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 year was tough for Parker, mining without the support and advice of his Grandpa John who sadly passed away in March 2016 at the age of 96. Despite this Parker managed to have his best season ever, designing a new washplant, running a second operation with the help of right hand man Rick Ness and bringing in over 4000 ounces. This year Parker is back with his two operations, one at Scribner creek and another at Indian River. He is planning to find his own ground to mine and looking to have his best year ever.