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OCT 2014

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journey because there wasn't a single gas station along the way. The mine itself was another 2.5 hours north of Dawson City, on one of the most treacherous gravel and dirt mountain roads I've ever traveled. It was a very dangerous journey getting there. I have no idea how they got the equipment up there. When I finally got up to the mine, no one was there. But I figured they would have to come back eventually. So I set up my tent, ate my food, drank my water and waited. I knew I was in the wilderness, but nothing prepared me for that first morning when I woke up and walked out of my tent, and there was a huge black bear, staring at me from just a few yards away. I backed slowly into my tent, and luck‐ ily he meandered off – because that tent wouldn't have been any protection if he had been more interested in me! Two days later, when everyone re‐ turned to the site, I found out they had shut down for a Canadian holiday. Living in Tents There at Scribner Creek, most of the guys were living in tents. The guys who were smart brought travel trailers with them – but that couldn't have been easy, given the conditions getting up there. There also were some office trailers there, which they could cook in, as well. But they used makeshift pumps to pull water out of the creek for taking show‐ ers and washing clothes. Living condi‐ tions were pretty brutal during the mining season. The mosquitoes were legendary. They're bigger than eagles! There ac‐ tually are signs posted in the Yukon and Alaska that show mosquitoes pick‐ ing people up and taking them away. And they are all over you. They're con‐ centrated – in swarms. You can't talk without eating them. Now, I had taken bug dope (spray) ROCK products • OCTOBER 2014 23 Jimmy Siler (left) and Parker Schn- abel pan for gold.

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