December 13, 2018

Musher Details

2017 Iditarod » Mushers » Michael Baker

Michael Baker

Bib Number: 61
Hometown: Willow, Alaska


Biography

Michael Baker, 31, was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. At the age of 20, he moved to Boise, Idaho to be near family. Pursuing his passion for culinary arts, Michael co-founded an artisanal donut shop and bakery in Boise, Idaho. He originally came to Alaska for a summer season in 2009 to learn the art of handling sled dogs. In May of 2014, he returned to Alaska with his sights set on a new goal; becoming a professional Dog Musher and one day racing in the Iditarod, a feat he accomplished in 2017. For the last five years he has spent summers working his way from Dog Handler to Base Operations Manager for Alaska Icefield Expeditions in Juneau, Alaska. During the winter Michael spends his days at 17th Dog/TMF training and racing. Among dog sledding and tending a handsome beard his hobbies are music, exploration, baking, fly fishing, donuts and cribbage. He is the father of an amazing young man, Siris Harlo Michael Baker, age 9.

Sponsors

Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours
Alaska Icefield Expeditions
17th-Dog/TMF
K2 Woodworking
Wool-X

Michael O’Machearley Custom Knives
Highs Adventure Kennel & Gear
Seiler & Associates, LLC
17th-Dog Booster Family


2017 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Fairbanks 3/06 12:58:00 16
Nenana 3/07 02:00:00 16 3/07 02:00:00 16 0h 0m 13h 2m 4.60 60
Manley 3/07 18:18:00 16 3/08 03:01:00 14 8h 43m 16h 18m 5.52 90
Tanana 3/08 14:42:00 14 3/08 22:45:00 14 8h 3m 11h 41m 5.65 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/09 23:48:00 14 3/10 05:54:00 14 6h 6m 25h 3m 4.75 ✔ 119
Galena 3/10 13:11:00 14 3/11 14:00:00 13 24h 49m 7h 17m 6.86 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/12 06:41:00 13 3/12 15:36:00 13 8h 55m 15h 41m 5.23 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/13 08:32:00 13 3/13 15:54:00 13 7h 22m 16h 56m 5.08 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/13 17:55:00 13 3/13 17:59:00 13 0h 4m 2h 1m 10.91 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/13 22:07:00 13 3/14 05:22:00 13 7h 15m 4h 8m 11.37 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 22:10:00 13 3/15 06:24:00 12 8h 14m 16h 48m 5.06 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/15 11:48:00 12 3/15 19:53:00 11 8h 5m 5h 24m 7.41 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/16 01:13:00 11 3/16 15:08:00 10 13h 55m 5h 20m 9.38 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 20:25:00 10 3/17 05:29:00 10 9h 4m 5h 17m 9.09 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/17 10:53:00 10 3/17 23:09:00 10 12h 16m 5h 24m 8.52 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/18 05:18:00 10 3/18 05:19:00 10 0h 1m 6h 9m 8.94 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/18 08:16:33 10 2h 57m 7.46 ✔ ✔ 22