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D1- Gold Rush CORA

If you are new to CORA and never hiked with us before, please read the description carefully.We admit paid members only. And there are two options: Either purchasing annual membership ($20) which lasts until the next AGM, or casual hiker's fee ($5) that is valid for one outing. Payments are done online, the blue link on the left (Smart phones/i-phones don't have this app, so it must be done on PC/MAC)

My husband and I have 3 cell claims on Trout Lake/ Lardeau Creek in BC near Nakusp/Revelstoke.  We are going out to work the claim September long weekend.  There is swimming in the lake, some trails and exploring to do in the area if you get bored panning. We will teach you to pan for gold and silver in the creek and you can keep what you find.

We will most likely stay in a motel with kitchen in Nakusp - we can figure out splitting the rooms for cost savings or you can find a nearby campground. Plan on gas, food, motel costs around $100-200.

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Where: Nakusp, Trout Lake area, BC

Group Size: 8

Difficulty: easy

Skill: we will teach you

Basic Gear: 3 season gear (backpack, rubber boots, warm socks, windstopping shell layers, rain coat, food and snacks, water bottles, toque/beanie, gloves), camera, headlamp, sunglasses, first aid kit. 

Technical Gear: a gold pan (available at Outdoor World in CrossIron Mills), rubber boots, a small hand garden spade, a crappy chair to set up in the water.

Trip etiquette: CORA trips start at the trailhead. Be nice to plants and animals. Provide some gas $$ to your driver by the end of the trip. By joining this trip, you are bound to CORA Rules of Conduct. You'll also be expected to read and sign a trip waiver. 

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  • Wade B.

    is everbody well rested....? my muscles r extremely sore. I want to buy a place at Trout Lake and set up base to explore around. Two houses r for sale.

    I was told that most residents of Trout Lake r from Calgary.

    Thanks Shane for some interesting talks and a ride. Would like to keep in touch.

    September 1, 2014

  • Shane O.

    Thank you all for an interesting weekend. I imagine I'll be back to explore this area more in the future.

    September 1, 2014

  • Shane O.

    I think we'll have to leave by noon on Sunday. We need to be in the south end of Calgary by 7:00 pm that day.

    August 28, 2014

  • Shane O.

    We usually aren't very fancy with our camping meals - I'm not even sure we'll bring a cooler. We usually pack dry food (sidekicks, porridge, etc). I'll see what we can do to spice it up a bit.

    August 28, 2014

  • Shane O.

    Jane, I just paid the drop in fees for my son and I - where should I e-mail the receipt? Wade, what area of the city do you live in? You're bringing your gear to the Dalhousie station, correct?

    August 27, 2014

    • Wade B.

      I live in Huntington Hills. 1. Backpack with panning gear 2. Clothe Bags (x2) 3. Camping chair & stool. And yes I have ride to Dalhousie station.

      August 27, 2014

  • Shane O.

    I'll put some meals together with my son - you can plan some meals too and I'm sure we'll have enough. Are there any nearby hikes, if we need a break from panning? I prefer canyons to peaks.

    August 27, 2014

    • Wade B.

      I was thinking of bringing: 1. Beef Hotdogs 2. Farmers Sausages 3. Kettle Chips or Gourmet Dutch 4. Gourmwt S'mores 6. Hamburgers (optional).

      August 27, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Hi Wade, shouldn't be a problem, we'll work out carpooling at the lot. You can bring your own bucket if you want Wade. Wade did you book a campsite?
    We will motel it and just visit you guys.
    Shane, sounds good, 3:30 it is, we can do a campfire and maybe share some food at the campground.

    August 26, 2014

    • Wade B.

      Did book campsite, re are conversation at your house tonight.

      August 27, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Also, please pay your memberships or drop in fees (just email me the receipt) before Friday. Thanks!

    August 27, 2014

  • Jane B.

    I've seen trails on maps for hiking so we could try to check those. Also the claims are at Lardeau River's mouth into Trout Lake so bring swimming gear, a kayak, fishing gear. I hear the fishing in the river/creek is pretty good. We've got some claims we might want to test pan as well further up the creek which might involve a little hiking too.

    August 27, 2014

  • Jane B.

    We usually work our claims once a year, maybe more. We might do a few next year. I'll try to post them on CORA with a bit more notice next time.

    August 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How often do you guys do these trips? I'm not able to go on this one but I would certainly be interested in the next one.

    August 27, 2014

  • Wade B.

    Do you and Jane have some 1 gallon buckets...? Otherwise I'll buy some before I leave.

    August 26, 2014

  • Wade B.

    For carpooling I would need a ride back to my house at 11 PM, especially if I have camping gear. Is this okay Shane...? Okay Jane...?

    August 26, 2014

  • Wade B.

    If u r camping Shane and I do the same thing,u want to a camp potluck. We ccan share food. Although I don't like seafood or seaweed.

    August 26, 2014

  • Wade B.

    What r we doing for meals...?

    August 26, 2014

  • Shane O.

    I talked to your husband last night (as I'm sure you're aware). I just booked a tent site at the Coachman campground for Fri - Sun. They've got a pool, so I figured it would be a good place to stay. I hope this works for your arrangements. I don't anticipate big problems getting to the departure place by 3:30 pm, it will just depend on traffic. There's even a chance we could be there closer to 3, if traffic isn't too crazy.

    August 26, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Hi Shane, easiest to just give me a call:[masked]
    Thanks,
    Jane

    August 25, 2014

  • Shane O.

    Just some quick questions before signing up then, thank you for your first reply. Does CORA still have the $5/meetup option, or is it just the $20 yearly membership? What do I do in regards to my son in this regard (how do I sign him up for a spot without a CORA membership - he's too young, isn't he)? Can I pay when we meet, or is it just on-line now? We're open to the room, but might camp instead if it's significantly cheaper. We have one pan (at the moment, we might track down another one before the weekend). Are you allowed to set up any kind of sluice on your claims? I have an idea for a small/simple sluice that I'd like to try out if it's allowed.

    August 25, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Hi Shane, it is fine if you bring your son. If 3:30 is too early we could do 4:30. Once I have confirmed attendance, we can detail plans a bit more.

    August 24, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Hi Wade, please read the trip description. It will answer most of your questions. There is no hike, the claim is road accessible. You can go off for a hike if you get bored panning though. Hotel rooms can be split out depending on how many sign up and if people want their own room or want to share.

    August 24, 2014

  • Wade B.

    How many nights....? How many kms away from Calgary....?

    Is their a structured, formal hike or we do this on our own time...?

    How will the hotel room cost be shared....?

    Might have one other person come. Might tent. Will pay drop in fee. Know how to pan -> moderate skill level.

    August 23, 2014

  • Shane O.

    Also, I should be able to drive.

    August 23, 2014

  • Shane O.

    Both my son (13) and I would be interested in this. My CORA membership isn't current, but could be updated before the trip. I work Friday, but should be able to arrive at the departure point approximately by 3:30 pm. Just let me know if it's okay to bring my son, and we'll decide whether to sign up at that point. Sounds like a fun weekend!

    August 23, 2014

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