1997 - 1999: Prospecting of new logging roads identified favorable intrusive and calc-silicate rocks. Molybdenum first identified at Discovery zone followed by positive tungsten in assays.
2000 - 2004: Privately funded prospecting, soils, silts, UV lamping. High grade boulders (moly and tungsten) found at the Discovery zone then to the east at the Nightcrawler zone. Similar geological setting and positive stream sediments located on Deception Mountain 4 km to the north.
2005 - 2010: Happy Creek acquires property and conducts larger scale prospecting, geochemistry and geology. Trenching and wide-spaced drilling at Nightcrawler zone gives positive results in an area 1.5 km X 500 metres in dimension. Trenching on Deception Mountain returns 2 metres of 5.0% W03 (Ridley Creek (RC)), 7.25m of 1.25% W03 (BK), and 1.0m of 4.66% W03 metres (BN) in three zones over 2.0 km.
2011 - 2013: In 2011, drilling at RC zone intersected 5.2metres of 0.91% W03, 4.7m of 1.02% W03, and 12.4m of 0.74% W03, which are considered the “Discovery” point for the project. Under increasingly difficult market conditions, globally top-tier results include 26m of 1.2% W03 at RC and 14.8m of 4.0% W03 at BN. With limited funding available, only the RC zone was selected for additional drilling. A LiDAR topographic survey and additional geology was completed.
2014 - 2015: Airborne geophysics, geological mapping, sampling. Geochemical survey identifies large South Grid target. The North zone was better defined at surface and addition zones of tungsten located. In 2015, drilling at the Nightcrawler Creek zone returns 5m of 1.0% W03 and the favorable geology containing tungsten values extended another 450 metres further east. More detailed deposit modelling, metallurgy studies undertaken.
2016: Drilling and updated resources for Ridley creek zone. Drilling increases information at BK zone and returns 6.0 m of 0.67% WO3. Trench and chip sampling at Ridley creek and BK zone. A conceptual process flow sheet and metallurgical studies return positive results.
2017 Drilling and updated resource for Ridley Creek, BN and BK zones. Geological mapping on Deception Mountain further refined contacts and extent of the favorable calc-silicate unit. Prospecting and hand trenching located new tungsten showings along strike to the south of Ridley Creek, and in calc-silicate layers above Ridley Creek and BK zones. At the 1.5 km by 500m South Grid target, drilling returned several intercepts above cut-off grade and near-surface that are thought to represent good potential for a new deposit.
2018 Stream sediment geochemical surveys and prospecting were performed along newly constructed logging roads on the western side of the property. Anomalous tungsten in multiple stream sediments samples suggests potential for mineralization in the area. In addition, the first ever prospecting along new roads in the far south portion of the property returned up to 519 g/t silver in quartz veins.
2019 Additional stream sediment sampling, and prospecting was performed on the western side of the property, and two drill holes totalling 331.6 metres were completed in the Nightcrawler area. The two holes, 400 metres apart, intersected tungsten mineralization that further suggests potential for a resource to be generated in this area. Drill hole F19-02 returned 6.3 metres of 0.43% WO3 nearsurface.
2020 Six largely wide-spread diamond core holes totalling 1119 metres were completed in the Nightcrawler zone, better defining the mineralized calc silicate layers and intersected a significant mineralized zone to the east of the Creek zone. Prospecting and geochemical surveys in the western side of the property located ouctop of marble and calc silicate containing tungsten mineralization. Another area, 4.5 km to the southeast was also located containing tungsten in boulders and subcrop. One drill hole was attempted in this large area but was abandoned due to weather changes that imposed safety and logistic concerns.