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Post  kon61 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:34 am

G'day guys.

Just recently returned from a 5 day stint,around Bullumwal/Bairnsdale area here in Vic with a mate of mine.The going through some of the off road 4x4 tracks to get into some of the upper tributaries surrounding the creeks and feeders (such as that of Store,Boggy(Prospect)Merijig,2 mile creek,and the sisters),I can say are not for the faint hearted.Currently all places we entered through old timers tracks,were well over grown with ferns,trees and shrubs of all sorts,not to mention some of the steep gradients of water worn tracks we encountered,making them lets just say,difficult to traverse through. Anyway to cut a long story short,most our time was spent climbing and ducking/weaving our way through overgrown shrub & fallen trees,exploring hard to get to ground,but did get the chance to detect a couple of days (12hrs all up) for 16.2 grams of color before the showers set in good and proper.

Cheers all kon61.
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Post  Guest on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:05 am

Nice gold there Kon61, sounds like it was tough going to get to the spot, imagine how it was for the original old timers chopping their way into there, makes the mind boggle and we have 4x4s and chainsaws. Congrats on your finds. Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:14 am

well done kon
bit of an effort to get there but very nice pieces
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Post  Guest on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:40 am

G'day Kon,

Interesting looking nugs...A rewarding trip Very Happy

Cheers
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Post  kon61 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:13 pm



Thanks for your appreciative feedback and comments gents.It was tough going and I can only hope not to see a bushfire go through this sort of lush dense shrub when dry in the near future,for It'll be like the fireworks on the 4th of July.Although I noticed the wildlife back in full swing,after the 2007 fires,the rate of dense regrowth due to the last couple of years rain,is disturbingly alarming.

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Post  Guest on Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:55 pm

very nice mate, that's the way to find the good spots that have never been found or forgotten gold fields...
cheers
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Post  deutran on Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:53 pm

Great effort there kon
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Post  mariner3800 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:00 pm

Hi Kon61,

I know that area and even the mountain goats detest going into it so you have done bloody well.

I to agree about the regrowth of the areas burt out in the fires and nothing is being done about it, you would think they would learn?? Oh that's right the manual does not tell then that they can you common sense Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

Anyway great finds fella.

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Post  flyspecks on Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:32 pm

very very nice kon61, very nice indeed Smile
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Post  TheH0ward on Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:30 pm

fantastic! well worth the effort Smile
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Post  davsgold on Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:34 pm

G'day kon61

Nice reward for the effort you put in, well done.

cheers dave
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Post  vasilis on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:01 pm

well done Konner - Cant keep a mountain goat like you out of the rugged county. Looking forward to the stories.
Well worth the effort and you deserve it.
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Post  kon61 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:37 pm


Thanks again people.Appreciate your kind comments.Your right there Pete,some tracks leading into the major creeks and feeders were strictly meant for goats. My only regret was the slow drizzly rain and the slippery conditions.Even the Red Back boots went for the odd skate over some of the flatter smoothed sections of exposed slate and rock.One thing that did frighten the life out of me out there was,once when under the tarp late afternoon and once again around midnight snuggled up in my tent,only to hear the thunderous,crashing down,of two very large trees a couple of hundred meters or so away from camp,shaking the very ground beneath me,knowing very well I was completely helpless in the dark to even know where it be coming from.I thank my lucky stars I'm still here to tell my story. Now would I venture out again to a similar looking place for a whole new adventure?,you bet I will.

Cheers guys.kon61.
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Post  starry on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:45 pm

great stuff ,terific results Kon good to see other people head to hard to get places , same problem here in Tas bloody rain again but hope good weather next week and hopefully next month F150 4x4 be here to replace the bundy swb as its gone now



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Post  Guest on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:31 am

Great little adventure that you had there kon Smile and good to see you were rewarded for your efforts with some lovely gold ..sounds like that area made you earn it too Smile well done. My AU Ford would definitely not even dream of going there,only for fully fledged 4x4s Smile

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Post  goldquest on Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:25 pm

Well worth the effort, congrats Kon61
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Post  bedrock on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:57 pm

nice collection kon61, congrats!
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Post  non_fiction on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:44 pm

that is nice colour , pretty rough going out that way i know .
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Post  non_fiction on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:45 pm

how many leeches for those nuggets?
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Post  kon61 on Tue May 01, 2012 12:50 am



I didn't mention leeches and mosquitoes.With the drizzly and humid conditions we encounted at the time,both the leaches and mossies were in abundance(much more so the mossies than the leeches).For every mossie squatted,ten more would hover and land for a transfusion.Better off hitting these places during the cooler months,that's if you can ever find it dry enough.

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