The 2011 exploration program included diamond drilling, airborne and ground geophysical surveys, infill soil sampling within previously defined gold-in-soil anomalies, as well as soil sampling to further define open-ended extensions of the gold-in-soil anomaly. Drilling tested an approximate 600 x 250 metre area of the 3.5 kilometre-long Skookum Jim gold-in-soil trend. A total of 3,005 metres were drilled in 18 holes.
Drill holes targeted 2010 trenching intercepts and combinations of gold-in-soil anomalies and geophysical targets interpreted to represent geological structures. The results of 10 drill holes were previously reported; the results of the remaining 8 drill holes are reported herein. 14 of the 18 holes drilled in this area were successful in identifying a broad gold bearing system closely coincident with a magnetic low response and strong gold-in-soil anomalism.
The first drill hole, 11MP-01, intersected results of 2.44 g/t gold over a drilled interval of 38.9 metres, containing a section of 6.44 g/t gold over 11.1 metres. This hole was drilled under an interval in trench SJ-2, which had returned 1.25 g/t gold over 30 metres. Drill holes 11MP-05 and 11MP-06 also targeted anomalous gold values in trenches, and returned broad sections grading 1.13 g/t gold over 19.8 metres (11MP-05) and 0.63 g/t gold over 45.3 metres (11MP-06). Drill holes cutting deeper in the area of this section (11MP-01, -08, and -27), beyond the extent of oxidation, intersected significant gold results associated with quartz K-feldspar breccias and pyrite, with individual samples up to 9.24 g/t gold.
Drill holes 11MP-01, -02, -05, and -06 intersected gold-bearing intervals hosted within a 75 metre wide (drilled section), steeply dipping corridor of strongly limonitic fractures overprinting quartz veining and breccias, as was encountered in trench SJ-2. This brittle deformation cuts a diffuse contact zone between granodiorite and quartz-biotite gneiss, which have both been hydrothermally altered and cut by local pegmatite and quartz-feldspar pyritic veinlets. Late andesite dykes overprinted by strong faulting and fracturing were intersected in the westernmost drill holes 11MP-22, -23, and -24. Drill hole 11MP-24 encountered mineralization from surface, grading 1.09 g/t gold over 4.5 metres, suggesting that stronger mineralization may be located to the east where there are soil values of up to 620 ppb gold.
Sulphide content varies within the Skookum Main drill holes. Pyrite occurs either as boxworks within limonitic fracture fillings or as grains within quartz veins or silicified sections. Elevated pyrite of 3-5% was noted within intense quartz feldspar breccias encountered in the gold intercept at depth in hole 11MP-27. This style of mineralization was observed at surface in trench SJ-2, and correlates with elevated gold values.
The geometry of observed structures from both drill core and detailed geophysics suggests that a series of steeply dipping, northerly trending (NNW and/or NNE) structures may be important loci for gold mineralization within the northeasterly trend defined by magnetic responses. The predominantly north-south oriented drill pattern of the 2011 program, while successful in encountering significant gold, may have only tested a limited area of these prospective trends. A compilation of exploration results currently in progress should further define the geometry of the gold bearing structures in preparation for drilling in 2012.