• Gold Prospecting as a prepper skill?

    There are many good reasons to prepare for a disaster however considering the state of our world many people are visiting “prepper” websites (Theprepperjournal.com gets 71,250 monthly visits!) and considering going to the next level. Becoming more self-reliant in the face of a disaster just makes good sense for you and your family and necessary items like water, food, shelter and security are basic needs that no one should be without during an emergency. No matter what level of prepping you intend to bring into your life, you will always need to think about owning some form of asset to help get you through.

    Most prepper sited talk about gold and silver as a necessary part of prepping and it’s quite obvious the companies that sell gold and silver are placing ads to attract customers. Some like gold and others like silver but almost all of them believe our paper dollar will become irrelevant if the future. Why? When the paper money runs out or becomes worthless what do you do? This is a scenario that makes for good TV or movies and most likely it will be very temporary, if not than perhaps very few will ever be fully prepared. Gold and silver have a long history of constant value and will never go to zero.

    The gold prospector knows where to find gold and can get it for free! Of course it requires work, some equipment and know how, but many people would be surprised to know that gold can be found in many United States cities. Denver Colorado is a perfect example; along Clear Creek and the Platte River there is gold!

    In a recent add placed on Craigslist I asked the simple question, “Would you trade for gold?” and the response was quite positive; people from all over the area were willing to trade meat, vegetables, honey, car parts, bread, bullets, chickens and eggs! After some follow-up with a few of them, I realized that a few were hunters, ranchers, farmers, scavengers and preppers. Some have already developed a network of bartering for goods yet most of them were not aware of the abundance off free gold right under their feet.

    A 2009 youtube video titled “In Zimbabwe, Gold is the New Currency” shows a young man using a $50,000 worthless Zimbabwe note to clean out the black sand from a small amount of raw native gold to exchange for grain and oil. When a loaf of bread can cost a trillion Zimbabwe dollars, gold became the currency to acquire food on a daily basis. So the point here is, even raw native gold is an asset that someone is willing to trade for and this is a real world example of how an asset like gold can put food on the table.

    Aside from the scare of a world collapse or natural disaster, gold prospecting is a fun and exciting way to spend a Saturday play day. Could it be in our DNA to want to seek gold? There is really no thrill like digging up some gold and seeing that flash in the pan! For many of us, gold fever is real and there is no cure. So if you are a prepper or just want to get out in the water and have fun, then gold prospecting could be your next big adventure! Can you dig it?

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Red Wilcox is the owner of Gold-N-Sand and co-owner of Gold Cube with three U.S. patents that apply to gold prospecting equipment. He resides in Arvada Colorado and has a shop in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

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