It’s been awhile since fans have heard anything on the whereabouts of Discovery’s Gold Rush team leader Todd Hoffman, but it appears he and the guys have not been snoozing while the Klondike was too frozen to mine.
After being forced out of the Klondike by the winter weather, Todd and his crew decided to head south—WAY south. As fans of the show will know, Todd is always working on the next big plan, and so when he got a “hot tip” on a claim in Guyana, South America, he could not turn down the chance to do some rainy-weather mining.
There is a full-fledged gold rush underway in Guyana, according to the Discovery Channel, producing “400,000 ounces of gold per year—legally. The true number could be as much as double that.”
Setting up camp in Guyana could put Todd’s dream of being a “real” gold miner into the realm of reality, as their four-month mining operation in Alaska could suddenly become a year-round endeavor in the South American jungle. But, is anything ever that cut-and-dried for Todd and the Gold Rush team?
Todd answered a flow of questions from fans on his Facebook page, including the following excerpt:
When the people find gold they call it a "shout". … What we saw and found was incredible and you guys can watch it Aug 17th. The question is it possible for us to mine there. I can’t say at this time. Malaria is a real thing though. Different set of problems but better gold than the Klondike. Plus another creature that lays in the gravels with the gold. Ladies love em. Lol
Hot Tip, Hot Trip?
For the special, Gold Rush: The Jungle, Todd takes a small group to scout out the area, to see if his “hot tip” could actually be the real thing. After making the 4,600 mile trip from Sandy, Oregon, to Guyana, trouble begins for Team Hoffman—a shady business deal, treks through snake-infested jungle, and struggles up a deadly river. Taking a “no guts, no glory” attitude, Team Hoffman makes the trip an adventure. But, will they be ready to make the decision to trade permafrost for torrential rain—or worse—by the time they leave?
Gold Rush: The Jungle will premiere Friday, August 17, on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. E/P.
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