Rick Ness


Recovering from a college football head injury that ended his playing career, Rick took up music, learning to play an upright bass. He formed a band called the .357 Stringband. Over the last seven years they have released three albums. The band has toured relentlessly around the world and it was during a stop at the Southeast Alaskan State Fair where Rick met Parker Schnabel and expressed an interest in working with him. Nine months later Parker made the call.

Rick had no mining experience before joining Gold Rush in Season Three, but he had learned about heavy machines from his early work at his family's commercial construction company. While working for Parker, Rick quickly proved himself a capable excavator and rock truck operator and has gone on to be a confident operator in a loader, dozer, and grader as well.

Rick loves to continually seek out adventure and new experiences. In his free time, he loves motorcycles, building his tattoo collection and hitting the gym.

Rick stuck by Parker at the end of season 5 despite a difficult ending and played a huge part in holding the crew together, an achievement that played a big part in his promotion to foreman last year. As Parker's foreman Rick lead the crew through a challenging sixth season to bring in their highest ever gold total and this year he's hoping they can do even better.

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