Mishaps abound, including blown tires, attempts to cross bridges and rivers that are framed as dangerous. Once they arrive, there are also bear encounters in their Alaska camp.
Stand-out characters include crazy old Jack Hoffman, the 65-year-old father of team leader Todd. Jack is one of two characters to damage their own vehicles using heavy equipment (one in each of the first two episodes).
"If I go and I die, no big deal," Jack says nonchalantly.
Episodes air in chronological order as the guys search for glory holes as they attempt to strike it rich. It's entertaining enough if real-life make-it-or-break-it tension is what you're looking for in TV. That's also a bit of better-them-than-me satisfaction that comes in watching this and all the Tough Guy TV shows. "Gold Rush" has the added element of will-they-or-won't-they make it rich.