‘Gold Rush’ Exclusive: Miner Rick Ness Is Pushing His Luck To The Limit

Exclusives, Gold Rush
April Neale

On Friday’s latest edition of Gold Rush for Discovery, the mid-season hump is here as the tale of the scale is what all eyes are watching, and miner Rick Ness is acutely aware that he cannot have a bust season.

In TV Shows Ace exclusive preview, we are halfway through the mining season as Rick Ness is pushing his operation to the edge.

Ness is working out in the field and talks about the task ahead of him: “That’s pretty scary. I’ve never done anything like it. There’s so much dirt that has to be moved here. If we move the wrong dirt and go all the way down in the wrong spot, I’m gonna go broke.”

He adds: “It’s gonna cost pretty much everything I have, so the stakes here are massive, but the payoff at the bottom could be life-changing.”

Rick Ness and the Gold Rush Mid Season situation so far

The Discovery series features Rick Ness at the top of the latest episode, but let’s discuss where we left off last week.

Mud Mountain for Parker Schnabel is turning into a million-dollar money pit, as Big Red and Sluicifer are cranking. Parker takes a chance shutting down a working wash plant and, despite the grousing from Chris Doumitt and Mitch Blaschke and the skeleton crew, left on Big Red. Tyson took five workers to Mud Mountain, including Tatiana Costa. In the end, he cleared 316.75 ounces for the week. Parker has 2838.85 ounces for the season so far.

Meanwhile, Fred Lewis has issues, notably within his veteran ranks. Fred needs to cover his costs and pay them all. Stuart McKenzie, especially son Christopher Parker and Fred’s wife Khara Lewis, are bickering and having major communications issues.

Fred sends Christopher to attitude adjustment “boot camp” with Tony Beets. Every kid should be forced to do a tour of duty with Beets. This country would be better for it. He ended the last episode with near 18 ounces of gold for the season.

And Ness and crew at Duncan Creek are still struggling to get the gold, but will he make the 2000 ounce goal? So far, he’s under 600 ounces at the halfway mark, and he’s sweating bullets.

The Bacon Strip Pay is mined out, and his go-to crew, Chris Kruse and Brennan Ruault hope he has a solid plan that will reveal itself in this latest episode. Will the Deep Cut, the bane of his last season, actually have some gold in the pay?

Last week, Rick cleared near 127 ounces of gold, so his hunches paid off. He is at 687 ounces, give or take, going into this episode.

Watch our exclusive preview to see where Ness’s head is at this week:


Gold Rush airs Friday at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery.

In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers can check out new episodes each week on DiscoveryGO. Additionally, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #GoldRush.

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