Keweenaw Week 2020 Information

Keweenaw Week 2020 registration is scheduled to begin 6:00 PM  March 20, 2020 on Eventbrite

Field trip registration is open to the public and all club members who live more than 100 miles from Dollar Bay.  Children are allowed if they are 12 or older.  Each child below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and is required to submit a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

This is an opportunity for those who cannot normally attend our club field trips to experience mineral collecting on a prepared surface.  After June 1 any field trips that haven’t sold will be made available to all members. 

Club members can register for any or all of the evening social events at any time. 

This year we are again offering classes on using metal detectors prior to each field trip.  Our guides will arrive to the field trip locations an hour before the event and coach those unfamiliar with using detectors. There are a lot of different detectors on the market but they all use the same principal. We will try to give you a few pointers and have copper specimens available to see exactly how your detector reacts.

Please note that DUE TO ROAD COMISSION CRUSHING SCHEDULES, ALL FIELD TRIPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  All registrants will be notified ASAP of any changes. 

Waiver

All field trip registrations must include a signed waiver for each participant.  Only one waiver is required if you have registered for multiple field trips.  Waiver forms can be found on the CCRMC web site.

Badges

Badges will be prepared for each attendee, confirming which events you have registered for.  These badges can be picked up at the Monday evening social event or at the beginning of all the other events.  You must have your badge to participate in each event.  Eventbrite may instruct you that you need your ticket to attend but this isn’t necessary.  In the event there is a mistake on your badge, we will have all the registration information issued by Eventbrite to correct the problem.  

Events

Monday August 3

Meet and Greet

Siskiwit Hall 6:00 to 10:00

General get together for registered attendees.  You can pick up your badges and socialize with other attendees.  CCRMC members will be there to answer any questions you have or offer suggestions on collecting techniques.  There will also be a mineral identification clinic.  Snacks will be served.

$5 Registration Fee

Tuesday August 4

Cliff Mine

Mineral List – Copper, Copper Crystals, Copper/Silver halfbreeds, Copper Wires, Epidote and Greenstones

Metal Detector Training 9:30 – 10:30. Field Trip Hours  10:30 – 4:30

$35 Registration Fee               

Tuesday (continued)

Lecture

Siskiwit Hall in Calumet 6:00 – 10:00

Falun, Sweden’s Copper Country

by Nathalie Brandes

Snacks – Cheese, Meat, Sweets, Hot Snacks will be served

$15 Registration Fee

Weds August 7

Seneca

Mineral List – Copper, Datolite, Copper Arsenides and Mohawkite

Metal Detector Training 9:30 – 10:30.  Field trip 10:30 – 4:30.

$35 Registration Fee

Thurs August 6

Wolverine #2

Mineral List – Copper, Copper Crystals, Silver, Copper/Silver Hybrids, Epidote and Copper included Agates

Metal Detector Training 9:30 – 10:30. Field trip 10:30 – 4:30

$35 Registration Fee

Thurs. (Continued)

Banquet and Live Auction.

Siskiwit Hall 6:00 – 10:00

Buffet Style Dinner and Live Auction to benefit the Michigan Technological University Geology Department Nathan DeCleen Scholarship

$25 Registration Fee

Friday August 7

Central

Mineral List – Copper, Copper Crystals, Greenstones, Adularia, Analcime, Datolite, Prehnite and Copper/Silver halfbreeds.

Metal Detector Training 9:30 – 10:30 Field trip 10:30 to 4:30

$35 Registration Fee

Friday August 7 – Sunday August 9  Houghton Middle School

Free Admittance

Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club Annual Rock and Mineral show

Show Opens 1 pm Friday and Closes 3 pm Sunday

Friday 1:00 – 5:00

Saturday 10:00 – 6:00

Sunday 10:00 – 3:00

Weather

All events will be held on schedule, rain or shine. 

Weather in the Keweenaw is unpredictable and can vary from full sun with temperatures  in the 80’s to rainy/windy with temperatures in the 50’s.  Be prepared to dress accordingly.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended.  Bring plenty of water not only to drink but also to clean treasures you find.  We will require evacuation of the rock pile in the event of severe weather conditions

Protective Gear

Eye protection is a must.  Hammering on rocks is common and rock chips can fly at the speed of a bullet.  To find the copper included agates at Wolverine #2, you will need to break a lot of rocks.

Good sturdy boots are highly recommended.  The excavated rock piles are great for uncovering hidden specimens but the excavation creates a lot of loose rocks.  Footware with good gripping soles and ankle protection reduce the risk of injury.  Always test your footing before applying your full weight as you navigate the rock piles.

Even with warm temperatures, long pants are recommended to help protect your legs from cuts and scratches

Collecting Etiquette

To avoid injury due to falling rocks, always be aware of your surroundings. If you are collecting on a slope always be aware of people below and above.  Maintain a reasonable distance from other collectors.  Gas or electric powered equipment is not allowed.  If a specimen cannot be moved by three people it must be left on the pile.

Metal Detector Etiquette

Metal detectors greatly increase your chances of finding valuable copper specimens.  Unfortunately, the various makes and models can interfere with each other.  Always keep your detector pointed down and maintain a reasonable distance from other detectors. 

Information Package        

A week or two prior to the events an email will be sent to all registrants with maps to all the events. 

Contact

For additional information or questions contact Kweek@ccrmc.info