Anybody watching Gold Rush: Alaska on Discovery

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  1. sieglinde

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    Thanks, this did not show up on the SP at all.
     
  2. modnar

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    I guess they guy who had the machine that was actually successfully separating the gold in the black sand was only there for a short time. Him or his machine weren't in the last episode, but it seemed like his device was doing the trick.
     
  3. xuxa

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    Probably poured out the black sand and sold the buckets, the mine is more tv set than an actual mine. The Hoffmans are getting their money from RAW (production company) not from mining. They just waited for the snow to come for a dramatic storyline. Reality television has come to a show about people digging a hole in the ground. :)
     
  4. Azlen

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    Is this the show that the Soup plays clips from everytime they use the phrase glory hole?
     
  5. pmyers

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    not sure but I would assume so. They say it every 5 minutes
     
  6. scooterboy

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    I caught this show during a marathon over the weekend at around episode 7, and it hooked me. I just had to keep watching to see if their luck changed.

    I didn't go find episodes 1-6 though - I only watched from episode 7 on.

    I love hearing the old man talk through his nose. :)
     
  7. Steve_Martin

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    Actually that right there is almost enough for me to not watch. Can't really stand his voice.
     
  8. WhiskeyTango

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    I caught a marathon earlier this week and burned thru the whole season in two days. I love this show. Do the Hoffmans remind anyone else of the Rygards from Axe Men? I can't believe the old man is only 65. The 90 year old guy on the claim next door looked younger than him.
     
  9. bareyb

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    I can confirm that. Yes. :)
     
  10. WhiskeyTango

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    Did anyone watch the Full Disclosure episode last night? Basically a recap of the season with a few unseen clips. After watching, I have more questions than answers. I wish they would have gone into their decision to move a little bit more. They seemed to be right on the gold when at Porcupine Creek when they left. How did Fred become part of their team? I thought he worked for the land owner. Do the Hoffman's have a legal claim to the site? How could Fred get around that?
     
  11. Steve_Martin

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    Kinda weird, it seems like Fred is jumping their claim. He announces he's bringing his own crew to mine Porcupine. I wonder what the legal aspects are.
     
  12. spud

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    It seemed to me like the land owner (Fred's boss) decided he wanted Todd's crew out so Fred (and a new crew) could mine the gold that Todd's crew had almost found. The land owner gets 20% (I think). He's probably betting on Fred and his crew mining more than the 16(?) oz of gold that Todd's crew got. And also figures he can make more on the mining than Discovery will pay him to let Todd's crew stay on that site.

    Edit: I assume the land owner gave Todd's crew the mining rights to the land for 1 season only.
     
  13. MarkofT

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    They were leasing the claim from that old fart they bought the duplex jig from. Looks like Fred talked to the guy and worked out some sort of deal to get the lease for the next season. Fred will probably have to pay for the equipment they left on site but neither side has an edge in the negotiations over the price. The Hoffmans can't force him to pay as he could just tell them to move it all out. And Fred can't lowball as he the Hoffmans could decide to pick up the equipment and sell it to other's in the area.
     
  14. Bob Coxner

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    Was anyone else disturbed by the amount of damage they were doing to the environment in the area? In the opening they talk about how beautiful it is, then they proceed to turn it into crap.
     
  15. sieglinde

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    I wonder if there was a better way to do the mining. I mean where I live, the mines are dug into the ground, not this strip mining they were doing in Alaska. The shafts are deep and fairly narrow. When I see them as I drive, the site where the shaft is has been graded and has buildings on it but does not seem to have a large footprint. The rest of the desert around it is undisturbed. (These are gold mines in the high desert of California, I don't know if they separated the gold on site or not.)
     
  16. pmyers

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    I smell spin-off!
     
  17. DanB

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    Considering they were all broke before they left for Alaska, seems like their situations did not change much when they got back home -- didn't see anyone living in a box. I think my definition of broke is very different than these fellas.

    If they do get someone to risk giving equipment then I'd say it's another reality show put on -- I don't see any real heavy equipment company taking a risk on these same guys after watching the first season, unless they want to do it solely for the advertising (which I don't think would even cover the equipment costs) or they are actually getting payment from Discovery.

    And yet again, we have all of these "amateur" miners that somehow have all of these mining contacts -- now they know someone that just happens to have an available Klondike claim (and they can yet again afford to make a trip deep into Alaska).
     
  18. MarkofT

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    There are 3 types of mines. Strip, Open Pit and Shaft. Each type is used for specific ground types.

    Strip Mining is used to dig up material that is fairly shallow and spread over a wide area. Shaft mining is used when you have resources quite deep and in ground that is rock solid. Open Pit is used when you can't use a shaft due to ground conditions and the material you want is not widespread.

    At Porcupine Creek, they can't strip mine because they need to go somewhat deep and the gold is fairly concentrated. They can't shaft mine because the ground is much to loose and due to the proximity of the creek it would leak. The only option is to pit mine.

    They are not going for all the gold. They are only going for the easy gold where the Earth has already done all the hard work. They are not looking for the in rock formations of gold. They are looking for the gold that the natural erosion has already pulled out of the ground and deposited.
     
  19. jeepair

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    Or how about

    Gold Rush - Porcupine Creek run by Fred's crew

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    Gold Rush - Yukon Territory run by Todd

    :D
     
  20. Texish

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    Does anybody know if there is somewhere that you can watch all the episodes again? Particularly if it is accessible by Tivo. I think my parents might enjoy it, but they missed it when it played the first time.
     

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