‘Gold Rush’ Star Dustin Hurt Learned the Hard Way How Unforgiving Mother Nature Can Be

by Chris Haney

The newest season of Gold Rush: White Water is underway, and star Dustin Hurt and his crew have already faced multiple challenges. During a recent interview, the gold miner opened up about how unforgiving Mother Nature can be in Alaska.

Season 5 of the hit Discovery Channel series debuted last month and is once again focused on Hurt and his crew. While Dustin is back, fans will notice that there’s one glaring absence from the show – his father, Fred Hurt. Dustin’s dad is getting up there in age and has decided to take a backseat in the family mining business this year. It sounds like that wasn’t a bad idea, especially considering how many issues the “Dakota Boys” mining crew have had this year.

Since the team’s arrival at McKinley Creek, they were faced with the mining site being completely buried in snow. In fact, it’s the heaviest snowfall the area has had in more than a decade. Speaking in an exclusive interview with PopCulture, the Gold Rush star admitted he didn’t know where to start.

“Everything was against us from the start,” Hurt explained. “I think Mother Nature really raged at us this year. …This is the first year we’ve tried to start in this much snow, and it just didn’t seem to want to go away.”

The previous season ended up being a record haul for their crew. However, this season has been “one of the hardest years” they’ve ever faced while mining for gold.

“I wish we could just sit back and accept that kind of stuff, but I’m not that kind of person,” he told the outlet. “So we fully charged at [the weather], and it made it more difficult. But that’s part of why we do what we do up here.”

‘Gold Rush’ Star Talks About His Father Fred’s Absence From the Show

Dustin Hurt’s crew is currently mining in Alaska’s Chilkat Mountains this season. As previously mentioned, it’s not an easy terrain to conquer, so you can’t blame his father for sitting this one out. Fred Hurt has been at the head of their mining operation for years, but Dustin has taken over this season.

“I could tell you that Fred’s starting to get — he’s almost 80 years old, and I don’t think he’s gonna be as full-time as he usually is,” Hurt explained about his dad. “Getting up there in age just like anybody would.”

“Fred didn’t want to run a crew this year,” he added. “And it was a good benefit for me to have two groups out there. I think I made the right choice on that. We had some good people, and I don’t know how much I can tell you about that. But we did get some good people. And I think it worked out just fine, the way we made it happen.”