Gold Rush (TV series)

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Gold Rush
Gold Rush Title.jpg
FormatReality
Narrated byPaul Christie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes58 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Raw Television
Broadcast
Original channelDiscovery Channel
Picture format1080i 16:9
Original runDecember 3, 2010 (2010-12-03) – present
Chronology
Related showsFlying Wild Alaska, Bering Sea Gold, Jungle Gold
External links
Website
 
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Gold Rush
Gold Rush Title.jpg
FormatReality
Narrated byPaul Christie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes58 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Raw Television
Broadcast
Original channelDiscovery Channel
Picture format1080i 16:9
Original runDecember 3, 2010 (2010-12-03) – present
Chronology
Related showsFlying Wild Alaska, Bering Sea Gold, Jungle Gold
External links
Website

Gold Rush (formerly Gold Rush Alaska) is a reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel, with reruns also airing on TLC. The show's third season began airing on October 26, 2012.

The show focuses on the mining of gold placer deposits found in Alaska and the Klondike, by various teams of miners.

Contents

Overview

Season 1

The first season (show named Gold Rush: Alaska) featured six men from Sandy, Oregon (a small town 30 miles southeast of Portland) who, due to the economic downturn, have lost their jobs. They decided on an all-stakes gamble – travel to Porcupine Creek, Alaska and prospect for gold. Most of the people on the show have little or no previous gold mining experience and must learn on the job.

Season 2

For season 2 (show renamed to Gold Rush), Todd missed a lease payment, and "Dakota" Fred Hurt buys the claim out from owner Earl Foster, not needing to break the lease due to the missed payment.[1] The season explores the Hoffman crew's new mine at Quartz Creek, in the Klondike region of the Yukon, Canada as well as "Dakota" Fred's operation at the site of the original Hoffman mine, Porcupine Creek, and Parker Schnabel's attempts to mine his grandfather's property at Big Nugget Mine.

Season 3

The third season began in October 2012. The Hoffman crew returned to the Klondike to once again mine the Quartz Creek site but also brought on additional crewmen to simultaneously work another site in the area to try to reach a goal of 1000 ounces. Parker Schnabel returned to the Big Nugget Mine site with larger and more efficient equipment while "Dakota" Fred Hurt and his crew returned to the Porcupine Creek site.

Other programming

Aftershows & Specials

Numerous "aftershows" and specials have been produced that document behind the scenes action as well as interviews with miners and crew.

Gold Rush: The Jungle

Between the second and third seasons Todd Hoffman and several crew members traveled to a remote site in Guyana in South America to determine the feasibility of opening up an operation there during the Klondike offseasons. The trip was covered in a single one hour episode. Although they did discover gold on the claim site, it was not of a sufficient quantity to cover the high expenses of mining the remote site which was accessible only by hiking through a trackless jungle after a harrowing river passage. Given the low probability of profitability, Hoffman chose not to pursue the venture.

Episodes

Cast

Current Cast:

SeasonsNameDetails
1-Todd Hoffman (age 41)Remembering his father's gold mining adventures in the 1980s.[2]
1-Jack Hoffman (age 65)Father of Todd, he previously mined for gold in Alaska 25 years ago, and joins the crew for a second chance to live his dream.[3]
1-Jim Thurber (age 54)An expert sheet metal worker with more than 30 years experience, he serves as the crew's safety officer. The economic downturn cost him his business, and one more late mortgage payment will result in foreclosure.[4]
2-Dave Turin (age 52)A guest star for several episodes of season 1, he comes on full time for season 2. He is an experienced quarry foreman. Todd convinces him to chase his gold mining dream, join the group, and take some time off from his family's business.[5]
1-"Dakota" Fred Hurt (age 68)After advising the Hoffman crew in the last half of season 1, Dakota Fred returns for season 2 to purchase the Jim Nail Placer mine to mine himself with his own crew.[6]
2-Dustin Hurt (age 44)Dustin is "Dakota" Fred's son. He worked at the Jim Nail Placer mine in Season Two.
2-Parker Schnabel (age 18)Parker was given the Big Nugget mine in season 2 when his grandfather, John Schnabel, decided to step down.[7] He guest starred and appeared to give advice in Season One.
1-John Schnabel (age 93)Recurring guest star, owner of Big Nugget mine and grandfather of Parker Schnabel.
2-Roger SchnabelRecurring guest star, part-owner of Big Nugget mine, father of Parker Schnabel, son of John Schnabel.
2-Gary GroganRecurring guest star, employee at Big Nugget mine.
1-Fred DodgeRecurring guest star, helped the Hoffman Crew re-assemble their wash plant in Season 1. He returned to the Klondike in Season 2 to give the Hoffmans better gold recovery tools. He also went to Guyana with the crew in Season 3.

Former Cast:

SeasonsNameDetails
1Jimmy Dorsey (age 34)A Realtor and self-confessed adrenaline junkie. After an off camera physical altercation with Greg Remsburg, he left the mining crew in season one.[8]
1-2James Harness (age 54)The crew mechanic, he prides himself on being able to repair nearly anything. However, a car wreck has left him with metal pins in his ankle and a severe spinal injury which, due to lack of finances, he cannot afford to have surgically repaired.[9] A Baltimore medical center donated a medical procedure to correct his back problem, which resulted in the need for yearly injections.[10] During season 2 when operations were halted due to dirty water, Todd asked him to build a water filter. Instead he left the camp to spend a week with his girlfriend in a motel. At the end of the season the crew fired him, blaming him for missing their 100 ounce target.
1Earle FosterRecurring guest star in season 1, owner of Jim Nail Placer Mine in season 1; cameo appearances in season 2 and 3
1Michael HalsteadIn the first season "Pastor Mike" was billed as the crew pastor. Mike was pastor of the Harvest Christian Church[11] in Troutdale, Oregon at the time. He had done charity work in Mexico in the past and had met Jack Hoffman twenty years ago on one of those trips. Jack introduced Mike to elk hunting and the two of them shared an enthusiasm for outdoor adventures, often going on trips together. He took part in a few episodes in the first half of season one, but went home for an unknown reason and was never mentioned again.
1-3Chris Doumitt (age 59)Originally he was only meant to come to Alaska for ten days — to help build a cabin for Greg Remsburg and his family. But gold mining quickly got under his skin and he ended up staying for five months and becoming a key member of the team. He calls himself a "pumpologist". Chris retired after season 3.[12]
1-3Greg Remsburg (age 41)Lifelong friend of Todd, he is an experienced construction supervisor. However, he has not had steady work. Greg left the Hoffman crew after season 3.[13]

Locations

Alaskan Panhandle
Alaska, USA
The Klondike
The Yukon, Canada

Equipment

Season 1

DescriptionMake / Type
ExcavatorHitachi EX400LC
ExcavatorHitachi EX270LC
Dump TruckPeterbilt Tri-Axle
LoaderCaterpillar 980B
BulldozerCaterpillar D6H
Shaker/Trommel/Jig PlantCustom Built
Wave TableN/A
Magnetite SeparatorBlack Gold
PumpCalama 6"
PumpHonda 4"
Generator PlantDetroit Diesel 150 kW

Season 2

DescriptionMake / TypeCreekCrew
ExcavatorHitachi EX400LCQuartzHoffman
ExcavatorKomatsu PC228-USLCQuartzHoffman
BulldozerCaterpillar D8LQuartzHoffman
LoaderKomatsu WA380-5LQuartzHoffman
PumpPioneer 6"QuartzHoffman
Wash PlantShaker Wash Plant 60 yds/hr (Little Blue)QuartzHoffman
Clean-Up EquipmentMSI Xtruder 255/EnHancer 755QuartzHoffman
GeneratorWhisperwatt 100 kWQuartzHoffman
ExcavatorHitachi EX270LCPorcupineDakota Boys
LoaderDoosan DL-400PorcupineDakota Boys
LoaderCat 980BPorcupineDakota Boys
BulldozerCat D6HPorcupineDakota Boys
PumpGorman-Rupp 6"PorcupineDakota Boys
Wash PlantRMS/Ross De-Rocker 8x20 100 yds/hrPorcupineDakota Boys
ExcavatorCat 330BLPorcupineSchnabel
Articulated HaulerVolvo A25CPorcupineSchnabel
LoaderAssortment of Cat 980/988 (8+)PorcupineSchnabel
Wash PlantShaker, Trommel, Jig 20 yds/hrPorcupineSchnabel

Season 3

DescriptionMake / TypeCrew
BulldozerCaterpillar D9LHoffman/Turin
BulldozerCaterpillar D10NHoffman/Turin
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BHoffman/Turin
ExcavatorVolvo EC360BHoffman/Turin
ExcavatorVolvo EC330BHoffman/Turin
ExcavatorHitachi EX400LCHoffman/Turin
ExcavatorKomatsu PC228USLCHoffman/Turin
LoaderVolvo L220EHoffman/Turin
LoaderVolvo L180EHoffman/Turin
Articulated HaulerVolvo A40CHoffman/Turin
Articulated HaulerVolvo A35CHoffman/Turin
Articulated HaulerVolvo A35CHoffman/Turin
Wash PlantKPI-JCI Shaker/Conveyers, MSI Feeders & "Big Red" SluiceHoffman/Turin
Wash Plant"Gold Machine" Turbo-TrommelHoffman/Turin
PumpPioneer 6x6Hoffman/Turin
PumpPioneer 6x6Hoffman/Turin
ExcavatorHitachi EX270LCDakota Boys
ExcavatorDoosan DX340LCDakota Boys
LoaderDoosan DL400Dakota Boys
LoaderVolvo L220EDakota Boys
LoaderCaterpillar 980BDakota Boys
BulldozerCaterpillar D6HDakota Boys
Wash PlantRMS/Ross De-Rocker 8x20 100 yds/hrDakota Boys
PumpGorman-Rupp 10"Dakota Boys
PumpGorman-Rupp 6"Dakota Boys
Gold DredgeKeeneDakota Boys
ExcavatorCaterpillar 330BLSchnabel
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BSchnabel
BulldozerCaterpillar D8NSchnabel
Articulated HaulerVolvo A25CSchnabel
Articulated HaulerVolvo A25CSchnabel
LoaderVolvo L90ESchnabel
LoaderCaterpillar 988CSchnabel
GeneratorAtlas Copco QAS 120Schnabel
Wash PlantShaker, Trommel, Jig & Sluice 60 yds/hrSchnabel

Reception

As of its first season finale, Gold Rush Alaska was the most-watched Friday night program in all of US television among males 18-49 and 25-54.[14] For 13 consecutive weeks in its second season, Gold Rush continued to hold Friday's top rating in the demographic of men 18-49.[15]

Syndication

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3

See also

References

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