The Pacer Claim Group comprises 236 mineral claims covering an area of 4,933 hectares located approximately five kilometers west of the town of Haines Junction in the Front Ranges of the Kluane Mountains. Paved access to Whitehorse 160km away and deep port in Haines AK (255km) as well as short haul local helicopter charter, partial road access and partial 3G cellular coverage give Pacer attractive logistics for an inexpensive exploration program.
The claims cover an historical gold occurrence and highly prospective epithermal gold and nickel-copper-platinum targets indicated by regional stream geochemical surveys and airborne geophysics as well as preliminary surface exploration conducted by Longford in the summer of 2013. The Pacer Claims are located in a poorly explored belt extending northwest from Haines Junction to Junction to the Wellgreen PGE-Nickel-Copper Project of Prophecy Platinum Corp. (TSX.V-NKL)
The Pacer showing was originally staked in 1966 by Golden Gate Exploration to protect an airborne magnetic survey anomaly. The property was optioned to Noranda Exploration Company Limited who explored intermittently from 1988 to 1989. Gold was reported to occur with pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite in a quartz-carbonate stockwork cutting rusty siliceous argillite in the hanging wall of a serpentinized gabbro-peridotite sill 150 meters thick and at least 4000 meters long. A specimen from the main showing assayed 19.7 grams per tonne (g/t) Gold (Au) and a nearby quartz-sericite vein returned 2.5% Copper (Cu) and 1.5 g/t Au. High grade copper float was found in foliated greenstone boulders in what is locally known as Thunderegg Creek downstream of the Golden Gate showing.
Figure 1 Location map showing Pacer 160 kilometers west of Whitehorse and 255 kilometers North of deep port in Haines, AK.
Noranda identified a gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly 1500 meters long and 20 meters wide with values up to 1270 parts per billion (ppb) Au extending north from the original Golden Gate showing. Rock samples taken from outcrop away from the main showing assayed as high as 3.1 g/t Au. Noranda abandoned the option on this property in 1991 as part of a corporate reorganization.
This area has a rich history of placer gold mining, with early production reported from the Alsek River and associated drainages. Kimberley Creek, which drains the ridge south and west of the Pacer Claim Group, has been actively mined for several years and placer claims have been staked immediately northwest of the Pacer Claim Group in the past three years. In addition, ongoing work by the Yukon Geological Survey has drawn new attention to both the Kluane Front Ranges and the Ruby Range.
Figure 2 Pacer Claim Group Boundary.
Figure 3 View over Haines Junction SW accross the Shakwak Valley toward the Pacer claim group (approximate boundary outlined in red). The right most mountain is Decoeli, and the snow-capped mountain is Archibald.
Tabulated significant historic results on the Pacer Claim Group
The Alaska Highway runs parallel to and within two kilometers of the northeastern boundary of the Placer Claim Group, and the Haines Highway extends 192 miles south from the town of Haines Junction to the deepwater port of Haines, Alaska. A four wheel drive road extends from Bear Creek on the Alaska Highway along the Alsek River valley and Thunderegg Creek to the southern portion of the property.
Figure 4 PACER CLAIM GROUP: Thunderegg Creek View South
Figure 5 Longford Exploration president and CEO James Rogers maping Decoelli Mountain on the Pacer Claim Group.
Longford Exploration mobilized an exploration crew to the property in summer of 2013. Exploration was based out of Haines Junction, employing fly camps where practicable. Helicopter support is available at both Haines Junction and Silver City for crew deployment. Stream sediment and soil sampling along with lithological mapping was used early in the season to corroborate historical company and RGS anomalies; prospecting and mapping traverses on the existing claim group and two new targets narrowed down areas for detailed followup.
A complete summary of the Pacer property and the 2013 field work including, maps, assays and interpretations is available by request to James Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org
Considering information gathered during the 2013 field program as well as historic data, Longford Exploration concludes 1) gabbro-peridotite dykes and sills within deformed volcanosedimentary and arc volcanic rocks display encouraging potential to host Cu-Ni-PGE massive sulphide mineralisation and 2) a Cu-Au mineralizing system is present which may have regional scale and is worthy of detailed follow up.
Notable 2013 assay results for the Pacer claim group.
Figure 6 Longford Exploration field crews conducting preliminary soil sampling, sediment sampling and lithogic maping during the 2013 field season.
Figure 7 2013 Pacer Property bedrock geology modified from Israel, S. (2004) Geology of Southwestern Yukon (1:250,000 scale. Yukon Geological Survey. Open File 2004-16).