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Mariposa Gold Panning, Prospecting Gold

workshop

Mariposa Gold Panning, Prospecting Gold

Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Mariposa Gold Panning, Prospecting Gold

workshop

Mariposa Gold Panning, Prospecting Gold

Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

You will arrive at the Chuck's Ranch in Mariposa late morning and begin with a hands on workshop and demonstration on how to pan for gold and all the nuances therein. Chuck will give personal instruction to each person until they feel confident they have grasped the basics of gold panning . Then he includes many important factors in learning how to successfully prospect. Refer to the list below. He takes his time, you will never be rushed. He loves to get people excited about panning gold. All supplies are furnished. Expect to be with him for at least 2-3 hours, or more if everyone is having a good time. Some of the subjects covered are: What does Gold look like? Where and how to look for Gold How to "Read" a River, Stream or Rock Formation What's Fools Gold? Panning Crevicing Sluicing Dry Washing List of simple tools and recommendations for prospecting on your own. Questions and answers during and after the workshop. Chuck is very enthusiastic about Gold prospecting and the history of the Gold rush and it's contagious. Expect to have a great day hanging out, maybe hitting a creek later to try your hand at your new found skill. You will enjoy his vast knowledge of the Gold Rush, his stories of his own prospecting adventures, and great historical characters and events that shaped the Gold Rush into the seminal moment in time that made California what it is today.

Your host

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Elise

Chuck Brownell has been gold prospecting for 50 years. He has worked with thousands of individuals and groups over that time, including Learning Tree University workshops. As a young man Chuck was able to hang out with Old Timers who passed on a wealth of prospecting knowledge and lore. Elise Hamilton is the co-host of this event, with years of experience in hospitality and event planning, and a popular Mariposa Airbnb Suite. Chuck has an enormous wealth of experience and history that makes him a great source to learn the art of Gold Panning to get optimal results. He has many stories of his own adventures to keep you engaged and entertained, as well as those of the Gold Rush and it's memorable characters and events. He knows the area very well, and will provide a map and tips on local spots to explore with your new found knowledge.

What's included

Equipment
Gold pans, troughs, spades, panning materials and lead shot to practice accuracy. There will be a list of preferred equipment…

Where you'll be

The Ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Sierras 15 minutes south of the town of Mariposa. There is a vintage cabin just for guests that you can relax in during the workshop. Chuck has many artifacts from the Gold Rush and things he has found while gold prospecting on view. Snacks and beverages included. He'll have it set up to do hands on panning from start to finish. Sometimes he includes a trip to the adjacent creek or river to prospect.

Availability

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Google, Apple, and cell phones don't do well here in the mountains. Expect spotty signal. Follow directions to avoid getting lost. Wear comfortable casual clothing. You will be around dirt, rocks and water while learning. Let us know about any special needs, we will try to accommodate you.

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Elise
Mariposa Gold Panning, Prospecting Gold
New experience
From $69/person
New experience
From $69/person