It involves a young man who decides to become a gold miner. He spends the first winter in a roughly built cabin, very isolated, and has a run in with a bear who breaks down the door to his cabin.
He visits a town some distance away and meets and old miner who now lives in a Nursing Home who sells him the very claim he wants to prospect. Everything improves after this.
Later the old man dies and leaves him everything, including a guide and rescue operation.
It may be an unfinished serial but I cannot remember.
Thanks for any help.