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flyfishnv
10-22-2012, 02:59 PM
This is a really great read, but it has made me terribly antsy to get back to Alaska again, so if you are stuck down here in the lower 48 like I am don't say I didn't warn you. :)

Suffering until I return in June,
Ron

http://www.keturi.com/

geowizard
10-22-2012, 04:34 PM
Ron,

I agree. It is without doubt the most remarkable story I have ever read. I have read the story twice and it is well worth re-reading. The photo's in the photo section show the "trestle" he used to catch gold at Moore Creek. It is notable, how well he cleaned the bedrock with that old Northwest #4 Dragline and dozer. Only two other northwest #4's were bought and brought in the area. One other remains at Anvil Creek near Ophir. The third was operated by Degnan-Rosander Mining and is located at Madison Creek.

- Geowizard

outnaboutnak
10-22-2012, 07:59 PM
Great stories for sure. I wish more of them were preserved and written down, its good reading.

Jrreyboi
10-24-2012, 05:34 PM
That was well worth the time to read. I can't help but think about how tough that generation was. No Gortex, ATVs, or LED head lamps. They damn sure have my respect!

JR

LipCa
10-24-2012, 10:44 PM
So, the ground at Moore creek is/was "poor ground"?

Steve Herschbach
10-25-2012, 06:29 AM
So, the ground at Moore creek is/was "poor ground"?

Moore Creek was spotty and produced "only" around 60,000 ounces of gold. Nearby Flat Creek produced over 600,000 ounces of gold. So by Iditarod standards Moore Creek was poor ground. In another district it would be considered good ground so it is all relative. Moore was also the most remote creek in the area, exactly midway between the Yukon River and the Kuskokwim Rivers so harder to supply than other creeks in the area.

geowizard
10-25-2012, 03:09 PM
Since Mike retired, Tanana is reluctant to fly in there. A few bush pilots with STOL capabilities i.e. a 180 or supercub is about the only way in and out.

- Geowizard

Steve Herschbach
10-25-2012, 03:38 PM
Easy 206 strip. Mike had the 207 in and out a lot but you have to be more careful with the 207. 180 is a piece of cake.

Walt_Anchorage
10-25-2012, 03:50 PM
Easy 206 strip. Mike had the 207 in and out a lot but you have to be more careful with the 207. 180 is a piece of cake.How long is the strip?

geowizard
10-25-2012, 05:41 PM
Walt,

AirNav has it at 1200 ft. It's listed as private, but it's not a private strip anymore.

http://www.airnav.com/airport/99AK

Steve's right. I've been in and out in a 180.

- Geowizard