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Ridgeline Minerals Intersects High-Grade Upper Zone and New Lower Mineralized Horizons at the Selena Project, Nevada

Upper Chinchilla Zone

  • SE23-050: 0.4 m grading 570.2 g/t Ag, 20.8% Pb, 1.5% Zn, 0.3 g/t Au (or 1,299.1 g/t AgEq)

  • Within: 24.4 m grading 134.1 g/t Ag, 2.5% Pb, 2.4% Zn, 0.1 g/t Au (or 321.9 g/t AgEq)

Lower Chinchilla Zone

  • SE23-049: 1.5 m grading 51.6 g/t Ag, 1.9% Pb, 1.9% Zn, 0.4 g/t Au (or 225.3 g/t AgEq)

    • And: 1.1m grading 0.4% Cu, 0.2% W, 0.3% Zn, 2.0 g/t Ag

To view a summary of today's press release by Ridgeline CEO Chad Peters, click HERE

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - December 6, 2023) - Ridgeline Minerals Corp. (TSXV: RDG) (OTCQB: RDGMF) (FSE: 0GC0) ("Ridgeline" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the remaining results from the Company's five (5) hole, 2,034 meter ("m") drill program at the Selena ("Selena") project, Nevada. Results from the Upper Chinchilla zone returned broad intercepts of silver ("Ag") - lead ("Pb") - zinc ("Zn") - gold ("Au") with individual assays grading up to 795 grams per tonne ("g/t") Ag, 25% Pb, 2% Zn, 0.3 g/t Au and 0.2% copper ("Cu") that further support the high-grade tenor of the original Chinchilla zone discovery (Figure 1) (see January 24, 2023 press release HERE).

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Notably, core holes SE23-049 and SE23-050 were drilled beneath the Chinchilla zone for the first time and intersected stacked Ag-Pb-Zn-Au mineralized horizons ranging from 0.5 m to 4.0 m thickness with individual samples grading up to 63.9 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, 1.4% Zn and 0.6 g/t Au (Table 1). These new intercepts effectively double the known vertical extent of Carbonate Replacement ("CRD") mineralization at Chinchilla down to a depth of 690 m (Figure 2). Mineralization remains open at depth and along strike for over 3 kilometers towards the Butte Valley porphyry, the interpreted source to the Selena CRD system (see Long Section A-A' HERE)

Chad Peters, Ridgeline's President, and CEO commented, "The confirmation of stacked mineralized horizons beneath the high-grade Chinchilla Oxide zone is a significant development for the project. Previous drilling had already confirmed that Selena is capable of hosting bonanza grade CRD mineralization and the addition of stacked zones at depth dramatically increases the tonnage potential across all target areas."

Michael Harp, Ridgeline's Vice President, Exploration continues, "The lateral metal zonation observed across the Chinchilla Oxide zone continues to support our team's interpretation that we are within the outer oxide rind of a potentially much larger CRD system that is zoning back towards the Butte Valley copper porphyry, the interpreted source to the CRD mineralization at Selena. The Chinchilla Sulfide target is located down-dip of the oxide zone, where a single scout hole in 2022 returned high-grade CRD intercepts but only tested the top 100 meters of the now 450-meter host rock section drilled in 2023. The next steps are to drill the Chinchilla Sulfide target, which exhibits the potential scale and proximity to the porphyry source to host a major sulfide discovery within the greater CRD footprint already defined at Selena."

Highlight Drill Results
SE23-050

  • 0.4 m grading 570.2 g/t Ag, 20.8% Pb, 1.5% Zn, 0.3 g/t Au, (or 1,299.1 g/t Silver Equivalent ("AgEq") (interval includes 0.13% Cu not included in the AgEq calculation) (Figure 1 & Figure 2)

    • within 4.9 m grading 229.7 g/t Ag, 6.5% Pb, 3.5% Zn, 0.2 g/t Au (or 594.6 g/t AgEq)

    • within 24.4 m grading 134.1 g/t Ag, 2.5% Pb, 2.4% Zn, 0.1 g/t Au (or 321.9 g/t AgEq) starting at 248m true vertical depth ("TVD") (Picture 1)

  • 0.9 m grading 315.1 g/t Ag, 3.5% Pb, 0.3% Zn, 0.1 g/t Au, (or 445.6 g/t AgEq) starting at 257 m TVD

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Picture 1: Core photo of the 24.4m Upper Chinchilla Oxide zone intercept in SE23-050.

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SE23-049

  • 2.2 m grading 9.26 g/t Ag, 0.02% Pb, 4.2% Zn, 0.1 g/t Au (or 193.1 g/t AgEq) starting at 218m TVD (Figure 2)

  • And: 0.7 m grading 151.5 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, 0.7% Zn, 0.2 g/t Au (or 228.9 g/t AgEq)

    • Within: 9.1 m grading 29.9 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, 0.3% Zn, 0.04 g/t Au (or 62.7g/t AgEq) starting at 242m TVD

      • 9.1m intercept contained a 2.7 m interval of unrecovered core. The lost core interval was assigned an assay value of 0.0 across all metals, resulting in an estimated dilution of roughly 30% to the overall composite value

  • 1.5 m grading 51.6 g/t Ag, 1.9% Pb, 1.9% Zn, 0.4 g/t Au (or 225.3 g/t AgEq) starting at 269m TVD

  • 1.1m grading 0.4% Cu, 0.2% W, 0.3% Zn, 2.0 g/t Ag starting at 417m TVD (Figure 2)

    • Copper and Tungsten mineralization was hosted within a quartz feldspar porphyry sill exhibiting localized garnet skarn alteration and scheelite (Tungsten Carbonate) mineralization

  • 0.8m grading 57.5 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, 1.3% Zn, 0.5 g/t Au (or 161.7 g/t AgEq) starting at 554m TVD

    • Mineralized intercepts in the lower zone horizons are typically hosted with broad intervals (5-15m) of pervasive brecciation, fugitive calcite veining ("BBQ Rock") and silicification (Picture 2).

    • Manganese ("Mn") rich (>1% Mn) zones of bedding replacement and fracture coatings were observed throughout the lower stratigraphy, which is consistent with the distal zonation patterns of other large CRD deposits globally

Picture 2: Shortwave UV photo of fugitive calcite veining "BBQ Rock" at depth in SE23-049. Tracking fugitive calcite veining is a proven vectoring technique in CRD systems

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Table 1: Table of 2023 Chinchilla Oxide zone assay results



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For a complete table of all Chinchilla Zone assay results click HERE

Figure 1: Plan view map showing 2023 drill results with silver equivalent grade contours highlighting high-grade chimney zones (purple) located at structural intersections

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For a complete table of all Chinchilla Oxide Zone assay results click HERE

Figure 2: Chinchilla Long-Section C-C' highlighting 2023 drill results. Note stacked CRD zones at depth with hole SE23-049 bottoming in mineralization in the Sevy Dolomite (new host rock)

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Selena Project
Selena is located in White Pine County, Nevada, approximately 64 kilometers ("km") north of the town of Ely, NV. The Project shares a property boundary with the Butte Valley project, a US $33M earn-in agreement between Freeport-McMoRan and Falcon Butte Minerals. The 100% owned project is comprised of 39 square kms of highly prospective exploration ground including Ridgeline's shallow-oxide 2020 Ag-Au ± Pb-Zn Chinchilla discovery. Subsequent drilling has continued to highlight the potential for high-grade CRD type mineralization (Ag-Au-Pb-Zn ±Cu) between Chinchilla and the Butte Valley Cu-Au-Ag porphyry located directly west of the property. (View the Selena VRIFY Deck Here)

QAQC Procedures
Samples are submitted to American Assay Laboratories (AAL) of Sparks, Nevada, which is a certified and accredited laboratory, independent of the Company. Independent check samples are sent to Paragon Geochemical Labs (PAL) of Sparks, Nevada. Samples are prepared using industry-standard prep methods and analysed using FA-PB30-ICP (Au; 30 g fire assay) and ICP-5AM48 (48 element Suite; 0.5 g 5-acid digestion/ICP-MS) methods. AAL also undertakes its own internal coarse and pulp duplicate analysis to ensure proper sample preparation and equipment calibration. Ridgeline's QA/QC program includes regular insertion of CRM standards, duplicates, and blanks into the sample stream with a stringent review of all results completed by the Company's Qualified Person, Michael T. Harp, Vice President, Exploration.

Technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Michael T. Harp, CPG. the Company's Vice President, Exploration, who is Ridgeline's Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 and responsible for technical matters of this release.

About Ridgeline Minerals Corp.
Ridgeline Minerals is a discovery focused precious and base metal explorer with a proven management team and a 204 km2 exploration portfolio across six projects in Nevada and Idaho, USA. More information about Ridgeline can be found at www.RidgelineMinerals.com.

On behalf of the Board
"Chad Peters"
President & CEO

Further Information:
Chad Peters, P.Geo.
President, CEO & Director
Ridgeline Minerals Corp.
+1 775 304 9773
cpeters@ridgelineminerals.com

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Cautionary Note regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" (collectively, "Forward-Looking Information") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, the anticipated benefits of the Earn-In Agreement and the transaction contemplated thereby. The words "potential", "anticipate", "meaningful", "discovery", "forecast", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "plan", "historical", "historic" and similar expressions are intended to be among the statements that identify Forward-Looking Information. Forward-Looking Information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the Forward-Looking Information. In preparing the Forward-Looking Information in this news release, Ridgeline has applied several material assumptions, including, but not limited to, assumptions that TSX Venture Exchange approval will be granted in a timely manner subject only to standard conditions; the current objectives concerning the Project can be achieved and that its other corporate activities will proceed as expected; that general business and economic conditions will not change in a materially adverse manner; and that all requisite information will be available in a timely manner. Forward-Looking Information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Ridgeline to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the Forward-Looking Information. Such risks and other factors include, among others, risks related to dependence on key personnel; risks related to unforeseen delays; risks related to historical data that has not been verified by the Company; as well as those factors discussed in Ridgeline's public disclosure record. Although Ridgeline has attempted to identify important factors that could affect Ridgeline and may cause actual actions, events, or results to differ materially from those described in Forward-Looking Information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that Forward-Looking Information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on Forward-Looking Information. Except as required by law, Ridgeline does not assume any obligation to release publicly any revisions to Forward-Looking Information contained in this news release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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