Gold Rush: Suggestions to Hoffmans for Season 3 success

Well, it is winter in Alaska and the Yukon, Season 2 is over and, although the Hoffmans fell short of their 100-ounce goal, Todd has decided that they are going to get 1,000 ounces next season--here's a few ideas to help them on their next quest (possible spoilers ahead, by the way).

So, the mining season is over, and the Hoffmans, once again, fell short of their goal. In Season One, the group found about 14.5 ounces—well short of what they needed to cover their expenses, and certainly nowhere near enough to give anyone a payday. This season, now pushed up to the Klondike following Dakota Fred’s claim-jump, the Hoffmans did come close to hitting their 100-ounce mark, with 93 ounces. Expenses were covered, so they claim, but those expenses were so massive, the crew still walked away with only five ounces of gold each—according to Jack, about $8,000 per miner. Now, assuming Jack’s estimate is correct, and assuming it is pre-taxes, as well—those guys did an awful lot of work this season for five ounces of gold in the end.

Next season, Todd has declared he is going to find 1,000 ounces.

1,000 ounces?

Come on, you couldn’t even dig up 100 ounces, and now you’re going to get 1,000?

Well, if Todd wants to go for 1,000 ounces next season, so be it and good luck to him. But, if that’s the case, here are a few suggestions to help him get there:

  • Buy some decent equipment. I’m not sure how Todd is going to find the money it will take to get some mining equipment that is actually going to be reliable enough to mine 1,000 ounces of gold in the short Klondike mining season, but that worn-out junk they’ve been using isn’t going to get them there.
  • Get a reliable mechanic. You know, Harness seems like he’s a good guy overall, and he and Todd are obviously good friends. And, he does appear to know how to fix any problem that comes along. But, let’s face it: He cannot physically handle the job. And, he certainly was not that concerned about doing his job this season when he was parading his girlfriend around the claim. So, it’s just time for Harness to go, and to bring someone knowledgeable and physically capable onboard. (Note: Rumor has it that Harness actually does get the boot from the team for being in the gold tent alone—i.e. for being suspected of skimming off the gold when no one was looking. If true, one half of this suggestion has already been put into motion.)
  • Make lease payments this off season. As Season Two began, the Hoffmans had their claim on Porcupine Creek in Alaska pulled out from under them because Todd missed a lease payment and claim-jumper Dakota Fred swooped in and snatched up the glory hole. The Hoffman team thus landed on their Quartz Creek claim in Canada and, while it seems unlikely anyone else is going to be clamoring to steal it out from under them, if it is the claim from which Todd intends to pull this 1,000 ounces, he’d best learn from the past, keep up his end of the contract, and make those payments in the off season.
  • Make a real plan and stay with it. The claim on Quartz Creek doesn’t seem like it is swimming in gold, but, let’s face it, who would know? Consistency would go a long way in helping this crew of “miners” figure out just where the real pay-streaks might be, but Todd, the merry leader of the group, seems incapable of making decisions that are proactive, not reactive. He simply jumps from disaster to disaster, trying to put out fires that never end, and, what’s worse, he seems to like it that way. Make a real plan, have an idea of what has to be done to accomplish your goals, and work with that plan. Sure, be flexible, but being flexible doesn’t mean digging for awhile in one area, then deciding, for no apparent reason other than just deciding, to jump to another cut and start over again. It’s frustrating for the crew, and it isn’t productive in the long run. Make a plan.
  • Get a handle on Jack. In addition to Todd’s schizophrenic “management,” Jack just seems to bounce around wherever he feels like, listening to no one, doing whatever he wants, disregarding what minimal plan may actually be in place. In the off season, Jack—who has now apparently admitted that he has been addicted to morphine due to a back injury?—is said to be having back surgery to try and alleviate some of his pain and, possibly, end his addiction to morphine. Maybe that will actually serve to get him under control, so to speak, and have him on the same page with everyone else.
  • Clean up everyone's act. If there are any other lingering addiction issues on this crew, clean them up. Just clean them up.

These are just a few suggestions for Todd to mull over in the off season; feel free to add your own in the comment section. After all, as anyone who watches this show knows, Todd and his band of “miners” can use all of the good advice they can get. Will they actually use any of it? Well, that’s another bit of advice: Use good advice when you get it. But, whether they do or not—well, that is for another season to unveil.

Stay tuned.

UPDATED: Who hits the mother lode?

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree with most of the subjects you have touched base on. But as a business owner myself I relate to todds approach to crew management. He seems like he keeps his cool and in return gets a better response from his crew that way. But I on the other hand woulda had most of them kick rocks. Parker on the other hand is great stays the course, I would like to see dave tourin and parker work together. By season 3 they def. Need better equip. Dig a hole and dam the river for there intake basket get some better lights and work around the clock. Friends are nice but they don't pay the bills.

Dave and Parker--now THAT would be a team! And, like you said, some lights and keep that place rockin'--without working around the clock, as you suggest, I don't know how they could possibly get to 1,000 ounces.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Although they didnt get money from the mining, they do get paid by discovery channel. As the shows ratings continue to increase, so do their paychecks. Ive read that each person is getting roughly $25,000 an episode (increases as ratings go up), so this may be put into the funding of new equipment. Another thing is how Todd is communicating through Twitter. Some people tweet at him that they or a friend have seen Todd shopping around for some nice new machines, and he's been giving some good responses. He doesn't deny anything.. I think he has some big surprises for next season. One final note, Greg Remsberg has mentioned on Twitter that they have gotten some virgin ground up North, but Todd had also said that hes still paying for his current claim. My guess is that theyll clean up whatever they left at quartz with old equipment, and start fresh with the new equipment on the new mine.

Submitted by Alaskan (not verified) on
Dump BOTH the Hoffmans! They are both bad jokes.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
it wouldnt be the same without the hoffmans what you talking about goldrush is the hoffmans

Submitted by Rockhound (not verified) on
Uhhh yeah, just one problem - there would be *no drama.*

Submitted by Carla Buxton (not verified) on
You all are awesome, I wanted to let you all know, I have a husband that would make you all a great mechanic. He is 56 years old and can run any heavy equipment he is given and can fix it. He grew up around it with his father, he has a CDL, and is so smart when it comes to that equipment. I am not say James Harness wasn't but I could tell his heart was not in it. My husband, Jay's would be in it for you all. When we were watching the episode about the 380 dozer being down when the track came off, the first thing he said was you need to get a bar in there like the other mechanics ended up doing. He wouldn't leave you guys when equipment wss down. He would be a great asset to you guys and wouldn't let you down. If your goal is 500-1000 ounces you will get it. Sincerely, Carla M. Buxton 246 Rail Lane Clinton SC 29325 864 833 0693 P.S. We are native Vermonters so we/he knows about cold weather, snow, etc.... We moved to SC 11 yrs ago for a change, but Vermonters we will always be. Oh yeah, he can drive a shopping cart in the snow.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think you forgot how much Discovery Channel is paying them per episode. They have to find a little gold, enough for us to focus like you are on 5 oz per man. Meanwhile they're making mid six figures from the TV rights, and who knows how much in rerun revenues. 31 million viewers per episode on a Friday night is a monster rating and the demographics they're attracting are where the real gold is.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Do you know how you saw big blue in the beginning build a machine like that and you'll get to 1,000 ounces!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The hoffmans have got to find a better area if they are going to get 1,000 ounces. Go to a place that has better gold and get a water license!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I don't think tod has enough experiance to find 1000 ounces, he's way to bull headed, thinks he knows it all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They need my husband there - Snr. Geologist (gold mining) He will show them exactly where to find the gold.

Submitted by aussie (not verified) on
i love the show but i would love to see them metal detecting the ground in intervials.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Metal detecting would not be very efficient for the Hoffman’s crew as it only can penetrate the ground a few feet and cannot detect very fine particles of gold, which makes up a lot of the gold that they are trying to recover. Metal detecting is used more to find nuggets and smaller pieces of gold and can occasionally pick up small flakes of gold. Many people use them to find gold that was lost, sometimes up to 50% of what an old mine was producing because of poor equipment, technique and the fact that some old mines used half inch screens in their washers, resulting in many nuggets being discarded. Hence why people go out to river beds and old mines in the desert and use metal detectors to find this discarded gold. Drilling and digging sample holes to run through a portable sluice box is still going to be the best way to find where the gold is and get an estimate on how much gold per yard is actually in the ground. Metal detecting is a great way to prospect for individuals but is not a viable business idea to for a large gold mining operation, not that the Hoffman’s have been striking the gold they want, but I’m sure the endorsement deal from Discovery is not treating them bad.

Submitted by Syd (not verified) on
It's a fascinating and entertaining program but what it all boils down to is the wholesale destruction of pristine landscapes by a bunch of deluded yahoos in search of a jam jar full of gold flakes. In greed we trust.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Quit cry n ya hugger...!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Quit cry n ya hugger...!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Quit cry n ya hugger...!

Submitted by Syd (not verified) on
It's a fascinating and entertaining program but what it all boils down to is the wholesale destruction of pristine landscapes by a bunch of deluded yahoos in search of a jam jar full of gold flakes. In greed we trust.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
However, after they have gotten all the gold from the area, it really wont be used for anything else. This will allow the forest to grow back and eventually get back to normal. Its only a temporary disturbance, and in the whole scheme of things, isnt having that large of an impact on the environment. They have a very small operation.

Submitted by bob pool (not verified) on
i too enjoy the program immensely. i also wonder how the beautiful state of alaska lets anyone get away with destroying all that beautiful terrain. looks just like strip mining for coal.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Todd Hoffman is the worst leader / project manager or whatever he claims to be. I would have fired him after season 1. The show in which he tried getting an investor was a joke or should I say Todd was a joke. Give me a break, do you really think anyone with half a brain would back any venture this guy is leading?If it weren't for Dave, they would have raked in 14oz. again. The guy didn't make his lease payments in the off season, he didn't take care of the water permits, he didn't set the wash plant at the right angle and the list goes on and on. It was Dave that figured out what to do every time Todd fu*ked something up. Now he thinks he can find 1000 oz's. The guy couldn't find a 1000 oz.'s if he was standing in the middle of fort knox. The only gold he knows how to find is the gold mustard for his sandwich. Fire Todd Hoffman and the old man. Let Dave run the show. I bet he could find 1000 oz.'s

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you are so right; dave has the level edge; and does most of the real work;

Submitted by Syd (not verified) on
I believe the goal of 1,000 ounces is delusional thinking. The important question is how much of the Klondike will be left after their futile attempts?

Submitted by Syd (not verified) on
I hope someone sneaks up on Todd while he's asleep and chops at least half his beard off.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That would be against the law. There has to be at least a dozen endangered species living in that rats nest.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Let's be real here on a 1000 ounces, there claim doesn't appear to be able to produce half that even if they excavated every square inch of there property. To me it looks like they all ready moved a third of there claim through there wash plant. Either A. They need to have there wash plant inspected by a professional again or B. The ground just ain't producing. With that said 2 dozers are needed, operators with experience. Your equipment is only as good as the person/s operating it and a good operator is limited to his equipment. Better equipment with higher capacity and a simple 5 min daily preventitive maintance def. Would decrease down time. Not to mention simple maintance and routine cleaning will paint a large pic of what's going on with your stuff heading off small issues before becoming big problems. Regardless if there getting kick back from the show the hoffmans seem like there starting to make the right choices in assembling a better crew, but they still gotta a ways to go to Compete with the dokota boys. There 110% all day 3 guys vs hoffmans 8-10 plus the hoffmans have bigger and more equipment running simple math dokota boys did better. The one thing I'm tired off hearing on the show is everytime something breaks or gets stuck is "Up there mining season just could be over." I know there has to be TV editing so people will stick around through the comercials but you would think they would come up with something else. This is just my 2 cents.

Submitted by CC (not verified) on
Hoffman crew probably lost 30-40ounces through sloppiness. That is where Todd came up short. Needed to define roles better for the crew. I thought he did a great job motivating and handling the personalities and procuring the land and equipment. He needs to give the crew better direction of their roles. The gold tent disaster, the washing with muddy water, the plant running with water and no material.....that is on Todd and his managing of roles.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What ever happened to the gold nugget they kept showing during commercials. It was the size of a walnut being dropped into a pan. They never actually showed who found it or showed it during regular episode, I was a lil bummed.

Submitted by CC (not verified) on
Good point.

I have no idea what happened to it, or where it came from, but I have personally came to the conclusion that it was just a promotional prop (which, in fact, is what I suspected it was all along, actually); whoever found it, it was not something the Hoffmans, Parker or the Dakota Boys found, and was just used in commercials as a promotional prop/teaser.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That nugget was shown to them by another miner when they went to ask him for help.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If you didn't see the nugget shown on the show, you weren't paying attention. It was shown during an early season 2 episode where the Hoffmans went to the Klondike to talk to another professional miner for advice IIRC.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That gold nugget was shown to the hoffmans right after the first season by their friend that has the lease that they could not get the water rights for if you watch the season one after show you will see them handling it and then dropping it into the pan

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The nugget was owned by the claim owner in the yukon. We saw it when the hoffmans were there making the deal for the yukon claim.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The nugget was owned by the claim owner in the yukon. We saw it when the hoffmans were there making the deal for the yukon claim.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The nugget was owned by the claim owner in the yukon. We saw it when the hoffmans were there making the deal for the yukon claim.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The nugget was owned by the claim owner in the yukon. We saw it when the hoffmans were there making the deal for the yukon claim.

Submitted by phil will (not verified) on
it was the nugget that was shown to todd by a minner in the clondyke from the first series when todd went there to look around

Submitted by phil will (not verified) on
it was the nugget that was shown to todd by a minner in the clondyke from the first series when todd went there to look around

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
they did show it when parker visited the Norwegian guys mine, he is the one that found it

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The next season, you will need more reliable and larger equipment, D10 Dozer and at least a 964 or larger Front loader, get permission to use water works, allowing water from creek water to be used, install a second set for slouch boxes, if after test running second boxes if no gold remove slouch boxes. Work 12hrs shifts back to back, buy more miners moss, so that you can change the moss out at the end of every 12hrs shift then replace with new moss, allowing plant to run will first shift cleans moss, this will allow the plant an 1 hour down time per day, whereas at the moment with only a set of miner moss, the plant gets shut down for 3hrs plus for every change of miner moss, Dig through bedrock, there’s gold there

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you got it right; Dave did most of the work; operating a dozer all day like that will put the hurting on you; hats off to Dave; he did the real mining:

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i agree ,very good advices. They lost lots of gold that way !!! And get a good mechanic !!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I watched every show in depth never seen the nug. Maybe tony beets had it but they never showed it during air time just commercials. I agree with everything the last post said 100% as I. Touched base on the same thing I earlier post. Onto the education for parker I'm with todd and his family should support him. Parker could bethe next tony beets digging up millions a month. I have friends with 100 k education and they can't find any openings in what they majored in or after 5 yrs they just started making 30k annually. Parker is a very gifted operator that's something you cant buy it is a skill, school in the off season to keep the firing on all cylinders. parkers parents need to relize that parker is a worker and is a lot better off working the mine than off drinking and driving with his buddys at college.

Submitted by Dave B (not verified) on
You couldn't of been watching that closely, as the nugget in question was shown when they visited the larger mine in the Klondike. At the end of the day, for all their short commings, these are a groupe of guys who have never mined for gold before, and over the 2 seasons they have started to learn from their mistakes and are making improvements. I for one take my hat off to them. Its very easy to sit on your couch and pass judgement on Todd, but we need to remember, not only did he and his father put this group together, but he was also the one that had the foresight to approach the tv companies to sell the idea and guarantee his crew a payday regardless of the mining season outcome. I wish them the best of luck, can't wait to see what happens

Submitted by richy (not verified) on
i would love to see the hoffmans find gold

Submitted by Anonymous Gold ... (not verified) on
Re-hire the guy with the test rig. Or, better, buy a test rig. Drill cores over your claim at regular intervals. Pan samples from the cores various depths. Draw a map. Know where the gold is before doing any digging.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
the answer is to employ me i am english and have exellent organisation skills so tod give me a call

Submitted by Arild Olaisen (not verified) on
I cant understand why you do not use the clean waste material from the wash plan to make a self cleaning stream and waterhole. The water vill clean it selves if you made a ditch filled with stone between the two ponds. Maka a stone bottom in the last pond and a stone wall around the intake. I lowe to be a part of the team, but I amin Norway, so that vill not be posible. Why not use a dump truck to remove the debree to a plase where you do not have to move it a second time? The dozer is not fit for that job. You are only adding more work to a later time in the dig. Best luck to you all.

Submitted by jack (not verified) on
The riffles need to be cleaned out more regularly! There should be enough miners moss on hand to quikly swap out the gold filled moss for some clean moss and keep running. It's foolish to have the whole operation come to a grinding halt every time a cleanout is done, and not start running again until all the clean up is done. The duplex jig and gold table could be done by one man while the others are running the plant. I always wonder are the riffels as full as their gunna get after six hours? After that point is it all going off the end of the riffel trays? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by cleaning out more often!

Submitted by Petes (not verified) on
I don't understand why they didn't try to get the gold that ran out of their sluice boxes? All that mud clogging the water intake was probably full of gold. They would've made the 100 ounces. :/

Submitted by Petes (not verified) on
I'm wondering if anyone was suspicious of all the Dakota Fred situation? I think they did it on purpose in order to diversify the show with three different crews and add some more emotion?

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
I would say get rid of old man Hoffman he knows nothing and messes everything up as for todd he not much better he only thinks he knows where gold is without even checking and he has no plan of action

Submitted by CC (not verified) on
Why wasn't Fred in any of the after shows...?.......i think Fred knows he is on a Mega Load and wants to keep it quiet.

Submitted by Petes (not verified) on
He said that the aftershow was filmed just 6 weeks after the first episode where they portrayed him as a villian, so he denied doing the episode, he also said he was glad he didn't do the aftershow because of all the "dirty laundry aired". Just check his Facebook.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The outcome of the new season may prove to be extraordinary if the Hoffman crew attempt to remedy all of the faults or failings mentioned by previous posters. First and foremost I would suggest that this entrepreneurial group of miners heed Tony Beets advice and conduct more extensive exploratory drilling before starting the earth works. What's undeniable is that the vast majority of viewers are to some degree living vicariously by what you are doing. We'd you to succeed. To do so requires that you heed the advice of previous posters and recommendations of others in the industry. * Drill.... drill some more... and drill again * Refurbish the existing wash plant and sluice boxes or buy new equipment * Install rubber matting under the miners moss in the sluice boxes * Have more frequent clean outs * Obtain cleaner water that can be recycled or disposed that meet or exceed existing or upcoming industry and governmental regulatory standards * Have all mining and other associated permits in place * Purchase new and more reliable equipment * Bring in more personnel that are skilled in operation and maintenance more of heavy equipment, and have knowledge of maintenance and that have greater experience in small scale mining operations that conduct themselves as employees as opposed to know-it-alls. * Start the new season even earlier than in the past * Operating on a shoestring budget can be counter productive by costing more time and hindering the efficiency and effectiveness of the mine - therefore I suggest that the team bring in one or more additional members *There's an old adage commonly used in the financial services industry that is particularly apt for this team; its not that people plan to fail.... but that fail to plan... * I would like see the team make faster progress in achieving their goals not only through hard work, but by anticipating the unexpected. In conclusion, I look forward to the next season. I wish the Hoffaman crew the best. Hopefully, with the assistance of a little more experience, newer equipment, and an expanded labour team that trains existing team members to take on more diverse responsibilities they will succeed. Bravo

Submitted by Tez (not verified) on
yep, they should do a clean out each day if possible, they can do at night instead of trying to run dirt all night - they risk and then too tired to function next day ..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Todd's idea of doing due diligence in prospecting for gold is calling Dion Warwick's "Psychic Friends" network.

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