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May 2015 - Holloway Bar Mine Webcams are back online!

September 22, 2014 - They still call this a creek! is our latest video!  Is Al brave enough to pull his summer home across the rushing water?  Share his "rush" as he gives it a try...

July 6, 2014 - Rewired:  The Holloway Bar Mine Network has just been posted.  This article updates the original Wired story from a few year back and walks us through the changes and updates made to the webcams and wireless network that carries their signals...

May 31, 2014:  We just finished a short time-lapse mining video - The Holloway Bar Diggers - to get the 2014 season mining and video seasons started.  Enjoy this quick blast into last year!

May 30, 2013 - Our latest video - Through a Miner's Eyes - has just been released! Ride along on Scott's Helmet Cam as he and Trevor mine with the Wizard during the great 2007 adventure that started it all!

November 1, 2012 - Minor adjustments to the Lakelse Panorama webcam page have just been completed to give you a better view!

June 6, 2012 - Part 4 of The Holloway Bar Gold Miners has just been completed and is now online!  Scott & Del are still at it - come with them as they finish the 2011 gold mining season on Holloway Bar!
You can start the adventure with Part 1 if you missed it!

Friday Flashback - Did you ever wonder what lies under a moving glacier?  We go "behind the scenes" of a diamond drilling project through the Foremore Glacier in Northern BC...

April 21, 2011 - Don't miss our new video - McDame Creek Placer MinerScott walks us through a day's mining to show us how it all works. 

Friday Flashback - rediscover Scott's photo & audio journey back into Holloway Bar history Into the Trenches...

March 17, 2011 - Tag along with Scott on a little Holloway Bar night mining adventure in "Let's Go Mining Tonight" - our latest video...

Friday Flashback - takes us to look at how "The Wizard" - Holloway Bar's gold extracting machine - works. 

February 24, 2011 - We've just finished another "sped up" video - Watch "Skeena Sojourn"... a morning drive along the Skeena River. 

December 29, 2010 - Our latest video - Tranquil Timelapses - has just been completed and uploaded to our videos section. 

September 1, 2010 - our latest video - A Year on a Yukon Corner - has just been posted.  Check it out here...

August 13, 2010 - Another mining video is now online - Feeding the Plant: A short mining timelapse looks at a year's mining.

July 25, 2010 - Journey with Scott as he builds the Holloway Bar Placer Mine in A Gold Miner's Dream: The Holloway Bar Story

October 7, 2009 - Shake It! is a new video made from webcam stills documenting the "last dig of 2009".  Enjoy!

July 21, 2009 - Check out the Del's Shaker Plant video to see how a placer gold shaker plant works!
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Holloway Bar Placer Mine - Placer Gold Mining on McDame Creek in Northern British Columbia
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Holloway Bar is located on McDame Creek in Northern BC's beautiful Cassiar Mountains.  McDame Creek is where one of BC's largest solid gold nuggets (73 ounces!) was found in 1877 - just downstream from our Holloway Bar project.
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New visitor to Holloway Bar?   These stories and videos will help get you started on your adventure...

Mining Stories:The Wizard: Extracting the Gold, Cassiar Gold:Mining on Snow Creek, :Boulder City - Placer Gold on the Turnagain River, Glacier Drilling, more Pictures and Stories...

Audio Journeys: A Trip to Cassiar, Waterline, Holloway Bar History, High Water, more Pictures and Stories...

Mining Videos: A Gold Miner's Dream: The Holloway Bar Story, The Holloway Bar Gold Miners (4 parts), McDame Creek Placer Miner, Let's Go Mining Tonight, Del's Shaker Plant, more Videos..

Webcams:  Yukon Cams, BC Cams, Placer Mine Cams, Lakelse Lake Panorama, more Webcams...

We hope you enjoy sharing in our adventures!
July 6, 2015
Simple Solar Tracker
Working and mining in the back country is only part of the picture.  Managing the job site in a remote area is always a challenge to ensure that the right resources are available on-site in case they're needed.  A miner also has to have a comfortable place to come back to at the end of the day - one that has all of the comforts of home, including lights, heat, appliances and running water.  But doing all of this when you're many kilometers from the nearest electrical utility is challenging (but certainly not impossible!).  This trailer is fully equipped for off-grid living, with 500 watts of solar panels, a couple of large batteries designed for solar systems, and a 2 kilowatt inverter to energize all of the trailer's plug ins.  But getting good power into the batteries all the time can be a little challenging.  Last summer, these panels were fixed in a single location and couldn't follow the sun - meaning that there was lots of power on sunny days but the generator (the backup source of charging power!) couldn't be too far away after a couple of not-too-nice days.  So one of this year's modifications were to modify the solar panel setup to allow it to be moved with the sun.  All that was needed for this job was a pole to be used as a pivot point, a handful of wood screws to keep everything together, and a flat rock for the pole to rest on.  Now when the sun moves, you can grab the handles on one end of the mount and walk the whole works a few feet, rotating the panels to best track the sun!