‘Gold Rush’ Star Parker Schnabel Uses Mining as Metaphor for Life and Hard Work

by Joe Rutland

Parker Schnabel might look like just another miner on “Gold Rush” to Outsiders. But he’s found a way to see mining as a bigger metaphor.

Schnabel was asked in an interview with The Malestrom what he’s learned from mining. Mind you, he’s been doing this work since he was the young age of 15 years old.

“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.”

Can’t beat that view of it all, can you? It’ll be hard to do. It looks like age, experience, and seeing yourself have a net worth in the $10 million range taught him a lot.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Believes Himself, Show’s Stars Would Survive Klondike Trail

“Gold Rush” features the gold mining adventures that take place in Dawson City, Yukon, Alaska. Besides Schnabel, Rick Ness and Tony Beets are considered the stars of the show. But their crews also get some time on camera, too.

The work that these crews do is all covered on camera and the race to which team can get the most gold is all part of its excitement.

Now Schnabel does like to keep up with the times and change equipment if needed. He also believes that his “Gold Rush” co-stars and himself could have survived as original on the Klondike Trail.

Schnabel was asked in a 2017 interview with Maxim if they would have survived.

“That’s a big question that we always ask ourselves,” Schnabel said. “And I think so. You would have had to be pretty damn tough, but I think the four of us would have made it. We may have eaten James Levelle first so at least the three of us would have made it.”

Schnabel Pointed Out Going To Dawson As Career Highlight

Now when it comes to career highlights, Schnabel of “Gold Rush” brings up something immediately.

“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.”

The “Gold Rush” star did say in his interview with The Maelstrom 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. I wouldn’t quite say it’s one moment, but that’s my answer.”

Catch “Gold Rush” with Schnabel and his fellow miners on The Discovery Channel and watch them in action.