Welcome Back Stan
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...