60 year old Yukon Quest rookie
My family, especially my wife
Current Residence: Vallbo, Germany
Occupation(s): IT Manager
Kennel Name: Porttikoski
Name Origination: The name comes from a very cozy cabin in a Finnish national park, the translation would be 'the door to the rapid' because it lies on a river with a rapid right at the front door
Kennel Bloodlines: Joe Garnie, Jeff King, Robert Sörlie etc
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 30
Musher Question & Answer
How many years have you been running dogs?
Tell us about your dogs?
Lille Hoa Hottentott has been my main leader for many years, he is a very special dog. We got him from friends in Norway and his brother was in Robert Sörlie's team for several years. My second main leader is Joda who I bought directly from Joe Garnie in Teller Alaska. Staying with Joe in rural Alaska for several days had a big positive impression on me.
How did you get started running dogs?
My wife wanted a dog, unfortunately it was a sled dog.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Being out in nature with a good team of friends on four legs.
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
After racing the Iditarod and the Finnmarkslopet 14 times I feel the need to fulfil the last great long distance race, the Yukon Quest, before I get too old.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
No music at all, I just enjoy the quietness of the trail
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We always choose the names from a special theme like the Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2017 - FL 1000 km - 12th; 2016 - FL 1000 km - 11th; 2015 FL 1000 km - 18th