Michael Baker, 29, Denver, CO

Michael began working as a dog handler for Gold Rush Dog Tours/Alaska Icefield Expeditions out of Juneau, AK in 2009. Michael joined forces with 17th -Dog in 2014, and has been Matthew’s right-hand man ever since; “He’s a tremendous help, a top-notch dog handler and musher, and I’m very happy he joined the team. I couldn’t do this without him” says Matthew.

Making the move North to pursue the sled dog lifestyle was a calculated move that Michael hopes will demonstrate to his beloved son, Siris, that through hard work and determination, dreams can come true and you can do anything you put your mind to. Michael hopes to move back to the lower 48 to be with Siris and eventually establish his own kennel. Michael is dedicating this rookie run to Nome to his son.

Michael loves spending time outdoors, fishing, hiking and running dogs. His other hobbies include cooking, baking, woodworking and music. Michael’s race history thus far has been in the Knik200, Copper Basin 300, Northern Lights 300, Denali Doubles and the Aurora 50/50. Michael will be running a puppy team out of 17th -Dog/TMF as a rookie in Iditarod 2017.


Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours

Alaska Icefield Expeditions

17th -Dog/Team Matthew Failor

K2 Woodworking


Michael O’Machearley Custom Knives

Highs Adventure Kennel & Gear

Seiler & Associates, LLC

17th -Dog Booster Family