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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.

5 Star Vacations for 1 Star Prices

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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26 Comments updated January 26, 2013

Gold Rush Alaska Spoiler Do They Find Gold Season 2

Mining Equipment Like This Ain't Cheap

A Dredge on a Claim Is Indication of Big Gold on Virgin Ground

I don’t pretend to be an insider spoiler but in Gold Rush Alaska Season 2 there have been a a lot of people wondering “Do they find gold in season 2?” We’ve had to wait months while watching episode after episode of futility from the Alaskan miners however we’ll finally get an answer this week. I think we’ve seen the answer though – so if you don’t want a spoiler in your midst – stop reading. If you want to see what evidence I’ve deduced, read on.

Big Nugget Mines Face Legal Battle in Spoiler

The teasers we have seen so far indicate that the youngster Parker Schnabel and his grandfather John face some legal obstacles with their operation at the Big Nugget. On the other hand we learn from the spoiler that it is some sort of safety related violations – which usually can be addressed. It is unclear from the Discovery Channel preview whether the mine continues to run – however there is some evidence that the Big Nugget mine will be around for another season with Parker involved.

How do we know this?

We know this based on the interview Parker and his mom gave as part of the “Aftershow” interview ran in place of any actual episodes on December 30th. What’s the evidence? Parker has suggested he intends to mine during the summer and attend college in the winter. His quote was something along the lines of, “I’m going to be one of those 28 year old college graduates,” – which he said with his usual wry smile and a chuckle.

More importantly… his mom didn’t say “No you aren’t!”

What does that mean for Parker’s 2011 campaign? Well for one it means he either found some source of gold or money to stay afloat for another season. Given the amount of gold in his pan at the end of the most recent episode January 6th, I’m thinking he found enough to stick around.

Dakota Fred and Porcupine Creek Claim Shut Down Also

The Porcupine Creek claim also ends up getting shut down, presumably for safety violations as well, but I for one am not worried about Dakota Fred. That guy could find gold in my backyard, I’m sure of it (but please don’t start digging, ok?). Fred was already on the gold when we last viewed the Dakota boys last Friday. Did we learn anything else in the Discovery Channel season 2 spoiler? Not really. The best information we have vis a vis a conclusion to Fred’s season was (again) the Aftershow episode aired December 30th. Fred was coy in interviews but given his willingness to share sadness emotions on site and the lack of distress in his face in the interview I read his season ended up successfully – if only modestly. Mark my words, Dakota Fred will find gold – somewhere.

What You’ve Been Waiting For: Hoffmans Gold Rush Alaska Spoiler Season 2

What people really want to know is whether the Hoffman crew will finally find gold in season 2. Here’s your spoiler: I believe the answer to the question, “Do they find gold season 2” is…

…an overwhelming yes. There is so much gold in the area they are mining it is PLAINLY VISIBLE under their feet on the ground where they are walking. Given we have watched the “magic” of seeing significant amounts of gold appear in a pan or sifting table from indiscernable black dirt – seeing gold in plain sight under-foot means they are on the gold in a big big way. It stands to reason after all, doesn’t it? Years ago a HUGE and expensive dredge was run into the ground up at Quartz Creek. You don’t run machinery like that on poor dirt.

We still have plenty of drama left to go in our favorite show, “Gold Rush Alaska Season 2” – but I think it’s pretty safe to say that all three mines are both on the gold and in or near the black in terms of profitability. I think they will find gold.

What do you think?

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7 Comments updated July 26, 2013