Great Western has 8 distinct claim groups in Nevada targeting both precious metals and base metals. Please explore each claim group and use the table below to see the different stages of exploration and subsequent evolution. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have and we will be happy to help.

Snapshot

Olympic Gold

In 2020 Great Western acquired a 4-year option to purchase 48 mining claims in Mineral County, Nevada, known as the Olympic Gold Project, covering 825 acres with a total purchase price of $150,000. These claims are located approximately 50 miles east of Great Western’s existing operations.

The Olympic Gold Project, like Great Western’s 16,400 acres in south-west Mineral County, lies within the Walker Lane Fault Belt, a major metallogenic belt host to world class gold, silver and copper deposits.

The Olympic claims are situated at the intersection of 2 major gold trends; the north-south  Rawhide - Paradise Peak - Tonopah trend and the east-west Aurora – Borealis - Santa Fe - Round Mountain trend.

In 2021 Great Western drilled a number of targets at Olympic, with encouraging results, and has follow-up drilling planned. In addition field work has located a very large tailings heap dating from the abandoned OMCO Mine, together with a significant stockpile of material which was never processed when the mine was in production. An initial survey of the tailings heap shows it to cover a surface area of approximately 11,000m². Samples are currently being assayed and Great Western is at an early stage of formulating (1) a cyanide leaching proposal for the tailings heap and (2) a gravity separation plan for the stockpile.

Key Facts

  • A number of exciting projects within the claim group
  • Drilling in 2021 at OMCO, Trafalgar Hill and West Ridge
  • Drilling established evidence of an extension of the OMCO Mine vein
  • Best intercept 8.90 g/t Au in shallow zone at Trafalgar Hill
  • Early production potential from tailings and stockpile material
  • Target range 450,000-1,250,000 oz gold

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Exploration

The OMCO Mine produced 35,000 tons @ 25 grams/tonne gold & 30 grams/tonne silver between 1918 and 1939 from 900 metres of underground workings.

Great Western’s digitised geological database for the historic activity at Olympic consists of:

  • 45 drill holes, including intersects of 9 metres @ 0.13 grams/tonne & 3 metres @ 0.25 gram/tone gold
  • Over 200 surface samples & 32 underground channel samples
  • 30 shafts, 20 adits, 15 exploratory trenches & 103 exploration pits
  • 138 technical reports including underground & surface maps and cross sections

In 2021 Great Western drilled 3 targets at Olympic:

  • Trafalgar Hill
  • OMCO
  • West Ridge

Trafalgar Hill

  • Drilling year to date: 6 holes totaling 4435 feet (1352 metres)
  • Next phase drilling: 5 holes totaling 3310 feet (1009 metres)
  • Six holes were drilled in 2021 to test deep and shallow targets resulting in high-grade gold intercepts
  • Best intercept 8.90 g/t Au in shallow zone
  • Five further holes will track veins to south and southeast of the existing shallow zone intercepts
  • The deeper target prevails in the north of Trafalgar Hill and is a potentially larger structure than the shallow zone, while assay results have reported lower grades
  • In the deeper zone an Induced Polarisation survey will be carried out for better target definition prior to further drilling

OMCO

  • Drilling year to date: 4 holes totaling 3185 feet (971 metres)
  • Next phase drilling: 13 holes totaling 7285 feet (2220 metres)
  • The OMCO Mine produced gold at high grades until the 1940s and was abandoned at the point where productive veins mined from west to east encountered a northsouth fault
  • Additional claims were staked to the east of the OMCO Mine in 2021
  • A major breakthrough was achieved in 2021 when Great Western’s drill programme established evidence of an extension of the OMCO Mine vein through analysis of mineralisation in drill cuttings
  • In addition to drilling east of the fault, two holes were drilled to the west of the fault and close to the OMCO Mine, yielding reportable grades of gold
  • New drill locations have now been picked (1) to test areas to the northeast of the holes drilled this year in search of the OMCO vein continuation (2) directly opposite the previously-mined OMCO vein and (3) to the west of the OMCO mine

West Ridge

  • Drilling year to date: 1 hole totaling 500 feet (152 metres)
  • Next phase drilling: 1 hole totaling 740 feet (226 metres)
  • The West Ridge prospect has previously been mined for gold
  • Magnetic survey indicated mineralisation
  • Single hole drilled did not encounter reportable gold
  • However, analysis of drill cuttings indicates possible presence of a deeper epithermal vein, which will be tested by a follow-up, deeper hole

Great Western has a target range of 450,000-1,250,000 oz gold oz gold for Olympic.

Geology

The 825-acre Olympic group of claims are located on  the northern flanks of the Cedar Mountain range in centraleast Mineral County. The mineral deposit type at Olympic is of low sulphidation epithermal banded quartz gold vein style.

OLYMPIC GOLD TARGET ZONES

1 - OMCO Mine Extension

- Extension of the remaining OMCO Vein across unexplored fault blocks to the south and west of the mine workings.

- Follow up parallel vein sets both above and below the OMCO Vein indicated by historic drilling, such as the Cosmos Vein.

2 - East OMCO Fault

Continuation of OMCO Vein deposit displaced southeast by the OMCO Fault. Unexplored fault has potential to be mineralised feeder structure host to larger size deposit than OMCO Vein.

3 - OMCO Tailings

Re-evaluation of historic tailings deposit of ~41 kt @ 1.67 g/t Au.

4 - Trafalgar Hill

Extension of two outcropping gold-quartz veins along strike and at depth beneath Quaternary cover.

5 - West Ridge

Area of gold quartz veining, potentially a westerly extension of the OMCO vein. May also be associated with mineralisation seen at Trafalgar Hill to the northwest, with significant post-mineralisation cover occurring between the two prospects.

6 - Middle Hills

Large footprint of strong silicification and phyllic alteration associated with gold-quartz veining, gossans and breccias.

7 - East Gully

Similar characteristics to Middle Hills with further intersecting fault orientations adding likelihood of hydrothermal fluid transport and mineral deposition. Placer gold has reportedly been recovered from the target and has potential to link to Middle Hills.

8 - Rhyolite Dome

Area of gold-quartz veining and brecciation associated with silica flooding.

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