Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

January 23, 2006 10:06 ET

Strongbow Exploration Inc.: Exploration Update-Spences Bridge Gold Belt, British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 23, 2006) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to provide the following update on its exploration activities in the emerging Spences Bridge Gold Belt in southwestern British Columbia.

Skoonka Creek Property

Final assay results have been received for previously unsampled sections of drill core from the October 2005 drill program on the JJ prospect, as well as final results from metallic screen assays for previously announced high grade samples from this drilling program. A complete summary of the October drilling program was reported in Strongbow News Release #05-22 (November 28, 2005). On average, reported gold grades for samples assayed by the metallic screen assay technique are typically 10-12% higher than the corresponding fire assay results for the same sample. Compilation of the new assay results indicate modest increases in the gold grades of previously reported intervals, highlighted by a revised grade of 20.2 g/t gold over 12.8 metres from drill hole SC-008. Previously reported intersections affected by the revised and new assay results are reported in the table below.

DDH Angle From To Interval(1) Assay(2)
(m) (m) (m) (g/t Au)
SC-003 -45 38.60 57.59 18.99 1.27
Including 48.70 49.70 0.70 16.6
SC-005 -45 34.44 36.82 2.38 4.22
43.15 44.75 1.60 12.4
SC-006 -80 61.40 65.50 4.10 7.48
Including 64.25 65.5 1.25 16.2
SC-007 -45 20.74 24.05 3.31 26.8
Including 20.74 22.31 1.57 54.5
SC-008 -80 28.90 41.70 12.80 20.2
Including 28.90 29.67 0.77 28.6
And 32.89 35.80 2.91 51.1
Including 33.65 34.95 1.30 110.4
And 40.95 41.70 0.75 117.1
SC-009 -45 25.70 28.90 3.20 2.04

(1) The true widths of the reported intervals are
estimated to be 90-100% and 50-70% of the reported
intervals for holes drilled at -45 degrees and -80
degrees, respectively;

(2) All reported assays are uncut.

Final results have also been received and compiled for a 2005 regional soil geochemical survey completed in the northern part of the Skoonka Creek property. The survey results define a number of anomalous areas including a broad, 2,000 m by 1,500 m gold in soil anomaly centred approximately 3,500 m northeast of the JJ prospect. Called the Discovery-Backburn anomaly, this area is defined by individual sample stations returning in excess of 10 ppb gold (90th percentile), including a number of individual stations returning in excess of 100 ppb gold, to a maximum of 1,200 ppb gold. The Discovery-Backburn anomaly is an order of magnitude larger than the corresponding regional soil geochemical anomaly associated with the JJ prospect, and remains open to the east. A helicopter-borne magnetic/electromagnetic geophysical survey has been commissioned by Strongbow to cover the area of the 2005 regional soil sampling. The survey is scheduled to be completed by the end of January with results to be used in targeting specific areas for detailed follow up ground geophysical surveys and drilling.

A complete, updated table of results from the JJ drilling program as well as a related cross section, long section and an image of the regional soil survey results have been posted on Strongbow's website at Strongbow is presently working to earn up to a 60% interest in the Skoonka Creek property from Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX:AMM) by incurring $4 million in exploration expenditures and making certain share issuances over a 6 year period.

New Property Acquired in the Spences Bridge Gold Belt

Elsewhere in the Spences Bridge Gold Belt, Strongbow has acquired 33 mineral claims to the southeast of the Thompson River, between Strongbow's Skoonka Creek property and the Prospect Valley property of Almaden Minerals and Consolidated Spire Ventures. The 16,000 ha Silk property encompasses a significant portion of the Nicoamen River drainage basin. Records of the British Columbia Department of Mines indicate that the 1857 discovery of coarse placer gold at the mouth of the Nicoamen River triggered the Fraser River gold rush of 1858. With the addition of the Silk property, Strongbow now retains exposure to approximately 64,000 ha of prospective ground within the Spences Bridge Gold Belt.

Exploration of Strongbow's gold exploration properties is conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo.(BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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