‘Gold Rush’: Huge Frost Threatens to Derail Tony Beets’ Whole Operation

by Chris Haney
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In a recent episode of Gold Rush, mining boss Tony Beets‘ entire operation is in jeopardy because of huge frost chunks that could ruin his machines and severely slow progress.

Beets is well known in the Yukon after mining the area for decades. His “King of the Klondikes” nickname isn’t just for show on the hit Discovery Channel series. Not only does he know the land from mining it for years, but he’s allegedly the richest miner on Gold Rush.

Regardless of Tony Beets’ riches, he knows better than anyone that not everything goes according to plan in the Yukon. Gold mining is a tedious and at times dangerous profession. In fact, sometimes even the smallest of issues can bring a whole operation to a grinding halt. In the most recent episode of the show, it just so happened to be an enormous issue that almost derailed his crew’s work.

Some huge frozen chunks of earth are riding up the crew’s belt machine. While smaller chunks of rock are easily dealt with, larger ones can be detrimental to their operation. Further, the bigger frozen chunks could ruin the machine altogether, which would slow the team’s progress significantly.

As Brad Merrett mans the excavator, he continues to dump load after load to send through the belt. At one point though, he notices an enormous frost chunk that he says is “as big as a car.” While it may not be quite that large, the crew takes immediate action and turns off the belt. They then wrap a huge chain around the frozen chunk and attach the chain to Merrett’s excavator to lift it off the belt. After a failed attempt, they eventually are able to get rid of the huge frost chunk. However, it was a close call, and their boss is sure glad it was dealt with just in the nick of time.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Opens Up About His Life Before the Show

During a 2019 interview with Entrepreneur, Tony Beets opened up about his previous life and what drew him to the Yukon. The gold miner shared details about growing up in the Netherlands before moving to Canada and eventually becoming a reality TV star on Gold Rush. Like many who are drawn to the Klondikes, the prospect of striking it rich led him to move to Canada.

“I came from the Netherlands, of course. I hung around Alberta and [British Columbia] for a bit. Then I went to the Yukon for the money,” Beets explained.

In the early days following his move, Beets heard he could make a thousand dollars a week as a miner. He accomplished that goal but didn’t stop there. Beets surpassed his original goal and became his own boss on the way to becoming the King of the Klondikes.

“So I thought, ‘If they get that, I’ll get a little more.’ And that’s what happened,” he said.

Gold mining is a unique profession and a difficult one at that. However, Beets says he loves the lifestyle, and the hunt for gold always brings him back.

“You do whatever you want; yell at people whenever you feel like it. And then there’s the hunt, the treasure. I like it,” Beets added.

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