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Discovery’s ‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Admits Only Goal While Mining Amid COVID-19: ‘Redemption’

by Kayla Zadel
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Discovery Inc.)

Rick Ness is looking to redeem himself even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

Gold mining star Rick Ness from Discovery’s most-watched series, “Gold Rush,” is back and searching for gold. As the series enters into season 11 Ness shares his thoughts on the upcoming show with Fox News. The musician turned gold miner, didn’t have a great year in 2019. That’s all the motivations he needs to get ahead this time around.

Despite the late start and the restrictions set in place by the pandemic, Ness says that he’s returning to the roots of gold mining this season. The hard and dirty work is what’s helping him on his path to redemption – despite having to hurry and pound out the product at a faster rate.

Another obstacle stood in Ness’s way – getting to his place of work. It took him about six weeks to be able to cross the border since it was closed due to COVID-19 regulations. His operation’s in the Yukon territory of Canada. Even though he might be a business owner in Canada, but he’s still a citizen of the United States.

On the bright side, Ness also mentions that he likes working in the Yukon area because of the sparse population. It’s social distancing without really having to try and isolate. In addition to being in the middle of nowhere, the price of gold has seen a major increase during the pandemic. What’s also playing into the palm of this gold miner’s hand is the decreasing price of fuel.

Rick Ness’s Type of Mining 101

Ness’s form of mining is called placer mining, meaning searching for gold above ground. He uses heavy machinery to dig up the commodity. Then still washes it with water like you might’ve seen from an old movie. But, this is definitely on a bigger scale with a wash plant that’s called a sluice box.

This season of “Gold Rush” is currently underway on the Discovery Channel.