The Hixon Project consists of two 100% owned adjacent mineral claims covering approximately 1,450 hectares located in central British Columbia. The claims were staked by Gitennes in the first half of 2016 and are in the Cariboo Mining District at the northern end of the Barkerville Gold trend. Gitennes staked the claims following a review of regional geology and airborne geophysical maps and a visit to the area. The geology maps indicate the area is underlain by stratigraphy similar to rocks which host gold deposits in Barkerville and the regional airborne magnetic maps show possible structural breaks in the stratigraphy which may have the potential to host quartz veins. The area has been explored for alluvial and bedrock gold since early Gold Rush times (circa 1858) and Gitennes’ Hixon Project is the site on an active, seasonal placer gold mine. The owner of the placer mine retains a 2% Net Smelter Royalty payable by Gitennes on all metals produced from hard rock sources on Gitennes’ claims.
Location & Access
The Project is approximately five kilometers east of Hixon, BC which is located on Hwy 97 between Prince George and Quesnel.
Access to the Project from Hixon is by well-maintained logging roads with the majority of the roads requiring only two wheel drive vehicles.
The Cariboo Mining district straddles the Intermontane and Omineca Belts and is underlain, from west to east, by rocks of the Quesnel, Barkerville, Slide Mountain and Cariboo terranes. The terranes are tectonically distinct and characterized by unique stratigraphic successions. The Quesnel Terrane consists of Upper Triassic and Jurassic island-arc volcanic, volcaniclastic and fine-grained clastic rocks. The Barkerville Terrane is com¬posed of Precambrian and Paleozoic continental shelf and slope clastic rocks with minor carbonate and volcaniclastic rocks. The Slide Mountain Ter¬rane consists of Mississippian to Permian, rift-floor pil¬lowed basalts and cherts with minor diorite, gabbro and ultramafic rocks and the Cariboo Terrane consists of continen¬tal shelf clastic and carbonate rocks, mainly of Precambrian to Devonian age.
The Cariboo and Barkerville terranes are separated by the northeast-dipping Pleasant Valley thrust and were juxtaposed between Pennsylvanian and Early Ju¬rassic time. The Slide Mountain Terrane was thrust over the Barkerville and Cariboo terranes along the Pundata thrust during the Triassic or Early Jurassic. The Quesnel and Bark¬erville terranes are separated by the southwest-dipping Eureka thrust but may also be in stratigraphic contact. The Quesnel Terrane is bounded to the west by a high-angle fault that is probably a continuation of the Pinchi fault to the northwest. Between this fault and the Eureka fault is the Quesnel Trough, a structural and depositional back-arc basin with an overlapping island- arc volcanic assemblage.
The Project is underlain by rocks of the Barkerville terrane in the east and the Quesnel terrane in the west.
The Barkerville terrane is represented by the Snowshoe Group which consists of quartzite, micaceous quartzite, schist, phyllite, gneiss, marble, and amphibolite and has a dominant northwest-southeast trend. The Bayonne Plutonic suite consisting of foliated granite and alkali feldspar granite bounds the eastern contact of the Snowshoe Group. The Quesnel terrane dominates the area west of the Snowshoe Group and is represented by the Nicola Group, Polaris Ultramafics and Takla Group – Witch Lake Formation, and Australian Creek Formation. Data from a provincial government mapping project, QUEST, identifies a fault system that splays and runs along the edges of the two claims as shown in Figure 3.
The Company completed a first phase reconnaissance program in August 2016 to provide a base of information and to determine the next phase of work on the Property. To the Company’s knowledge there is no record of prior exploration having been done on its claims. The first phase of exploration consisted of high resolution ground magnetics (“MAG”), EM16 VLF electromagnetics (“EM”), soil sampling and mapping.
With the exception of major stream valleys that are deeply incised, the area has gentle slopes and very thick alluvial and glacial cover. Bedrock exposures are few and small, being largely confined to stream channels and the far eastern part of the claims underlain by intrusives.
Approximately 23 kilometres of reconnaissance high resolution ground magnetics (“MAG”) and EM16 VLF electromagnetics (“EM”) was completed with the initial aim of trying to identify structural breaks in the stratigraphy which may have the potential to host quartz veins as well as contacts between the various rock units. In the area surveyed, the magnetic gradient was fairly weak but the MAG survey was able to define the contact between the intrusive rocks and the sediments. Two reconnaissance EM lines were completed while attempting to maintain similar orientation and location as the MAG survey. The EM survey did produce an anomaly near to and most likely related to the contact identified by the MAG.
Two reconnaissance soil sampling lines and one line of mobile metal ion (“MMI”) sampling was done in an area thought to be underlain by rocks of the Snowshoe Group. In much of the area the soil profile was not well developed. A total of 49 soil samples, including 27 MMI samples, were collected and all samples were assayed for precious and base metals. The soil and MMI sampling did not return any anomalous values. Rock sampling was limited due to the lack of outcrop owing to extensive overburden on the Property. Fifty six (56) rock samples were collected in the first phase with 32 samples from one of two active, mechanized placer gold operations on the Property. No outcrops were observed at the second operation. Rocks in the placer pit were most likely from the Takla Group and consisted predominantly of interbedded black argillite, greywacke and minor limestone. None of the samples returned anomalous gold or silver.
Reconnaissance mapping produced very few exposures of Snowshoe Group rocks but where observed rocks included micaceous quartzites, schists and calcareous metasediments. No quartz veins were observed in outcrop but quartz float was seen in several locations. The contact between the Snowshoe Group and the Bayonne Pluton was observed in the eastern part of the Property as mapping progressed to higher elevations.