Claims & Outings

Claims Etiquette

You have to be a current member, have your Claims Guide and a current membership card with you  when prospecting on our claims. It is fair and proper for someone prospecting to ask one another to see their current membership card and claims guide while on any of our claims. All guests must sign TSS’s liability form before prospecting on our claims. If your membership is not current and you are prospecting on our claims, you are prospecting illegally and will be dealt with accordingly to extent of the law.

If you are going to a GPAA Claim, be sure to have your active GPAA Membership Card with you.

In all cases, please fill in your holes when you are done prospecting. The BLM really gets upset when the desert is riddled with holes and can revoke our right to prospect there. There is enough red tape that we have to deal with already, so please follow this simple rule.

Claims Work Assessment Form

For some bureaucratic reason (saves us money), we need to track any work done on our claims that  improves the locale. When you visit our claims, write down: Your Name, Address, phone, claim name, date, work done and time spent. Get this information to our Claims Manager, Robert Cook ( He will fill in the correct paperwork and keep track of it for our annual filing.

What to expect at a TSS Outing:

  1. Come prepared for “you”. You should be prepared as if you were going to the claim on your own. That means your own food and your own water. You need to make sure that you have enough food and water for your intended stay.
  2. Your own lodging and transportation. Make sure that you have enough fuel (gas) to get to and from the location and if you are staying overnight, you need some type of shelter.
  3. There are no public restrooms available, you need to come prepared (i.e. a port-a-potty).
  4. Bring your own mining equipment, spare parts and necessities.
  5. TSS invites you to the area, but there is no assigned “guide” to show you around. You explore the desert on your own. Members will answer some questions if they are able to do so about the area.
  6. If you are new to gold prospecting, many members will let you share their equipment so that you get to know what you are doing and get a feel for the type of gear you might want to purchase.
  7. Potluck: If this is a weekend trip, TSS members like to have a potluck dinner on Saturday night.  This means you bring your own eating utensils, plates and drinks as if you were eating on your own. Then we ask that each person participating bring a dish to share for 6 to 8 people. All food is welcome. There is nothing furnished by the chapter, unless otherwise stated. Please sample a little from each dish, but leave some for others. You do not have to participate in the potluck, so the choice is yours.
  8. Firewood: There is normally an evening fire after the potluck where we share our experiences. If you have some extra firewood, it is appreciated.
  9. Most areas are wide open desert, so do not feel that you need to camp right next to someone. Everyone enjoys their own space.
  10. Animals are welcome as long as they are leashed.
  11. You will be asked to sign in for attendance and for the Hold Harmless Agreement (same as on the membership application).

Outings are a great way to get to know other members and the best way to become a better prospector. So check our outing schedule at the next meeting, pick a date, then come out and have some fun.