The Hoffman 316 Mining Crew (also called the Hoffman Crew) is the name of the (originally six) men from Sandy, Oregon, who have become unemployed and financially unstable from the economic recession. Due to a long time period of failures, Dave Turin becomes in season 5 a shareholder and has been since then responsible for the operating business.
In season 1, they travel to Alaska in an attempt to make it rich in gold, at the Jim Nail Placer Mine. They proceeded to fail horribly at every turn, despite spending a fortune trying to fix all the broken down and untested equipment they could find.
In season 5, the crew is broken apart, after not securing a claim for the season. Later, Todd secures the McKinnon Creek Claim, in the Klondike, and reassembles the crew. Dave Turin buys-in with $1/2million to become 50% owner with Todd and Jack, instead of working for wages for Todd Hoffman. He buys in with leased equipment worth $0.5million.
A crack by Todd Hoffman about Kevin Hiatt's wife Mindy results in a brawl duel, with Todd winning.
In season 6, the Hoffman crew is back at the McKinnon Creek Claim and faces a big challenge when Todd Hoffman promised the landlord to double their outcome. When Dave Turin has been already working a couple of weeks ahead, Todd Hoffman showed up and told him to tripple his effort. In the end, Todd Hoffman had not been seen at any time working as an operator on the machinery the whole season long. It seems, all what he does is standing around, most likely on a big pile of mud while he is watching the guys at work.
At the end of the season, Todd Hoffman is told by his landlord that the McKinnon Creek Claim will not be an opportunity to mine in the upcoming season. In fact the Hoffman crew is prospecting a claim in Oregon.
- Todd Hoffman (seasons 1-)
- Jack Hoffman (seasons 1-), Todd's father
- Dave Turin (seasons 2-4,5-), part-owner (season 5-); foreman (season 2-4); guest member (season 1)
- Jim Thurber (seasons 1-4,5-)
- Kevin Hiatt (seasons -4,5-)
- Logan Pierce (seasons 3-4,5-), Todd's cousin
- Steve Paisley (seasons -5-), mechanic
- Andy Spinks (seasons 3-4,5-)
- Hunter Hoffman (season 6-), Todd's son
- Brandon Unsworth (season 6-), first time gold miner
- Juan Ibara (season 6-), mechanic, welder
- Sterling Anderson (season 4-), Todd's nephew, drove rock trucks until season 6 second half, was 21 in season 6
- Pastor Mike,Mike Halstead (season 1)
- Jim Dorsey (season 1)
- "Dakota" Fred Hurt (season 1)
- James Harness (seasons 1-2), mechanic
- Greg Remsburg (seasons 1-3)
- Chris Doumitt (seasons 1-3)
- Fred Dodge (seasons 3-4), guest member (seasons 1-2)
- Mitch Blaschke (seasons 3-4), mechanic
- Brian Alldridge (season 4)
- Mike Needham (season 3.5,4), the Medic, shared with the production crew in the jungle of Guyana