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Gold Rush: Alaska

Premieres Friday, December 3 2010 at 10PM ET/PT

Gold Rush: AlaskaFollows six men who, in the face of an economic meltdown, risk everything – their families, their dignity, and in some cases, their lives – to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska.

Inspired by his father Jack, Todd Hoffman of Sandy, Oregon, leads a group of greenhorn miners to forge a new frontier and save their families from dire straits.

While leasing a gold claim in Alaska, Todd and his company of newbies face the grandeur of Alaska as well as its hardships, including an impending winter that will halt operations and the opportunity to strike gold. In an effort to keep the operation running, the team takes fate into their own hands with a make or break venture that will change their lives forever.

After watching the steady decline of his aviation business in Oregon due to the stalled economy, Todd searched for new opportunities. With the price of gold on the rise, he came up with a plan to mine for the mineral in southeast Alaska, where there’s an estimated $250 billion worth of gold. The mystique of Alaska draws Todd to Porcupine Creek, the setting for GOLD RUSH: ALASKA, where his father Jack mined for three seasons in the 1980s before he nearly went bankrupt.

Todd and Jack look to their community in Oregon for a team of men to work the mines alongside them, knowing dire economic straits have hit those around them hardest. They have no financial means to pay them until – or unless – they find gold. It’s a risk, but with high unemployment in Oregon, there’s no shortage of interest. The assembled team includes: rookie Jimmy Dorsey, mechanical genius James Harness, foreman Greg Remsburg, and safety officer Jim Thurber.

The mine at Porcupine Creek is located in the heart of one of the last great wildernesses, where weather conditions can change in an instant. The claim is surrounded by the largest bald eagle population on earth, and a nearby river is the site of a year-round salmon run. Grizzly bears and moose sightings happen daily, and the team must be prepared for some seriously close encounters.

Armed with the hope and ferocity to rekindle the original American Dream, GOLD RUSH: ALASKA shines a spotlight on this group of enthusiasts. In essence, these are the new “’49ers,” going back to the roots this country was founded on: hard labor, blood, sweat and tears. The men risk everything in the biggest gamble of their lives, and the hunt is on to strike it rich – or in some cases, go bust.

After watching the steady decline of his aviation business in Oregon due to the stalled economy, Todd searched for new opportunities. With the price of gold on the rise, he came up with a plan to mine for the mineral in southeast Alaska, where there’s an estimated $250 billion worth of gold.1 The mystique of Alaska draws Todd to Porcupine Creek, the setting for GOLD RUSH: ALASKA, where his father Jack mined for three seasons in the 1980s before he nearly went bankrupt.

Todd and Jack look to their community in Oregon for a team of men to work the mines alongside them, knowing dire economic straits have hit those around them hardest. They have no financial means to pay them until – or unless – they find gold. It’s a risk, but with high unemployment in Oregon, there’s no shortage of interest. The assembled team includes: rookie Jimmy Dorsey, mechanical genius James Harness, foreman Greg Remsburg, and safety officer Jim Thurber.

The mine at Porcupine Creek is located in the heart of one of the last great wildernesses, where weather conditions can change in an instant. The claim is surrounded by the largest bald eagle population on earth, and a nearby river is the site of a year-round salmon run. Grizzly bears and moose sightings happen daily, and the team must be prepared for some seriously close encounters. Armed with the hope and ferocity to rekindle the original American Dream, GOLD RUSH: ALASKA shines a spotlight on this group of enthusiasts.

In essence, these are the new “’49ers,” going back to the roots this country was founded on: hard labor, blood, sweat and tears. The men risk everything in the biggest gamble of their lives, and the hunt is on to strike it rich – or in some cases, go bust.

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14 Responses to Gold Rush: Alaska

  1. linc qimiq January 29, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    I am a gold prospect for 26 years exp. I have long sluice box like 13 ft x 13 inch my sluice catch lot of gold every day I used in Nome AK before . I use 12 v motor to shake my sluice.

  2. R.L. SHORT February 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    probably the stupidest show I have ever had the misafortune to watch.
    R.L.SAHORT

  3. Ernie Seay February 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    what must i do to pan for gold and be legal doing it. can someone direct me in this.

  4. robert wiley February 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    I found the show very entertaining because the people dont know what there doing .I feel that they deserve to find all the gold they can .I also do alot of dredging here where I live and when I started I didnt know what I was doing so I designed my own equipment to fit my needs .So I hope these guys find all that they can in the alotted time

  5. robert wiley February 8, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Ernie you have to check with local govenment,or the BLM for your states regulations on panning and prospecting

  6. charles March 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    I thought these guys knew what
    they were doing with so much equipment!
    The old man got more gold with a $5.00
    metal bowl. Is something wrong with the
    picture?

  7. Tights July 12, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Im loving this can not wait to see if they make it . Roll on next saturday

  8. B.D Dwyre October 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    there are some flws with your primary from my quarry experience i have some knowledge about sifting u cant let anything get back into the creek money cant b pissed away.

  9. jim November 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    this site is cool(I’m 10)

  10. Elwood Ferguson November 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    I have never done any Gold Mining , but i love this Gold Rush Alaska series on TV . And am praying you guys all find your dream. Elwood from Canada

  11. Elwood Ferguson November 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Love your show , kinda growing attached to you all , especially in all that snow. Keep on keeping on. Elwood

  12. Ted November 14, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    One of the best shows on the air right now. I hope you guys strike it rich. I have a lot of respect for someone who will put all on the line to make a dream come true, after all that’s what this country is all about. The best of luck to you, only wish I was one of you on this quest……………Ted

  13. John Eisenbeis November 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Keep the show going, I would love to be doing what you all are doing, but at 51 years old i was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, so I will never get the chance, I have worked hard all my life and understand your pleasures and your griefs,I am living through your show, so Keep the show going and Good luck on finding gold.

  14. Maricela January 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Well no matter if there experienced or not in any work you do, you gotta trip over and fall on your face sometimes…unfortunelly more then once to learn from there mistakes and most important get better at what your shooting for. Shame on you guy who run there month talking none sense about these men doing there best to get there share of the all American Dream. And every year they come back they’ll know more and more. WTF is the problem of staying positive for people working for there earning, and future. I WISH YOU GUYS ALL THE BEST, and I’ll be saying a prayer for you guys everynite, whether this year next or even if you never return that it benefits you and your family’s. GOOD JOB GENTLEMEN… GOOD JOB …DON’T GIVE UP THE SH**t .
    Keep it coming, and have faith. And to all you negative haters!! never forget Karmas a “” B”". :)
    AND GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY SO I’ll pray for you guys too!!

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