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Posted in response to Collecting/Getting to Mount Antero from Mike Sutherland on July 26, 2007 at 15:36:05:

Re: Collecting/Getting to Mount Antero

It has been a number of years since I have been up Antero but once you make treeline, there is a large flat area that you can park in and camp as well. However, be aware that you are still 1500 to 2000 vertical feet below the productive area. The productive area is from 13,000 feet up to the summit at 14200.

The book by Jacobson is the by far the best book on Antero and the areas where one can collect. Most of the productive collectors go up Antero and stay for at least a week if not a season. Float aquas are found all the time but usually are not gemmy and are typically fairly small (3-10 carats) but I have seen 200 carat crystals found as float. Most pockets are located by tracing float up the scree slopes and then digging back in until the pegmatites are located. This is very hard work at 2 1/2 miles up.

The people of the Contin-Tail Rock Show usually have trips up the mountain during the show, August 9-12 this year. Snow starts flying at that elevation in Early September so you need to be aware of that for your schedule as well.

Good luck

Bob Johannes
The Amethyst Rose

From Bob Johannes - July 27, 2007 at 10:54:09

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