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Product Details

  • Series: Rockhounding Series
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762748125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762748129
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A complete guide to finding, collecting, and preparing the state’s gems & minerals

Rockhounding Idaho is a must-have book for anyone interested in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils, and gold in the Gem State. Completely up-to-date with over 200 GPS coordinates in ninety-nine collecting locales, it covers popular and widely known fee-dig operations as well as four-wheel-drive adventures into the desert, and long winding drives through the mountains. The result is a complete and accurate guide to the state’s vast riches.

The author—a long-time field collector in the Pacific Northwest and an award-winning writer—clearly explains the broad outlines of Idaho’s many collecting locales and mining districts, and provides an appreciation for the geology underneath. You can use this guide to plan expeditions straight across the state or to devise looping road trips that cover a single region in great detail. From agates to zeolites, from garnets to gold, Rockhounding Idaho is the ideal resource for ­rockhounds of all ages and experience levels.
 
Look inside to find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby camping

About the Author

Garret Romaine has been an avid rockhound, fossil hunter, and gold prospector for 35 years. He is a long-time journalist, columnist, and technical writer, and teaches technical writing at Portland State University. He is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication. He holds a degree in geology from the University of Oregon and a degree in geography from the University of Washington. Since 1997 he has written a regular magazine column for the Gold Prospectors Association of America entitled "Mining the Internet." His first book, Gem Trails of Washington, documented popular collecting locales in that state. He revised and updated Gem Trails of Oregon in 2009. This is his third book. Garret writes from Portland, Oregon.

More About the Author

Garret Romaine is an award-winning journalist and technical writer hailing from Portland, Oregon. His grandfather, Harold Banta, was an attorney in Baker, Oregon specializing in mining law, and his grandmother Floy ran a rock shop in Baker. As a boy, Garret visited many collecting areas, mines, and ghost towns in the Baker area, and was hooked for life on field work. He earned a geology degree from the University of Oregon, studying under stalwarts such as Dr. Ewart Baldwin, Dr. William Orr, and Dr. Allan Kays, and followed that up with a master's degree in geography at the University of Washington and an MBA from Portland State.

Garret has written for multiple publications in the Portland area, and has managed technical writing teams for several technology companies in the area. He has taught technical writing at Portland State since 1997, and serves on the board for the Center for Excellence in Writing.

Since 1996, Garret has authored a regular column entitled "Mining the Internet" for the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA). He has written features, product reviews, personal interviews, field reports, and research compilations for many areas across the west. It was logical to turn to writing rockhounding guides in 2006, starting with Gem Trails of Washington. He updated Gem Trails of Oregon next, and recently completed Rockhounding Idaho.

Mr. Romaine continues to recon and explore, and with the help of Marty "Dusty Fingers" Schippers, he has recently produced a series of YouTube videos modestly titled "Garret's World of Geology." It's an easy Google search. The inspiration behind the videos, each under ten minutes in length, is to share great rockhounding spots and encourage people to get out and explore.

He also has a blog at http://writingdocs.blogspot.com/ and can be found on LinkedIn and Facebook. He also contributes regularly to the wiki at Cash and Treasures.

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I'm going in late summer....!
Richard Huset
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to become a semi-hound.
John Belville
The book even gave GPS coordinates to each rock hunting location.
Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nat2012 on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just received this book as a gift from someone who knows i love rocks and gems. "Rockhounding Idaho" is a basic field guide for promising Idaho locations. Complete with essentials like GPS coordinates, directions to the site, any info on fees or regulations, even what kind of equipment you might need or the kind of vehicle you will need to get there, and what rock materials you may find at each location. I appreciate that each entry is concise and thorough without being lengthy. Since the entry for each location is only 2-3 pages long, it is easy to flip through this book without needing a long time to sit down and read the whole thing. The author includes his personal experiences with said locations in a comprehensible and helpful style, giving the reader a good idea of what to expect upon arrival. Some but not all of the entries include a map. I like how you don't really need fancy equipment for rockhounding (except an ATV and GPS would be helpful); most of what you need is just panning stuff and digging stuff that is not expensive at all. I had the opportunity to pan at the Emerald Creek site where you used to be able to dig for star garnets, and I went home with a couple hundred after a few hours of wading in the mud. It was awesome. Now the site has lost that hard core do-it-yourself charm and converted into a more touristy type place with pre-dug mud and a designated sluicing area (which the author also explains in the book). Having lived in north Idaho for 10+ years I am familiar with many of the places in the book, although I had never thought of them for rockhounding before. My only complaint about this book (which is the reason i can only rate it 4 stars instead of 5) is that all the photos are in BLACK and WHITE! Ugh!Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nasknit on December 28, 2013
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We used this book on vacation, this past fall. Excellent directions, wonderful scenery, beautiful sites for rock collecting. I plan to go back to Idaho to see and find more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By areader on October 2, 2013
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Idaho has many, many lovely rocks and all the pics in this book look dull and so was the writing. I was disappointed in the mediocrity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reading mom on April 21, 2013
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My husband bought this for me as a surprise and it was a nice one. I liked that the maps were clear and detailed enough to use and the book wasn't filled with unneeded information. It is nicely formatted and is easy to use. I do wish the rocks pictured were in color, but then the price would have to be higher.

I recommend it for beginners (because I'm one) who need tips on where to look and what to look for. I can't speak about how the more advanced people would like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce William Hurley on January 11, 2013
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This book has good locality information and maps, and is well-organized. It should make a valuable addition to my rockhound library.
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By John Belville on June 7, 2014
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This little book will get you started looking for treasures in the form of local rocks. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to become a semi-hound.
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great info and explicit details of how to find the specimens that you are looking for. the only downfall is black and white photos of the rocks and areas.
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By J. Beall on June 2, 2014
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I live in Idaho, and I just have begun to really get involved with hunting for unusual rocks and tumbling them. I wanted to find out what areas close to me that were good spots to hunt for rocks, so I purchased the book. So far, it's been useful. I use it on each day trip I take. I would recommend it for beginning "rock hunters".
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