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karelian65
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Joined: 16 January 2017
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05 December 2017 12:30 am

1512393945_belt3.jpgThe first time I went prospecting I was 17 years old. A Garrett A2B Groundhog swinging in one hand and a pick slung over my shoulder. No headphones . no water, no GPS, no 5w uhf handheld, very basic but still fun.. Today I wear proper boots, long trousers, my basic kit includes first aid for snake bite, mobile phone, GPS, Uhf 5w radio etc etc. A lot of stuff that won't fit in my pockets or jacket. The pick over the shoulder is a distraction, I focus better with it out of the way.. the need to manage my gear in an effective manner dictated the evolution of the prospecting belt. A heavy leather belt with some simple modifications solved my problems. Basically a molle compatible 'battle belt' combined with a webbing harness added to carry the load. I can add one or two old army canteens to increase the amount of water carried depending on location, weather and time of year. I was a lousy soldier once, but they did manage to teach me a few things. Balancing the load was one thing.
My pick on one side and everything else balancing on the other end and rear. So far so good.

I often detect within sight of the car and tell myself, it is a good idea. If for no other reason than to stop me having to go back to the car for things. Carry the necessary gear and get more swing time in. I'm autonomous for hours on end and can wander further out and focus more on prospecting. I just start the day by marking the cars location on the GPS and I'm free to wander off. The belt is a bit heavy duty but that helps in making it very comfortable. Doesn't matter if I'm using my White's Tdi or a MXT, the belt is now part of the kit when I venture out into the bush. I've used this setup for a few outings, sometimes I feel I have overdone it, but it is proving practical and functional. It continues to evolve slowly, I sometimes remodel the harness and belt for photography in the bush etc.

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I like the versatility of the rig and trying to discipline myself in that only what is necessary is carried. The images show the basic prospecting configuration. 1512393841_belt5.jpg

Time will tell if I'm on the right track since it is early days.

All the best,
Karelian

Last edited by karelian65 (05 December 2017 12:40 am)

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7.62marksman
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From: Nowra, NSW
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05 December 2017 12:37 am

Looks good and yes they did teach us something useful lol
Looks like a good balance
Well done


Highbanker, Sluice, Trommel, Gold Monster 1000 (Khaleesi), M/Lab 16000, Goldseeker 3D 12000, Bounty Hunter "Rustler",
Non Turbo 2.8lt Hilux called Turtle and a NAPFA member ----An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody

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Wally69
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From: Sydney
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05 December 2017 07:52 am

Will have to try that out myself thumbsup

Finds pouch placement may become critical, the theory comes unbalanced when you find a 16oz nugget ?

Guess you can drop your pack and run through the hills like a madman ..... would be happy with that too big_smile lol big_smile

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Whisp
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From: Nowra, NSW
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05 December 2017 10:09 am

Wally69 wrote:

Will have to try that out myself thumbsup

Finds pouch placement may become critical, the theory comes unbalanced when you find a 16oz nugget ?

Guess you can drop your pack and run through the hills like a madman ..... would be happy with that too big_smile lol big_smile

Why only 16oz's? Doesn't sound very ambitious to me lol


Currently:- XP Deus 9" + 13" many sieves and buckets half built Wal Banker
Previous:- Bounty Hunter with less sieves and buckets

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karelian65
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07 December 2017 02:09 pm

I was asked why the snake bite first aid kit was so large? I figure it is just the right size to get the job done. Contains everything required to treat a snake bite, made in Australia meeting required standards. Probably the best bang for buck, although I've got extra 'large' bandages to complement this kit as well as more for home and car.. Not in the business of selling these but I know what I like..1512615710_snake2.jpg

Please take note that you get two bandages in the kit, I've bought the same brand 'larger' bandage as an extra since the little buggers sometimes get more than one bite in..1512615933_snake3.jpg

If I'm going to carry a snake bite kit then I'm going to make sure it is up to the job.. no room for shortcuts.

Last edited by karelian65 (07 December 2017 02:15 pm)

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