Todd Hoffman, leader of men in the Klondike, is finding that his 1,000-ounce season is slipping away from him in a hurry. And, without a wash plant, even a 100-ounce season on Quartz Creek seems impossible right now.
Of course, none of the current nightmare Todd and team are experiencing was unavoidable, except the possibility that the ground may not be rich enough to produce the gold totals he, his team and, yes, investors were hoping to reap. On Gold Rush: The Dirt, which aired before the latest Gold Rush, which featured Todd basically shutting down his Quartz Creek operation, fan favorite Tony Beets made it clear that Todd’s management—or lack thereof—would never be profitable in his opinion.
Gold Mining vs. Treasure Hunting
Fans are well-aware of Tony’s motto, “Drill, drill, drill.” On last night’s one-on-one with Christo Doyle, he made it clear: Gold mining is not a treasure hunt.
Anyone getting into gold mining would be foolish not to listen to Tony Beets. After all, he has been mining in the Klondike for almost 30 years with great success, employing more than 30 miners and running crews 24 hours a day, seven months a year. On Todd Hoffman, he is clearly unimpressed, telling Christo Doyle that he was not surprised that the Hoffman enterprise has been a failure.
“It’s not rocket science,” Tony said, explaining that doing a little math would have went a long way for the Hoffmans. “It is pretty simple.” And, listening to Tony, it’s easy to believe that the process, when done correctly, really is pretty simple; it is the Hoffmans making it hard. Jack Hoffman? “No, no, no, no,” Tony said of his “no guts, no glory” approach to choosing sites to mine. “That doesn’t work. That’s like treasure hunting. That don’t work. You drill holes. You know exactly the value that comes out of it. And, from there, it’s just regular math.”
Tony Beets is a real businessman, a real gold miner. And, after watching Todd Hoffman and crew randomly digging around properties, making mess after mess, it is hard not to be impressed with Tony’s maps and charts of his drill sites and the results of testing. Tony never tells anyone how much gold he gets out of his digs—which only confirms that it is probably more than anyone thinks it is.
Todd on Team Tony?
“Would you ever hire Todd?” Christo asked.
“No,” Tony said firmly. “What would he do?” He added, laughing with Christo, “They slap hardhats together and do whatever."
Quartz Creek at Standstill
But, after shutting down the infamous turbo trommel last night, essentially bringing Quartz Creek to a close, there was not a lot of hardhat-slapping going on with the crew. Does Team Hoffman even have a chance of hitting their goal of 1,000 ounces this season, much less hitting the mother lode?
Gold Rush airs on the Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 9/8c.
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