‘Gold Rush’: Is Parker Schnabel Going to ‘Dig Himself Too Deep’ Next Episode?

by Courtney Blackann
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Gold mining in the heart of the Klondike is not for the weak. We’ve all seen “Gold Rush” miners try and fail and try and fail again. Parker Schnabel isn’t usually one of those. As a young miner who’s learned a lot from previous generations, the crew leader is typically focused and successful. However, he may be in a bit over his head as he tries his luck at some deep earth in the latest episode.

In a clip for the newest episode of “Gold Rush” Parker and his crew are using some new machinery – a multimillion-dollar sonic drill. This drill can penetrate the earth 1,000 feet, hitting the bedrock. This is where Parker hopes some “virgin dirt” filled with gold flakes is waiting.

However, each plunge into the ground costs the gold miner $20,000. And as each dig proves unsuccessful, the “Gold Rush” star is getting frustrated.

“You might as well take my money and set it on fire,” he says amid the dig of the Little El Dorado.

The crew is digging test holes, which will allow them to test samples for gold. And each test proves to be more devastating than the last.

As they collect the earth deep beneath the surface, one of the miners notices some gold flakes. But Parker isn’t okay with this. He believes the findings are indicative of a dried area – and that the earth has already been 70 to 80% excavated. This leaves him reeling on what to do next.

The latest episode airs Friday at 8 PM Eastern on Discovery and Discovery Plus.

“Gold Rush” Star Discusses Do’s and Don’t’s of Mining

While Parker Schnabel may be young, he has the experience to know there are some things you just don’t do when it comes to working for a gold drilling operation. These things makes the difference between life and death.

One of those things, he says are “alcohol/drug abuse at work, not being punctual or not coming back on time from days off, abusing company equipment/vehicles, just plain not adhering to the basics of work rules in a camp.”

Obviously, these seem like common sense, but if you’re a fan of the show, you know there have been crew members who’ve struggled with these very things.

Additionally, he says, “If I let someone go for something other than point #1, it’s usually because a manager has asked me to (or, requested to swap an employee for someone else which is basically telling me they don’t want that person at the portion of the site they are responsible for), and if someone quits, it’s usually because they don’t want the lifestyle. Pretty simple at the end of the day.” 

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