Vernon is the gold-hungry owner of the The Wild Ranger. Still working part-time as a ship's pilot, Vernon is turning more and more of his attention to Nome and its gold laden waters.
Vernon is staunchly anti-government and believes in the value of gold over federal currency. Vernon has leveraged his entire life's savings on making his ever-expanding gold operation profitable.
After years of disappointment, Vernon and his Wild Ranger crew ran away with the gold count title in the Winter Ice Season, and now he's looking to cement his reputation as a top-notch dredge operator. This season, Vern's got a plan that, if successful, could change mining in Nome forever. The only problem? Being on the cutting-edge is pricey, and Vern's putting every last dime in unproven, new technology.