The Outpost Claim Group, wholly owned by Longford Exploration Services LTD is located in the Whitehorse Mining District of the Yukon Territory and comprises 71 mineral claims covering an area of 1,484 hectares.
The Outpost Claim Group is located approximately fifty kilometers west of the town of Haines Junction. The Outpost Claims are located in a poorly explored belt extending northwest from Haines Junction to the ghost town of Silver City and protect the northwesterly strike extension of the Pacer Claim Group, an historical gold also owned by Longford Exploration. The property lies along the northeastern flank of Outpost Mountain and encompasses the drainages of Silver and Boutelier Creeks.
Figure 1 Location map showing Outpost 50km west of Haines Junction, 210km west of Whitehorse and 305km north of deep port in Haines, AK.
The Outpost Claim Group covers a highly prospective airborne geophysical anomaly in an area with anomalous stream sediment geochemical data. The airborne total magnetic and first vertical derivative anomalies trend sinuously northwesterly through the property and suggest that large scale favourable mineralizing structures or large mafic/ultramafic intrusives may underlie this underexplored geological package and the proximity of the Kluane Ranges Intrusive Suite makes this a compelling target for epithermal gold and nickel-copper-platinum group mineralization.
Figure 2 Randy Rogers prospecting along unnamed tributary of Silver Creek. Kluane Lake in background, view northwest.
The Outpost Mountain area has been intermittently explored since 1892 during which year Jack Dalton and E.J. Glave made an overland trip with four packhorses from the Chilkat River to the shores of Kluane Lake over a foot path which the Chilkat First Nations had used for the preceeding two centuries as a trading route to the interior of the Yukon. Klondike prospectors used the Dalton Trail extensively during the 1898-1900 period enroute to the goldfields of the Klondike, but prospecting in the Front Ranges was not established until about 1903 when Silver City was settled at the eastern end of Kluane Lake and became the center of mining activity in the region. Silver City boasted a post office, N.W.M.P. post and Mining Recorder; a wagon road led east through the settlement of Champagne to Whitehorse. The threat of Japanese invasion sparked the building of the Alaska Highway in 1942 and the Haines Road followed in 1944. Improved access in the post war period brought on a brief exploration boom, although no lode mining production is known from the immediate area of the Outpost Claim Group.
This area has a rich history of placer gold mining, with early production reported from Silver and Boutelier Creeks. In addition, ongoing work by the Yukon Geological Survey has drawn new attention to the Kluane Front Ranges and nearby Ruby Range.
OUTPOST CLAIM GROUP: Outpost Mountain and the Outpost Claim group viewed from
the old Alaska Highway. View southwest.
The Alaska Highway runs parallel to and within two kilometers of the northeastern boundary of the Outpost Claim Group. A four wheel drive road extends from Boutelier Creek on the Alaska Highway to the southern portion of the property.
Helicopter support is available at both Haines Junction and Silver City for crew deployment. Previous owner Solomon Resources conducted preliminary stream sediment sampling to corroborate historical company and RGS anomalies; prospecting and mapping traverses narrowed down areas for detailed followup. Grab samples from Solomon Resources’ exploration returned encouraging initial results in grab samples of 7460ppm Cu, 473ppb Au, 134ppb Au with all rock samples containing Nickel ranging from 13-79ppm and several sediment samples returning Ni values in the range of 117ppm . Solomon did not assay any samples for Pt or Pd. Longford Intends to reanalyze select samples for PGEs before commencing exploration on the Outpost Claim Group in the 2014 season.
For more information on the Outpost project please contact James Rogers: