Summer 2013: Keep up with the latest from Holloway Bar - Scroll Down for MinermanScotti's Twitter feed...
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!
May 8, 2013 - Webcam 6 (overlooking Terrace) is now in high resolution! Check out the increased detail here...
November 1, 2012 - Minor adjustments to the Lakelse Panorama webcam page have just been completed to give you a better view! If you haven't checked out these new feature and its sometimes spectacular view, you should visit the page today!
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 Miner! Scott 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.
Holloway Bar Placer Mine - Placer Gold Mining on McDame Creek in Northern British Columbia
Where are we?
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.
Modern placer gold mining on any large scale is not really possible without the aid of heavy equipment. The standard tools of the trade to feed and maintain a gold plant are a loader and an excavator - although many different combinations (or even a single piece) of equipment are often used by different miners. A lot of what you need is determined by the ground you are digging in. In the McDame Creek area, the gravel is riddled with large boulders, some as big as a car - so whatever is used to first move the gravel has to be able to cope with the rocks. This excavator that this bucket and thumb is attached to was used on Holloway Bar a couple of years ago like a big hand to get to and feed the gold-bearing gravels into the shaker plant. If your equipment is big enough, you might be able to pick up and move some of the medium-sized rocks out of the way (the big monsters stay where they are) before grabbing a load of gravel for the gold plant. Others try to dump everything over a grizzly with the big rocks sliding off the back; then a loader comes to move the gravel that dropped through into the gold plant. But whatever your situation, you have to work with what you have to make the best of it - and hopefully the end of the day will result in a gold in the sluicebox!