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Gold Rush Alaska Season 3 thread

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by pmyers, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Numb And Number2

    Numb And Number2 New Member

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    I think it's a great show. Todd is overbearing, no doubt, but it works.

    My beef is with the compilations, behind the scenes, out takes, previews, recaps, etc, I'm never sure when a new ep has aired. Has the new season started? I'm seriously, I don't know.
     
  2. vertigo235

    vertigo235 Active Member TCF Club

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    They had a few shows with new content during the summer, then last week's show was a compilation of that.

    I think new footage airs on the 25th. But yes I certainly agree it's annoying when I try to catch a new episode and it's a bunch of old footage.
     
  3. Bob Coxner

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    Gold prices are down almost 25% in the past year. http://www.monex.com/prods/gold_chart.html I wonder what that will do for shows like this and Bering Sea Gold. Expenses are so high for the Bering Sea prospectors that it has to be really hard on them. It definitely hurts the hype when gold prices are going down steadily as opposed to shooting up.
     
  4. pmyers

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    It's funny you say that because I think the opposite. The Bearing Sea guys have it easy. They don't need dozers and dump trucks and million dollar wash plants. I've always thought they had it really easy (financially and physically) compared to land miners.
     
  5. Bob Coxner

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    It's the extreme cost of living and doing business in Nome plus the cost of the leases. If I remember correctly, a large operator like The Christine Rose said they had to bring in $1 million just to break even. Boats in general are money pits in any situation. Add in the extra equipment needing for dredging in salt water (and the corrosion that brings) and the insane costs of fuel and parts (since almost everything in Nome has to come in by sea during only a few months).

    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic...ticks-the-high-cost-of-living-in-nome-alaska/

    A single bell pepper cost $2.99, milk was $6 a gallon, and a honeydew melon was $14. We heard tell of $29 watermelon in Kotzebue, a town not far north of Nome.

    We’ve become semi-regulars at one particular restaurant due to its proximity to our house and free WiFi. While the food is excellent, it is expensive. The cheapest items on the lunch/dinner menu are $13 hamburgers. Appetizers like cheesy breadsticks go for $16. A pizza that feeds three people can cost up to $32.

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/mone...3-29/nome-gas-price-cost-of-living/53890140/1

    There are plentiful, painful reminders all over this Bering Sea coastal community. At the grocery store, it's $39.25 for a 12-roll package of paper towels. Toilet paper costs $37.85 for a 36-roll package.
    Want a 2-liter of Diet Pepsi? It's on sale this week for $4.49. At a restaurant, breakfast for one will run about $16, and, no, the price isn't tied to a four-star critics' rating.

    And the price for a gallon of gas is well above the national average, at $5.96 a gallon.
     
  6. pmyers

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    Fair enough...but those are similar problems that the other Alaskan land miners would face as well.
     
  7. Bob Coxner

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    The land miners generally have access to towns with roads that eventually connect to Anchorage, Fairbanks or Canada. Costs in those towns are high but nothing like Nome, which is only accessible by sea or air. And the sea access is only for a few months a year.

    Running heavy equipment on the ocean has to do a lot more damage to it (salt water corrosion) compared to running it on land. The cost of repairs, parts and replacements are as insanely high in Nome as the groceries.
     
  8. vertigo235

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    yeah, judging by the living conditions of those on the show, nobody is getting very rich. And that includes the folks on the Christine Rose with their high yield (relatively) operation.
     
  9. pmyers

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    I think mainly because everybody on that show are idiots ;)

    I remember the guys that came up for winter who actually had their crap together and made a killing.
     
  10. MarkofT

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    Everybody on the show are idiots. No need to even consider that they have more then one braincell to share between them.

    Season 4 premiere spoiler:
    Thurber and the kids went off to find water. They took a fairly well outfitted off road pickup and got it stuck in the mud. Thurber's best idea was to push it out of the mud.

    Meanwhile, mounted on the front bumper bar is a high lift jack that can be used as a winch if needed. And mounted on the sides of the bed rack were traction ladders whose sole purpose in life is to be stuffed under the wheels of a stuck vehicle to provide traction so that it can pull itself out.
     
  11. Jayjoans

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    Not sure if spoiler tags are required in this thread, but just in case..

    I'm sure it's hard, scary, uncomfortable and shocking that there are bugs in the jungle, but NO WAY would I squeal like a little baby about being scared and frightened with cameras in front of me. If Todd Hoffman and his elderly father can handle it, I'd be damn sure not to be the one to leave first.
     
  12. pmyers

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    Not to mention that the truck was in 2 wheel drive. You can tell because only the back 2 tires were spinning.
     
  13. vertigo235

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    It's just the normal Manufactured drama that is common place on this show. I've learned to filter that stuff out and I only watch to see the different gold equipment, locations, and what not.

    Like Parker drilling for gold, I'm certain they drilled in 3 spots they knew there was no gold just to amp up the drama for the show.
     
  14. WhiskeyTango

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    Yea, so this is a season 3 thread. Can we start a season 4 thread and stop posting spoilers?
     
  15. Frylock

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    I would think that about other shows, but with these guys? Who knows. I don't think any of them are really the best and brightest. They all just want to try and find a quick and easy buck. No one wants to grind it out like Tony Beats.
     
  16. vertigo235

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    heh, well yeah, but Tony Beats has an established system that works. He also seems to have q good large claim, which none of these other people have.

    Also, Tony Beats is a gold miner, not a reality TV star. Lets be honest, the only reason these guys are still mining for Gold is because they are on TV.
     
  17. Numb And Number2

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    Maybe. It's called hustling. To be admired. (Or envied and disparaged, lol!)
     

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