‘Gold Rush’ mines fascinating group of veterans for Season 11

This group of “Gold Rush” miners is like none of their predecessors on the top-rated Discovery sequence.

“Gold Rush” returns Friday for Season 11 with a two-hour episode (8-10 p.m.) and a brand new mining boss: Fred Lewis, a former particular forces medical sergeant and linguist who’s assembled a staff of 5 veteran friends to dig for gold in a ghost city close to Sumpter, Ore.

“They’ve all overcome obstacles,” says Lewis, 42, who took a bullet to the helmet in Afghanistan. “What we’re making an attempt to do is to present them a brand new drive in life, a brand new function. Two guys had been set to go to the police academy and COVID stopped that. I used to be speculated to be within the Yukon however the border was closed resulting from COVID. I additionally coach highschool wrestling and that stopped.

“We had been pressured to fend for ourselves,” he says. “Not to sound cliched, nevertheless it was ‘s–t or get off the pot’ and this was most likely the perfect time to do that.”

The Lewis staff includes battle-scarred veterans Kendell Madden (Air Force); Stuart McKenzie, a former infantry sniper whose hand was blown off by a roadside bomb then re-attached (he is now a bodybuilder); Stefan Generally, a Green Beret who served for 26 years with 12 deployments; Kyle Pletzke, whose pelvis was shattered in a rollover accident in Afghanistan; and John Stanz, a former Marine raider with two Purple Hearts who was in a coma after being blown up by a roadside bomb. “He was given 0 p.c likelihood of dwelling they usually stated he’d by no means discuss,” says Lewis. “Now he is he is super-obnoxious.”

Fred Lewis and Kendell Madden
Fred Lewis and Kendell MaddenDiscovery Channel(*11*)

While that is his first time as a mine boss, Lewis may be very aware of the “Gold Rush” world. Three years in the past, he accompanied sequence star Parker Schnabel to Papua, New Guinea as his safety chief and medic, then labored behind the scenes on “Gold Rush” final season (within the Yukon). He additionally traveled with Schnabel to Australia.

“I noticed how gold impacts villages and began to get and was choosing up increasingly [about mining] and interested by what I might do,” he says. When COVID put an finish to his Yukon sojourn, Lewis was requested to assemble a staff. “My thought was at all times that I wished to do that with a staff of vets,” he says. “I knew we might pull this collectively. I pitched it to Discovery this July and three weeks later was chosen as the following mine boss.

“We went proper into the gauntlet,” he says, “proper from pitching it to assembly the declare homeowners and negotiating the lease. I financed all of this with my very own cash and with two of my different veteran buddies …between the three of us we pooled our cash and invested within the alternative. Lots of individuals suppose Discovery pays for all the things — that is all us.”

Fred Lewis and Kendell Madden
Fred Lewis and Kendell MaddenDiscovery Channel(*11*)

And, with Lewis acutely conscious of gold costs being very excessive, he ready himself to embark on his mining expedition.

“I needed to run my very own intel,” he says. “I assumed outdoors the field. I did so much of analysis on the most important gold reserves close to me [in Eastern Washington], spending tons of time on microfiche making an attempt concerning historic knowledge and discovering this space that is a ghost city … that was by no means mined earlier than. I used to show highschool biology and we examined some ash that was 4,000 years outdated in floor that had by no means been dug.

“This season is a superb success so far as the operation,” he says. “We’re dwelling the American dream, up in a ghost city, and we’re the one residents. No matter how a lot gold we discover, we’re all going to profit.”

Lewis, whose spouse Khara additionally served within the navy (former psychological operations), says he hasn’t seen any of his episodes but.

“I like to look at it on TV for the primary time,” he says. “On Friday at 8 we’ll be about 260 individuals at a neighborhood bar for the premiere social gathering. We’re going to look at it — then get up the following morning and go mining.”

Source: nypost.com


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