Hailing from Haines, Alaska, Parker has grown up with gold fever. Ever since he can remember, Parker's beloved grandpa, John Schnabel, ran the family gold mine, Big Nugget. Since Parker's feet could reach the pedals, he's been operating heavy machinery and learning the trade.
At just 16 years old Parker took the reins of the Schnabel family mine at Big Nugget, and showed he had the mettle to lead a team of grizzled miners twice his age, and the ability to find serious gold.
Instead of going to college in season 4, Parker used his college fund to set-up his own mining operation, and found an impressive 1029 oz of gold in his rookie season in the Klondike.
Last season Parker came out on top in a competition with Todd by pulling a staggering 3362 ounces of gold worth almost 3.7 million dollars out of his Scribner claims.
This year Parkers back at Scribner after gold but for the first time in his career he's going to be mining without the support and advice of his Grandpa John who sadly passed away in March at the age of 96.