In our exclusive clip, Hoffman tells the cameras he’s “getting his ass kicked” by the poor yields of the High Bar mine.
Hoffman’s crewmate Kevin Hiatt is filmed driving a skip loader and grousing: “We’re working 12+ hour days and the bummer part of is…we’re not getting gold!”
It appears the elusive High Bar mine in Oregon is turning into a total waste of time for Hoffman’s crew.
Hiatt adds: “I have mouths to feed back home, I have a pregnant wife, and right now there’s no paycheck waiting for me.”
Hoffman has moved his entire mining operation from the Klondike 2,000 miles south to the blue mountains of Oregon. For over 100 years, people have tried and failed to mine the legendary nuggets at the High Bar.
Why the High Bar for Hoffman? Last year, the Hoffman crew scout revealed game-changing gold nuggets the size of cornflakes
That set Todd off, inspired to go for his highest ever season of gold recovery.
Hoffman tells his crew: “I want 5,000 ounces! I want to see a miracle on this mountain.”
But their first week produced a disappointing 38 ounces, just 15 per cent of what they need each week to hit Todd’s lofty goal.
Todd says: “We’re getting our ass kicked pretty good up here. This isn’t turning out like I dreamed. This isn’t the bill of goods we were sold up here.
“This is real fuel we are burning, these are real salaries we gotta paying. Hopefully, this thing can turn around but, right now, it’s not going good.”
William and Jarrod Wirth are the High Bar claim owners. They are adamant that there’s real gold in “them thar hills”.
Jarred says: “We know this place, we know there’s good gold here…but it comes in streams of good days and bad days, and we got off to a pretty bad start and the whole Hoffman crew right now is pretty discouraged.”
Hoffman crew veteran Jack Hoffman is disappointed, and his early clean-up makes him sick to his stomach. He says: “After running 4,500 yards I would expect a whole lot more. That’s not worth running, I can do that in my own my backyard.”
Gold Rush is proving a smash hit for Discovery, with the Season 7 premiere the #1 viewed show on the whole of television on Friday night among men aged 18-49.
Discovery said: “It was also cable’s #1 telecast across all 25-54, 18-49 and 18-34 demographics. The series scored an impressive 2.12 P25-54 rating with 4million total viewers P2+ on Friday, October 14 in L + 3.
“It also beat TBS’s American League Championship Series game across all 25-54s, 18-49s and 18-34s.”
Well done miners!
Gold Rush airs Friday nights on discovery at 9pm.