Premise: A depressed economy has radically changed the way many Americans live their lives. For Todd and Jack Hoffman, those changes mean risking it all -- including their health -- as gold miners in the wilds of Alaska. With his aviation business grounded, Todd leases a gold claim in southeast Alaska, Porcupine Creek, the same place his father, Jack, mined in the 1980s. They recruit a small group of greenhorn miners from their Sandy, Ore., hometown, and ``Gold Rush: Alaska'' follows their efforts to strike it rich. It's the biggest gamble these men have ever taken, a last chance in the heart of ``The Last Frontier.''
S01, E04 (First Aired: Jan. 7, 2011)
The team tries to run dirt through a wash plant; families question the lack of gold; tension builds.