'Gold Rush': Teen miner Parker Schnabel is the boss

This season on Discovery's Friday reality hit "Gold Rush," 19-year-old Alaskan Parker Schnabel has left behind the security of working at his beloved grandfather John's Big Nugget gold mine to partner with mining legend Tony Beets to mine his land in the Klondike."Good ground makes a good miner," he says toZap2it. "With good ground, everybody's fine. It's when it gets lean, and you have to get mean, is when it makes a difference how you do things."With pressure from Beets to produce, Schnabel has had to learn to stand on his own two feet."It was tough being away from my family and my grandpa," says Schnabel. "We were two hours out of town; we had really bad Internet, so Skype and stuff is unreliable. I do my best to keep in touch, but with that and the fact we were working 12, 15 hours a day, I really didn't keep in touch very well."My grandpa...



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