Why ‘Gold Rush’ Takes Longer to Film Than You Realize

by Chris Haney

Throughout its 12 seasons on Discovery, Gold Rush has continued to win over viewers with its behind-the-scenes look into the gold mining industry. The network is currently airing its 12th season in 11 years since its debut in 2010. However, fans may not realize just how long the show takes to film each season.

The hit series continues to dominate the ratings and is Discovery’s most-watched show. Additionally, it’s the number one television show for male viewers as of December 2020. The reality TV series follows multiple family-owned gold mining businesses as they look to uncover buried treasure.

So far this season, fans have already been introduced to plenty of drama on the show. Veteran miner Tony Beets spent more than $5 million on new mining equipment to help his goal of panning 9,000 ounces this year. Mining prodigy Parker Schnabel also made some risky investments in hopes of bringing in a record amount of gold this year. While the Gold Rush crews make their work look easy, mining is far from a simple business. In fact, just how long does it actually take the teams to mine their areas each year? Keep reading to find out.

Breaking Down How the ‘Gold Rush’ Stars Make Their Living

Gold mining is a tedious and at times dangerous process that can’t be rushed. Certain procedures and precautions must be followed, and there’s no way around them.

The Gold Rush crews must prospect rocky areas in hopes of finding enough gold concentration to be deemed profitable. If the locations are considered profitable, mining bosses have to decide how to attack the job depending on the gold deposits’ size. Their crews will then dig through large amounts of rocks and dirt while sifting out small amounts of gold. By the end of the process, the refined gold will hopefully turn a solid profit for all involved.

While that might be the short of it, anyone that has watched Gold Rush knows these are large-scale operations. Huge pieces of mining equipment are used and therefore not easily moved from one location to another. In addition, sifting through the earth one section at a time is as slow of a process as it sounds. Thankfully for us, Redditor u/bcwildie has chimed in and shared further insight into the Gold Rush crews’ mining process. In fact, they claimed to have worked with one of the Gold Rush teams for a few years.

“A few of the crew usually go up mid-March to de-winterize everything and get camp ready. The rest show up around the end of March/early April. Then we stay until about mid-October, later if the weather holds and camp doesn’t freeze so we can do more stripping,” u/Bcwildie wrote on Reddit.

It’s a months-long process and a race against the clock to beat the weather of the Great White North. Luckily for fans of the series, it makes for great TV viewing as the gold miners look to strike it rich each season.