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“The Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society was founded in 1983 and follow a Code of Ethics as well as Federation policies. Montana is home to 6 Gem and Mineral Clubs. ‚Äč ”

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Past Events

May 1, 2022

Field Trip Schedule 2022

BGMS Field Trips Spring & Summer 2022

 

April – Still too much snow in the higher Elevations and very Muddy in the slightly lower ones

 

May

            7          (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Lincoln MT, for Agate & Jasper.

 

18-22   (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Blue Forrest WY, for Agate, Jasper, Petrified Wood, & Fossils.

 

 

21–22   We will go with the Bozeman Club to Ruby Reservoir for Garnet gravel. A full day over

near Dillon.  When it the time gets closer, we will let everyone know the time and where to

meet.  (from Ed.)

  • Snowed out

 

June

4-5       (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Dillon MT, for Agate, Jasper, Petrified Wood, Opal, Fossils, Soapstone, Garnet, Ore Minerals

            Official canceled due to excessive rain & mud – directions for going on you own sent out.

 

12        We will go to Cramer Creek MT. I will lead and send out directions and meet times a week

            prior to the email list.  Collecting Jasper, Agate, Petrified Wood, etc.

                        Postponed Due to excessive Rain & mud.  I will re-schedule at a dryer time…

 

            18        (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Emerald Creek ID, for Star Garnets.

 

            17,18,19 BGMS Rock Show at the Hamilton Fairgrounds!!!!!!

 

25        We will go to Crystal Mountain Fluorite Mine up the Rye Creek Road south of Darby as 23        I will just be getting back from away, so not scheduling anything.  If someone else wants to take a group somewhere let me know.

arranged by Jason Frison.

Instead Ed is going to Lead to Crystal Park for those who want to go.   Hope that it dries out by then!!

            Re-scheduled to 16 July

 

July    

            2          We will either go to the Idaho side of Lolo pass for crystals etc. , or Strawberry Butte for

Topaz.  I am still researching.  If Strawberry Butte I will lead, Lolo Pass TBD.

I am still researching and need to do a scouting trip before I want to schedule.

Also this being the WE of the 4th I don’t expect that anyone will attend, so Canceling

 

9          Weasel Creek - Lead by Geologist John Boyd & Jim Hudspeth.  John will give a talk on how the Morphoritic (Sudomorph of Pyrite) nodules and quartz crystals are formed.

 

16        We will go to Crystal Mountain Fluorite Mine up the Rye Creek Road south of Darby as arranged by Jason Frison.

 

            16     (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to 8 mile Creek, for Gold. They will have

the time and meeting place sent a week prior to the trip. & I will forward when I get it

 

23        I will just be getting back from away for the week, so not scheduling anything.  If someone else wants to take a group somewhere let me know.

 

30        Looking at either Thunder Mountain, or Calvert Hill.  TBD

 

 

            TBD    Calvert Hill – Red Button Mine  Exact Date to be determined . Ed or I will lead.

 

August

6          Alternate of the other of Thunder Mountain, or Calvert Hill, which ever we didn’t do. 

 

15-19   There are 4 sites in the area to be checked out.  There is camping at Bitterroot lake. If you

would like to stay there you will need reservations.  Ed / Pam will lead

The Sites are: 

1; Bitterroot lake

2; Is a 2 hour Drive up Libby Creek to the National Gold Panning Park.

(This is a  recreational Gold Panning Park.)

3; Olney to look for Limonite Pyrite Cubes.

4; East Glacier looking for Fossils.

 

27        (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Painted Rocks, looking for Thundereggs

September

            7-12     We will go with (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Challis ID for Geodes, Agate, Jasper,

Calcite, fluorite. We will have the time and meeting place sent a week prior to the trip.

 

            TBD    Lincoln Mt, Jasper, Agate.  Either Doug or I will lead

 

 

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