Fri 14 Apr 2017, 12:00
In the 1890s, thousands of men died trying to strike it rich on the Klondike Gold Rush Trail. In mining circles, these men are heroes and pioneers who risked it all for a chance at glory. Inspired by the death of his beloved grandfather - and tough as nails mining legend - John Schnabel, Parker Schnabel has decided to put himself through the ultimate test to see if he has what it takes to stand toe to toe with those who blazed his trail.
Killed or scared off by bears, treacherous terrain, raging torrents and temperatures below -40 degrees, only one in three ever completed the journey.
Now in this revealing four-part series, Parker will attempt to make this same journey and document it. But he won’t do this alone. Joining Parker on his journey will be his foreman Rick Ness, wilderness guide Karla Ann, who once worked with Parker as a rock truck driver, and cameraman James Levelle, who has known Parker for years.
At the age of 22, Parker has already struck it rich in the Klondike by mining over $13 million’s worth of gold. But despite his financial success, he’s always wondered: is he tough as the original gold mining stampeders?
What will he discover about his forefathers and the struggles they endured to hit the big time? Catch Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail on Discovery Channel (121) from Monday 17 April at 20:00.