The Dog Team Bios
The Dog Team
Sea Dog, Scurv E. Dawg, Lady Dog, Rad Dog, Burns
Scurv E. Dawg-Kurt Yessak, Executive Chef
Scurv E. Dawg grew up in Grand Rapids,
Minnesota. He had a fascination for Colorado at a young
age. When his brother moved out to Colorado, it afforded
Scurv E. Dawg an opportunity to move out as well. In 1981,
at the age of 19, he moved to Keystone and worked at the Keystone Resort
Lodge, which started his long career as a chef. As is common
in his profession, Scurv E. Dawg has moved around a considerable amount.
He has worked at the Aspen Country Inn, in Aspen, as an Executive Chef,
where he received a Four Star rating. The Hotel Colorado, in Glenwood
Springs as an Executive Sous Chef, Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge
as an Executive Sous Chef. As a line cook in Napa Valley at Domaine
Chandon, also at a Sheraton Resort in Prescott Arizona, as an Executive
Chef and the Hotel King Kamehameha in Hawaii, as a Sous Chef. He has also
had training as a Sushi Chef at Tahka Sushi in Aspen, With the addition
of many other resorts and towns, including Crested Butte, where he
met Cave Dog. Scurv E. Dawg is now going to move to Redstone, Colorado,
to take a position as Executive Sous Chef at the Redstone Inn.
Scurv E. Dawg first met Cave Dog in November of 1995
in the smoky upper pool rooms in the Talk of the Town in Crested
Butte. Cave Dog recently moved to the area and was still
homeless. Scurv E. Dawg gave Cave Dog a sofa to surf until
Cave Dog found his infamous cave in the forest. When
Cave Dog, came back to Colorado, in 1998, to scout out the Fourteeners
for a possible challenge, Scurv E. Dawg gave him a job as a prep cook
at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. Scurv E. Dawg was
able to manipulate Cave Dog's work schedule in such a way that he
could work fifteen hour days, freeing up long weekends to climb.
Scurv E. Dawg took off the entire summer of 2000 in
order to be Cave Dog's base camp manager during the training period.
He worked diligently at planning climbing and driving routes, as well as,
the coordination of the four vehicles. He was in charge of feeding
the support crew and making sure that Cave Dog always had the correct nutrition
and fluids for his extreme diet during the intense exercise. He and
Lady Dog were in charge of packing Cave Dog's small pack. In addition,
Scurv E. Dawg maintained order among the chaos of the Kennel.
Rad Dog-P.J. Keizer, MD
Rad Dog is Cave Dog's older brother.
They come from a close family of five kids based in Coos Bay,
Oregon. Day hikes, skiing, and travel are some of the favorite
pastimes for the Keizer household. Their parents gave them
an appreciation for the exploration of different regions and cultures
at an early age. In addition, when Sea Dog was a small boy,
Rad Dog taught him how to swim.
After graduating from Marshfield High School in Coos
Bay, Oregon, in 1979, Rad Dog went on to earn a BS degree from
Notre Dame, in 1983. He continued his education with a Masters
in Radiation Health at Oregon State in 1986. After working
for several years in safety programs at nuclear plants, Rad Dog received
his doctorate in medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine,
in 1994. He did his residency training in radiology at UMKC, finishing
in 1998. Cave Dog joined up with Rad Dog in Kansas City in order to get
some high volume inner city EMT experience at MAST ambulance service.
Currently, Rad Dog is a radiologist at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay,
Rad Dog was in charge of all medical needs. He
was also the primary driver of the Kennel. Rad Dog put
the chaotic financial accounting to some order. In addition,
he took charge of vehicle maintenance of the four vehicles and the
Sea Dog-Ross Workhoven, Sea Kayak Guide
Sea Dog and Cave Dog have been
friends ever since Sea Dog moved next door to Cave Dog when
they were both two years old in Coos Bay, Oregon. They were
often found mixed up in some shenanigans with the other neighbor
kids. Sometimes it seemed that they lived atop the tall pine
trees between their homes. In Junior High, they shared many
of the same classes. In addition, Sea Dog was instrumental
in helping Cave Dog in his many political campaigns to come.
By Junior year in high school, Sea Dog, Cave Dog, and Jason Goodson
began to pal around and the ties between the three of them would
be formed into a life long friendship.
After high school, Sea Dog went to College at Western
Oregon State for a year, and finished his Outdoor Education
Degree at Northland College in Wisconsin. Throughout his
college years, Sea Dog built upon his love for the wilderness.
He took jobs as a backcountry ranger in the Sky Lakes Wilderness,
guided in the Oregon Caves, and spent two months backpacking in Kenya.
However, it was in Wisconsin that Sea Dog found his true passion, sea
kayaking. Since that time he has been employed as a kayaking
guide in both Lake Superior and on the coast of Maine. Like Cave Dog,
Sea Dog is a constant wanderer, but he currently lives in Bar Harbor,
Maine. His love for the water has renewed his appreciation
for the outdoors.
During the Mighty Mountain Megamarathon, Sea Dog was
the primary driver of Myrtle. He was also in charge of
all electronics and photography.
Burns Dog-Eric Freeman, PhD
Burns Dog grew up in Severna Park,
Maryland. After graduating from Severn School, in 1990,
he attended Brown University. Burns Dog and Cave Dog were
placed in the same freshman unit, Unit 7. Together with the
other guys at the end of the hall, Burns Dog and Cave Dog created
an incredible friendship. This group of friends, at times, seeming
inseparable, continued to live as roommates for the entire four years
at college. This diverse group was always goofing around and learned
an incredible amount from each other. After college, Burns Dog
earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Michigan
in 1999. Since that time, he has been doing postdoctoral research
in Number Theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Although he could not be with the Dog Team for the whole
time, Burns Dog was the relief driver during the challenge,
which means he drove constantly. He was in charge of navigating
and spent some time figuring driving distances. Burns Dog
also became the main contact for the media.
Lady Dog-Tanya Dix, Manager
Lady Dog did not grow up in any particular
place. She has lived in Utah, Queensland, Australia, Greeley,
Colorado, and a short time in Oviedo, Spain. In 1991, she
moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon. After graduating from South
Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek, she went to Willamette University
where she earned a degree in Philosophy. It was at Willamette
University that she met Good Dog, a very close friend of Cave Dog.
In 1997, Lady Dog and Good Dog got married. In the fall of 1997,
they moved to Philadelphia where Lady Dog did postgraduate studies
in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. They currently
live in Eugene, Oregon.
In the intervening years, Cave Dog has gotten to know
Lady Dog not just through Good Dog but as friends in their own
right. Dog and LGoodady Dog have always extended an open home
to Cave Dog in his frequent visits to Oregon and they have done many
interesting excursions together.
Lady Dog was in charge of the website design and updates.
She was also the primary driver of the backup four wheel drive
vehicle. In addition, she helped Scurv E. Dawg with making
sure that nothing was amiss with Cave Dog's pack.
Cave Dog-Ted E. Keizer, Bum
Cave Dog grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon.
He graduated from Brown University in 1994 with degrees in Geology
Biology and Political Science. While at Brown, he was elected
Student Body President. He was also voted by his class to
lead their graduation procession. After college, Cave Dog
was tracked for a life in politics when he decided that he needed
to experience life before he could write and vote on laws.
So, he set out to do his own study of society, people, and nature.
Since that time he has visited all of the states, most of them multiple
times. He has lived and worked in ten states, Indian country,
the inner city, and the woods. Hot air balloon pilot, hotel accountant,
steel construction, shoveling snow off roofs, enumerator, moving
man, and ambulance driver are just a few of the means of employment
he has tried. His only restriction is that he never does the
same job twice. Being an outdoor enthusiast from an early age,
he has visited 135 National Park sites and hiked and climbed in 36
states. In addition, he did a 31 day solo in Glacier Park, Montana,
under winter conditions. He loves all forms of hiking from the
peaks to the canyons, from the swamps to the desert, from the
woods to the tundra. Most of all he loves the wildlife and the
During the record, Cave Dog climbed, and that is all.
The Kennel-Four Winds, Mobile Base Camp
The Kennel provided a mobile base
camp by which the Dog Team could cook, sleep, and shower. Besides
running over a fire hydrant, the Kennel performed marvelously.
Josephine-Wagoneer, Backup Four Wheel Drive
Josephine is Scurv E. Dawg's vehicle.
She provided a means for him and Cave Dog to gain access to
the trailheads during training. Unfortunately, she showed
many signs of the abuse they gave her throughout the summer.
She sprung three leaks in the radiator, broke a battery cable, shorted
the starter, wrapped a muffler and exhaust pipe around the rear axial,
sprung a leak in the oil pan, misaligned the shifting mechanism, vapor
locked, cracked a pinion joint, and jammed the fan guard into the fan,
breaking it. She had four flats including the loss of a retread
on the spare tire on the way to the tire shop to fix one of the flats.
Her spare tire wrack jammed twice locking the spare on her underbelly.
By the end of the summer, she got new bushings, fuel filter, electric fuel
pump, brakes, receiver, and distributor cap, just to name a few.
If it were not for Perro Negro's help she would have never survived the
summer. However, some of the difficulties arose from the negligence
of the people around her, such as running out of gas, a lock out, even
the state mistyped her title. At one point, she spent five days
up South Colony recharging equipment until she needed a jump herself.
All and all, she handled the tremendous abuse well. She has had
so much replaced on her that today she seems almost a new car.
During the record, Josephine provided a back up four
wheel drive vehicle and ran errands so that Myrtle and the Kennel
could stay with Cave Dog.
The Dog House-Myrtle, Wrangler, Primary Four Wheel Drive
All but a few of the trailheads are
up dirt or four wheel drive roads. Myrtle provided the
Dog Team with a reliable way to reach those trailheads. Besides
a dent in the passenger side fender, she managed wonderfully.
Wheezy, Quantum Syncro, Shuttle
Wheezy used to go by the name Louisey
until she got launched over a giant boulder up the Lead King
Basin. She really had no business being up there, but Cave
Dog was desperate to check out the Snowmass/Capitol traverse during
training and Josephine was in the shop. At one point all
four tires were suspended as she skidded down on her underbelly.
Her shifting rod was bent and Cave Dog drove her almost all the way
to Marble in reverse until it got too dark to see the cliffs.
Perro Negro once again came to the rescue and towed her to Marble, only
to have to return and tow again because AAA would not tow on County Road
3. The mechanics got her on the road again but she wailed and
groaned. Hence, she lost her Lou and became Wheezy.
During the M4, Wheezy
shuttled Burns Dog to work and back. She also provided
just one more option in case their were major car troubles.
The Lake Como road that gains access
to the Blanca Group, is often touted as the most technical jeep
road in Colorado. Much of the road is littered with loose
spherical rocks that slip out from under tires. Three spots
are so difficult that they have been called Jaws One, Jaws Two,
and Jaws Three. In recent years, Jaws Two and a Half has gotten
bad enough that people are beginning to feel it should gain full Jaws
status. Often times the only way up and down these sections is
by winch. None of the Dog Team had these kinds of technical four
wheel drive skills, so they used two ATVs to gain access to the trailhead.
After leaving off Cave Dog 3,000 feet below Little Bear, Rad Dog and
Burns Dog continued up to Lake Como only to have one of the ATVs breakdown.
The next day, Burns Dog had to come up the road again with the owner
to fix and fetch the wounded ATV.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
To gain access to the Eolus Group,
the Dog Team had to take the Silverton to Durango Scenic Train.
It left them off and picked them up right on the side of tracks
deep in the Needle Mountains.
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