The big Gold Rush: White Water mid-season 7 recap

So much has happened in this season already, but Gold Rush: White Water is not even at its midway point yet.

Despite the seemingly overwhelming odds, Dustin Hurt and his team of Alaskan gold divers have returned for a seventh (sometimes labeled as ‘eighth’) season of high-stakes gold mining.

And now that this season has aired five episodes (plus a few specials) it is time for us to do a recap of everything that has happened so far.

What you have missed so far on Gold Rush: White Water season 7

Season seven of Gold Rush: White Water has certainly been a rollercoaster – or should we say a white water rapid – of emotions.

The first (almost) half of this season saw Dustin and his team deal with not only the news that Fred’s health was deteriorating rapidly, but also with some good-old mining obstacles, ranging from flash floods and injuries, to equipment failures and more.

However, even with all of the additional turmoil that we have witnessed so far, there is no denying that Gold Rush: White Water season seven is quickly shaping up to become one of the show’s most impressive seasons to date, with the team finally finding some of those sizable nuggets that gave Nugget Creek its name.

And with a few more episodes to go, there is hope that Dustin and his bare-bones crew may just be able to save the Hurts’ entire Alaskan mining operation in one season.

Gold Rush: White Water – Where we are now

After season six of Gold Rush: White Water’s disappointing end, there were some serious doubts about whether Dustin and the team would even be able to return for a seventh season.

However, now that season seven has made it to the air, it does not seem like the team has missed a beat.

All of the Gold Rush: White Water episodes that have aired thus far are as follows:

Episode Title Premiere date
Episode 1 “A Tragic Beginning” March 8, 2024
Episode 2 “Gold Out of the Gate” March 8, 2024
Episode 3 “Trench Warfare” March 15, 2024
Episode 4 “A Dying Wish” March 22, 2024
Episode 5 “Fred Hurt Forever” March 29, 2024

R.I.P ‘Dakota’ Fred Hurt

It is impossible to mention season seven of Gold Rush: White Water without addressing the fact that we have now seen all of the scenes which the legendary ‘Dakota’ Fred Hurt filmed for the show, before his passing.

And, while it has now been almost a year since this Alaskan mining old-timer passed away in real life, his memory has undoubtedly lived on through the show.

It has also renewed Dustin and his crew’s dedication to ensuring that this season turns out to be one of the most successful seasons that they have ever had (and it definitely seems to be working for them, thus far).

The big Gold Rush: White Water mid-season 7 recap
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How much gold has the crew collected so far?

The previous season of Gold Rush: White Water ended on a sober note, without a final weigh-in, and with Dustin plunging further into debt.

However, season seven seems to be going a lot better on the dredging front so far, with Dustin and the team already bringing in close to two ounces in just the first three weeks.

The first weigh-in for season seven revealed that the team had collected 1,045 ounces of jewelry-grade gold nuggets, alongside Carlos’s 0.44 ounce nugget, which puts their total gold value for this season at around $4,200.

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Needless to say, with the newest nuggets that the team pulled from the bottom of Nugget Creek, it seems like they could very well bring in well over $20,000 by the end of the first half of season seven.

What we still have to look forward to

If you tuned in to watch the most recent “Fred Hurt Forever” episode of Gold Rush: White Water, then you will already know that despite Fred’s passing, the team has finally gotten to the bottom of Nugget Creek.

And while season seven has seen almost as many equipment failures and dangerous moments as the now-infamously unsuccessful season six, Dustin and the crew seem well on their way to making some big bucks this season.

The preview for Gold Rush: White Water’s next episode reveals that the best and biggest gold finds of this season are yet to come – and by the looks of things, so are some of the most precarious diving situations that we have seen in a long time.

It also looks like the team will be pulling out that huge gold nugget that we saw in the preview very soon, which is certainly something to look forward to.

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