Adam PalmerSee Full Bio
Adam has been mountaineering for 20 years, and is a member of a B.C. search and rescue team. He has the skill and strength to get a team out of any tight spot. He’s rock climbed, ice climbed and traversed some of the world’s most exotic and remote locales – including Brazil, the Southwest US, South America and Northern Canada…but the mountains of Pitt Country are his true passion.
Adam heard rumours of Slumach’s gold about 10 years ago, and he’s been obsessed with the story ever since. As far as the rest of the team is concerned, he’s comparatively new to the gold hunting game. But his competitive spirit makes him a superstar on wilderness treks, and he’s a valuable player when it comes to accessing difficult and dangerous terrain.Close
Evan HowardSee Full Bio
Evan has been Adam’s partner on countless mountain expeditions – and he’s made mountaineering the cornerstone of his life. He spends his winters in Australia, but each spring he returns to the BC mountains, driven by his love of nature and the thrill of adventure.
He’s a self-professed “gear geek”, priding himself on being able to track down any specialized piece of equipment that may be required for a difficult mountain climb. And, if he can’t find it, well…he’ll just make it himself.
Evan’s also an amateur geologist – which comes in handy when he and Adam are out alone evaluating the potential of gold-bearing minerals in remote areas where the rest of the team simply can’t go.Close
Daryl FriesenSee Full Bio
Daryl’s been obsessed with Slumach’s gold since he was 12 years old. He’s devoted his entire adult life to the search of it, and he’s sacrificed countless hours, resources, relationships… even risked his life in the name of Slumach. The reason? He believes in both the mine and the curse with every fibre of his being.
Daryl is an encyclopedia of anecdotal information about the Lost Creek Mine, and never stops looking for clues and chasing new angles. His wealth of knowledge means he’s vital to the CURSE team, but he’s also impatient and undisciplined. And in the precise world of prospecting, there’s no room for wild cards.Close
Danny GerakSee Full BioNo one knows the Pitt Lake Valley and its secrets better than Danny. As a kid he grew up on stories of Slumach’s gold, and hiked and fished all through the remote valley. Danny and his wife own two small, rustic lodges on the shores of the river, and often host sport fishermen and forestry workers who are passing through. He’s also seen his fair share gold hunters and they’ve all left without uncovering Slumach’s cache. He believes it’s because they don’t know the area like he does…giving him the upper hand. Close
Don WaiteSee Full Bio
Don’s a retired federal cop, who’s approached the hunt for Slumach’s gold like he would a major case. For more than 40 years, he’s left no stone unturned in his search for the truth. He’s written four books about gold hunting, and mounted five expeditions into the Pitt Valley. Today, his age prevents him from making any more treks into the remote mountains, but his name has become synonymous with the Lost Creek Mine; and, to the rest of the team, he’s a legend.
Don brings the unique perspective of Canada’s First Nations oral history into the mix. He spent years building trust with Pitt Lake elders, and he’s the only person on the team who can say he’s talked to Slumach’s descendants. His theories about the location of the mine are rooted in the tribe’s stories, and he’s a fervent believer in their accounts.Close
Fred BrachesSee Full BioAn avid historian and researcher, Fred got immersed in the search for Slumach’s Mine just to find out if it exists or not. After hearing all of the lore about ‘lost gold’, he resolved to separate fact from fiction once and for all. To that end, he’s gotten down to the business of gathering the most thorough collection of publications and records on the Lost Creek Gold Mine. He’s a man of proof, not legend, and he doesn’t shy away from a debate. The team needs his research and his perspective, even though they usually disagree with him. For the team, Fred is the voice of reason. His meticulous research contradicts several elements of the Lost Creek Mine story, and if he’s right, his findings will force the group to change the whole plan for their expedition. Close