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 Networkhas 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 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.
I suspect that most people think the only place that gold is caught in the Wizard is in the lower three-run sluicebox as that's the most visible "riffled" component of the gold plant. However, the top nugget catch is where much of the action is. It doesn't have a huge surface area being only about couple of meters long and a meter wide, but as in real estate, it benefits from the old adage "location, location, location". After the gold-bearing gravels are poured into the top dump box and mixed with water, the slurry drops through the grizzly into the top bin to start its journey through the machine, and immediately after turning the first corner, the slurry pours over the two-stage riffles of the top nugget catch. Much of the gold in each run is caught in these riffles, and being fairly small, these riffles are usually pulled after each day's run for further processing. However, while the plant is operating, these riffles do need a little attention and along with preventing any pileups and keeping the material flowing through the top dump box, Scott also checks the top nugget catch riffles on his regular circuit around the top of the plant. Although these riffles work well to catch gold, sometimes larger rocks do pile up in the corners needing a little nudge from time to time. But the main advantage of the Wizard's design is that this part of the gold plant is right in front of the excavator's cab when feeding material, so any jams or slowdowns can be dealt with immediately, always keeping the slurry moving.