About Rick Stedman

Rick Stedman is an avid snowshoer and golfer from Yakima, Washington.

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Turning on the Northern Lights in Fairbanks

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Snowshoeing under the Northern Lights, now that’s a memorable vacation. In the vicinity of Fairbanks, Alaska, the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are visible on average more than 200 days a year. Witnessing the Northern Lights clearly trumps any … Continue reading


Yaktrax Provide Stability on Snow, Ice

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For outdoor enthusiasts who spend a considerable time in snow country, a pair of Yaktrax are a good addition to your snowshoe equipment list.  Developed for walkers, runners, hikers, and other winter athletes, Yaktrax strap easily to the bottom of … Continue reading


Inspiring Good Read: A Life on the Edge

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Jim Whittaker has been atop the mountaineering community since becoming the first American to summit the world’s highest peak. In 1963, Jim became the 10th man to reach the 29,028-foot summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. He returned a … Continue reading


Disc Golf, a Growing Sport Throughout the Country

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Disc golf is one of the country's fastest growing sports. Formerly known as Frisbee, the first official course dates back to Pasadena, Calif. in 1975. Fast-forward 36 years and the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) counts more than 40,000 members and nearly 3,300 courses around the United States. Disc golf also has expanded to a worldwide community.


Celebrate the Solstice at Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon

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Alaska is a snowshoer's paradise. But during the off season, The Last Frontier features lots of other outdoor activities to draw visitors from around the globe. One of the most popular events – the Mayor's Marathon –  takes place in Anchorage, specifically on the Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 18 this year. The Marathon course is certified by USA Track and Field and finishers can use their results to qualify for the Boston Marathon.


For Local Residents, Snowshoeing Death Valley is Beyond Description

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California's Death Valley National Park is renowned for its searing summer heat. With the second highest recorded temperature on earth – 134 degrees back in 1913 – Death Valley averages 116 degrees during July. The largest American national park outside Alaska, Death Valley is a massive 3.3 million acres. In addition to its magnificent beauty and stunning landscape, Death Valley features dramatic elevation changes. The park's lowest point is 282 feet below sea level at Badwater Basin. From that vantage point, visitors can look up to see the Panamint Mountain Range and its often snowcapped highest point: Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet. From November through early March, this challenging terrain is a snowshoer's delight.


Customers are VIP at Yukon Charlie’s

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Yukon Charlie's is one of the premier snowshoe manufacturers in the country. A good deal of the company's success, since its inception 15 years ago, is its unwavering commitment to customer service. Most of that success can be traced to the fact that Yukon Charlie's is a family run company with strong family values.


Excelling at Customer Service: A Profile of Tubbs Snowshoes

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For the last 105 years, Tubbs Snowshoes has been breaking trail in snowshoe innovation. Started in 1906 by Walter Frederick Tubbs in Norway, Maine, the venerable snowshoe manufacturer began making snowshoes primarily as a service for hunters, traders, and trappers in the greater New England area. Back then, snowshoeing was not considered a sport or pleasurable outdoor activity, but rather used exclusively as a tool for winter travel.


Yellowstone Country: A Spiritual Snowshoeing Experience

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Snowshoeing in Yellowstone Country is a must for wintertime nature lovers. Families will especially appreciate the bonding atmosphere created throughout this serene setting in western Wyoming. The star of the show unquestionably is Old Faithful Geyser, which has fascinated visitors since it became the first geyser in the park to receive a name back in 1870.


Quaint Bavarian Village: Murnau Offers Perfect Setting for Holiday Snowshoeing

There's nothing more festive than combining snowshoeing with a visit to a traditional German Christmas market. Many cities throughout this western European country, of 82 million, feature a Christmas market – Christkindlmarkt or Weihnachtsmarkt in German. With more than 150 official Christmas markets throughout Germany, Christkindlmärkte are celebrated during the four weeks of Advent. Each offers their own distinct celebration of Christmas.


Snowshoeing Options Plentiful in Idaho’s Sun Valley

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For decades, Sun Valley, Idaho has been regarded as one of the best ski resorts in the world. In fact, it was the first recognized ski resort in the country, dating back to 1937. In addition to the ski-related activities, snowshoeing is also an enduring wintertime sport throughout Sun Valley.


Colorado’s Grand County Offers Plenty of Snowshoeing Options

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Many couples have discovered that a weekend snowshoeing adventure is more than just a fun outdoor activity. It can also be a time of bonding with your loved one. Imagine: The only sounds you hear are those of your snowshoes methodically crunching over the snow, and your heart keeping time with your step. A stop now and then lets you absorb all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer. It also gives you that time to rekindle the warmth with the person you love.

Newfoundland’s Gros Morne Offers Spectacular Snowshoeing

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Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland is a snowshoer's paradise. Canada's eastern-most province is home to this majestic park that received international recognition in 1987. Twenty years ago, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Gros Morne a World Heritage Site, honoring its complex geology and remarkable scenery. And it is that remarkable scenery that will remind you again and again how splendid this island province really is. If you prefer the solitude of winter and breathtaking terrain, a visit to Gros Morne is a must.

Snowshoe Thompson’s Legacy Lives On

Snowshoe Magazine
There are legends, and then there is John "Snowshoe" Thompson, who delivered mail in the rugged and snow-covered Sierra-Nevada Mountains in the dead of winter for 20 grueling years.

The Stick Relieves Tired, Aching Muscles

Snowshoe Magazine
Strolling the trade show floor for what seemed like hours at the recent PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas, I needed a break. Just then, I noticed an empty chair and the smiling face of Patrick Materna. I had picked the perfect place to stop, for Materna was demonstrating the benefits of The Stick.

Snowshoeing in Stehekin

Snowshoe Magazine
One of the most scenic and tranquil snowshoe settings in North America is a remote hamlet in central Washington. This Evergreen state oasis called Stehekin could easily be tabbed the Last Great Adventure.