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
Lee and Dave
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!
Time in estimate based on tracker status……114 miles to go!
Dave is 6 miles out from Mile 101 Checkpoint after leaving Central this morning at 10:00 with 11 dogs on the line. Woody joined Kirsten and Jen in the dog truck – sounds like his spirits had dropped a little. Dave and Mike Ellis left Central together so they could tackle Eagle Summit together. Trail reports say that it’s close to 30 degrees ABOVE at the top with some gusts of wind.
Dave should be at Mile 101 very soon – that’s 878 miles further down the trail, and the second to last checkpoint. Kirsten and Jen are waiting for the Gang at 101 and report beautiful blue skies!
Ninety six hours and 24 minutes after leaving Dawson City on February 13 at 3:04, Dave and the Gang rolled into Circle City this morning at 6:54 am. It’s over 300 miles from Dawson to Circle with the remote village of Eagle as the only checkpoint that is not handler supported.
“Dave and dogs looked great coming into Circle! Good timing too… 8.5 hrs/60 miles from Slavens. Grumpy has a bit of frostbite on his flank. Dave says he check it more when he gets to Central and if it hasn’t improved then he will drop him. When Dave came in to the firehall, chef Joe asked how he wanted his steak and eggs cooked. Being pampered now 🙂 also here biscuits and gravy and broccoli quiche. Dave immediately complimented Mike the main trail breaker for the nice trail coming in. It is rough with lots of zig zagging trying to find the smoothest path through the many miles of jumble ice but Dave said he’s seen worse. Dave came in in the dark so I’ll get some more pics when he wakes up and starts getting the dogs ready. New rule this year, when musher is by his team no handlers are allowed in dog parking area. That’s why we haven’t been able to get close-ups. More later…” – Jen
Mushers were required to take a 6 hour rest at their checkpoint of choice between Circle, Central, and Mile 101. Dave left Circle 6 hours and 15 minutes after arriving this morning in 9th place!