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Property Overview

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The Clone project comprises 10,688 hectares and is located in BC's famous Golden Triangle district just 16Km South-East of Stewart, BC. Recent ice retreat has led to the exposure and identification of new alteration zones and targets. A late 2017 surface sampling program confirmed mineralization of 101 g/t gold over 7.5m and 245g/t (7.1 oz/t) gold over 1.5m confirming the width and grade of the "H zone" demonstrating the potential for new discoveries on the Clone property.

South-East Ablation Zone

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Historically a 2Km2 area was the main area of interest at Clone and the focus of previous work programs. While this core area is still important, retreating ice has recently exposed virgin ground that has never been seen or explored before. There are several areas of ablation on the property including the "South-East Ablation Zone" which is a priority due to it being 2Km SE across a glacier from the core Clone area and on strike with the Clone mineralized structures. In late fall of 2017 this area was identified from the air due to its clearly visible oxidization. The recent LWIR study also indicates Hematite and Alunite anomalies in this same area.


High-grade gold and gold-cobalt mineralization was discovered by Teuton-Silver Grail prospectors in 1995 within a series of shears exposed over a strike length of 500 meters and a vertical range of 130 meters. Trenching of the shears returned values ranging up to 3.59 oz/ton gold over 5.5m (18 feet). Over the years a variety of companies have drilled more than 175 holes totaling upwards of 17,300m, notably Teuton, Homestake, Canasia, Lateegra Resources, and Silver Grail. Exploration was mostly conducted in the H and S zones leaving the South East Ablation Zone as a prime, untouched target.

2018 Work Program

Highlights from the 2018 summer exploration program include:

  • SOUTHERN GLORY PROSPECT - A significant new mineralized vein was discovered approximately 7.5 kilometers south-west of the Clone prospect, termed the “Southern Glory Prospect”. The Southern Glory prospect was discovered within the recently ablated eastern face of a glacial valley
  • An up to 1.25-metre-wide quartz vein was mapped and sampled containing semi-massive chalcopyrite, pyrite and bornite mineralization which was traced on surface for approximately 70 metres along strike. Rock sample results from this new bedrock showing include: sample number X516911 (1m chip sample), 6.45% Cu, 162g/t Ag, 0.11g/t Au, and 1079ppm Zn; sample number X516974 (1m chip sample), 4.11% Cu, 160g/t Ag, 0.52g/t Au, and 1449ppm Zn; sample number X516973 (outcrop sample) 3.96% Cu, 87.6g/t Ag, 0.20g/t Au; and sample number X516912 (1m chip sample), 2.95% Cu, and 53.6g/t Au
  • PORT 19 SHOWING – The Port 19 showing is a historic prospect that was rediscovered in 1994 and was prospected and geologically mapped this past summer with significant results obtained in both soil and rock (grab) sampling, and it is a high priority target for further work, including drilling in 2019. Soil and rock sampling were conducted over an area of approximately 2.5 by 1.4 kilometers, centered approximately 5.0 kilometers west-northwest of the Clone prospect. There has been significant glacial abatement over the showing since the 1990’s. Soil sampling results expanded on the known footprint of the Port 19 showing and were highly encouraging, including five samples with greater than 1g/t Au (8.33g/t, 6.68g/t, 3.7g/t, 1.66g/t, 1.61g/t). Rock samples results returned copper values of 0.52%, 0.99%, 1.02% and 1.64% Cu, and the highest silver value of 220 g/t Ag was obtained from the Port 19 area. Previous (1994, Assessment Report 23986) quartz-sulphide veins were mapped with four rock samples over 40 meters strike length returning an average grade of 6.03 g/t Au and 14.7 g/t Ag. In total 17 samples were taken in 1994 with an average grade of 2.99 g/t Au with gold values ranging from 0.05g/t to 10.66g/t Au
  • OUTBOUND SHOWING - The Outbound showing was discovered and 1995 and explored in 1996, with sulphide and precious metal mineralization reported similar to the Clone prospect located approximately 3.0 kilometers to the northeast. The Outbound area covers an area approximately 2.0 by 1.0 kilometers and has seen extensive glacial ablation and reduction of snow pack in the last two decades. Prospecting in the summer 2018 program returned multiple rock samples returning in excess of 0.10 % Cu and a peak value of 0.56% Cu, silver values up to 132 g/t Ag, and gold values in soil samples up to 1.04 g/t Au
  • CLONE PROSPECT – Limited sampling and prospecting was completed over the main Clone prospect area and sampling returned significant values including: 10.9 g/t Au, and 0.64 % Cu in rock samples, and peak values of 1.26 g/t Au and 1.66 g/t Au from soil samples. All existing infrastructure was inventoried and mapped in detail during the 2018 program and this data has been included in the application for a multi-year area-based drilling permit submitted in preparation for the 2019 drilling campaign

Ed Kruchkowski, PGeo, a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, is the independent qualified person responsible for reviewing and approving the technical contents of this section.

LWIR Survey

A long-wave infrared survey was conducted on the property by DIRT Exploration with highlights including:

  • Gold mineralization at Clone is associated with hematite and sulphide structures. "Hematite and Alunite KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6, produced by the weathering of sulphide-bearing felsic rocks, have distinct LWIR fingerprints and may be mapped along with other associated minerals such as calcite and chlorite." (DIRT, 2018)
  • A large anomaly interpreted as related to alunite alteration is located on the newly staked claims approximately 900 meters southwest of the Glory Minfile prospect. A grab sample from a quartz vein on the Glory prospected assayed 1.15 per cent copper (% Cu), 24.2 grams per tonne silver (Ag g/t) and 0.38 gram per tonne gold (Au g/t) (Assessment Report 24745). This will be a high priority target for further investigation in the summer field program.
  • Another large anomaly interpreted as alunite alteration, covering approximately 50% of claim CloneSE 1 (272 ha), is located approximately 3.6 kilometers south of the Clone Main Zone. It trends off the property to the southwest, which has recently been staked by the Company
  • An anomaly interpreted as attributed hematite alteration is located approximately 1.4 km north-west of the Clone Main Zone and extends in a southwesterly direction for over 5.4 kilometers
  • The LIWR survey also distinguishes ice cover, and in the Port 19 prospect area, there has been significant receding of the glaciers, representing a highly prospective target. Previous (1994, Assessment Report 23986) quartz-sulphide veins were mapped with the sulphides comprising pyrite and arsenopyrite. Four samples over 40 meters strike length returned an average of 6.03 g/t Au and 14.7 g/t Ag. In total 17 samples were taken in 1994 with average grade of 2.99 g/t Au and a range from 0.05 g/t to 10.66 g/t Au. Much of the sampling was at the ice line in 1994. Additional prospecting, mapping and sampling is warranted, and represents a high priority target for 2018 field season.

Historic Core Sampling

Drill core from 1995 was re-sampled by quartering the core with a rock saw. In total 47 samples were submitted to ACT Labs along with 8 control (QA/QC) samples to validate the previous assays and improve the understanding of the Clone mineralization. Results of this program confirmed three distinct mineralized zones in holes CL95-4 and CL95-11, assisting in future drill planning of multiple zones for resource definition drilling. Assays received have a high correlation with the historically reported results increasing the confidence in the accuracy and validity of the historic data base. Assays received include the following intervals:

  • 2.1m of 32g/t Au from 12.9m to 15m in hole CL95-04
  • 4m of 30.3 g/t Au from 16m to 20m in hole CL95-11
  • 2.48m of 21.7 g/t Au from 27 to 29.48m in hole CL95-11
  • 3m of 26.6 g/t Au from 38m to 41m in hole CL95-11

2017 Sampling

The best sample assayed 245g/t (7.1 oz/t) gold over 1.5m and is part of a 7.5m long continuous chip channel sample averaging 101g/t gold, perpendicularly to the strike, confirming the width and grade of the H zone. Approximately 250 meters WNW from the channel samples, and near the edge of the retreating glacier, grab samples assayed 101 g/t gold and 93.7 g/t demonstrating the potential for new discoveries on the Clone property.

2006 Drilling

Seven holes totaling 3,240 feet were completed, all concentrating on targets within the Main Zone. The drill program was designed to shed further light on the attitude of the gold-bearing hematite and sulfide structures/horizons identified within the 1,600 foot long Main Zone by trenching and drilling in 1996-8 and 2003.

Hole # From (ft) To (ft) Interval (ft) Gold (oz/ton)
CL06-1 392.5 409.0 16.5 0.125
...including 402.0 405.0 3.0 0.303
CL06-2 233.0 236.0 3.0 0.153
CL06-3 32.0 52.0 20.0 0.178
...including 42.0 48.5 6.5 0.390
CL06-4 33.5 49.5 16.0 0.114
...including 39.5 42.5 3.0 0.300
CL06-5 40.5 76.0 35.5 0.178
...including 50.0 73.0 23.0 0.232
And 107.0 110.5 3.5 0.579
CL06-6 113.0 116.0 3.0 0.629
  157.0 162.0 5.0 0.448
CL06-7 113.0 116.0 3.0 0.332
  151.0 156.5 5.5 0.824

Three holes were drilled from the first collar to test the principal H-1 structure. The first two of these holes did not intersect the H-1 zone where expected, possibly due to faulting. However, after adjusting the azimuth, H-1 type gold mineralization was successfully intercepted at shallow depth in the third hole. Deeper, gold-bearing intersections obtained in the first two holes are interpreted to be from parallel shears.

The drill program cut gold-bearing intercepts, varying in length from 3 to 35.5 feet, as follows:

Holes CL06-4 & 5, collared above Trench #10, successfully tested the S-1 horizon. The final two holes drilled from the third collar tested the H-1 zone at moderate depth, each encountering two separate gold-bearing zones. True widths of the intervals were not known at that time.

Geologist K. Mastalerz, Ph.D., was responsible for verification and quality assurance of analytical results for this program.

2008 Drilling

The drill program consisted of ten holes and covered approximately 3,000 feet of drilling, with nine drill holes being completed and six sent for assay. Holes CL08-1 to CL08-4 targeted the H-1 (hematite) zone, holes CL08-5 to CL08-8 targeted the S-2A zone, while holes CL08-9 and CL08-10 were drilled to test a new copper zone found earlier in the program. All of the holes targeting the H-1 zone are interpreted as having passed through a faulted-off block. The upper two intersections of hole CL08-5 appeared to be from the S2A and S2B zones, and the third intersection was likely from the S1 zone. The final high-grade gold zone which ran 1.157 ounces per ton (as well as 0.64 per cent cobalt) appeared to be from an unknown structure, possibly related to similar gold-cobalt structures found in trenching at lower elevations 200 metres to the east-southeast. Neither of the last two holes targeting the new copper zone intersected significant gold values. They did, however, contain long intervals of anomalous copper mineralization (200 parts per million to 600 parts per million). True width of the intersections is not certain at that time.

Hole # From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t)
15 14.63 17.07 2.44 14.05
16 13.72 21.64 7.92 20.22
18 22.56 31.09 8.53 3.61
  46.33 50.60 4.27 26.23
19 6.10 12.19 6.09 2.09
20 4.57 24.69 20.12 7.11
Incl. 16.76 24.69 7.93 15.28
  34.44 46.94 12.50 7.39
21 11.89 19.81 7.92 30.37
Incl. 11.89 13.72 1.83 115.80

2009 Exploration

Altogether twenty holes were drilled testing a variety of targets along these shear zones that have been traced for over a kilometer in strike length. In Holes #15 to #20 inclusive, sections from 15 to 30 feet long contain semimassive to massive hematite, specularite, chlorite, malachite, chalcopyrite with visible gold. The mineralized zones tend to be associated with more silicified, fine-grained to aphanitic andesites intercalated with pyroclastics.

In early September 2009, the second phase of drilling commenced, with six of the fifteen holes drilled in phase two containing visible gold. Due to high gold values obtained during the first phase of assaying, the results were being re-checked prior to release.

Altogether fifteen holes were drilled in the second phase, testing un-drilled portions of the "H-1" zone between Trenches 4, 14 and 15. Holes #15 to 21 are from the Trench 4 and 14 areas. The major lithology was observed to be light grey to green andesitic pyroclastics intercalated with fine grained to aphanitic andesite. Clasts were subangular to angular, 16 matrix supported, and range in size from 1-3cm. Quartz-calcite stockwork pervades the unit in moderate abundance. The mineralization is localized within highly silicified semi-massive to massive hematite-specularite and gold occurs as fine disseminations and is associated with the oxide mineralization. A diabase dyke has been observed in many of the holes, acting to minimize and in some cases deplete the mineralized zone. Most of these holes cut high-grade intersections as follows:

Hole # From (m) To (m) Interval (m) TW Coefficient Au (g/t)
6 17.98 22.25 4.27 0.940 2.00
7 19.51 24.38 4.87 0.867 3.00
8 14.94 24.69 9.75 0.745 2.05
9 14.63 22.86 8.23 0.985 8.07
11 35.36 42.37 7.01 0.500


Holes #16, #20 and #21 were particularly impressive. Hole #16 intersected 7.92m grading 20.22 g/t , Hole #20 intersected two zones, the first 20.12m grading 7.11 g/t and the second 12.5m grading 7.39 g/t. Hole #21, the first hole of the second phase, returned bonanza values 7.93m of 30.37 g/t. Because snow cover obscured the surface trace of the zone, true widths could not be calculated at that time. Holes #6 to #12 were drilled in the vicinity of Trench 81, approximately 160m to the southeast of Holes 15-21. They were successful in intersecting sheared mineralized sections displaying local auto-brecciation, intense hematite alteration, chlorite stringers, and the cobalt containing mineral, erythrite.

These holes returned lesser gold values over widths varying from 4.27 to 9.75m. True width coefficients are given in the table. Holes #1 to #5 were drilled northeast of Trench #4 and did not return appreciable gold values. These holes were probably erroneously sited due to deep snow conditions.

Complete assay results for the second phase of the 2009 drill program on the Clone gold property were announced. Highlights of the second phase of this drill program include hole 28 that returned grades of 12.8 metres (42 feet) of 44.75 grams per tonne (g/t) (1.305 ounce per ton) gold values including 4.87 metres (16 feet) of 76.8 g/t (2.24 ounces per ton).

Drill Hole # From (m) From (ft) To (m) To (ft) Interval (m) Interval (ft) True Width Coeff. Gold (g/t) Gold (oz/t)
21* 11.89 39 19.81 65 7.92 26 0.94 30.37 0.886
Incl.* 11.89 39 13.72 45 1.83 6 0.94 115.80 3.377
22 15.85 52 19.81 65 3.96 13 0.87 26.23 0.765
24 20.42 67 23.47 77 3.05 10 0.77 4.04 0.118
25 12.50 41 16.15 53 3.65 12 0.85 3.68 0.107
26 12.19 40 16.46 54 4.27 14 0.78 26.39 0.770
  21.03 69 26.21 86 5.18 17 0.78 15.83 0.462
27 15.85 52 17.98 59 2.13 7 0.85 10.81 0.315
28 10.67 35 23.47 77 12.80 42 0.92 44.75 1.305
Incl. 10.67 35 15.54 51 4.87 16 0.92 76.80 2.240
29 20.12 66 26.21 86 6.09 20 0.69 4.81 0.140
30 13.41 44 23.77 78 10.36 34 0.92 6.40 0.187
31 18.29 60 20.12 66 1.83 6 0.85 42.07 1.227
32 19.51 64 24.08 79 4.57 15 0.75 3.96 0.115
33 18.29 60 24.99 82 6.70 22 0.85 11.04 0.322
34 25.30 83 27.43 90 2.13 7 0.78 60.31 1.759
35 24.99 82 29.88 98 4.87 16 0.69 3.81


* Previously reported hole

The holes were drilled between trenches 4, 14 and 15 on the H-1 structure, and were designed to guide a planned upcoming bulk sampling effort which will concentrate on the same area.

Mineralization is localized within highly silicified semi-massive-to-massive hematite-specularite and gold occurs as fine disseminations and is associated with the oxide mineralization. The major lithology is observed to be lightgrey-to-green andesitic pyroclastics intercalated with fine-grained to aphanites andesite. Clasts are subangular to angular, matrix supported, and range in size from one to three centimetres. Quartz-calcite stockwork pervades the unit in moderate abundance. Certain of the holes had the mineralized sections either partially or completely obliterated by an intervening dike.

Dip angles for the holes were either minus 20, 30 or 40 degrees. For the purposes of calculating true width coefficient, the zone is estimated to be vertically dipping.

Geologist E.R. Kruchkowski was responsible for verification and quality assurance of analytical results for this program.

2010 Drilling

In August 2010, the drill rig was moved to the property and by September 2010 drilling operations had begun. The first four holes were completed and visible gold had been encountered in all four holes. These holes were immediately sent to the lab for assaying.

Drilling was completed and initial results from the first two holes were received. The first hole returned grades of 5.98 g/t gold over 11.58 metres including 25.75 g/t gold over a 2.13 meters and including 105 g/t gold over a one foot section. Hole two had a 1.77 meter intercept that returned grades of 11.36 g/t. Grades from 17 samples representing the first 17 tons, returned grades as high as 19.1 oz/ton gold with an average of 2.57 oz/ton gold. Holes 3 to 10 were drilled at the southeastern end of the high-grade zone in the H-1 structure and were drilled at shallow angles in order to guide the bulk sampling program. Holes 11 and 12 were drilled as a deep test under the H-1 structure and holes 13-16 were drilled at the northwestern limits of the H-1 structure about 300m from the first holes of the program. Significant results follow:

Drill Hole Interval (m) Length (m) Gold (g/t)
CL10-03 23.41 to 26.82 3.41 14.63
CL10-04 27.19 to 28.10 0.91 13.26
CL10-05 19.66 to 20.27 0.61 16.50
  48.46 to 48.89 0.43 11.35
CL10-06 21.43 to 22.77 1.34 48.53
CL10-07 22.07 to 24.57 2.50 66.58
Incl. 22.07 to 22.62 0.55 222.75
CL10-08 19.51 to 22.80 3.29 12.74
Incl. 21.85 to 22.80 0.94 38.88
CL10-09 17.80 to 23.47 5.67 6.75
Incl. 21.58 to 22.65 1.07 33.23
CL10-10 60.05 to 63.09 3.05 14.05
Incl 60.05 to 61.23 1.19 27.12
CL10-14 123.44 to 128.53 5.09 2.07


True widths of the intervals are estimated at between 70 and 94%.

The high-grade mineralized zone exhibits distinctive signs of hydrothermal brecciation, with gold occurring as fine disseminations localized within intensely chloritized, highly silicified semi-massive to massive hematite-specularite. The QA/QC protocol system employed during the 2010 exploration program included procedures for monitoring the chain-of-custody of samples and the insertion of blanks and reference standard samples in every batch of samples. All of the samples were completed at the Clone property and the final grade for 34 one ton samples returned an average of 68.65 grams per ton gold.

Geologist E.R. Kruchkowski was responsible for verification and quality assurance of analytical results for this program.

2016 Drilling

A drill program on the property commenced in September 2016 and seven drill holes were completed. The first hole of the 2016 diamond drilling program at the Clone property intersected 6.43 metres grading 17.83 grams per tonne gold from 46.33 to 52.76 metres. Hole CL-16-01 was designed to test the depth potential of a trench excavated in 1995 which returned a grade of 11.65 g/t gold and 0.18 per cent cobalt across nine metres. It was inclined at an angle of 55 degrees and ended at 111.9 metres. Assay results from a further six holes of the 2016 work program are as follows:

Drill Hole Interval (m) Length (m) Gold (g/t)
CL16-01 46.33 to 52.76 6.43 17.83
CL16-02 81.08 to 86.26 5.18 3.77
CL16-03 31.39 to 32.30 0.91 28.05
CL16-04 8.23 to 14.94 6.71 2.53
  24.69 to 26.21 1.52 16.84
CL16-05 17.37 to 19.81 2.44 3.51
CL16-07 13.41 to 20.42 7.01 10.38

The mineralized intercepts exhibit distinctive signs of hydrothermal brecciation, with gold occurring as fine disseminations localized within intensely chloritized, highly silicified semi-massive to massive hematite-specularite.

The last five holes of the seven-hole program were spotted at the southeastern end of a local widening in the H-1 structure from which several multi-ounce gold shipments have been taken in the past. About a hundred meters to the southeast, the first two holes of the program were drilled below a trench excavated in 1995 which returned a grade of 11.65 g/t gold and 0.18% cobalt across 9.0 metres. True widths of the intervals are not known. No significant cobalt values were encountered in the holes.

Quality control procedures in place include the field insertion of blanks and standards into the sample stream. Gold was analyzed by 30 gram fire assay with AA finish.

Dino Cremonese, P.Eng., was the Qualified Person responsible for verification and quality assurance of analytical results for this program.

2009 Bulk Sampling

Approximately ten tons of samples were gathered and shipped for processing. The first set of grades back from processing of the bulk sample were received and the results from this portion averaged 152.34 g/t gold or 3.87 oz/ton gold.

Geologist E.R. Kruchkowski was responsible for verification and quality assurance of analytical results for this program.

2011 Bulk Sampling

The average for the 2011 102 ton bulk sampling program was 4.0 oz/ton gold or 137.1 g/t gold. Metallurgical tests were performed to examine cyanide, flotation and gravity means for winning the gold from the ore. 2011's bulk sample contained an estimated 408 ounces of gold, which when added to the 68 ounces collected in the 2010 bulk sample (34 tons at 2.0 oz/ton gold), amounts to 476 ounces in total.

Dino Cremonese, P.Eng., was the Qualified Person responsible for verification and quality assurance of analytical results for this program.

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