Welcome Back Stan

by Jack

Stan, Good to see you have found time to spend at/on the University.

I am sure we are all anxious and excited to see what new content you have in store. You have never failed to amaze us.

Can you give us any updates on Farpoint Mining, and your involvement in it's mining ventures?

Have you made a trek into Old Zamora yet?

Have you followed up on the sites identified by remote sensing that I sent you?

Do you have any information on the extensive tunnel system in the vicinity of Tena? If not, I have a contact that should be able to take you to one or more entrances. Some have a long standing local reputation of people going in and never coming out. People that have done a little exploring say they "go on forever".

Best wishes for you and all your endeavors in the new year.

Stan's response: Hi Jack, Happy New Year to you too. The proper answers to all of your questions would likely require a book-sized document to cover.

However, for now, I'll just give you the short version. As I begin to write of some of my adventures and experiences over the past 3 years, I will be able to fill in the gaps as we go.

1. Farpoint Mining is sitting on top of bazillions of dollars of mining properties right now. Unfortunately, only the Chinese seem to be able to gold mine presently. No other local or foreign companies are receiving the proper permissions. Perhaps that is because China owns Ecuador (only mildly kidding).

Farpoint has moved on for now and is running old hardrock tailings from decades ago. There is an unlimited supply of this material available. Interestingly, the gold values are running very similar to some of the values we have in the virgin alluvials! The old-timers didn't get it all.

There is much more amazing news on the horizon for Farpoint, but I am not allowed to discuss it for the time being. The good news for me is that I am now mostly retired from active mining and can spend time ramping the web sites back up, and can have fun being in better touch with everyone.

2. I have not had a spare moment in the past 3 years to go to old Zamora yet. It is in the plans for 2016 - 17 as I begin to focus on the old El Dorado sites.

3. DITTO for the remote sensing sites. For me, I expect this zone to become a major area of focus in the future. When I finally get to this project, I'll be using a lot of drone power for exploration instead of leg power.

4. I am not aware of any tunnel entrances near Tena, only networks of natural caves. If you have any tunnel info to share, I am all ears.

Suffice it to say that I am totally and thoroughly exhausted from the last 3 years. I need a few months to recuperate, both physically and mentally. I am really enjoying being back on the computer more now.

Much more to come...

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Tena Area Tunnels in Ecuador
by: Jack

You are correct as usual Stan. I went back and checked my notes concerning Tena. My friends did refer to them as caves, not tunnels.

Stan's response: Thanks Jack. I had already started salivating and was planning a trip to Tena soon. Now I can sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend at home. Talk soon...

Nice to hear you are back!
by: Jim

Hello Stan, Nice to see you are back and have time for the site.

Could you elaborate on Zamora??

Yes, the Chinese have expanded, quietly, throughout the world. Nice to have first hand news of their activities.

Maybe they will lose a bit of grip on the mining operations if their economy continues to decline. Ecuador just might look to widen the circle of players for mining.


Stan's response: I think your outlook on the Chinese situation is quite "spot on".

About Zamora... The original Zamora was founded sometime around the mid 1500's. It was part of a chain of Spanish (Jesuit) settlements that were established to produce alluvial gold in huge quantities using Native slave labor. Some people (including me) have concluded that this was the authentic El Dorado.

In the coming year, I will go into great detail about this history as I find it fascinating and potentially quite lucrative.

Anyway, all of the seven main settlements were simultaneously destroyed and most settlers were killed by a slave uprising in 1599.

After that, none of the settlements were ever able to re-establish any gold production as the Natives never allowed it to happen again. By the mid 1700's, the sites were all quite lost and forgotten, for good.

There is so much more to this story. The gold is still there, including many caches that were left in the chaos. I have copies of hundreds of pages of detailed historical mining documents from this period. It is truly an amazing part of history!

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