On tonight’s edition of Gold Rush, Parker Schnabel suffers costly delays after hitting permafrost in the Boundary Cut paydirt.
In our exclusive clip below, Parker’s washplant Sluicifer is going full steam ahead as he and Tyson Balion work well together.
Things are looking good with the pair managing to move a consistently large amount of soil.
Parker says: “For two of us in here, you know, we’re moving quite a bit of dirt. We’ve been able to pretty consistently be doing about 250 yards an hour for 10-11 hours a day. So, that’s not too bad for two people.”
But they have few resources to call on if they need back-up.
Parker says: “Rick’s [Ness] got his stuff going on down on the Indian River so we don’t have a whole lot of reinforcements to call upon if we do need help.”
And his comments are like tempting fate when a thud is heard as he tries to dig, with Parker immediately noticing that the underlying mud is frozen solid.
Frozen ground means running with a two-man crew is impossible and Parker is left looking defeated, as time really is money in this line of work.
He says: “Tyson and I don’t have time to deal with this.”
He then radios through to Tyson and tells him the bad news.
Tyson asks: “Does that mean we have to rip the whole thing?”
Parker says: “Yeah…we need to put trucks in here, that means pulling Brennan and the trucks off Indian river down there. The two of us ain’t gonna do anything.”
The guys have to get the rocks off the permafrost so that the soil can thaw and they can continue their sluicing efforts. Will his plan work without setting him and his team back too much? We’ll see.
Also on tonight’s episode of Gold Rush, Tony Beets arrives to find his million-dollar dredge in ruination while Rick attends his grandpa’s funeral.
Parker shuts him down by taking his equipment, and the Hoffmans discover that their wash-plant doesn’t work in their new mine.
Gold Rush airs Fridays at 9/8c on Discovery!