The first process Riddick showed me was the method to test different areas of soil for gold..or "color"
Because the area around the Klamath river has already been mined industrially during the gold rush in the late 1800's, there are lots of areas to check.
Basically he selects an area. Digs some soil and rock from the different layers that have been developed over time. Washes them and pans them to see if he can find any gold.
It's a slow process. It takes knowledge and skill and a combination of strength for the digging and hauling of equipment and a deft hand at panning.
Hauling equipment..this is just the last trip..note mining dog Maya
Next break up the hole..
Look at the different levels of soil. As you descend deeper the layers change from rock and sand to packed clay. Gold can run in veins throughout any of these, and it's important to sample from each layer, and track what you find.
Fill the screened pan, atop a solid pan