every spare moment you have. This is probably the single most important piece of advice that I may offer you. Your own mind contains the solutions to everything. The trick is to learn how to use it properly. This too, takes a lot of hard work. I think I'm just getting started.

I wish you the best of luck Wojciech. I hope that this helps a little,



It looks like I will soon have a medium-sized supply of my good old CD-ROM, Lost Treasures of the World


I will try to have more information about this in my next newsletter for any of you who may be interested in acquiring a copy. Unfortunately I have recently heard of some instances of fraud and deception by pirating bootleggers with my CD-ROM. Please let me know if you hear of the same.


Thanks for reading and I hope to be back to you again before the end of the month. Happy Trails!!!



Adventures Into the Unknown

March 3, 2005

News From Stan…


Warm greetings to you in this new month. I can't believe that it is already March. Many thanks to all of you who sent such kind and positive feedback about my last newsletter. And thanks especially to you, Wojciech, for sharing your email with our group.


I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people from the A&E network (Discovery, Travel & Adventure, Health, etc., etc.) here in Quito two weeks ago. They were here filming volunteer doctors from the U.S. (Paul Chester Foundation) who were operating on and giving medical attention to needy Ecuadorian children. This was one of the most pleasant evenings I have had in quite a while. Great Mexican food and pineapple margaritas were enjoyed by all on the final evening of their visit.


My e-commerce partner, Susan and my friend, Nick, each sent me a link to a very interesting piece of news from Peru last week.

Click here

Apparently, archaeologists have recently discovered huge lines scraped into the earth that predate the Nazca lines. How could something this big have remained hidden all these years? As I always tell people in my books and courses, there is absolutely no end to major discoveries just waiting to be made by modern-day explorers. You could be the next!


Spring is just around the corner for all you North Hemespherians. It is time to start getting out the gear, charging up the batteries and dry cleaning the sleeping bags. It is time to start planning new adventures.

Taking my own advice, I am in the process of planning an exciting new project that I mentioned to you a little while back. I call it "Oyacachi Gold". After I complete the Oyacachi project, I intend to move along to the first of the Seven Lost Cities of El Dorado in southern Ecuador. More on that later in the year.

Once again now, I'll be following in the footsteps of one of my favorite explorers, Howard Jennings. This project comes from chapter 5 of his book, The Treasure Hunter. The chapter is called, Gold of the Andes.

For those of you who do not have a copy of this book, I have prepared a very special .pdf document of chapter 5 and have placed it in the FILES section of our Yahoo Groups area. Please let me know if you have any difficulty accessing the document; I can send it to you as an attachment if you have any problems.

This .pdf document also includes a copy of a map (not found in the book) that I scanned, showing the entire Oyacachi area, as described in the chapter. This map will give you a much better feel for the story as you read the text.

The Oyacachi area interests me greatly because the original village site from 2,000 years ago is part of the ancient "Solar Star" pattern in my Lost Cities of the Sun project, close to Quito. The Lost Cities of the Sun project will eventually be made public, hopefully on TV, and probably cause a few history books to be rewritten in the process. I only discovered the location of the original, ancient Oyacachi site last week while doing research in Quito. It fits perfectly into the pattern.

I thought that I would share this next expedition with you, step by step in real time over the coming months, so that you can see how I go about finding lost sites, gold and treasure. I'll be taking photos of the entire process to share with you. My main objective with this project is to find the Lost River of Gold where Howard panned out two ounces of alluvial gold with the camp frying pan.

Then I hope to return to the site with a 4" gold dredge to do "you know what". If Howard was able to produce 2 ounces of gold with a frying pan, can you imagine what a 4"dredge could do? What took Howard a few hours to accomplish, the dredge could duplicate in about 10 minutes. I don't even dare to do the math.

That said, the area is extremely remote, high altitude and difficult to enter. There are many bears, panthers and other hungry beasts in the area. We'll need a good measure of preparation, physical training and good old-fashioned luck to come away with success. Interestingly, the ancient site of Oyacachi had to be moved in the 1600s due to numerous bear attacks resulting in death. Too bad I found that out well after I decided to take on the project.

My truck is at the mechanic's right now receiving a thorough once over. If I can get the truck from him by tomorrow afternoon, I will immediately go to Oyacachi to begin my preliminary reconnaissance. Fortunately, there are natural mineral volcanic hot springs in Oyacachi for resting one's weary bones at the end of a long day.

My first objective will be to question the old folks of the village to see if anyone is alive who remembers Howard and the expedition that probably took place in the 60's. I need more detailed information about where Howard's site is and how to get to it. I will further question the mountain men of the village to see if anyone knows of any burial mounds, any gold-bearing rivers or any ancient stone ruins with fallen pillars.

I expect to communicate more frequently with you during this project with slightly shorter newsletters. As always, I welcome your comments, questions and feedback. If I am successful in getting to Oyacachi this weekend, I'll let you know of my results next week along with a few preliminary photos of the lay of the land. This is already starting to get exciting!


For any of you who may be interested, I finally received a batch of 25 of my old CD-ROMs, Lost Treasures of the World with Stan Grist. I have placed a few of them for sale on e-Bay today and even sold the first one already. You can find the CD-ROMs in my e-Bay store by clicking here. If you have any questions about my CD-ROM, please feel free to email me.


Once again, thanks for joining me as we all get ready to enter a whole new Adventure Into the Unknown!

Until Soon,



Adventures Into the Unknown

March 10, 2005

March, 2005, #2 Oyacachi Recon Update…

News From Stan…


Hello again from Quito. This will be a relatively short update about the recon trip I conducted in Oyacachi this last weekend. Overall, things went great.

First, I just wanted to mention that I often write this newsletter assuming that all the readers have read the archived back issues at our Yahoo Groups site first. If I write of things that leaving you dangling, please read the pertinent past issues. Then if you are still dangling, please let me know because it will mean that I have assumed too much. Thanks.

I have reorganized things in the "PHOTOS" section of our Yahoo Groups area. I have created several different folders or Photo Albums. The newest album is called the Oyacachi Project. In this new folder I have posted 10 new photos from this last weekend in Oyacachi. Please let me know if you have any problems accessing these photos.


I arrived in Oyacachi early Saturday at 3,100 meters of altitude. Oyacachi is a well-hidden pueblo of 520 Natives who have more than a 2,000 year-old history in the area. Spanish conquistadors were never able to find this town; it is just too far out-of-sight.

It was indeed, a very well-hidden pueblo on Saturday morning as I descended down toward the Amazon jungle out of the thick clouds from the continental divide at 4,500 meters. I really missed seeing the awesome view.

Upon my arrival, I immediately began interviewing key villagers about any possible memories of Howard Jennings, his expedition, any known gold-bearing rivers and/or burial mounds in the general area. Certain villagers were able to share interesting information about the history of Oyacachi and the location of its oldest known settlement, about 12 kilometers to the East.

Unfortunately, only one old Native (see the photos) remembered the actual Howard Jennings expedition. And he did not participate in the expedition. He was only able to tell me that the group had headed north and east from town and was gone for several weeks.

I was also able to find a family member (cousin) of Segundo, the local organizer of Howard's expedition. You may have read about Segundo in the copy of Chapter 5 that I posted last week. Segundo's cousin had heard about the expedition from family members. He had absolutely no idea where the target area was. Segundo passed away about 10 years ago.

Several other villagers independently told me of one certain gold-bearing river whose mouth is about a 1-day hike from the village. It is in a North East direction from town. I feel that the odds are extremely strong that this is the same river where Howard panned his two ounces of gold with the camp frying pan.

This has now become my target area to explore. If I can find the semi-excavated burial mounds or tolas higher up in that river valley, it will be my confirmation that I have probably successfully located Howard's site. Of course, if I can dredge a serious quantity of gold from this river, I will be pretty happy whether it is his site or not.

Most interestingly, there was one "mountain man type" of Native, Vicente, in town who told me a rather amazing story. I'll share some of it with you here now.

Vicente said that at the headwaters of the aforementioned gold- bearing river, that he found a gold vein that is 2 – 3 meters in width and of an unknown length due to it being covered with vegetation. He said that it looked really big and extensive. He said that the gold was perfectly visible throughout the entire part of the vein that was exposed.

However, he also commented that he doesn't have a clue of what to do about his discovery. I responded that I could probably help out in that regard.

Do I really believe him? Almost. I am quite sure that there really is gold in the river that everyone has told me about. What is its source?

I also know from a geological report that I have in my possession that another significant river in the area is born within about one kilometer of the first river I've discussed. It is possible that these two rivers are eroding the same gold-bearing vein structure as their source. If it were to all be so, the project could produce a really significant discovery, all thanks to Howard.

More to come soon on all this...


Did you read of the headhunters that Howard said he saw in the area in Chapter 5? Well, just in case I disappear on this expedition, I have placed a shrunken head in my e-Bay store so that everyone can take a look and would know how to recognize me if that becomes my fate. Please click here for a look at my Jivaro tsantsa.


Remember that I mentioned bears in the area? Look at the beautiful little hand-made, wood-burned piece of artwork that I acquired in Oyacachi on the weekend. Click here to see it.


There are still some copies of my CD-ROM, Lost Treasures of the World available in my e-Bay store too. If you have any interest in knowing more, please click here.


And last, but not least, please check out my Training Course Packages so that you'll be fully prepared to come join me on a good adventure one of these days. Click here.


I hope you have a great upcoming weekend and I hope to be back to you pretty soon with more comments and progress.

Take good care! Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

March 22, 2005

March, 2005, #3 Oyacachi Recon Update…

News From Stan…


Hi Again. I have a little news that I wanted to share with you this week. I'm preparing for my last recon visit to the Oyacachi area before the upcoming main expedition, which will probably be in May.

I've been busy in the kitchen developing a new recipe for my trail mix. I think I already ate half of it. It is dangerously good. My backpack is already filling up. I have to keep the weight under 40 lbs. We'll be starting at about 4,500 meters of altitude and that always wears me out fast. Fortunately, we'll be starting off downhill. I hate to even think of the return.

We'll be going in very early on Thursday morning. We should be on the trail (actually, there is no trail) at daybreak. The purpose of this visit is to actually get about half way to our final target destination. We want to make sure that there is open hiking access at least that far in. We think it looks like it will work as we study the 1:25,000 topographic maps of the area. However, only a physical visit will give us this information for sure. This is very remote and unexplored territory.

In May we'll have about 6 or 7 people on the expedition and we want to maximize our chances of success on that trip as it will require quite a bit of planning and preparation. That is why I like to do preliminary recon visits on my projects whenever possible, before rolling out the more complicated expedition attempt.

I intend to have some great photos posted for you early next week. I also hope to be able to report that our intended entry path in is going to work fine for the expedition. With a little luck, maybe we'll even get to see a bear or two, but from a distance I hope.


See you next week! Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

March 30, 2005

March, 2005, #4 Oyacachi Recon Update…

News From Stan...


Hi All!

We just returned from another fairly successful recon visit into the mountains near Oyacachi. This time I think we have actually discovered the route that Howard Jennings took into the area about 40 years ago. Everything seems to check out as briefly described by Howard in the chapter that I posted for you this last month. The route so far looks perfect for horses and looks to be about a 3-day trip in, all together. We even dropped down off the continental divide as was described.

However, we were not able to get as far in as I had wanted on this trip. Conditions were much more extreme than I had anticipated. We nearly walked off the edge of a cliff two different times. And I don't ever remember huffing and puffing from high altitude for so many continuous hours as on this small expedition.

Visibility was literally about 2 meters for more than half of the trip. We encountered snow, freezing rain, a little sunshine and more clouds. It was very strange walking around up there for so many hours, nearly blind. We had to GPS our position every 15 minutes or so. That slowed us down quite a bit.

I have posted 17 new photos in a photo album at our Yahoo Groups site. The photo album is simply called Oyacachi 2. Please note that the photos were obviously taken during the better moments of the trip.

Unfortunately, the trip started off with carburetor float problems (photo 1) in the truck. It sure is a good thing that we experienced the problem before leaving town. As it was, we were delayed about four hours, but that is sure better than having the entire trip ruined and being totally stranded somewhere out in the bush.

The next photo shows our escape from civilization as we pass a lady guiding her farm animals to fertile feeding grounds.

Since we had lost so much time the first day and found the weather to be so cold, wet and miserable, we decided to spend the first night in Oyacachi's first, only and brand new hotel (hostal). There is nothing like sleeping warm and dry just before starting out on a very long, wet walk.

My expedition mates on this trip were friends, Vicky and Jim. The three of us made a good, equal team from an experience and conditioning point of view. You can see a photo of Jim in his cozy bunk the night before we left Oyacachi.

The next photos show some of the ruins from the site of old Oyacachi as well as us crossing a raging Oyacachi River on a questionably unstable log bridge.

Now at a much higher altitude, you can see me taking an initial GPS reading as we prepare to leave all traces of civilization behind and enter virgin territory, high-country, paramo. We hung at between 3,800 and 4,500 meters of altitude for the remainder of the trip. As you may see in the photo, there is a gigantic, straight-down drop off just behind me. Well, actually, you can't see it – that is the problem.

About two hours into the highlands, as we were traversing a particularly flat and wet area, Vicky nearly disappeared as she sunk waist deep into an invisible bog. You can see her here scraping mud and wringing out her wet socks. We were each to take turns sinking deeply into bogs at various points along the way. Not very much fun!

In the next photos you see us threading our way deeper and deeper into this amazing and beautiful Open Country. There were waterfalls all along the way. Whenever the clouds would clear a bit, I found myself speechless at the beauty I saw in every direction.

Next, Jim took a bit of a slippery tumble and ended up with his hand in the razor bush, as we called it. I don't believe that is the scientific name of this dangerous plant. These plants were everywhere and we had to be careful not to rip our pants into shreds on these things. Each leaf is as rigid and sharp as a knife blade.

Then we finally arrived at the headwaters of what we call Hidden Valley. This valley leads directly to our target area, about 10 – 12 kilometers in the distance. We had come so far to see this valley but did not have the time or supplies to go any further. Too much valuable time had been taken up with mechanical problems and extreme cloudy conditions. But we were able to see that the route definitely looks passable on foot and by horse.

We had walked in some circles on our way in due to "no visibility" conditions. But then an amazing thing happened. The clouds lifted quite high and we were able to work our way back to the road in excellent visibility conditions. This allowed us to plot "way points" on the GPS that were almost as straight as the crow (or condor) flies, thus dramatically reducing the time we will require on the next trip in, even if it is cloudy.

As you can see in the last photos of the Long Valley out and Exit to the Road, it was finally possible to see for miles and miles. In a way, its not always motivating when you can see just how far it is to actually get back out. But thoughts of a hot shower and a hot meal are always near the surface of one's thoughts to keep one going during the long hike back, one step at a time.

In the very last photo of all, you can see a massive obsidian deposit I discovered along side the road. This is nature's volcanic glass and was used by the ancients to create arrowheads and cutting tools. It is very effective as I accidentally cut my finger on a piece.

I hope you have enjoyed this trip with me even though it wasn't one of the more glamorous ones. This time it was probably better for you to experience it through my words and photos than to have actually sunk up to your "you know what" in cold mud several times.

I'll get back to you when I figure out just what to do next with this project or if I have an unforeseen, thrilling, exotic adventure pop up as they sometimes do. For now, I am still dreaming of Howard's frying pan full of gold.


See you soon! Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

April 25, 2005


News From Stan…


Greetings from politically, war-torn Quito. I am happy to report that I am still alive and well, even after seeing a bunch of Quito smashed, burned and destroyed in a violent, bloody coup. Yes, it appears that yet another president has come and gone before the end of his term. I think that it's been more than 10 years since a president has finished his term here in Ecuador. When will the instability end? It won't.

Fortunately, this political instability doesn't really affect my life as an explorer all that much. It is often far more safe deep in the bush than it is on the streets. Of course, having grown up in Detroit, Quito still feels like a safe, small, mid-western city in the U.S. In reality, it isn't as dangerous here as some of you may have perceived from news reports. I'll still take Quito over Detroit any day.


I am still in preparations for the next trip into the mountains near Oyacachi. We hope to go in sometime around the middle to the end of May. I still don't know if we'll have the time at that point to try and reach our final destination or not. I'll keep you posted as the date grows nearer.


Meanwhile, I was going through some of my old documents and letters from the 1500's the other day while housebound. As I was reading from a particular letter dated 1539, I discovered an obscure mention of an AMBER mine in the Amazon jungle, not far from Tena.

This really grabbed my attention because while I was passing through a local market last week buying goods for my e-Bay store


I noticed some pieces of amber for sale. I stopped and closely examined the amber, noticing a number of ants and other insects that had become trapped in this matrix, millions of years ago.

I asked the seller where the amber had come from. He responded that it comes from various locations in the Ecuadorian jungle. He didn't get very specific with me. I realized why when I found out that the small piece I held in my hand was selling for $80.00!

I began thinking to myself, "Geesh, it looks like amber is worth as much as gold. I could probably be just as happy with an amber mine as I could with a good gold mine."

I returned home and went into e-Bay to do a little research on amber prices. Sure enough, I found amber was selling on e-Bay and for big bucks. People are actually paying enormous sums of money for small ieces of amber if it is of good quality. There are some great photos of amber deposits and mining from a few of the sellers on e-Bay.

So you can probably imagine how my heart skipped a beat when I read of the ancient Spanish amber mine in the jungle. And this is a part of the jungle that I am generally familiar with. Fortunately, the letter also mentioned a specific, very small village, near which the mine could be found. I have never yet specifically explored the area near this village before.

The letter went on to explain how the Natives of the region cut and drilled pieces of the amber the size of a human finger and hung these pieces in their hair and beards for ornaments. Then the letter abruptly changed the subject and began speaking of gold mines in a different part of the jungle some miles away.

Since I needed to make a trip to Tena soon anyway, I decided to allow an extra day and night to do some investigating. I'll be heading out early tomorrow morning to make the trip up over the Andes and down into the jungle to Tena. I'm taking my GPS and topographic maps of the area, which are scaled 1:25,000. And I'm taking my jungle boots and machete just in case I get a hot lead and have to do some bush whacking.

You can be sure I'll have my digital camera in hand so I can share some of the adventure with you later this week, as soon as I return. Obviously, the first part of my investigation will be a process of interviewing local people most likely to know something helpful.

Then, if I find a key witness, I'll have to try and convince them to spill the beans with details. In my fondest dreams I'll be lucky enough to find someone who can actually guide me to a specific site. Could I possibly be that lucky on this trip? Probably not, but it is sure worth a try. Besides, this is one of the main methods I have used so many times in the past to discover significant gold deposits.

I can't tell you how often local Natives possess extremely important information and knowledge. And 98% of the time no outsiders have ever come along asking for their help. This is exactly how Hiram Bingham found Machu Picchu and also how I have found more than a dozen lost cities.

OK, I have to go organize my backpack now. I hope to be back to you by the weekend with photos and a description of my experiences in the jungle.

See you soon! Stan

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Adventures Into the Unknown

September 25, 2005


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Lots of News !!!…

1) Ancient Amber Mine – Almost There!

2) Oyacachi & Gold of the Andes update

3) Stewart Connelly's Jungle Emeralds

4) Coastal Emeralds

5) New Adventure Documentary Series for TV

6) http://earth.google.com

7) Jennings' Conquista River Site Discovered!


News From Stan…


Hello Everyone!

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this message. I think it will be worthwhile because I have so much great news to share with you this month! I haven't been sitting still. I've been out in the field, narrowing in on many project objectives.


Ancient Amber Mine – Almost There!

First, after an extensive search in the jungle, near Archidona, I am definitely narrowing in on the location of the amber mine for which I have been searching. Perhaps you remember from my last newsletter that I came across an old, Spanish document from the mid 1500's that spoke of an amber mine in production near a site called "Chongo".

After combing a very remote area east of Archidona down deep into the Amazon jungle, and after having discovered about three new unexplored limestone caves, I was hiking up the middle of a small creek drainage with crystal clear water running in it.

After some time, I came across a very old piece of oxidized iron. About three meters further upstream, I spotted a beautiful piece of water-worn amber, lying to the side of the gentle water flow. Had it been mined or simply eroded? I don't know.

My heart was literally racing as I picked up the amber and held it in my hand. It measures about 2 inches long by 1 inch high. It is highly transparent and full of brown-colored particles. So far, I have not found any insects present inside the amber. I am hoping that future discoveries include some pieces with ancient bugs and insects embedded inside.

I took GPS waypoint readings along the route, so returning to the site should be a breeze. I hope to return in October or November when time permits. I'll probably begin to offer some of these amber pieces for sale in my e-Bay store if I can find enough of them by the end of the year.



Oyacachi & Gold of the Andes update...

My exploration buddy, Jim, and his son, made an attempt to enter into the Oyacachi Gold target area (see previous newsletters about the Oyacachi Gold project) last month. I dropped them off at the entry point in some of the worst weather I have ever seen there. At 4,200 meters of altitude it was snowing and a freezing wind was gusting to about 40 knots. I thanked my lucky stars that I had decided to remain behind, working instead on a different, high-priority project.

Sure enough, two days later I received a call from Jim from the one, single, public telephone in Oyacachi. My immediate reaction was to ask if everyone was healthy. Jim replied affirmatively and then went on to give me a brief picture of what had transpired….and it wasn't pretty.

Jim and his son had spent two horrendous days and nights trying to remain on the GPS waypoint track that we had established on a previous recon trip into the area. They eventually became disoriented with near zero visibility and then decided to scrap the mission and return. They finally made it out to Oyacachi just before dark and just before freezing to death. The natural hot springs nearby never felt so good!

We'll try again before the end of the year. We have learned to not even try to get in there if the weather looks like it is not going to cooperate. Stay tuned for the next attempt.


Stewart Connelly's Jungle Emeralds...

In a future newsletter this year, I will be sharing a most amazing story and currently evolving project that has to do with an important emerald discovery, deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle, near the Colombian border.

If any of you can acquire the book, Inca Gold (1967) by Jane Dolinger, please do, as my story originates with Chapter 6 in the book. The Chapter is called, A Fortune in Emeralds. It is about a man named Stewart Connelly who found a literal fortune in emeralds, here in Ecuador in the 1920's. I'll be providing you with a complimentary .pdf copy of the chapter in my Yahoo Groups site if you don't have the book.

I was recently contacted by a retired gentleman in Florida who spent several hundred thousand dollars and several years of his life searching for this specific emerald site back in the 1960's. He came very close to finding the site up until his expedition ran out of money and experienced partnership conflicts.

This gentleman sent me photos, the modern name of the river as it appears on the topo map today, a hand-drawn map, two emeralds recovered by his expedition and detailed information including conclusive evidence that they were very close to the site of origin.

I am convinced that this story and project are factual and I have been making some great progress in pinpointing the exact site. My biggest current challenge is the Colombian FARC who patrol the area and either kidnap or shoot anyone who comes lose. Looks like I'll eed night vision gear for this mission. Much more to come soon...


Coastal Emeralds...

Just before I left on a recent expedition to the coast, I was contacted by an Ecuadorian who has discovered emeralds, white and lack opals, peridots and other beryls at a site in the province of Manabi. I hope to meet with him in October to explore the possibilities of visiting his site and working together with him in some way.

The possibility of finding emeralds in Ecuador is quite exciting. Legends have circulated for centuries about ancient emerald mines here. The Spanish Conquistadors spent a lot of energy in search of these emeralds, but to no avail. I am convinced that the legends are true. Now let's go prove it!


New Adventure Documentary Series for TV...

Over the past months, I have been working with an agent to try to create and sell a new series of unique adventure documentaries for TV. Things are progressing slowly for the time being. In fact, things are progressing far more slowly than I would like.

Therefore, I have decided to begin writing and posting a number of my best, personal, past adventures, including any related photos that I still have in my files. I will also be publishing information and supporting documentation for "projects in progress" that I want to turn into adventure documentaries. These will all be published on my web site, www.stangrist.com. With my stories and current projects exposed, I am hoping to attract the attention of someone who can help to make this documentary series a reality.



Last month I made one of the greatest discoveries of my life. I didn't think that I would live to see this day. I discovered, http://earth.google.com . Have you checked it out yet? If not, you better. Why? Because I'll be starting to share earth.google "Place Marks" with you in my newsletters, web site, e-products and all other publications.

This is a FREE software product from Google that allows you to examine and evaluate highly detailed satellite photos of ANYWHERE in the world! The implications are mind-boggling! You'll now be able to visit the sites about which I write as if hovering in a helicopter just above. Can you imagine?

I have already "Place Marked" the house where I grew up, my high school, places where I have lived around the world as an adult, my present house in Quito, all my secret gold, diamond and treasure sites, lost cities that I have found, etc, etc, etc. You simply must see for yourself just how powerful this technology is. I can't wait to get started sharing places with you.





Do you have the book, The Treasure Hunter by Howard Jennings and Robin Moore? Chapter 8 of this book is entitled, Coaque, The Golden City. As a courtesy for those who do not have this book, I have created a special (Adobe) .pdf copy of the chapter for you. It is available for free, immediate download or reading in the FILES section of my Yahoo Groups


The document is called: "Coaque, The City of Gold.pdf".

In chapter 8, "Coaque, The Golden City", Howard Jennings documented his discovery of the very important, pre-Columbian, lost city of Coaque on the coastal equator of Ecuador. Howard went on to describe his excavations, discoveries and side trips throughout the Coaque Mountains region. This is really an exciting story of modern-day adventure and discovery.

The single most important side trip mentioned in this chapter was to a site called the Conquista River. At the Conquista River, Howard met an old man who had been discovering large numbers of gold artifacts eroding out of the hillsides all around his home. The old man's name was Moifus (it was actually "Moises" or Moses in English) Conforme. Please read more about this story in the .pdf I have provided for you. I don't have the space or time to repeat the story here.

I have been researching this Conquista River treasure story for quite some time. Finally, this year I decided to attempt a recon expedition into the area to see if I could discover the site. Last week my buddy Jim and I drove to Pedernales on the coast to set up the trip.

I decided to first visit my old friend Atahualpa in Coaque to see what he knew about the Conquista River. I first met Atahualpa nearly 20 years ago when I made my first visit to the ancient site of Coaque.

Back then Coaque was very remote and difficult to reach. My first visit there was a major adventure for me. It was a very small village in the Coaque River valley of about 10 rustic huts built of bamboo and thatched rooves. Today, Coaque is accessed on a modern asphalt road. It has grown into a small community. There is even a telephone in the village now.

Please see the photos I have provided for you from my expedition this last week. They can be found in the Conquista River photo album in the PHOTOS section of my Yahoo Groups


Atahualpa worked as Howard Jennings' assistant and guide back in the early 1970's during Howard's two expeditions. Atahualpa has shared many experiences he had with Howard that are not mentioned in the book. I have been able to gain a much greater insight into what Howard Jennings was like through spending dozens of hours with Atahualpa.

It was so great to see Atahualpa again after several years since my last visit to Coaque. He has aged since my last visit. But then, so have I. His wife passed away from a heart attack three months ago. Atahualpa looks very lonely. We pulled up some plastic chairs and began catching up with each other.

Unexpectedly, Atahualpa told me that it was he who had originally taken Howard into the Conquista River, as it was one of his relatives who had passed along the story about Moifus Conforme's gold artifact discoveries. I nearly fainted with excitement when Atahualpa told me that he thought he could still find his way into the Conquista River valley after all these years.

Howard's map of the Coaque Mountain region (please see a copy of this map at the end of the .pdf chapter) is fairly vague and out of proportion. I had spent weeks comparing it to modern topographic maps without much luck. And the Conquista River is nowhere to be found on current topo maps, even at a scale of 1:25,000. The actual Conquista treasure site location has really been a mystery for me up until five days ago during that chat with Atahualpa.

We planned to get started early the next morning. Jim and I returned to our hotel in Pedernales for a wonderful dinner of fresh shrimp as we watched the sun set and the surfers make their last rides of the day.

Early the next morning we were in front of Atahualpa's house knocking on the door. He was ready to go and had a huge smile on his face. It seemed as though he was quite happy to be reliving those days of over 35 years ago when he rode out of town with Howard on horseback.

Soon we were bouncing down dusty 4-wheel drive tracks, consulting out-of-date, erroneous Ecuadorian topographic maps, GPS'ing waypoints, and asking local campesinos on mule back if they had ever heard of the Conquista River before. Most of them simply stared back at us with blank looks as if we had just stepped off a UFO.

The countryside has changed dramatically in the last 35 years. Fortunately, Atahualpa got us started in the right direction for the first hour or so. But after that he was mostly lost and disoriented. What had once been a virgin, coastal, green, jungle forest was now brown, dry, dusty and "cut down". We did get a brief glimpse of a wild mountain cat of some sort, crossing our path. I wondered how it could survive in such a desolate environment.

Finally, several long hours to the south, one older, local guy responded to our well-rehearsed list of questions with a most interesting question.

He said, "What's up, are you guys looking for gold or something?"

He knew the whole story about Moifus Conforme's gold discoveries so many years before. We were close. He gave us directions and we were on site about a half-hour later.

The Conforme family no longer lives on or owns the property. One Conforme great-grandson does live nearby. The new owner is a rich man who lives in a large city and employs a family to live in and run the present ranching operation.

Obviously the employed family could not give us permission to walk through the property. After all, who is going to trust freshly landed aliens to invade their boss' space? They wouldn't go so far as to give us their boss' name or phone number, even with a fresh $10 bill up for grabs. What loyalty (or fear)! We had to track down the next-door neighbors five miles away to finally get a name and phone number of the landowner. That only took another hour of convincing.

So, here I sit this weekend, back in Quito with a name and a phone number to call soon. I'm working on a convincing sales pitch for the landowner. Will he allow me in there with my metal detector? Will he want ashare? If not, I swear, I'll return with Rambo and then he'll be sorry. Anyone care to join me?

Stay tuned for updates to this adventure!!!


Farewell for now...

That's all for this month. I hope you enjoyed sharing my latest adventures. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Oh yeah, I'll try to remember to tell you next month about recently finding an artificial lake up in the Llanganati Mountains. This is possibly the final landmark to finding the Inca King Atahualpa's (Ruminaui's) Treasure – worth around $10 billion dollars or so.

Based on a hot tip from a local PhD historian (a good friend's brother) in a jungle town, I came upon an unknown ancient Inca road leading up to the west, from the eastern jungle.

Everyone else, for centuries, has always come across the mountains from the west (Pillaro) in search of this fabulous, well-documented treasure – a terribly difficult / nearly impossible and deadly route.

Anyway, see you soon,

Best Regards, Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

October 5, 2005

Quickie Update...


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Hi and Happy October,

This will just be a quick update and follow-up to some of what I wrote in my last newsletter. You may not believe how fast these projects are moving.


Conquista River Treasure Site...

Late one evening last week, I was working at my computer when the phone rang. Unexpectedly, it was the land owner of the Conquista River treasure site we had visited for the first time ever two weeks ago. I had left my phone number at the ranch house, never expecting anyone to call me.

I had been expecting to deal with a rather wealthy and distrustful man who would be very difficult to convince to let me search his property, the old Moifus Conforme homestead. So much for my assumptions.... Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a friendly gentleman who very much looks forward to meeting with me.

We have tentatively scheduled a meeting here in Quito in about a week and a half. I look forward to learning what this man knows of the Conforme discoveries. I do know that he knows a lot. I can't wait to tell you how the meeting goes and if I get permission to get back to the Conquista River site before the rains begin.

I sure hope you enjoyed reading the Conquista background story in Chapter 8 of The Treasure Hunter. It is still posted at my Yahoo Groups site for those who haven't yet seen it. This may turn out to be a very interesting follow-up story. I am working to see if we can film it and make it into a documentary.


Coastal Emeralds & Gems...

Shortly after I returned from the Conquista River Expedition, I was contacted again by the gentleman who has discovered emeralds and gems near the coast. He came to Quito to visit me two days later.

Not only did this guy bring me emeralds and numerous, different kinds of gem stones, he also brought amber, petrified wood and fossil shark's teeth – all from the same area!

I have posted a new photo album named Coastal Emeralds & Gems at my Yahoo Groups site. See if your eyes don't pop out looking at these photos as mine did when I saw the stones. If this story is true, it represents a major, new discovery.

I have been offered a 50% interest in the project if I can finance the technical exploration and subsequent sale of the project to a major development company. Anyone interested in a piece of the pie?

My new friend claims that all these treasures come from the same place, in a rather hidden valley in a remote area not far from the Ecuadorian Pacific coast. It sure seems like a chapter out of "Paradise Lost" or something. Much more to come soon!


Ancient Coaque and Old Jennings' Excavations...

Atahualpa and his brother phoned me on Friday. They have already organized land access permissions and even discovered a few new areas immediately surrounding the site of the ancient city of Coaque. They said that I better get my ?@#! back to Coaque before the rains begin in order to check these sites out properly.

I'm leaving at 4 a.m. tomorrow and will be on site by the afternoon. My metal detectors are tuned and have freshly charged batteries. I'm taking a photographer as I expect to shoot some great historical site images of Howard Jennings' exploits from the early 70's.

Every time I follow in Jennings' footsteps on some adventure somewhere in the world, I get a major rush. It is hard to explain. I think I was just born for this lifestyle. I hope I can get to sleep tonight. I'll get the photos posted as soon as I can next week.

Until Soon, Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

October 10, 2005

Quickie Update #2...


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Hi Again,

WOW! What a weekend! This is a new, quick update and follow-up on my weekend trip to the Coaque District on the Ecuadorian coast. Unfortunately, (fortunately for me) I won't be able to share everything I discovered and did because the project is heating up very fast and I don't want to create a "gold rush-like" situation to any of my new secret sites.

I have posted a new photo album on my Yahoo Groups site. It is called "Coaque – Oct 7". You'll see an interesting mix of ancient artifacts, tolas (ancient burial mounds), veins of gem material that I discovered on Saturday, a boa constrictor that crossed my path, and an old (100+ years) hacienda house on the beach that is surrounded by the remains of a huge ancient culture (Jama-Coaque). I hope you like the pics.


I left Quito on Thursday at about 4 a.m. I was on site with my metal detector sounding off by 9 a.m. Isn't it just amazing to be able to move from one extreme environment (10,000 feet of altitude) to another (sea level), in just a few hours? That is part of what I love about living in Ecuador.

I hooked up with a new guide this time who took me to visit about a dozen different tolas over a very large area. I was amazed by what I saw and the stories I heard. The Jama-Coaque culture was one of the richest in gold, silver, platinum and emeralds that has ever lived on the earth. At this point I can only tell you that I am arranging for the purchase of a very expensive and sophisticated metal detecting device.

I was able to visit two of Howard Jennings' excavation sites above Coaque from the early 1970's. Apparently, someone has come along since and continued the excavations. I wonder what more they have been able to find. I also visited the old tola excavation site (by the Colombian) near Santa Rosa that is mentioned in Chapter 8 of The Treasure Hunter. What a walk down "History Lane" it was.

Then I was taken to another private site that Howard visited but never mentioned in his book. This is a very old hacienda house built of wood, sitting right on the beach (see the photo). I explored about a 3-square kilometer area in the valley, and along the beach there. I swear I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I saw ancient artifacts eroding from the ground in nearly every square meter that I walked. The same is true in Coaque.

Check out the photo of my Pedernales hotel room on the beach. This comfort and ocean-view costs a total of $8.00 per night. I ate disgusting amounts of fresh lobster, shrimp and fish. I never paid more than $5.00 for a meal, including the beverage. What a well-kept secret this area is (was).

During one of our 4–wheel drive, back-road escapades through the inland coastal jungle, we came upon a small boa constrictor crossing the trail. After watching so many TV episodes of Steve, the Alligator Hunter, I just couldn't resist the temptation to stop and play with the snake a little (see the photos). Too bad my photographer was too timid and too busy running away to take a decent photo of me with this beautiful reptile.

On Saturday, I was able to get back into an area that I have been very curious about. Last month I discovered some beautiful chunks of white, semi-rounded, alluvial, Andean Opal along a small creek. This time I was actually able to get far upstream to finally discover the source of the Opal.

Please see my photos of the veins of this beautiful mineral. I also discovered about a dozen very large, vertical veins of a green, mineral material. Check out the photo! I'll be having my samples analyzed soon to see if this is what I think it may be. Mmmm...

That is all for now. I'll let you know just as soon as I see and do more cool stuff out there. It will probably be very soon.

Until Then, Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

December 4, 2005

Season's Greetings from Sunny Quito!

As usual, I have been way too busy and apologize for the delay since my last message. When you don't hear from me for a while, it either means that I died on some dangerous expedition or have just been out there busy in the field searching for more exciting things to share with you. Please let me know if it is ever the first of the two ;-).

Here is a brief list of the information I'll be sharing with you in this newsletter:

1. New Rare e-Books in my Bookstore,

2. My Recent Coaque Expedition – 16 photos!,

3. Thanks to Kellyco,

4. Recent Valdivia Discovery,

5. Emeralds in Ecuador?

6. A Subscriber Question and Answer,

7. A Great Web Site & Newsletter,

8. Upcoming Pursuits in 2006...


New Rare e-Books For Sale!

My newest, exciting and out-of-print e-books can all be found at: http://www.stangrist.com/ebooks.htm. If you would love to read some amazing free chapters, just look below. This will keep you busy for a few interesting hours!


The first new e-book is entitled Inca Gold by Jane Dolinger. Inca Gold has been a great inspiration to me in my life as an explorer in the last 8 years. I actually read it for the first time after having moved to Ecuador. If I had read this book before I moved to Ecuador, I would have made the move much sooner! You won't believe the huge quantity of detailed information that you'll find here about how to find gold, treasure and lost cities. Read Chapter 6 about an emerald project that I am currently working on by clicking here:



Next is, The Jungle is a Woman by Jane Dolinger. The Jungle is a Woman really reminds me of my own experiences as a young gold prospector in Mato Grosso, Brazil in the late 70's and early 80's. I still remember the time I had a "first contact" with a tribe of Cinta Larga Indians while inspecting our new, small mining camp landing strip on my very first day ever in the Amazon Jungle. See if your heart doesn't race while reading of Jane's amazing and true Amazon adventures.

Learn how to travel light and navigate into unmapped lands. Learn to deal with wild animals, restless, non-contacted natives, food gathering and preparation, and scientific data gathering. If you do what this author did, you will become a successful explorer and live a life of adventure. I promise you, this book is the real deal when it comes to heavy-duty exploration! Read Chapter 7 by clicking here:



The last, new e-book is The Wilderness Survival Manual. In this day and age of widespread natural disasters and terrorism, you don't even need to be a Boy Scout or explorer for this information to be potentially life saving! Dozens of Hurricane Katrina victims could have survived had they been masters of the information in this Wilderness Survival Manual. Unexpected survival emergencies have occurred in my life on several occasions and could occur in your life at virtually any moment. You need to be prepared!

This huge, 300-page manual of 23 chapters, covers every imaginable aspect of survival in any and all environments. Dozens of detailed illustrations help to make this manual crystal clear. Learn to find safe drinking water, scavenge nutritious food, build a fire with no matches, and sleep warm and dry in any condition or environment.

Learn to move undetected through hostile environments as you work your way back to a safe harbor. Read Chapter 2 about the Psychology of Survival by clicking here:



My Recent Coaque Expedition

Last month, a buddy and I engaged in an amazing expedition to the coast of Ecuador to conduct another investigation of the virtually unexplored Coaque region. If you are not up to speed about the Coaque area, you should go back to some of my previous newsletters in my Yahoo Groups archives. You should also read "The Treasure Hunter" by Howard Jennings and Robin Moore.

(this is my all time favorite treasure hunting book! http://www.stangrist.com/ebooks.htm )

We hung out and hiked through some of the most beautiful jungle terrain I have ever seen. The giant Howler Monkeys kept us fascinated as they were also fascinated by our presence. Since it was just after Halloween, I thought someone was playing a sick, scary joke on us. We often had to literally yell at each other to be heard over the howling. It is the loudest noise in the jungle at over 100+ decibels. I've been to quieter rock concerts.

Unfortunately, this newsletter is constantly being monitored by a few people who do not approve of my exploration activities. As well, there are other people who are constantly trying to move in on my projects and basically steal a few of them.

Fortunately, my previous profession of private investigations helps to keep me aware of the problem and capable of regularly slowing down the "opposition".

Therefore, unfortunately, I will be somewhat limited about what I can say and which expedition photos I can freely publish to share with you in this newsletter. Let me just say that if you are a Howard Jennings TH'er fan, you would have melted down on this trip!

Please go to the PHOTOS section of my Yahoo Group to see the 16 photos I will describe in order below. The new photo album is labeled "Dec 2005".

1.This photo is of the main path we used to enter the Coaque jungle to several of Howard Jennings' most important sites. This area isn't published in Jennings' book. Atahualpa and his brother tipped us off on this one. I'm the guy carrying the 2-box near the end of the line.

2. A large ceramic we discovered lying on the jungle floor.

3. Here I am investigating a strong signal near an ancient tola site.

4. We discovered an unexcavated ancient depression. The depression is likely caused from an anciently dug hole. We got a good signal right over this depression.

5. Dead tired at the end of the day, I ordered fresh crab for dinner. This was a big mistake. It was way too much work for such little return. A can of processed crabmeat would have been preferred. I did feel better after whacking it with the hammer a few times though.

6. A crude face modeled on an old piece of pottery. We found this lying on the surface near the ancient depression.

7. This is an old piece of pottery.

8. While the Natives were poking around, I fell fast asleep in this sitting position. I never would have made a good archaeologist.

9. Here we are enjoying an exotic fruit drink in Pedernales at the end of another long day. Yes, I know, I look half asleep again.

10. Here we discovered another gem vein in the jungle. These things are found everywhere around Coaque.

11. This is a great view of the famous Coaque River looking upstream from the beach. You can see the Coaque Mountains in the background that are actually not very high. Thousand of ancient broken potsherds lie along the banks of the river, eroded from far upstream.

12. This is the view near the mouth of the Coaque River where it drains into the Pacific Ocean. You can see me looking for ancient goodies along the edge. Incredibly, locals told me that neither gringos nor even national outsiders ever show up around these parts. It gives the word "virgin" a whole new meaning.

13. This is a large piece of petrified driftwood that I discovered on the beach about 5 miles north of the Coaque River mouth. It weighs about 60 pounds!

14. We discovered an ancient archaeological site just behind the petrified wood. Here you can see pottery chips with the tide water in the background.

15. Here I am on top of a large piece of gem (stone or rock?).

16. This is a unique piece of ancient ceramic. I have no idea what it is or was made for. But it is beautiful.

Well, that is the latest Coaque adventure in a nutshell. If you ever care to drop by for a visit, I can fill you in on all of the rest of the juicy details.


Thanks to Kellyco…


You know what?, I have purchased quite a few metal detectors from Kellyco over the years. I have always been pleased with the low prices and good service.

I even dropped by the showroom once in my motorhome while traveling through Florida and ended up chatting with Stu about his pet rottweillers. I'm sure he doesn't remember it as that was a long time ago.

I recently bought yet another metal detector from Kellyco. But after a month with the new detector, I changed my mind and decided to buy an even much more expensive one. Kellyco accommodated me without a hitch. Thanks guys. I think you are great!


Recent Valdivia Discovery...

A good friend of mine recently came to me and told me that he had just discovered one of the most amazing sites in South American archaeological history. The site is considered to be from the Valdivia culture, the oldest documented culture in South America. Commonly accepted dates of this culture range from 5,000 to 7,000 years old.

So far, no big deal, OK? People commonly discover and recover ceramic and stone pieces from the Valdivia culture. There are several books about the Valdivia culture that are published in English.

But here is the striking twist here... The figures that my friend says he has recovered from the site are totally different from the commonly known, traditional styles. He brought over a few dozen of these weird artifacts and I immediately became suspicious about their authenticity. They are indeed, outrageous.

These pieces look like some wild combination of Eskimo, Egyptian, Oriental and Extraterrestrial. You should see the helmets. If I didn't know this guy very well, I would immediately dismiss the whole thing and write it off as another fraud. But this is my problem, I know the guy too well and I know him to be a second-generation expert in local antiquities.

I'll probably be going to the site in the New Year to conduct my own investigation concerning the authenticity of the "discovery". If it looks good to me, I hope to interest a qualified archaeologist to come take a look. If this story is for real, the site needs to be properly studied and documented before it is lost to local diggers. It is a long shot, but it could turn out to be totally amazing.


Emeralds in Ecuador?

On our way to the coast, my Coaque exploration buddy and I stopped to meet with the guy who came to visit me in Quito with Emeralds a few months ago. Meanwhile, we had the emeralds analyzed by a gemologist in North America last month and they are of a fairly good quality, enough to get excited about.

We are in the process of organizing a small trip to the two sites where Juan claims to have discovered these emeralds. One site is in the coastal jungle and the other site is in the Andes Mountains, south of Quito.

Before becoming very crazy with emerald lust, we have to confirm the sites for ourselves. So many honest-looking people turn out to be frauds in the end. Sorry, nothing personal Juan.

These, (Juan's) emerald projects are completely separate from the emerald project you just read about in the free chapter of Inca Gold by Jane Dolinger, mentioned above. That other emerald project (Inca Gold) is in the Amazon Jungle and you won't even believe the most recent developments when I tell you all about them soon.


A Subscriber Question and Answer...

I often receive emails, like Richard's below, asking about upon which project I am currently focused. Other e-mail questions ask how many "open-active projects" I have in my files.

The simple answer is that I have way too many open projects and that I will never be able to investigate them all. That is probably why I share pretty freely about what I am up to and how I conduct most of my business. There is plenty in the world to go around.

Many thanks to Richard for exchanging emails with me. Please allow me to share the more in-depth answer that I gave to Richard. I will first post the original statement that I published on my web page found through the link below:


Richard wrote: Stan said:

"I have been working on this project for nearly 20 years and it is not yet over. As I write these words, I am in negotiations with the native Shuars who live near the Cueva de los Tayos, whose permission is necessary to enter and explore the area of the caves. I plan to mount an expedition in coming months to search for the secret entrance to the cave from which the alleged metallic library can be accessed.

This is apparently the greatest kept secret surrounding the Cueva de los Tayos enigma. Many people have entered the cave by the well-known, vertical entrance near the top of the mountain.

However, I calculate that it is nearly impossible or is impossible to reach the metallic library through this well-known entrance. The secret entrance is only accessed from underwater!

Here is Richard's question based on my statement above:

Richard asks: How is this expedition project coming along? Is anyone else also trying to enter these caves? Any information about this would be appreciated. Just post it to your Yahoo group.

In suspense, Richard

And here is my answer to Richard...

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your purchase of the package and your interest in the subject. And thanks for writing. I almost always have more than a dozen projects on the go at any given time. My approach to my projects is a little on the esoteric side. I work on my projects as they seem to open up and flow. In other words, I look for the timing to be right. I have learned this approach through decades of experience.

The way I look for the timing to be right is if I happen to run into a key person with special knowledge or discover a key piece of important information that I never had before. In other words, if a fresh door seems to open up somewhere, I go through it.

The Cueva de los Tayos project has been flirting with me for a very long time. It has ebbed and flowed, off and on almost like clockwork. As I sit back and let it happen, fresh pieces of the puzzle come to me in their own due time. If I try to push to set specific goals, dates, interviews or expeditions, I seem to run into complications, bad weather, illness of key players and other disasters.

Fortunately, I usually have at least 3 or 4 projects that are flowing well at any given time and so I follow those.

I do intend to have a major breakthrough with this project some time in the future. I will report on it as I can in my newsletter. Meanwhile, I recommend that you visit this web site:


All the Best, Stan

Thanks again Richard!


A Great Web Site and Newsletter...

Every once in a great while I find a remarkable web site and/or newsletter that brings me solid value and inspiration. I almost never mention these web sites to anyone when I find them. But this one is so good, I have to share it with you. Every time I read this newsletter, I get goose bumps to get back out into the field searching for gold and treasure as soon as possible.

Floyd Mann is a guy who really walks the talk. He is no armchair wanna-a-be. He discovered the same secrets that I discovered which allow him to pursue a lifestyle of adventure on a full-time basis.

You really should consider subscribing to Floyd's newsletter. Check it out at:



Upcoming Pursuits - 2006...

So many projects, so little time. Here is some stuff I hope and plan to share with you in the New Year...

1. A confirmed, all-time, first emerald discovery in Ecuador,

2. A history book - changing, revolutionary archaeological site or group of sites,

3. Authentic video footage of bigfoot's cousin, El Mono Grande, taken with me in the lens,

4. Video footage of a 2006 head-shrinking ceremony in the Amazon Jungle,

5. Proof of the discovery of the ancient lost cities of El Dorado – no small task!


Thanks for being my subscriber!

Warm Wishes through the New Year!

Stan www.stangrist.com


Adventures Into the Unknown

December 16, 2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Sunny Quito!

It looks like this is the last newsletter of the year. While I usually like to live in the present, I must say that I am extremely excited about the New Year. We are going to have a hugely adventurous, exciting and amazing year together. I have a feeling that we will make some major, new discoveries too.

I thank you very much for being my subscriber this last year. I will work hard to bring you even more daring, adventurous and fascinating projects in 2006. We have a lot of work to do. Isn't it great when "work" is really "play"?


I have a very important announcement to make. I have been super busy over the past months creating a whole new, giant e-System that consists of more than 1,900 pages! My newest work of love is entitled:


I have really gone all out to reveal so many new and previously unknown ways to make money and have success as an adventurer, either part-time or full-time. In this e-package, I relate many of my own adventure experiences that I have never shared in public before.

Most of these experiences took place in North America. I have made it easier than ever for you to go to my secret places and make your own withdrawals from Mother Nature's banks as I have.I have also prepared a free, 50-page e-book for you that does two things. First, it introduces you to my new e-System in great detail. More importantly, it reveals a number of the secrets that are in my new e-System.

With this free e-book, you will discover many new, cool ways to go adventuring while financing yourself all the way. You can access my new, free e-book in the FILES section of my Yahoo Groups. It is entitled, "Free e-Book Creating Wealth System". I sure hope you enjoy it.

Please feel free to send me your questions.


Here is an email that I received this morning from a new friend, Jeff Walton. This letter is so typical of people wanting to break into the business of adventure, full-time. I receive similar emails almost daily...

From: "Jeff Walton" jeffwalton1@ To: sg@ Subject: from jeff Walton Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 22:55:11 - 0800

Hello Stan,

My name is Jeff Walton. I am an adventurous, Montana native currently living in Oregon. I purchased your new e-System 2006 a few days ago and the value of your material far outweighs the small investment. You have saved me a lot of time and hundreds of dollars.

I am especially interested in gemstone buying / selling and diamond / gold prospecting in South America. I am looking for business partners/mentors who have integrity that I can work beside and learn from. I realize there are a number of prospecting clubs throughout the U.S., however, I would appreciate your insight and suggestions.

Do you have any resources or contacts who are willing>to steer me in the right direction? I thank you for your time and contribution to my quest.

Sincerely, Jeff Walton


Hi Jeff,Thanks for your great email. It is very difficult to find someone with lots of experience who is willing to take on a new partner or apprentice. That is why clubs and associations work so well, especially for newer adventurers. That said, nothing is ever impossible.

My own learning curve has taken decades and has been very "up and down", probably because I never had a solid mentor for very long. My training and experience came in bits and pieces. That is largely why I have created my newest, giant e-System entitled: Wealth Through Adventure with the Stan Grist System 2006.

The information in this package helps people to start small and work up, fast.And that is what I would recommend to you. Start with a similarly adventurous partner. Start close to home.

Establish some form of a residual income that gives you greater and greater freedom to move about. Take courses such as the GIA Colored Stones course. Join clubs and learn the small details from experienced people.

Study Spanish or Portuguese, etc. Learn some wilderness survival and first-aid basics.When you feel ready, come to South America for a vacation and to make some new contacts. Come visit me. See what it feels like to strike out into remote areas.

It is far safer and more fun than most people realize. Once you have expertise in gold, gems, jungles, etc., you are able to go places and buy valuable things very cheap, unlike the 99.9% of normal people. This is your great advantage and ticket to creating wealth.Feel free to send me more questions.

Go for it! Stan


Here is a brief introduction to my new e-System...

Dear Fellow Adventurer,

If you didn't have to go to work everyday and could afford to travel anywhere in the world to discover gold, ancient treasure or a lost city, where would you want to go and what would you hunt for?

Stan Grist here, writing to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday Season! I am also writing you with a very exciting announcement. As you already know, I have been a full-time explorer, prospector and treasure hunter for many decades.Over these decades, I have pioneered many different ways to live a life of adventure while earning an increasing annual income.

I have discovered the very most efficient ways to recover gold, treasures of all sizes, diamonds, gems, valuable fossils and meteorites. I have also figured out how to turn my discoveries into fast cash as well as long-term mining deals that pay me ongoing monthly royalties.This last year I decided to catalog most of my adventurous life experiences and procedures into a "SYSTEM" that anyone can use to duplicate my success and lifestyle for themselves.

I ended up creating a huge, brand new, .pdf, e-package that is called Creating Wealth Through Adventure with the Stan Grist System 2006. This is an exciting package for anyone who wants to improve their results as a hobbyist or even go full-time as I did many years ago.

You can leave the rat race behind, live a life of adventure and freedom plus earn a great living at the same time - I did and I will show you how to do it step by step with my new 2006 e-package: "Creating Wealth Through Adventure with the Stan Grist System"This e-package currently sells for $29.95.

The price will rise on January 31, 2006, to $49.95. My new SYSTEM consists of more than 1,900 pages contained in 15 pdf downloads, including 10 great bonuses!

Please visit our web page that explains everything in full detail:http://www.stangrist.com/CreatingWealthSystem.htmFeel free to send me any questions you may have.

Warm Regards, Stan


Once again, I appreciate having the opportunity to share my adventures with you. I hope you have a great holiday season with friends and family. I can't wait to get back to you early in January with more adventurous energy than every before!!!

Warmest Regards, Stan


END OF 2005


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