COVID-19 Shut Down

RGMS is effectively closed for April
Happy April, Reno Rockhounds! Unfortunately, it’s no April Fool’s joke that RGMS has cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled all of our events for the month. This includes classes, meetings, what was scheduled to be our first field trip of the season, and even our huge Jackpot of Gems show. We’re just as disappointed as you are, but please understand these calls were made to protect our members and their families and weren’t made lightly at all.

In the meantime, just because RGMS can’t offer classes or field trips to you right now doesn’t mean they’re completely off the table. This is a great time to look more into learning rock and mineral related hobbies! There are plenty of online resources for learning pretty much any hobby and ours are no exception. Field trips, as long as they’re done alone or in small, socially distanced groups, are a great way to get out of the house right now. Make sure the land you plan to rockhound on is open before you go, though. Check thediggings.com to see if there are any claims around, and if you plan to go to any outdoor recreation areas check blm.gov/news and local Parks and Recreation websites to see if that area is still open to visitors. Many of the ones that are still open have no entry fees for the foreseeable future!

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and your email for updates, donation requests/offers, and other important info in the coming weeks. We hope to see you soon, but stay safe in the meantime!

The Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the Department of the Interior, manages lands and resources across the continental United States and Alaska. Find national and local news releases about DOI and BLM activities in the list below.
 
 
blm.gov

blm.gov

 
The Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the Department of the Interior, manages lands and resources across the continental…
The Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the Department of the Interior, manages lands and resources across the continental United States and Alaska. Find national and local news releases about DOI and BLM activities in the list below.

 

Field Trip Report – April 2020

We now have a date for our trip to the Otteson turquoise mine. This trip is planned for Sunday, June 28th and is located just outside of Tonopah. This is a fee dig. The cost is $150 dollars per person or $250 per couple. This is a half day dig and they say you will get a bucket of material. I will have a sign-up sheet at April’s meeting* or you can email me at rgms.fieldtrips@gmail.com and I can put you on the list. There is a limit on the number of people that can attend, and I’ll pass that information on as soon as I get it. I know it is at least 20. 
Rockhounding takes us to all kinds of locations, and it is YOUR responsibility to know where you are. Is it private, blm, or a claim? There are many resources, especially with the technology we have today, to know where you are at all times. One that I use on my phone is called onX hunt. It runs $30 dollars per year and it’s like having a gps. It also shows who owns the land, you can mark your vehicle location, and it will track you while you hike. Another resource to view claims is called Thediggings.com and shows mining claims for several different states including Nevada. Just click on Nevada, then click on the map, and all the claims show up. You can look at just the active claims by clicking on filter, then click disposition and click active. I also like to change the map to satellite; that way you can see the terrain better. When you click on the claim, you will get information about the claim and the owner. With these resources and others there is no reason not to know where you are, and who owns the land or the claim. 
Our other scheduled trips are :
May 15th-17th Gabbs
June 6 Lovelock (day trip)
June 28 Tonopah turquoise dig. 
August 14th-16thBlackrock Desert 
Look for more information on these trips in upcoming issues of the Conglomerate. If you would like to lead a trip or make suggestions please reach out to me at rgms.fieltrips@gmail.com
That’s all for now. Happy hounding!

*ED: April meeting is cancelled. Best to email Rob ASAP.

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Check out our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter sites by clicking on each of the 3 little buttons next to Contact Us on this page…the buttons are dark blue, brown, and light blue…make sure and “like” and “follow” our pages so you will get any notices we post delivered straight to your email!!!

USGS Quad Maps – Free Download

Great news for anyone who likes to use USGS Maps when they are out and about! National Geographic has announced a FREE site to download AND print quad maps. If you are interested, check this out: http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads Page one of the print is an overview of that specific quad. Pages 2-5 is the quadrant broken down for printing. The one I checked out was from 1997 but a lot of the roads we still use are on them.
The site is pretty self explanatory and you can zoom in pretty quickly. Let us know what you think.

 
National Geographic Maps makes the world’s best wall maps, recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes for people to explore and understand the world.
 
 

Lapidary

Welcome to the wonderful world of lapidary. In this class you will learn the basics of shaping cabochons. The process takes you through the steps of selecting a slab of stone, drawing a design, using a trim saw to cut the stone, and shaping and polishing your cabochon.  The class also covers the basics of shop safety and how to use lapidary equipment. Other topics covered may include slab selection and advanced techniques. The instructors, Barbara Hartman and Lloyd Raymod, are both well qualified and have been teaching lapidary for a long time.

What is a Cabochon?  Click here for a definition

What are the steps to create a Cabochon?

Cabochon_Steps_to_create

What Equipment is available at RGMS Shop to create Cabochons?

1-dsc_4800_0053_0053

Slab Saw – to cut slaps from larger rocks

2-dsc_4826_0061_0061

Trim Saws – used to “rough out” the cabochon shape

3-dsc_4810_0057_0057

Grinding Stations – used to further shape Cabochon (multiple grits available)

4-dsc_4795_0051_0051

Polish Station (left) – used for final polishing of the Cabochon


Print Friendly, PDF & Email