Discovery Channel’s ambitious gold miners are at it again and the stakes have never been higher. Who’s in and who’s out? In Gold Rush 5, everything has changed – new miners, new claims, and new tools, technologies and methods to get gold out of the ground. Will big risks lead to even bigger pay outs?
Returning this season is 20-year-old Parker Schnabel who proved himself in his rookie season mining the Klondike – raking in over 1,000 ounces of gold worth USD1.4 million dollars. Parker is taking off his “training wheels” this year, setting an unprecedented goal of 2,000 ounces worth more than USD2.5 million dollars – double his take from last season.
Parker re-invests every last cent in a mad scramble to get to good gold, asks more of his crew than ever before and manages to steal one of rival gold miner Todd Hoffman’s top mechanics. If Parker can hit his lofty goal, he could be on his way to becoming a Klondike legend. Otherwise, it will become clear that his first season was simply a stroke of good luck.
Meanwhile, Tony Beets and his crew dive in full-time to take on the unthinkable. Tony, known throughout the Klondike as “The Viking,” buys a million-dollar 75-year-old floating gold dredge. But to resurrect the gold-catching monster, he needs to take it apart piece by piece. The 210-foot (over 64 metres) dredge has not been used in over 30 years and is a risky proposition. Can The Viking resurrect the machine capable of pulling millions out of the ground or will he be left with 1,000 metal pieces of junk?
Gold Rush 5 premieres on Discovery Channel (Astro channel 551) every Monday at 9pm kicking off with a two-hour special on January 26.