Dave Dalton

60 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Dalton Gang Members, Alaska Heli-Mush Tours (Juneau, AK), and Host Families: Lee Lowery (Fairbanks, AK) and Kitchen Family (Whitehorse, YT)

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

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
Most of the gang is back. Litter-mates Polar, Grizzly and Yogi will be second time around. Doc, Happy, Grumpy and Dopey will be their six race. Bobber and brother Spinner are back along with Caesar and Eris. Yukon and brother Yeti are back. Waylon is going and his brothers Willie and Hank Jr. are hoping to race this year.

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 improve over last year with a happy and healthy team.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Waylon and Willie

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Theme names from family, friends and puppy sponsors.

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 and the Veterinarian's Choice Award for finishing with all 14 dogs

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2017 10 12d 3h 33m
2016 11 10d 17h 48m
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

Messages to Mushers

Dear Dave, I appreciate your courage because I would not have survived the cold, the fatigue and being far from my family. Good luck, Sarah-Lou 10 years old
January 19, 2018
Hello i wish you win the yukon quest. You and your dogs are beautiful. your dogs have very cool names and good luck Nathan côté 11 yearsold
January 19, 2018
Hello Dave, I follow you since last Monday. I think you will finish first. Good luck!Louis-Pierre, eleven years old, Québec.
January 22, 2018
Hello Dave, I live in Stornoway. Stornoway is a little village in the east of Canada. I practice English. I am in grade 6. Good luck and good race. You are the best! Rémy Pépin 11 years old.
January 22, 2018
January 26, 2018
Good luck Dave hope you and pups have a safe race and a great finish.
January 29, 2018
Have a great race, Dave and Gang! Finish fast!!
February 02, 2018
win-win like the wind I am your master!!!
February 02, 2018
Stay warm stay strong...
February 08, 2018
Hope Dawson is nice and relaxing about another 12hrs and your off. See you in March!!
February 10, 2018