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    Natural beauties like this are worth
the work Photo by Sam Gitchel Last day––no one wants to leave, but
pack up they must. The helicopter arrives and makes many trips carrying out
stones and gear. Gitchel says the group is very fortunate to have a helic...
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Gitchel relates: “Next morning
several of us armed with various chisels, hammers, picks, and bars, eagerly
head for the Giant Gem. “Oohs” and “ahhs” quickly turn to grunts and groans and
screams of frustration as we re-learn how tough and heavy true jade ac...
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The final trip of the season before
winter sets in turns out to be the most spectacular. Gitchel discovers what
turns out to be the elusive “Giant Gem,” and he is determined to remove it. He
enlists some of his crew to help move two huge non-jade stones to ...
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A trip of this kind requires a huge
output of energy–––Gitchel makes sure everyone eats well. “The food is good, if
I do say so myself, “ he laughs. (He’s the chef!) Their week’s stay feature
evening meals to keep everyone's strength and spirits high––ciopp...
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I'm reflecting on River Blossom Jade
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Searching for jade in this
wilderness is always exciting and often dangerous. Some of the crew has fallen
into the river while trying to scale the steep cliffs of the gorge and scrambling
around rocks and boulders has resulted in a broken finger, back issue...
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The helicopter carries in supplies Photo by Dael Keplinger Where the road ends and trucks can
go no further, Gitchel and his crew all eagerly await the distant rumble of the
helicopter. As the sounds of the rotor gets closer everyone watches to catch
the fi...
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The helicopter carries out their
recent “finds” Photo by Dael Keplinger Where the road ends and trucks can
go no further, Gitchel and his crew all eagerly await the distant rumble of the
helicopter. As the sounds of the rotor gets closer everyone watches to...
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The Lady Heron, Sam Sr. and 3 sons,
L. to R.-- Heron, Tim, Sam Sr., Sam Jr., Andy Photo by Michael Reilly “Jadeland” is accessible only by
hiking in or by helicopter. Sam Jr. has traversed the long arduous hike and
describes the gauntlet as “killer.” Sam Jr...
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Helicopter
Jade Prospecting in The Trinity Alps Written by Sam Gitchel with great
thanks to Fred Ward and Charlotte Ward for editing. Jade is one of the most prized
gemstones in the world. The Orient has traditionally been the world’s primary
source for jad...
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