And if, just to change the air and decompress, you had the opportunity to live an unusual experience by discovering how to look for gold , by becoming a budding Lara Croft for a weekend or a day.
Imagine yourself dabbling in a sun-drenched river, surrounded by nature, far from the tumult of the city, in the skin of a gold digger and discover, as a reward, your first gold flakes , and why not, your first gold nugget . Adventure, passion and dream…
Rather cool and original as an idea, right?
Searching for gold goes back to the dawn of time, our Gaulish ancestors already practiced gold panning , the Romans were not outdone by coming to pick up this precious metal which was deposited in the alluvial deposits of the rivers. Gold is and will remain an unwavering value.
Yet for the majority, the history of the gold rush dates back to the 19th century, the gold diggers in California, revolvers, Far-West and cowboys gold prospectors, prospectors, adventurers of all kinds of their sieve and pan in search of treasure to extract from this Californian land.
But how do you look for Gold?
Gold panning, the most widespread, which consists of looking for gold with a pan, in the river.
In spring, summer or autumn gold panning is a seasonal and occasional leisure activity that has many followers, because you may not know it but there is gold in our rivers in France , it is often in the form of flakes and more rarely of nuggets or grains that we can find gold in the sand of French rivers.
Gold panning simply involves artisanal exploitation of the alluvial sands by washing. This washing will recover, gold particles, gold powder, gold flakes, gold nuggets . The handling of the pan is up to you.
There is no question of mentioning professional gold panning here, which consists of gold mining using a sand pit (fitted with carpets to recover gold flakes) which is, in any case, prohibited for individuals. A sand pit can process millions of cubic meters of alluvium in the year, and if the location of the sand pit is gold-bearing, the weight of the gold harvested is therefore significant. In this case, we are far from leisure.
Recreational gold mining is certainly a way to discover nature differently. Gold panning is also a sporting activity with its competitions at local, national and European level, you just have to go to the site of the French Gold Panning Federation to realize it.
The ideal way to start practicing is to go through one of the many gold mining discovery courses that you will easily find with your favorite search engine. Some addresses to explore here:
Put yourself in the shoes of a gold panner with the technique of the pan , the way to use it is not learned in a book. It is clearly preferable to go through one of the many introductory courses supervised by professional gold panners who will share their experiences and know-how with you.
All the equipment necessary to search for gold is generally provided on site.
Even more fun, some of those who organize these discovery courses, offer not to charge you if you do not find gold … Also note that if looking for gold is a leisure activity, it is also very regulated.
The course will teach you the basic techniques, in this way the handling of the pan filled with sand and stones, will have no more secrets for you, the buttocks in the water, you will sort, sift, scrutinize, the discovery of the precious gold metal.
You will become the queen of the pan, the gesture must be assured to finally see appear after some efforts your first gold glitter. Imagine the adrenaline rush you will feel at that moment.
The pan is a kind of Chinese hat which allows, thanks to a precise technique, to wash the alluvium to collect after a certain time your first gold flakes . Panning is an efficient and simple tool, it can be made of wood, metal, plastic, etc.
Young and old, young and old alike find themselves with the secret hope of bringing back some precious golden glitter in the bottom of their pan. This allows you to share privileged moments while enjoying nature. Leisure gold mining , an ideal pastime if you like dreams, adventure, water, sand, stones, and gold….
Going through your favorite search engine you will find lots of good plans to try your hand at the gold rush, and who knows you may discover a vocation or a new hobby. No doubt you will meet other enthusiasts in the search for gold and gold panning for leisure.
More than finding gold, it is discovering the technique and the landscapes that surround us, the opportunity to meet new people through this fun activity with people from all walks of life. But wait a bit before giving your resignation to your boss, it takes on average to comb a cubic meter of sand to find a gold glitter, and then it’s still more fun in summer when the water of rivers is not too cold.
And the legislation?
To conclude, a quick word about the legislative aspect of artisanal gold mining in rivers (gold panning) . The amateur gold panning activity can be considered as a mining research activity.
If the practice is an activity accessible to all, recreational gold panning in France is regulated and assimilated to the mining regime for the extraction of gold and sand, that of commerce for the sale of harvested products, but also to the code and environment…