One of the most nerve-wracking parts of being a Gold Rush star is the gold weigh. The team gathers inside around a tiny scale in hopes that the metal they’ve collected is enough to pay off their bills and supply their paychecks. A lot of times, the mine bosses are pleasantly surprised with the amount that shows up on the scale, but other times, they’re left with a sinking feeling of disappointment, and all of that work that the team put in all season long was for close to nothing.
Last season, Gold Rush star Fred Lewis learned what it felt like to come up short during a gold weigh session. He had a rough time as a “greenhorn” miner, and by the end of the season, the team only had a measly six ounces of gold to its name. Meanwhile, Lewis’ competitors like Tony Beets and Dustin Hurt were raking in hundreds of ounces each weigh-in. Not surprisingly, this time around, Lewis wanted to prove that he was just as formidable and successful a miner.
So, the first gold weigh of the season was especially important.
Check out how much gold Lewis and his team get in the clip below.
Before they opened the canister, Lewis expressed his hopes of seeing at least 5.5 ounces pop up. Thankfully, the Gold Rush team passed this number, bringing in a total of 8.4 ounces. While this was a far cry from some of his competitors’ readings, it did secure at least a few paychecks. It also further ensured Lewis that their current location had plenty more gold to uncover.
‘Gold Rush’ Star Debriefs with Team Before Weighing Their Gold
Usually, the first gold weigh happens much earlier in the season. However, as Lewis eluded to in the clip, his team had faced a lot of obstacles that they didn’t foresee. They also had to backtrack on their operation to adhere to health and safety protocols that they were in danger of violating. Finally, after 11 long weeks, they could pour some gold onto the scale.
Outside, around a smoking firepit, the Gold Rush boss spoke to his team about their recent developments and performances.
“It’s been a pretty tough week. I kinda look back at this week as really being a bad week, but we’ve overcome a lot… and we’re still pulling gold in,” Lewis said proudly. “The hard work we put in, the hard work we’re gonna put in is for this gold that we’re about to see.”
The Gold Rush star reflected on how far the team had come since their efforts last season and how they were already in better shape.
“I don’t feel like we’re greenhorns anymore,” Lewis said. “I feel like we’re mining, and I feel like we’re overcoming obstacles every frickin’ day.”