‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Is Going Big or Going Broke This Season

by Amy Myers

This season, Gold Rush star Rick Ness decided to set the bar high for his team with his goal of 2,000 ounces, but this number might be too far out of reach for his crew.

We’ve reached the halfway point in the gold mining season, and his team only has 600 ounces. They’re far behind where they need to be, and the obstacles just keep coming. Not only does Ness have the smallest Gold Rush crew he’s ever managed, but the team has also consistently faced machinery malfunctions that have pushed back production.

Ness has also had to make some pretty risky decisions, such as where to dig and how far to go before he tries a new spot. In a recent episode of Gold Rush, Ness explained just much of the operation’s success relied on his good judgment.

“That’s pretty scary. I’ve never done anything like it,” Ness admitted. “There’s so much dirt that has to be moved here. If we move the wrong dirt and go all the way down in the wrong spot, I’m gonna go broke.”

But as an experienced mine boss, the Gold Rush star knows that big risks can also mean even bigger rewards.

“It’s gonna cost pretty much everything I have, so the stakes here are massive, but the payoff at the bottom could be life-changing,” Ness said.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Hoped for Redemption Last Season

Last season was no easier for Ness or any of the Gold Rush crews. During the start of the pandemic, Ness’s team faced new circumstances regarding the health and safety of his crew. Despite this, Ness still wanted to make last season his shot at redemption.

“I had one goal in mind, and that was redemption, and it would have been nice if everybody hadn’t been affected by COVID, and I’d had a full shot at it,” the Gold Rush star said in a Movieguide interview. “But at that point, it didn’t matter. Redemption was all that was on my mind and I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. I was going after it.”

There were a couple of silver linings that came with the effects of the pandemic, but unfortunately, as Ness explained, these benefits didn’t outweigh the obstacles.

“This spring was one of the most frustrating parts of my life. I mean, I was at home, here in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I haven’t been home in April in nine years since I started doing this, and it was just bizarre. And the gold prices were going up, and fuel prices were just way down. That’s like the magic formula for my business. And so, to say it was frustrating is putting it mildly,” Ness said.