Gold Rush Season 3 Spoiler

Do the Hoffman’s find gold in season 3 of Gold Rush? The teasers indicate that someone strikes it rich in the Alaskan klondike but will it be one of the three featured mining groups? We make the case here that we can discern from what little we’ve seen so far that we can make a good guess as to who comes out on top in 2012. Otherwise, let the speculation begin! Comments welcome!

Is 2012 Finally the Year the Hoffman’s Strike Gold Meaningfully

You read it here first. I’m going out on a limb and proclaiming this is the year Todd Hoffman and his crew hit big paydirt. This year they are financed like a real mining operation, already have two claims to work (and have produced gold in week one of the mining season at Quartz Creek), and have far better equipment and a larger crew. Obviously they will run into some stumbling blocks along the way given some of the crew members are greenhorns, but with Dave Turin leading the second crew on the new claim and Quartz Creek already producing in week one I think Hoffman fans have a lot to look forward to this season.

Troubled Times for the Pressured Parker Schnabel at Big Nugget

We honestly don’t have much to go by after just one episode but early indications are that Parker Schnabel has put himself under a lot of pressure in 2012 and it is likely that being under that kind of pressure is going to lead to catastrophic mistakes for the young man. Teasers for the season after episode 1 indicate a serious roll-over accident on what looks to be equipment on the Big Nugget claim. An additional quote from grandpa John Schnabel indicates the possibility of serious injuries or possibly a very near miss for crew members. We have to be careful not to jump to conclusions however as the soundbite does not necessarily give adequate context nor a time-sequence of events.

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Dakota Fred Showing True Colors and One-Way Nature

As previously mentioned, we are still only one episode into the Gold Rush Alaska season 3 and we have already seen yet another example of the short-sightedness / one-way help of Dakota Fred. Before the season had even begun he asked young Parker for a favor to help him dig out the road to his gold mine claim at Porcupine Creek – which Parker was more than happy to do despite the cost of fuel – which is not cheap. That’s just being a good neighbor up in the Klondike.

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However when time comes for Fred to return a favor – offering up a spare electrical board worth a couple thousand dollars – he leaves Parker hanging in the breeze, telling him effectively to go buy his own. Apologizers will buy Fred’s argument about warrantee and all that but we all know what it means to help a neighbor, and quoting an absurd price to Parker was a pretty poor way to return a favor. Good luck in 2012 Fred, you’re sure going to need it because Lord knows no one else is going to help you out.

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  1. #1 by barry at December 13th, 2014

    R.I.P. James Harness, original mechanic from season 1. Ailing body but willing, sometimes misunderstood and tireless worker.

  2. #2 by Barry Livingstone at February 27th, 2013

    lol – believe me I empathize… I am the typo-king.

  3. #3 by Jessey at February 23rd, 2013

    *MADE* this is Gold Rush, we’re not talking about corn here darn it!

  4. #4 by Jessey at February 23rd, 2013

    Thanks for the quickly updated gold talley in Oz’s good sir, mase my night knowing Parker will be around for season 4!!!

  5. #5 by Barry Livingstone at February 22nd, 2013

    The crews worked incredibly hard as the early freeze set in up north.

    Todd’s crew lit the epic bonfire of all time. Big Nugget ran their last bits of Emerson Trench dirt until the trommel froze. A big emotional moment when Parker handed over the keys to Big Nugget one last time. The infamous Glory Hole at Porcupine Creek claimed yet another season un-exploited – although ultimately Dustin dove into the Glory Hole to dredge it. As Parker pans his final concentrate its looking very good.

    The great thing about all these crazy efforts is that they all worked.
    Here’s the lowdown:
    Dakota Fred: 163 oz
    Parker Schnabel: 192 oz
    Todd Hoffman: 803 oz

  6. #6 by Barry at February 22nd, 2013

    Tonight’s the big night! Who will it be?

    Share your opinion!
    Parker and Big Nugget?
    Indian River / Quartz Creek?
    Dakota Fred and the Glory Hole at Porcupine Creek?

    Weigh in now!

  7. #7 by Barry Livingstone at February 15th, 2013

    So we are at the next to last week of Gold Rush Alaska. Porcupine Creek is stalling at the bottom of the glory hole. Fred broke an ankle in a fall while pushing their excavator to the limit.

    Meanwhile at Big Nugget a heartfelt visit from Grandpa John Schnabel reignites Parker’s dig at Emerson trench. Breakdowns slowed their progress.

    Lastly at Indian River Todd runs out of dirt so they start trucking in pay dirt from Quartz. More breakdowns.

    Totals for the week: Big Nugget – promising nuggets and days left to run it.
    Quartz / Indian: 200oz. A monster result. Awesome work.
    No numbers from Dakota Fred.

  8. #8 by Barry Livingstone at February 8th, 2013

    So Parker finally flipped the rock truck but not before he got another 25 oz or so. Bad news is he shut down Discovery claim with no more good dirt to run.

    Dakota Fred at Porcupine Creek landed another 22+ oz giving him 139. He struggled though with flooding and breakdowns while digging the glory hole. Am I the only one who finds that phrasing uncomfortable?

    Indian River was without the wisdom of Dave Turin and was left in the utterly incompetent hands of Todd Hoffman, who proceeded to run his plan unsupervised. That lead to multiple mistakes including running fresh water full stream down the sluice. Gold tally for the week was a respectable 107oz. Big numbers again despite the screw ups.

  9. #9 by Barry Livingstone at February 1st, 2013

    Big amounts in the sluice at Big Nugget: 43oz.

    Porcupine (thanks to Dustin’s dredge) 14oz in one day.

    Indian River survives Todd’s instant mismanagement and runs 24 hours. They nabbed 137oz. Awesome numbers off the bench cut.

  10. #10 by glenn at January 28th, 2013

    todd hofman is a joke, and is not a leader

  11. #11 by Barry Livingstone at January 25th, 2013

    Short week for all the crews but good numbers for Fred and also Indian River.

    Fred had 28.4 (total 104)

    Team Turin 46 (total 269 does not include 7 from Quartz Creek).

    Team Todd shut down the QC operation. Turbo Trommel is a bust.

    No numbers for Parker save a small 2.3 oz cleanup on Emerson at Big Nugget but they got a new lease on a nearby claim.

  12. #12 by Barry at January 25th, 2013

    Honest to bleep Todd moves his equipment to Indian River but why didn’t he bring trucks full of pay gravel?? I mean he’s driving the trucks over anyway? Why not drive them over full of pay gravel?

  13. #13 by Barry at January 18th, 2013

    Well we’re through another week. Fred and the Dakota crew got much needed new equipment but they paid for it. 20 hours run and 13.9 oz and 74+ for the season

    Big Nugget no dice at Emerson Trench. Parker is in a hole with nowhere left to dig.

    Heartbreak at Quartz Creek. Turbo Trommel is the worlds most expensive doorstop. Not catching any gold… shy of 8 oz. Todd is lucky he still has Indian River.

    Speaking of team Turin they’re thru cut one now opened the bench cut. Final cleanout on cut one 53.78 giving them 223 for the team. Good for them.

  14. #14 by Kelly at January 17th, 2013

    So did Dave find the let seven oz for Todd?

  15. #15 by Barry Livingstone at January 11th, 2013

    Not much to report this week. Big Nugget found about 12 oz despite Parker Schnabel’s reluctance to run the Emerson Trench overburden.

    No cleanouts at the other locations however the Hoffman turbo trommel had some sizeable nuggets after just 500 yards of run and it’s been burning through 200 yards an hour. Big cleanout coming there. Likewise at Indian River.

    Dakota Fred is snakebit at Porcupine Creek. One breakdown after another.

  16. #16 by Barry at January 4th, 2013

    Indian River another big number of 55 Oz, total 170. Quartz Creek finally running Big Blue.

    Porcupine Creek a total of 20.8 for a season number of 61.

    Parker Schnabel on Big Nugget finds Smith Creek a bust, but Emerson Trench showing bedrock under 26 feet of overburden. Last shot for Big Nugget upcoming.

  17. #17 by Barry Livingstone at December 14th, 2012

    I hope everyone has a great holiday season – as it will be a couple of weeks before we see a new episode from the Gold Rush production team.

  18. #18 by Barry at December 14th, 2012

    Again another fun episode: Indian River keeps the Hoffman dream alive – 21 ounces for a total of 115. Investors decide to keep the mines open. It’s a good day.

    Devastating results on Smith Creek. Mounds of tillings – already processed ground. I think Parker needs a vacation

    Dakota Fred finds a healthy 18 ounces or so, in there unusual mini glory hole (am I the only person who finds that terminology uncomfortable??)

  19. #19 by Barry at December 7th, 2012

    Big day for Indian River – 63oz.

    Nothing for any of the other crews but all teams will be running next week so long as Todd’s trommel doesn’t die on them.

  20. #20 by Barry at December 1st, 2012

    A fun episode this week – Parker hit his goal of 50 ounces in a week despite a modest set-back. A great come-back week for him.

    An even bigger comeback for Dave Turin and the Indian River boys. Better than 30 ounces after clearing a layer of empty gravel on cut 1. Team Turin has a pulse.

    Finally some activity on Quartz Creek as well. The trommel arrived and now it’s time to see how good all that pay gravel they have stockpiled is.

    Finally Porcupine Creek also found a decent amount (7oz) on a test run of some gravel under an old cabin.

    Overall a really fun episode of Gold Rush Alaska.

  21. #21 by Brian Packo at November 27th, 2012

    I was just wondering when they did the pre show before gold rush started this season.When they interviewed the Hoffman crew,why were they the only ones to have all the gold on the table for them.kind a gives at away don’t you think?

  22. #22 by Barry Livingstone at November 24th, 2012

    Another week has passed in the Gold Rush saga and we can see pretty clearly that right now very little gold has been recovered.

    Dakota Fred had a promising week with 1.4 Oz in a very short run of the topmost layer of soil so things are looking up for him if he can keep his equipment running (don’t hold your breath).

    Indian River had a very depressing .87 Oz of gold after 5 days of running. A very disappointing result. It remains to be seen whether they can get the beast to spit out some gold.

    At Quartz Creek Todd Hoffman’s crew continues to sit on their thumbs.

    Lastly Parker Schnabel and Big Nugget solved a short term cash flow problem by finishing a bridge. They want to be back processing given they are / were on the best gold seen so far.

    No giveaways in the teaser for next week but it looks like Todd’s trommel is finally going to be delivered.

  23. #23 by Barry Livingstone at November 17th, 2012

    BORRRIIINGG!!!! That should be the big headline for this past week’s episode.

    Hoffman crew total for the week: zip.
    Schnabel Results for the week: zip.
    Dakota Fred Results: zip.

    At least the Turin team up in Indian River managed to get their wash plant running.

    LAME season so far all around – but still more hopeful than last year… save for the bumbling team at Quartz Creek.

  24. #24 by Barry Livingstone at November 12th, 2012

    So we’re now a couple weeks in and we’ve seen big numbers from Parker Schnabel early on with the acquisition of mining rights on an adjacent claim to the Big Nugget. Smith Creek turned out to be a bust but with a 25 Oz haul after his first cleanout on the new claim Parker is on the gold.

    Dakota Fred is still stuck as ground zero but is ready to start pumping out the glory hole (that sounds soooo wrong, I know…) and the Hoffman crew really screwed up. They ripped out their wash plant and now are sitting on their thumbs.

    Dave Turin has a new claim to work at Indian river and their wash plant is ready to run some dirt as well. We’re all looking forward to next weeks episode.

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