Writer, photographer, editor.
- Missoula, Montana (Missoula, Montana Area)
- Writing and Editing
Aaron Teasdale's Overview
- Freelance writer and editor at Aaron Teasdale
- Photographer at Aaron Teasdale
- Photo Editor, Deputy Editor, Writer, Photographer at Adventure Cycling Association
- Photo Editor at Outside Missoula magazine
- Intern/Guest Editor/Contributing Editor at Bike and Powder magazines
- globetrotting vagabond at as many places as possible
Aaron Teasdale's Summary
I write and photograph for a variety of magazines and websites, specializing in first-person travel and adventure stories, often with conservation subplots. Sometimes my wife and two sons come along for the ride.
I edited and compiled magazines for years, which was a blast. May do that again some day.
Occasionally I do copywriting for like-minded clients seeking an authentic, spirited voice.
I'm also frequently hired as a photographer and donate images and time to conservation groups whenever possible.
Four little-known Aaron facts:
1) As a onetime music writer, I'm known for eclectic tastes and an encyclopedic knowledge of 80's and 90's hip-hop.
2) For one spectacular winter I worked as a skiing carnivore tracker in one of the most remote corners of Montana, living with my wife and two young boys in an old homestead cabin without electricity, phone, or running water.
3) I'm an avid birder and never backcountry ski, mountain bike, or saunter aimlessly through the woods without a pair of binoculars.
4) I was raised an urban Buddhist, with lots of time in Zendos during the formative years of American Buddhism. I left the city long ago, but will always strive to live simply and compassionately.
Aaron Teasdale's Skills & Expertise
- Feature Articles
- Travel Photography
- Image Editing
- Environmental writing and reporting
- Magazine cover design and spread layout
- Gear reviews
- Copy Editing
- Travel Writing
Aaron Teasdale's Experience
Freelance writer and editor
1998 – Present (16 years)
Currently contributor to Sierra, Mountain magazine, National Geographic Adventure, The Clymb, Sunset, Adventure Journal, British Columbia magazine, Explore, Adventure Cyclist, Standup Paddle, Montana Headwall, and Contributing Editor for Backcountry magazine.
Longtime former Contributing Editor for Bike magazine and Correspondent for Powder magazine.
Work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites including Audubon, Outside, Men's Journal, Mountain Gazette, Cars-R-Coffins, and more.
Copywriting for Montana Tourism, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and others.
2000 – Present (14 years)
Outdoor adventure, travel, lifestyle, and conservation photographer for print, online, and commercial clients.
Feature stories, photo essays, and images have appeared in over 100 publications around the globe. Cover images for Sierra, Adventure Cyclist, Standup Paddle, Montana Headwall, Outside Missoula, and a smattering of books.
Commercial clients include Patagonia, Osprey, Big Agnes, Madshus, Salsa, Adventure Cycling Association, Five Valleys Land Trust, Montana Tourism, and others.
Photo Editor, Deputy Editor, Writer, Photographer
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Leisure, Travel & Tourism industry
September 2005 – May 2010 (4 years 9 months)
Assign and edit stories for Adventure Cyclist magazine; choose images and design covers for magazine and gear catalogs; compile, select, and process images for AC magazine and various other Adventure Cycling publications; write and photograph feature stories.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Publishing industry
2005 – 2007 (2 years)
Aaron Teasdale's Honors and Awards
2013 Best Environmental Tourism Article, silver award, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism CompetitionSociety of American Travel Writers Foundation
- October 2013
My story for Sierra Magazine about standup paddleboarding B.C.'s endangered Great Bear Rainforest snared a Lowell Thomas, the top award in travel writing.
Story here: http://bit.ly/16EjYVv. Photo gallery here: http://smu.gs/161nZCJ
From the judges:
Sea lions with “air blasting from nostrils” are the sounds you first hear with Aaron Teasdale in “Sound Off,” a paddleboard journey into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. With surgical twists and turns that create danger, excitement and fun in this environmental adventure, Teasdale paddles on a standup 14-foot-long board across a 1,000-foot-deep ocean filled with sea creatures.
“Two centuries ago most of the seaboard from southern Alaska to northern California looked like this — mile after mile of rainforest-shrouded coast swarming with whales, salmon, bears and ancient trees,” writes Teasdale. “Today only a few pockets remain undisturbed.”
One is the sprawling Great Bear wilderness, and it is threatened, Teasdale tells us. Massive tankers would enter its waterways, which are prone to fierce storms, to transport oil from a pipeline proposed on the coast. The Sierra Club BC, the First Nations, including tribes living in the region, and other local environmental groups are battling the plan. They fear that an Exxon Valdez-style accident would destroy hundreds of miles of habitat and the livelihoods of many coastal communities.
It is a different noise that Teasdale describes later, resembling air escaping from a punctured hot-air balloon. “Everyone froze,” writes Teasdale. “Whales. Invisible, but clearly nearby.” In great detail, he shares the life in a day of a 40-ton beast — a humpback whale. We should all want to visit sea lions, humpback whales and other inhabitants in the Great Bear Rainforest. And we should all want to protect them. With skilled reporting and storytelling Teasdale earns the silver award.
2013 Excellence in Craft awards (seven)Outdoor Writer's Association of America
- June 2013
Winner of seven separate awards for writing and photography from the Outdoor Writer's Association of America's 2013 Excellence in Craft contest.
2012 Travel Journalist of the Year, bronze award, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism CompetitionSociety of American Travel Writers
The Lowell Thomas awards are the top awards in the travel writing world. In the words of the award judges:
The bike riding adventures of the Teasdale family make for big time reading in a series of remarkable stories about cycling through Montana, Canada and remote regions of Vietnam. Family outdoor vacations can make for dull copy, but not so with Aaron Teasdale. He knows how to spice up things with exciting encounters and detailed observations. In “Father Knows Quest,” Teasdale comes upon a grizzly bear while riding with his 11- and 7-year-old sons on a special-rigged three-seat mountain bike. “I grab the brake levers of our rolling 200-pound behemoth and, in a motion practiced countless times, whip bear spray out of my pack’s side pocket the instant my feet hit the ground. As the boys would later revel in telling friends and family members, ‘Then dad said the S-word!’” Well, it turns out that the grizzly was actually a small cub. However, Teasdale holds the tension as he looks around in near panic for the cub’s mother. It’s a heart-pounding narrative that is both concise and visual and you will want to read from start to finish. In “Flathead by Bike (with kids),” readers join Teasdale on another adventure, this time in “the last uninhabited major valley in southern British Columbia.” He describes the beauty of vast landscapes and the unromantic annoyances of traversing through wilderness. “We collapse into our sleeping bags that night, our bodies heavy with fatigue. Dense constellations of mosquito bites speckle our limbs. The wet trail has also left our shoes soaked, and my feet smell like rotting fish.” Lovers of air-conditioned hotel rooms, restaurants and museum tours may find it hard to go cycling in the great outdoors. But be warned — the wonderful storytelling narratives of Aaron Teasdale may entice you to do just that. For great writing, Teasdale bikes his way to the bronze in this year’s Grand Award category.
2012 Excellence in Craft awards (eight)Outdoor Writer's Association of America
Winner of eight separate awards for writing and photography from the Outdoor Writer's Association of America's 2012 Excellence in Craft contest.
2010 Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism and Photography
Winner for article about exploring British Columbia's Flathead Valley, "Return to the Wildest Valley." (http://issuu.com/digaaron/docs/return_to_the_wildest_valley).
Best Adventure Travel Article of 2008, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism CompetitionSociety of American Travel Writers
Winner of the gold Lowell Thomas award for the Best Adventure Travel Article of 2008 from the Society of American Travel Writers for "Across Maasai Land" (http://issuu.com/digaaron/docs/aarongoestoafrica).
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