Suggestions for a Wheelchair Gold Detecting Holiday
by Dale Raggatt
(Glenburn, Victoria, Australia)
Hi Stan, I'm an beginner-intermediate skill level prospector,having done had some experience metal detecting in the Victorian goldfields.
I detect by dragging a coil behind me on hard rubber mat connected up front to a Minelab GPX 4500 and speaker. An assistant marks any target signals that we hear for digging later.
What would be a suitable area to try metal detecting for gold nuggets that is not too overgrown or steep, and has reasonably flat ground?
I also us an SDC 2300 strapped to the side of my chair. I'm seriously contemplating spending more time over there if this holiday shows promise.
Stan's response: Hi Dale, It is good to hear from you. I am not quite certain about where you intend to go nugget shooting, Victoria or Ecuador? If it is Ecuador, I would be hard-pressed to suggest a good, flat area that is reasonably accessible from a parking spot. Usually, I have a pretty difficult hike of 2 -3 hours to get into my favorite, coarse gold spots for metal detecting.
Access is fairly easy to a large number of fine gold (non-detectable) flat areas. Of course, that doesn't make your metal detector very happy.
On the other hand, I have seen large stretches of rich, coarse gold country around Victoria. People from all over the world would give anything to detect in your neck of the woods.
If you can supply me with more details, I will do everything I can to point you in the right direction... Stan
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