It’s been about 3 days since we saw Dave out of Circle, and the gang is steadily making their way into Dawson! After a light snow and some long, steep climbs right before the check point – the team will be more than ready for some R&R during their 36 hour layover in town. Only about 20 miles out, we are excited to see our musher and the pups, and find out how the long trek went. As of right now, 12 dogs are still in the lineup, while Farrah and Sleepy hang out with the handlers due to a couple of sore muscles. More updates coming soon!!


Dave’s camp awaiting their arrival in Dawson!


The team resting up in Central, sweet Frasier has been an amazing cheerleader this year!

Team lineup:

Entering Mile 101:

Lead – Doc and Woody

Wheel – Sleepy

Leaving Mile 101:

Lead – Farrah and Kate

Wheel – Sleepy

Entering Central:

Lead – Happy and Healy

Wheel – Sleepy

Leaving Central:

Lead – Doc and Woody

Wheel – Sleepy

Entering Circle:

Lead – Healy and Happy

Wheel – Sleepy

Leaving Circle:

Lead – Doc and Woody

Wheel – Farrah and Kate

Yukon Quest 2016

Sorry for the delay in updates! Internet service is spotty at best, so please bear with us!

Dave and the gang were the 8th team to leave Fairbanks at 11:24 his morning, with Happy and Healy in lead and Sleepy holding it down in the back.

After camping out along the trail, the team was in & out of 2 Rivers with Happy and Yoyo leading the way, ams Yukon in wheel. The gang’s official checkout time was 11:30 pm. Dave and the dogs looked great with spirits to match, on their way to Mile 101!


Healy and Happy leading the way!




Dave with Quest Guest and handler Caitlin



Handler Kirsten sending the team off!

2016 Yukon Quest Sign up

Dave and the gang will be racing the Yukon Quest again in 2016. Sign up for the Tugline for more Yukon Quest news at YukonQuest.com  Here’s Dave’s profile from the Quest website.

Dave Dalton

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58 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Dalton Gang Members, Alaska-Heli-Mush Tours, LazyTea Creations Website, Lee Lowery, Kitchen Family, Shirley Pennell, Dalton Family.

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Healy, AK
Occupation(s): Dog Musher/ Tour Guide
Kennel Name: Dalton Gang
Name Origination: By using my last name and the fact that dogs run in a gang line
Kennel Bloodlines: Dalton
Breeds: Dalton
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
Al, Tom, and Sandy are 8 years old; all are litter mates with multiple finishes. The 6 year old Doc, Sleep, Dopey, and Happy have finished. The Y-litter- Yogurt, Yeti, and Yukon have completed the Quest and YoYo, Yodel, and Yucky are hoping to race this year. Panda is back as the leader and her pups are turning 2 years old. Grizzly, Polar and Yogi are making the veterans train harder. Brothers Bobber and Spinner will be back this year. These are some of the 30 dogs competing for their spot in this year’s line-up of the 14 positions available.

How did you get started running dogs?
I became the owner of a litter of 13 Airdale/Alaskan Husky puppies and they started my recreational sled dog team.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Taking a young, inexperienced dog team and watching them grow stronger and more confident.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yukon Quest Finishers Club.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To finish with a healthy and happy team.

What music do you listen to on the trail?

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
I pick themes with the help of family and friends.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2008 Yukon Quest- 3rd 2006 Yukon Quest- 4th 2005 Yukon Quest- 4th 2004 Yukon Quest- 3rd

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2015 11 11d 13h 13m
2014 Scratched
2013 12 10d 20h 48m
2012 10 11d 4h 3m
2011 9 12d 10h 7m
2010 14 11d 0h 40m
2009 Scratched
2008 3 11d 9h 35m
2007 10 11d 14h 2m
2006 4 10d 20h 8m
2005 4 11d 2h 41m
2004 3 11d 12h 48m
2002 Scratched
2001 13 12d 16h 45m
2000 Scratched
1999 14 13d 4h 51m
1998 11 12d 6h 44m
1997 7 12d 23h 32m
1996 14 15d 6h 31m
1994 18 12d 20h 50m
1993 Scratched
1992 Scratched
1991 10 11d 21h 0m
1990 16 13d 16h 3m
1988 21 15d 23h 1m

2015 Yukon Quest: The Dalton Gang finishes on Feb. 18 at 11:43 pm!


2015 Dalton Gang Quest Team!

2015 Dalton Gang Quest Team!

Dave and the Gang rolled into Fairbanks just before midnight on February 18th to capture an 11th place finish after 11 days, 13 hours, and 13 minutes traveling from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.  With 10 dogs in the team, the Gang completed the final leg of the Yukon Quest in 11 hours.  Lee Lowry – longtime friend of the Dalton Gang – and handlers Jen Kirsten met him at the finish line with a snack for team and a Budweiser for the musher.

Kirsten, Dave, Jen

Kirsten, Dave, Jen

Lee and Dave

Lee and Dave

2015 Yukon Quest: IN to Two Rivers at 4:07 am on Feb. 18th

Sounds like the Aurora was really rocking last night – Dave said his next is sore from staring at the sky all the way into Two Rivers!  Jen said the Northern Lights were out all night long…sounds like everyone got quite a show.

This year, two of the Seven Dwarfs have been shining throughout the duration of this 1000 mile race. Grumpy has been this years “most delightful surprise”.  He’s always ready to go and is proving to be an exceptional leader.  Happy has also been stepping up and leading quite a bit along the way and has demonstrated a strong and positive attitude on this years Quest.

On a different note, Norm injured a pad and is being left at Two Rivers.  Regardless of this little injury, Norm has been working hard and having fun.  Looks like Dave will finish 10 dogs strong!


2015 Yukon Quest: IN to Mile 101 at 15:49 OUT at 20:11 with 11 Dogs

A little late on this post!  Dave made the approximately 30 mile run from Central to Mile 101 in 5 hours and 49 minutes.  He gave this run a 5 out of 10 as far as difficulty on this portion of trail and said he almost had a heart attack working so hard getting over Eagle Summit.    Here are some great photos of Dave arriving at Mile 101!

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