My apologies for the long delay in posting. I have been working diligently, for a seventy-year-old, on the story with a plan to self-publish a memoir. The book will be saturated with photos of my ten-year adventure being part treasure map and part spiritual journey. My love of nature shines throughout the quest. The story will be a thorough investigation into where the stolen gold bars have been secured for one hundred and twenty-five years. Stay tuned.

About James

As a semi-retired senior, I researched the story of the lost gold bars of Camp McKinney. My years in agriculture allowed me to comfortably search the rugged BC forest uncovering valuable clues over the years. Although I have paid a high cost for my unwavering search, I have once again seen the magick and power in nature.
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3 Responses to Writing

  1. Mike says:

    Hi James! – As a gold prospector of about 10 years your junior, I have always been fascinated with the story of the lost gold bars. I live in the Shuswap area and travel around the lower half of the province looking for that noble metal.The excitement quite often is in the quest and the adventure , the finds are just gravy on top. I have just purchased a placer claim in that vicinity and I will be going out there this year in the near future. I have a decent Minelab detector and might be interested in meeting you one day for an outing. Anyways, I enjoy your stories and all the best of luck! – Mike

  2. Troy says:

    Hello James,
    Thank you for you’re very interesting blog and ongoing endeavours to recover the lost Camp Mckinney gold. My friend and I are interested in collaborating with you. We live nearby and are not afraid of hard work as young men in good health. I attempted to email you at write1@shaw.ca; however it was returned. You have my email if you like to connect.


    • James says:

      Hi Troy,
      Not sure what just happened but you may have received a partial message prior to this one. I dropped write1 in favor of jeliot9y@gmail when I switched back to Telus. I am interested in hearing about how two strong men can help me complete this adventure. In the fall of 2020, I had two guys from Squamish who offered the same and we met to discuss options. Later, as we approached the agreed dates for our adventure, I advised them to please be vaccinated to help protect my old lungs. I heard nothing further from them. Apparently, the fear of a simple vaccination meant to protect them from possible death was asking too much. I felt they passed up the proverbial golden opportunity. So that would be my first non-negotiable demand; to be vaccinated and boosted and be able to show proof. My adventures as a young biker and an old farmer have caused irreversible damage to much of my body, especially my lungs. I would also ask you both to be silent on any plan that might develop, especially with locals. The concept of finding lost treasure does strange things to some people. Over the years I have had some obvious attempts to befriend me by some shady people. Learning more about you would be good too. I like to know well in advance who I’m dealing with. This would ideally be in person but I don’t see myself getting to the interior except for a dig. My limited pension has been used lately for preparing the book: editors, and copyright purchases of photos. You would be welcome to visit but we could also meet over Zoom. Spring fever urges an adventurer to get to the forest ASAP but for my purpose, only the low-flow months of August or later would work. In Rock Creek Canyon, any digging quickly reaches water no matter how dry the terrain may be. Give this some thought and consider the potential. But know too that digging on crown land is illegal, another reason for secrecy. I tried many times to get written permission but no one wanted to put their ok on it. And while stolen items recovered are considered property of the province, I have found a legal clause that says if I can show the province had no desire to recover the bars themselves, there is a much stronger case for ownership, or at least partial. I can do that thanks to my detailed notes of contact with many branches of government. Treasure outsells gold bullion by tenfold or more so this is why a legal challenge may be the best path to follow. Rich people love to buy rare items so a good auction could yield stunning results. Consider all this information and let me know. Regards, James

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