‘Gold Rush’: Freddy Dodge Reveals What Made Filming ‘Mine Rescue’ So ‘Difficult’

by Courtney Blackann

“Gold Rush” alum Freddy Dodge has become a successful and well-known miner. This is in large part due to the success of the Discovery Channel show highlighting the plight of miners in the Klondike. Now, Freddy Dodge is taking his talents to other miners in the spinoff “Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue.”

While the series will follow Dodge and his partner Juan Ibarra throughout the country as they help rescue other miners’ operations, Dodge shared that filming for the show wasn’t so easy.

In an interview with Hollywood Soapbox, the miner opened up about the challenges while filming – particularly during a pandemic.

“We were diligent on being safe, wearing masks, staying isolated the best we could, but it makes it difficult like for sourcing parts that you need and steel and other things,” Dodge said. “So it really added another difficulty factor to helping these people out, but at the same time, that’s what caused a lot of the problems, these people out there trying to making a living was because of the coronavirus. So just do the best you can.”

While the crew definitely had some setbacks, the “Gold Rush” miners were able to keep their operations successful. They spent their time helping several companies get back on their feet. This is another industry which was affected by the pandemic, so Dodge and his team knew they needed to be diligent.

“Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue” and the Crew’s Nerves

Further, Dodge described the kinds of experiences the team ran into while navigating the harsh reality that miners come to know so well.

“They didn’t have the experience to jump it up to make a living at it in some cases, so that’s where we came in,” he said. “Everybody we helped this summer, we were able to help out. We were able to increase their recoveries, and in some cases, we increased their gold by hundreds of percent,” the “Gold Rush” star says.

However, this is the first time Dodge branched out in a way that affected so many others. So he shares that he had some anxiety and nerves heading into the new project.

“But Juan and I are both still nervous. We come rolling in blind, so we don’t know what we’re getting into until we actually get there and see what’s going on. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we’re pretty confident. That doesn’t mean we’re going to pull into a situation that’s going to beat us. We’re confident we can help these people.”

No doubt the series will be enlightening and fresh for all original “Gold Rush” fans. If you feeling like checking out the new series, you don’t have to wait. “Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue” is currently streaming on Discovery Plus.