Fred Marx

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Buried: Avalanche Search and Rescue Dog Training

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Today I was buried, alive, in snow.  Why you ask?  To get this image. This is an avalanche search and rescue dog from the Sundance Ski Area in Utah.  If you’ve never seen one work, it’s really interesting.  A mixture of work and play.  Dogs start early, with a favorite toy.  The toy becomes central to the dogs life.  Beginning with simple tug of war, then moving on to hide and seek.   Eventually hide and seek involves a person hiding with the toy.  After enough repetitions with the toy, the dog moves on to simply finding the person.  Working strictly by scent, under the direction of a dog handler, who is frequently the dogs owner,  the dog is able to cover large areas of disturbed snow pack in quest of a victim.  Finding the victim results in reward.  A well trained, experienced dog can locate a victim in a chaotic mess of scents and decoys very quickly.  This one had me located and uncovered in approximately 15 minutes.  Deer Valley Resort Hosted approximately 30 dogs of varying ages and skill levels in an all day series of burial and recovery exercises meant to test the abilities of both dog and handler.

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This is Hang Time.  This is Flying Inverted.  Without A Net.  This is Freestyle.  This is a teenager.  Sunday December 20 brought NorAm freestyle to Park City.  These kids want to be Olympians.  The NorAm circuit is where they start on the road to the big time.  The Big Time is exemplified by The VISA Freestyle International at Deer Valley in mid January 2010.  The NorAm circuit is top national athletes competing for a shot to go international.  At  this level one see’s all abillities, from the simplest flips to complex twisting maneuvers.  All of which are performed airborne without a net.  The cool part of NorAm is that one can walk right up to the jump and watch as these young men and women launch themselves skyward in hopes landing in the big time…..

Jumps are of varying sizes and the competitors start at different elevations on the in run.  This is based upon how much height and hang-time they require to complete the intended maneuver.  The small jump is only 4 or so feet tall, while the big launch pad is 15 or so.  The landing zone is inclined in such a manner that the jumper glides back to earth smoothly.  This assumes of course that all of the elements of the maneuver go according to plan.  Missing a landing is still a painful experience.

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December 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

Snow Crossed

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It appears that winter has decided to bless northern Utah with it’s presence.  Temperatures in the 20’s and a gray sky greeted racers for the final points race of the 2009 UTCX Series.  While many in the state struggled to simply drive their cars, these brave souls ventured forth in to the elements in search of double points and the chance to say, “Yes I race Cross, in all conditions.”  No fair weather racing here, no sir.  Ogden’s Fort Buenaventura Historic Park provided the venue. Ma Nature, the weather.  Participants, their own embrocation.

As the day progressed, the course became more and more trecherous, leading to many instances of this…..

In the end, The Church Of The Big Ring took home bragging rights as the top team for the 2009 season.  Bart Gillespie (MonaVie/Cannondale) holds on to his title as Cross King by a narrow 20 point margin over Ali Goulet (CotBR).  On the ladies side Erika Powers (Revolution Cycles/Peak Fasteners) carries off the honors of top female crosser.  Top honors go to the Utah Valley University Grill for their Double Cheese Burger.

Just for fun a short trip down by the river.

For a more complete look please step over here, to Pbase.


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Today is Sunday.  It’s chilly (all of 48º) here in La Jolla.  Since early morning is a good time to wander around without crowds of look-loos, it was time to walk along the beaches.  There are birds.


There are also seals.  These are controversial seals.  They took over a popular La Jolla beach many years ago.  Now some people think the seals should go, others feel they should stay.  Go, stay, I care not.  I like pictures of sea life.  Seals count.  On this beach there are signs.  Some signs are Official.  They say plainly; only signs with the San Diego City Seal are official signs.  The local Seal Protection Forces also have a sign.  It says in not so many words, Seals scare easily.  Watch the seals from the sidewalk or the breakwater.  Small print: stay off the beach.  Farther down the stair is the Official Sign, it has a City Seal on it.  It says plainly; This beach is open to the public.  Please respect the seals.  Harassment of sea mammals is a federal crime.  No loud noises please.  In fact both sets of signs ask for quiet.  As I decided where to shoot the following picture, I read all the signs.  I walked down the stair to sand level.  Apparently the Seal Watcher assumed I had not read the signs, and wanted to make sure I would not disturb his charges.  “Sir, sir, They scare easily” he reminded me. Shouting from the top of the stair……


I think this sums it up nicely.  Please note that no seals were harrassed, intimidated, or in any way disturbed by the making of these photos.  Not even by the yelling.  Telephoto lenses are a beautiful thing in these cases.  There are a couple more shots at Pbase.

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November 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

November Cross Round-Up (The Men’s Side)

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So here it is the end of November. The UTCX Series is winding up and winter may be arriving shortly. November brought us the Boulder Cup, Cutthroat Cross, and the Utah State Championship Races. The Boulder Cup introduced us to the joys of sand. Deep clinging sand.

Mike Kracht (Church Of The Big Ring) Mired In The Sands Of Boulder

During November we were shown that indeed bikes were in fact, made to be air-bourne.

Adam Snyder (Team Jamis) at The Boulder Cup

Bart Gilespie (MonaVie/Cannondale) at Wheeler Farm

In November we were introduced to a dominant force

Tim Johnson (CX World/Cannondale) NACT Series Leader at The Boulder Cup
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld) NACT Series Leader Wins The Boulder Cup

November also showed us some close fought titles….

Jeremy Collins (Body Sync Racing) Looks Back To See A Determined Chase From Nick Anderson For The UTCX Men's B Title

Jeremy Collins (Body Sync Racing) Checks On A Determined Nick Anderson In The UTCX Men's B Title Race

November brought many things.  Next, the ladies side.

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November 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm