‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Revealed His Dad’s Confusion When He Started Mining

by Joe Rutland

Rick Ness of “Gold Rush” went up to Alaska so he could start his mining career. But his father didn’t quite understand it.

Ness talked about it during a 2019 interview with Entrepreneur.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “My first year up there, I don’t think my dad believed in it at all. He just didn’t get it. And I understand that. When I meet people and they ask what I do and I say I’m a gold miner, they’re usually like, ‘People still do that?'”

‘Gold Rush’ Star Actually Got His Start Working As Team Member With Parker Schnabel

As far as Ness is concerned, yes they do. The “Gold Rush” star has come a long way in his career from being a team member with Parker Schnabel to having his own crew.

But Schnabel had a hard time believing Ness would make it in the minds. He talked about it in a People magazine article. Now Ness was a foreman on Schnabel’s team.

“Rick is the opposite type of guy for this,” Schnabel said of his “Gold Rush” co-star. “He smokes like a chimney, drinks [a] pile of beer … his type of workout is to lift a pile of weights and he does not do cardio.”

Schnabel also said Ness likes being comfortable.

“He’s really the last guy who should be doing something like this, but I wanted to get him out of his comfort zone and see what happens,” Schnabel said.

TV Show’s Camera Crews Caught Ness In Rare Moment Where He Lost His Cool

“Gold Rush” has been on the Discovery Channel since 2010. The show continues to gain viewers with its adventures in Alaska.

Ness, as Schnabel said, does not show much anger or frustration with his crew.

But Ness had an outburst that was caught on film. Camera crews nabbed him at a rare moment where he was “screaming at the top of my lungs.” Well, since he’s pretty laid-back, then those lungs probably are in good shape.

Yet, “Gold Rush” will show one of his moments in the field.

“That’ll be interesting to see because that is not natural to me,” Ness said.

Ness appeared in a spin-off called “Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune” with Tony Beets, Fred Lewis, and Dustin Hurt. Another spin-off called “Hoffman Family Gold” will start in February 2022. It features Todd Huffman returning to gold mining. He joins his father, Jack, and his son, Hunter, out in the mines 100 miles north of Nome, Alaska.

Will the reality TV show with the Huffman family stick? Discovery Channel bosses probably are going to see how viewers react to this spin-off. “Gold Rush” continues to be a show that creates new programming opportunities.