The Young Master
BACKGROUND: Student, Gold Miner
HOMETOWN: Haines, AK
Parker Schnabel has the drive, skill and intelligence to be a successful gold miner and hit the mother lode … and he's only 17! Hailing from Haines, Alaska, Schnabel has worked in his grandpa's Big Nugget mine since his feet could touch the pedals of mining equipment. A self-described outdoorsman, Schnabel spends his free time hunting and exploring the Alaskan wilderness. He is also a high school senior and is on the varsity basketball team. With years of early experience and aspirations to expand the family business, Schnabel hopes to take his expertise and supplement it with a college education in geological sciences or mining studies.
Last summer, while working at his grandpa's mine, he came over to the Porcupine Creek claim to help the rookies with their wash plant set-up. He came away amazed at how little the Hoffman's crew knew about the details that make all the difference. This year he's taking over the Big Nugget mine in the hope that he can pull enough gold to keep it afloat and in the family.