In a Reddit AMA, u/17217 asked Bree Harrison what she liked least about her job, and she cited the lack of downtime. “I’d happily work 12 hour days if there were more hours in a day,” Harrison replied. “I don’t like that after work there isn’t time to do much else besides eat dinner and go to bed. You can only go so many nights with less than 6 hours of sleep before it starts to affect you badly.” So it seems that at the end of the day the crew has little time to get even some sleep before turning back and must return to the mining site. Still, Harrison does have some time to himself, although it’s not a lot.
In a 2020 AMA thread on the r/goldrush subreddit, Harrison was asked what she does in her free time, and her answer was unsurprising given her image on the show. She said, “I go hiking, paddle boarding, work on my truck, take my dogs on adventures.” It also seems that most of the crew’s personal time falls during the off-season. In another AMA thread, this one with Harrison’s boss Parker Schnabel, Schnabel was asked what he does in his spare time and he talked about how much he loves going to London and hanging out with the film crew while they do the show to cut. As hectic as the mining season can be, it seems the off-season can be a little more relaxed.