The property is located along the eastern edge of Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula on NTS Map Sheet 12H/10. It is approximately one kilometre southwest of the community of Pollard’s Point and is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway Route 420. Simms Ridge is further accessible from the highway via a network of abandoned woods roads, most notably the Natlin’s Pond Forest access road. There are no permanent settlements in the property making future work very straightforward in terms of ground exploration.
Simms Ridge consists of 10 wholly-owned mineral licenses consisting of 93 map-staked claims, covering a total area of 2,325 Ha. The first claim was originally staked just to the north-west by prospector Darrin Hicks under mineral license 021778M in January 2014 east of Giles Pond but is not currently part of the pacakge. Thereafter, follow-up claims in the surrounding area were made by Wesley Keats (026077M & 026568M), G2B Gold Inc. (027405M, 027417M & 031276M), and Neal Blackmore (030848M & 030849M) between May 2018 and June 2021. Long Range acquired 023951M from New Found Gold Corp. in November 2021 while property licenses 034161M and 034166M were additionally staked on behalf of Long Range in March 2022 when they became available after being previously gazetted. In February 2023 an additional 17 mineral claims were added under 035693M. Combined these 10 licences now form the Simms Ridge Property; the first time the area has been consolidated under one ownership.
The property is located on the eastern margin of the Humber Zone of the Appalachian Orogen, which in Newfoundland is divided into four tectonostratigraphic zones based on rock types, age, faunal attributes, and geophysical signatures. Structure in the region is dominated by the Doucers Valley Fault which thrust the Coney Head Allochthon westerly over the Coney Arm Group. West-facing recumbent folds are common and even occur within the Coney Arm Group. Minor dextral strike-slip splays also occur within and parallel to the Doucers Valley Fault Zone.
Fifteen prospects and showings have been identified from previous descriptions of project history and geology. The main areas of interest include the past producing Browning mine, West Corner Brook prospect, Simms Ridge prospect, and Unknown Brook prospect each with peripheral showings and indications of gold and sulphide mineralization. The mineralization appears to be spatially associated with faults and right stepping splays emanating from the Doucers Valley Fault Zone. The exact nature and control on mineralization is not known but as is becoming clear across most of Newfoundland Island, the gold showings are structurally controlled and hence the need to better understand the tectonic history of this area.