‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Faces Uphill Battle Without a Crew in Upcoming Season

by Keeli Parkey

Get ready “Gold Rush” fans! A new season of the popular Discovery reality series is coming your way in a few of weeks. And it promises to be filled with the competitive drama fans love.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 12th season of “Gold Rush” will debut on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. So, mark your calendars!

During this upcoming season, miner Rick Ness will be facing challenges caused by the fact that he is going at the season alone. At the beginning of the season will find Ness working without a crew. Not one, but two, of the members of his team, did not return to work with him.

This is unfortunate because it will really slow the momentum he had built. Ness was working faster than he had planned and was “on a hot paystreak.”

In order to make up for his losing members of his team, this “Gold Rush” star decided that adding a lot of horsepower to his operation was the way to go. He added a dozer that is valued at a half-million dollars. There is also a new excavator Ness will use.

Despite this, Ness has a lofty goal for this season. He hopes to mine 2,000 ounces of gold. This would be the biggest haul of his career. Fans will just have to tune in later this month to see if he can overcome his lack of staff to reach his goal.

You can watch a brief preview of the upcoming season of “Gold Rush” below.


Other Miners Joining Rick Ness in Upcoming Season of ‘Gold Rush’

With the price of gold having greatly increased, land, where the miners can do their work, is becoming limited. Because of this, each miner has to go to wilder locations and further below the surface of the Earth than they previously have.

As you can see from the teaser trailer, Rick Ness isn’t the only miner who is returning for the 12th season. Miners Parker Schnabel, Tony Beets, and Fred Lewis are also coming back.

The upcoming season will find Schnabel worried about losing ground. So, he decides to take a risk by digging at a location that is 50 feet underground. Doing so will cost him millions.

Beets have set an eye-catching goal for his season on “Gold Rush.” He plans to go for 9,000 ounces of gold. That amount is valued at around $16 million. Beets also wants to have his Indian River location working again. But, that won’t be easy due to a licensing issue on the Indian River.

The season will also see Lewis ask Schnabel for assistance. Lewis spent the previous season in Oregon but is returning to the Yukon. He wants to be successful for himself, as well as his fellow veterans who work with him.

There is even more good news for fans of “Gold Rush.” The aftershow dedicated to the series is also coming back this year. Titled, “The Dirt,” it offers even more details about the miners and how they live. “The Dirt” will return on Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. It is hosted by Christo Doyle.