So today’s review will encompass my day at the Alabama Gold Camp using the High Bankers. They have 6 of these set up in one spot on the river and they pile 3-4 massive piles of pay dirt to go through. The price of the High Banker is $45 for 5 hours plus the entrance fee of $5 into the camp. So it is a minimum of $50 for 4 hours, but would highly suggest this as a 2 person job so $55 for 4 hours.
The Good: Was a great experience and had fun. That is about where it ended on the good for the High Banker.
The Bad: Ok while I had a blast at the camp and this was loads of fun it just isn’t set up for success. When you rent the High Banker the let you pick any 1 of the 6 not in use, then they turn on the water from a locked shed. They will then come back out when your time is up and shut off the water. Now the problem with that is High Bankers need a constant feed of dirt or gold will be washed away. The Pay dirt is close but not close enough where you can keep shoveling it in. Essentially you need to go to the pile of pay dirt and fill a 5 gallon bucket, then use it to slowly add pay dirt to the hopper. So you have to have 2 people constantly shoveling, with no breaks or your just washing gold away.
Also the High Bankers they use just arent made for gravel so every 4-5 scoops of dirt you add, you have to stop and clean out the grizzly bars and the metal screen. So essentially every 5 minutes you have to stop for 2 minutes and just pull out rocks while water is pouring over the mats.
The main problem with the High Bankers is they did not add on a customer shut off valve. So if you want to check your sluice, or take a lunch break the water just doesn’t keep washing out gold. Plus with no shut off you really can’t tell if you are on the Gold or not. The whole time I was working the High Banker I just kept wishing I could shut off the water so I could clean out the moss and have kids run more dirt while I checked the results. This way if we were on a bad patch of pay dirt we could move.
Well anyways I still had a blast though I ended up with some really nasty blister, so I highly suggest a good pair of work gloves.
Here is the damage me and my son did to the mound of Pay Dirt in 4 hours:
Here was the concentrates from the High Banker:
So the final take from the 4 hours of High banking? 0.03 grams of gold or about $1.00! Was it worth it? Hell yea I had a blast but I probably wouldn’t use the High Banker again, just too much work and bad designs.