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The carving was done by David Gray from a red schiller sunstone that I dug at the Dust Devil Mine (yes it's on the DVD!)

 

OREgon ROCKhounds ONline

"Orygun, Warshington, I-de-hoe, and a wee bit o' Cali"

ROCKHOUNDING LOCATIONS DVD

NEWS FLASH: Now available on SD card or USB thumb drive!

OreRockOn On DVD Version 5.3 includes:

NEW TO V 5.3: Hundreds of new pics, expanded and updated writeups, new & corrected links, 2,795 (104 new) waypoints, 832 (12 new) topo maps, 264 (4 new) overview maps, new landowner information. A minor update to V 5.2.

Current DVD/CD owners: If you have purchased ANY version of the CD or DVD from me in the past then you can get the DVD for HALF PRICE! Email me at the link at the bottom of the page.

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Tips on Using the DVD (corrections are here)

Please note: My email address is at the bottom of this page for a good reason, that reason being, if you read the entire contents of this page, and then email me asking a question that is already answered on this page, be prepared for the wrath of the thunderegg gods to come down and cast a blight upon your entire household! In other words, I probably won't reply!

Also: If you have a question about "where to go rockhounding" or "where is the best place for (fill in the blank)" (I get these at least once a week), I definitely won't reply! That's what the DVD is for! There are hundreds of online sources for the Pacific Northwest if all you want is a place to try out rockhounding or fossil/mineral collecting so I suggest you Google them...

IF YOU OWN ANY PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE CD/DVD AND WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE FOR HALF PRICE: EMAIL ME AT THE ADDRESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!

IF YOU WANT A FREE DVD THE NEXT TIME I ISSUE A NEW VERSION, EMAIL ME SOME PICS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF SITES I HAVEN'T VISITED OR NEW SITES THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT! GPS WAYPOINTS OR SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS NECESSARY!

IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE DVD, YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT SITES AND IF I ADD THEM YOU GET A HALF PRICE DVD!

 

The DVD contains all the rock digs I have visited, plus many, many more, complete with topo maps, directions, and example photos of the rocks, minerals, or fossils available at each site with a write-up. There are so many sites on the DVD that you can't possibly visit them all unless you have a decade of summers to spare! Sites that I haven't personally checked out or have first-hand knowledge of are great places to explore, who knows, maybe you'll be the first tio discover something new or rediscover something lost! The DVD also contains files for viewing each waypoint in Google Earth and a waypoint list for downloading to just about any GPS unit (you need to have the software and cable for your GPS unit, or you can easily enter them by hand). I may provide updates of the waypoint file if you have supplied me with a valid email address. It contains full descriptions of 29 productive rockhounding areas in Oregon and 7 areas in Washington on the DVD (some Idaho sites are included in the Oregon area write-ups).

Many of the maps in version 5.2 have new collecting sites and/or updated information. In addition, there is a page of tips and tricks for fossil preparation and a few other "extras". Also, I now have pics of hundreds of materials available at sites that are not included in the detailed write-ups, many of which are from the actual site. I make no warranties about the accuracy of the landowner information. Contacting landowners and finding out what the various state & federal rules for rock digging are is your responsibility!

 

Rockhounding Guides Covered on the DVD

Waypoints and topo maps for the vast majority of digging areas from Garret Romaine's Gem Trails of Washington, Gem Trails of Oregon, and Rockhounding Idaho guides

Click the pics to check out the books on Amazon.com :)

 

(The cover photo for Washington is a favorite NARG fossil crab spot on the Grays River in southwest WA, for Oregon it's the Umpqua River at the mouth of Little River, aka Colliding Waters. Idaho features smoky quartz on matrix from Dismal Swamp)

I am proud to announce that, in collaboration with local author and all-'round rock and gold nut GARRET ROMAINE (read his informative and entertaining BLOG here), I have mapped virtually all of the sites and waypoints from his brand new Gem Trails of Washington, Gem Trails of Oregon and Rockhounding Idaho books. Click on the titles to check out the books at Amazon.com.

Why is this so great? It's simple: buy the books, they are easily the most comprehensive and definitely the most up to date rockhounding site guides ever written for any states in the USA (yes I am biased)! Then decide which of Garret's sites you want to check out (there are 100 sites in the Oregon, 80 in Washington, and 99 in Idaho!) Garret provides waypoint(s) for each site and a map of the general area. Then use the DVD to find the site topo maps (it's easy since all the sites in the books are cross-referenced in tables on the DVD). I don't offer any additional explanation of the sites that are in the books (I do note which waypoints are from the guides) except for sites in my detailed write-ups (besides noting what can be found at each of Garret's waypoints), so I strongly encourage you to have the guides in hand when you are planning your excursions. The DVD is not meant to be a substitute for any of these guides, but a valuable supplement to the information that Garret presents in each.

I have added the waypoints for 96 of the 100 sites in Gem Trails of Oregon to 98 of my Oregon maps, 73 of the 80 sites in Gem Trails of Washington to 74 of my Washington maps, and 89 of the 99 sites in Rockhounding Idaho to 99 of my Idaho maps. I didn't map the sites that dealt with purely gold panning or mining relics (sorry Garret that ain' t my bag LOL) or points of geological interest (although I have been to many of these sites myself). Many of the new maps in Version 5.0 through 5.2 are maps of Garret's sites that I had not previously covered.

Gem Trails of Washington

Garret's book is the first guide to Washington in the Gem Trails series and in my humble (biased!) opinion is the best guide in the series that has ever been written. Many sites are for the casual or beginner rockhound, but the seasoned rock veteran will also find challenging sites to explore. This book is the best, up to date, and only guide to Washington rockhounding that 95% of casual rockhounds will ever need. The book presents, in exhaustive detail, more sites than one could visit in several summers of nothing but rockhounding. Most sites that I am aware of that contain good lapidary or gemstone material are in this book. Of those that aren't, many are currently or have been under a mineral claim, and some are just plain dangerous to collect or require a strenuous hike or other dangers that the casual rockhound shouldn't be attempting in the first place. In addition, there are dozens of sites that haven't been described in any literature published to date (which, by the way, is a very short list for WA, ALL of which are referenced in the book). The information at the end of the book is extremely valuable as a resource on its own, and includes the only complete list of WA state rock shops, gem & mineral websites, clubs, and prospecting clubs that I have ever seen. The list of sources similarly gives the reader a huge number of resources to consult for further information.

Gem Trails of Oregon

Garret's version is the third edition of the guide to Oregon in the Gem Trails series and in my humble (biased!) opinion is the best guide to rockhounding in Oregon that has ever been written. It is a vast improvement over the previous versions since Garret started from scratch, checked out and revised ALL of the sites in the second edition, and discarded those sites (and there were many) which never contained worthwhile materials or have never been or are no longer accessible to Joe Rockhound. Then he personally visited and added a whole slew of new sites that offer opportunities for the rockhound to visit places that have generally not been "picked over". In fact, if you visit some of these sites soon after the book has been published, you will likely be one of the first rockhounds to have a crack at what can be found there (big hint)! Many sites are for the casual or beginner rockhound, but the seasoned rock veteran will also find challenging sites to explore. The information at the end of the book is extremely valuable as a resource on its own, and includes the only complete list of OR state rock shops, gem & mineral websites, clubs, and prospecting clubs that I have ever seen. The list of sources similarly gives the reader a huge number of resources to consult for further information.

 

Rockhounding Idaho

Garret's version is the first edition of the Falcon Guides series for Idaho and in my humble (biased!) opinion is the best guide to rockhounding in Idaho that has ever been written. That's not to take away value from the previous guides to Idaho gem and mineral collecting, most notably Lanny Ream's Gem and Mineral collector's guides and Gems and Minerals series (I also include many of the sites from these guides on the DVD). It is an expansion of the previous guides since Garret started from scratch, checked out and revised many of the well-known and seldom visited sites in the guides, discarded those sites (and there are many) which don't produce nowadays or have never been or are no longer accessible to Joe Rockhound. Then he personally visited and added a whole slew of new sites that offer opportunities for the rockhound to visit places that have generally not been "picked over". In fact, if you visit some of these sites soon after the book has been published, you will likely be one of the first rockhounds to have a crack at what can be found there (big hint)! Many sites are for the casual or beginner rockhound, but the seasoned rock veteran will also find challenging sites to explore. The information at the end of the book is extremely valuable as a resource on its own, and includes the only complete list of ID state rock shops, gem & mineral websites, clubs, and prospecting clubs that I have ever seen. The list of sources similarly gives the reader a huge number of resources to consult for further information.

 

MORE ABOUT OREROCKON ON DVD VERSION 5.3

What can you find at the sites on the DVD? Here's a (very short) list:

Lapidary Materials:

Other Lapidary Rock

Minerals & Crystals

Fossils

PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING: The DVD will NOT work in a video DVD player! You MUST have a DVD drive on your computer to view the DVD. If you only have a CD drive, you need to install a DVD drive; they are CHEAP. I paid $35 + shipping for the world's fastest DVD Writer in July 2009, so there is no excuse not to buy one! THE DVD WORKS ON ALL NEW MACS. It definitely works on older MAC operating systems, except very old ones. IT WORKS ON ALL WINDOWS BASED PCs, indeed, any OS that supports HTML document viewing including Ipads, tablet PCs, Android phones, Iphones, and who knows what all else. All you need is a web browser and the DVD drive. Email me for instructions on geting the DVD onto devices without a DVD drive. I highly recommend that you have the latest version of your browser installed!

See the example Ashwood, Oregon area 1:100,000 scale overview & land ownership map here; this compressed and shrunk image (done deliberately to obscure details) is absolutely abysmal compared to the large detailed images on the DVD!

See the example Richardson's Ranch 1:24,000 scale collecting area map here; this compressed image is also much lower quality than the images on the DVD!

Screen Shot of the main interface

Screen Shot of the Oregon Regions interface

Screen Shot of the Central Oregon Region interface

Screen Shot of the Ashwood Area interface (not all areas have this fancy overview map)

Image of all the GPS waypoints on the DVD

Image of all the 1:24,000 detailed topo maps on the DVD

Image of all the 1:100,000 Overview maps on the DVD

 

Tips on using the CVD/DVD (corrected internet links and errata are here)

 

Mac users: I have been informed that for two customers some of the fancier aspects of the DVD don't work as expected. They are limited to clicking on links for overview maps on some of the state region pages that don't lead to the expected map images. I can't reproduce this behavior on the MACs I have access to. I have made some corrections suggested by a programmer and I think this will solve the issue. If you bought the DVD before Feb. 2014, and some links don't work, you can however access all of the map images by clicking on the appropriate file by opening DVD in the Finder application. I can email you instructions if this happens on your computer. BTW there are excellent (and free) alternatives to the Finder that make it a lot more user-friendly. If you want to exchange the DVD for a new copy (free of charge), please email me.

 

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