If you're unfamiliar with the gold-prospecting scene, it's easy to get certain ideas in your head about what a prospector looks like. Maybe you're thinking of Tom Waits from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, or Daniel Day Lewis in the beginning of There Will Be Blood, or you have the image of a rough-and-tumble type who isn't afraid of venturing out into the great American unknown.
Meet Tyler Mahoney, 'Gold Rush's prospecting prodigy.
She's a fourth-generation gold miner, but her roots aren't planted in the great Gold Rush from 1848-1855. Her forefathers were prospecting in Australia for a long time and Tyler came up in the gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie, an "infamous" mining town. Tyler worked at her parents' shop where she bought and sold huge nuggets of gold in between visiting family-owned mine sites and soaked up tons of knowledge on the beloved mineral.
Because of her extensive prospecting background, Tyler has developed the ability to "geographically pinpoint" a nugget's origin. In addition to being a master geologist, her interactions with miners over the years has afforded her an ability to quickly see through the tall tales that some prospectors like to make: the nuggets always tell her the truth.
Tyler's a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to mining. On her Discovery channel bio page, it says that she has "a fear of traditional mining skills dying over generations." Which is why she founded The Prospecting Club to help educate other on the right away to go about finding gold. The good news for Parker, with whom Tyler's working with in Australia, is that this club has members all over Australia.
This gives the Alaskan miner unprecedented access to mining secrets and info that is otherwise held very close to the chest.
Even though she's only 24 years old, Tyler is darn good at working an excavator and has no qualms with suffering through a variety of different natural conditions, be it extreme heat or dealing with hordes of pesky bugs: she's seen and dealt with it all.
In addition to being a successful gold digger, Tyler is also a professional model who's currently represented by Scene Model Management. Standing at 5'11 and with a great looking portfolio, she could easily get paid to show off clothes and have her photo taken in between prospecting seasons if she chose to do so.
In addition to modeling, she also has a boutique jewelry and sustainable swimwear label, born out of a desire to end fast fashion, which is notoriously problematic for the environment. Mae by Tyler is filled with intricately designed jewelry and simple, clean-cut swimsuits, all made local in Western Australia. As of October 2019, however, Tyler has opted to put this venture on hold to focus on The Prospector's Club.
Gold Rush isn't the first foray that Tyler's had into the world of televised prospecting. She was previously on the Quest TV program, Aussie Gold Hunters along with her mother and father.
New episodes of Gold Rush air on Fridays at 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel. Are you excited to see how Tyler gels with Parker and the team?