‘Gold Rush’: Here’s Parker Schnabel’s Greatest Career Highlight, in His Own Words

by Joe Rutland

When asked what would be “Gold Rush” star Parker Schnabel’s greatest career highlight, he was able to pull something from his memory bank.

Schnabel talked about it in an interview with The Malestrom.

“That’s a tough one,” he said. “I’d say overall the first time I went out to Dawson was really enjoyable and getting to know everyone there.

“It’s just a wonderful mining community that’s made up of some of the best people in the world and I’m really glad to have become,” Schnabel said, “or feel like I’m becoming a part of that.”

‘Gold Rush’ Star Also Talked About Strangest Thing He’d Dug Up

The “Gold Rush” star did say that “seven years on I still feel like an outsider all the time.

“But I really like the Yukon and them and that whole process,” Schnabel said. “I wouldn’t quite say it’s one moment, but that’s my answer.”

While Schnabel, obviously, is digging deep for gold, sometimes there are things that get dug up beyond gold. Would you believe he’s pulled up woolly mammoth tusks? He has done so.

“We’ve found some mammoth tusks, which was really cool,” Schnabel said. “They’re preserved because they’re ivory and they were buried in the permafrost so the weather doesn’t really get to them. Some of those came out in beautiful shape.”

Schnabel Kept The Items That Were Dug Up For Himself

Let’s do a little history tour, Outsiders. Woolly mammoths starting becoming extinct 14,000 and 10,000 years ago, respectively. A small group of them, though, survived before going extinct 4,000 years ago.

The “Gold Rush” star did not sell the tusks. He kept them, believing they were just too cool to not keep.

“I usually keep them,” he said. “You’re allowed to sell them, you just need a couple of permits to export them out of the territory, but I think they’re so cool I had to keep them.”

He does face challenges while doing his work. What would be one of the biggest ones? He said having his mistakes show up on camera and be in the spotlight.

One Of The Show’s Stars Does Stay Focused On The Business

Schnabel does stay focused on his work. There are injuries and issues that do come up while out mining, but he knows that is all part of the business.

“For the most part, we get through that sort of stuff you know,” the “Gold Rush” star said. “It’s a pretty cliched thing to say, but usually, you’re stronger for it.”

He also has a perspective on life.

“Gold mining, like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in,” Schnabel said. “And if you put in a lot of hard work and dedication, you usually get rewarded.”