Pinterest head shot 160 x 160

Ted Alan Stedman

Freelance journalist and photographer

Location icon United States

I've worked as an independent writer/reporter/photographer for 25+ years. My work spans B2B covering outdoor recreation and environmental topics to general consumer publications focusing on travel, science, recreation and more. I've worked on-contract as a ski journalist for one of the nation's top 10 daily newspapers, as product and gear reviewer for numerous monthly publications, as well as a writer reporting on various aspects of domestic and international travel. My work also includes regular monthly columns in national print media, features in international news media such as BBC and CNN, plus countless stories and reported pieces filed from dozens of countries on six continents.


Active Pursuits

Sport Diver
Love Triangle

A three-peat journey to the U.S. Virgin Islands confirms that a diver's love is never lost

Luxury Magazine
Adventure Diving

Taking the Plunge Might be the Best Passport to the Greatest Show on Earth

Alaska Airlines Beyond
Denver by Pedal

Bikes are the Perfect Way to Explore the Mile High City

In the Lizard's Lair

Besides being home to a mythical reptile, Lizard Head Wilderness has some great hiking

Acura Style Magazine
Peak Season

This winter, plunge into powdery slopes and trek through snowy trails, then pamper yourself in alpine paradise

Optimum Wellness
Hike, Hike, Hut!

Colorado's mountain huts make backcountry adventures accessible -- all surprisingly comfortable -- year-round

Sport Diver
Small Wonders

Wild and wonderful, St. Vincent and the Grenadines isn't dubbed the "Critter Capital of the Caribbean" for nothing. And you'll have it practically to yourself.

Denver Life
Learning the Ropes

Canyoneering takes hiking to another level in Colorado's canyon country

Alaska Airlines Beyond
Skiing the West

Letting it fly in Crested Butte, Colorado

Sunset Magazine
It's Ski Town, USA

Colorado's Steamboat Springs is the ultimate snowy getaway

Acura Style Magazine
Adrenaline Rush

These sporty sojourns offer all the creature comforts you need to reward your efforts

Scuba Diving
Southwest Sizzle

Arizona's Lake Havasu offers 60 miles of shoreline to explore

Denver Life
Highest Ground

Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks offer goal-oriented exhilaration

Denver Life
Classic State

Traditional cross-country skiing is comfortable with its progress

Scuba Diving
Daredevil Dives

Creatures that will give you wicked thrills, and operators who will get you back in one piece.

Denver Life
Easy Riders

Snow bikes offer a fun alternative when it comes to shredding the slopes

Sport Diver
Scratching the Surface

A month-long diving expedition in the Philippines yields mating mandarin fish, a subterranean river black-out, sharks that decapitate -- and that's only the beginning


Alaska Airlines Beyond
Sophisticated Seoul

South Korea's Capital Harmonizes Past and Present

Lifestyle + Travel
Wild on Africa

A journey in southern Africa yields a montage of encounters with majestic wildlife and resolute villages where daily life continues as it has for century

Aaa Via
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Once home to Wyatt Earp and Calamity Jane, this town still exudes an Old West feel. This year, Magic City of the Plains celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Endless Vacation
A Natural Finnish

A summer jaunt in Finland exploring the country's dense forests, lakes and islands

Acura Style Magazine
Gourmet Getaways

Whoever said it's the journey and not the destination probably wasn't greeted on arrival with great food and company. Discover a magical gourmet getaway.

Denver Life
Some Like it Hot

Colorado's thermal springs are a can't-miss Rocky Mountain experience

Acura Style Magazine
A South African Odyssey

From wine tasting to spotting wild game, the "Rainbow Nation" offers diversity of many kinds

Acura Style Magazine
Wildlife Getaways

Getting up close and personal with some of America's most capricious creatures

Endless Vacation
Limin' on Nevis

On St. Kitts' languid little sister, the clocks are set to island time

Endless Vacation
Winter Wranglers

Ranchers and skiers take to the slopes for a celebration of winter in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Outside Magazine
Nomads Have More Fun

The coolest trips, trends, expert advice and best new places to get lost

Global Traveler
Tropical Breeze

Set an easy pace and explore the natural beauty of Belize

Global Traveler
Fire and Ice

From volcanoes to glaciers, nature has the upper hand in Iceland

Sunset Magazine
Front Range Foray

An autumn road trip offers a great taste of Colorado

Alaska Beyond Magazine
An East Africa Safari

Nairobi is the gateway to adventures in Kenya and Tanzania

Alaska Airlines Beyond
Breathtaking Belize

This eco-diverse Central American nation offers sea and land adventures

Acura Style Magazine
Africa in Style

Take a modern safari in South Africa

Islands Magazine
Vikings in Vogue

Course traditions mean Iceland's fiercest fighters are alive and well

Sunset Magazine
Summer on the Slopes

Soak in some sun -- and work up a sweat -- in Red River, New Mexico

AAA Traveler
Desert Wonder

White Sands National Monument is an otherworldly oasis in the New Mexico wilderness

Islands Magazine
Alone in the Wild

A serene Alaskan kayak trip can lead to a heart-stopping encounter with "The Bear Horrible"

Sunset Magazine
Name that Dune

It's a great Colorado autumn escape, and our newest National Park -- and you've probably never heard of it

Acura Style Magazine
Mythic Encounters

For a trip beyond compare, explore the many faces of Peru

AAA Traveler
Colorado Wellness

Wellness Comes Naturally for the Colorado Community of Steamboat Springs

Global Traveler
Lofty Pursuit

An ambitious trek hits the peaks and valleys of Peru's diverse geography

AAA World
Quebec, Au Naturel

Communing with nature comes easily in this land of forests, mountains, water and wildlife

Luxury Magazine
Swiss Grand E Tour

The Switch has been Flipped for the New E-Grand Tour in Switzerland

AAA World
Cities on the Side

For many Americans, smaller is better in this new age of travel

AAA Western Journey
Fabulous Fiji

A Journey to the Enchanting Archipelago Showcases the Many Forms of Warmth

Alaska Airlines Beyond
Mile-High Summer Fun

Exploring Denver's natural beauty and downtown renaissance

AAA World
Maritime Quest

Quebec's Maritime Lighthouse Trail is a beacon for travelers in search of natural history, diverse culture and abundant wildlife

Global Traveler
Primordial Splendor

Cast away to the Palawan Archipelago for a bounty of nature adventures

AAA Traveler
The Broadmoor

The historic "Grand Dame of the Rockies" is a renowned destination

NBC News
Searching for Elvis in Cozumel

The crashing Caribbean surf is serenading me with its rhythm; the humid ocean air immobilizes like a sodden straightjacket. Frivolous thoughts pour through my mind. Has it been a dozen, or maybe 15 times that I've found myself at this precise latitudinal coordinate, sitting on this exact barstool?

AAA Traveler
A South Pacific Tale

The Cook Islands are plush with Polynesian culture and natural beauty

Alaska Beyond Magazine
Bonaire, A Dutch Treat

Bonaire blends aquatic delights with Caribbean culture

Islands Magazine
Walking England

Crossing England one step at a time

Denver Life
Colorado's Hidden Escapes

These covert destinations boast thrilling adventure and endless entertainment without the crowds or clout of bigger mountain towns

Islands Magazine
Into the Light

On the darkest night in October, Ted Alan Stedman experiences India's favorite festival while on a Caribbean island much closer to home

Nature and Science

Luxury Magazine
Nature: Disappearing Lakes, Rising Seas

Climate change and human activity are destroying some of the world's most iconic lakes, while rising temperatures are causing coastal flooding worldwide

Luxury Magazine06/2019
Vanishing Act

Scientists have sounded the alarm that may of the world's coral reefs are dead or dying. While some healthy reefs still exist, the future is ominous

The US' surreal alien landscape

Hidden in the remote stretches of north-west New Mexico, the Bisti Badlands are one of the US' most surreal sites.

Summit Magazine
The Physics of Basketball

Everyone agrees that making a basket takes some degree of skill, but understanding the physics of basketball is another matter

Luxury Card | Save the Species, Save the World

In 2019, the Australian Koala Foundation declared koalas functionally extinct. Sad social media memes multiplied. Panic ensued. And then, a most important parsing of words. Not yet gone entirely the way of the dodo or the mammoth, koalas live on.

Undersea Journal
Do the Right Thing

Adopting and enshrining conservation measures is the new normal in the dive industry

Summit Magazine
Fooling Mother Nature

Plant scientists make a world-class investment in CU-Boulder's new greenhouse

A Tale of Two Islands

Frigid Iceland and tropical Hawaii couldn't be more different. Or could they?

Culture, Profiles

Denver Life
Taking it Outside

Colorado non-profits help soothe injuries with invigorating outdoor sports for the disabled

A moment of 'incomplete isolation'

Otherworldly. Dramatic. Stark. Surreal. Just so weird! Between gasps and quizzical stares, these are common refrains from first-time visitors at Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Truth is, these reactions carry a lot of cachet here.

Outdoors Magazine
A Life Worth Living

With the untimely death of Galen Rowell, mountaineering and photography lose their preeminent practitioner

Outdoors Magazine
The Mountain Biking Quandary

As Congress makes decisions on Roadless Areas, Mountain Bikers are going to be forced to choose between two evils: Lose Singletrack to Wilderness, or Lose Singletrack to Roads. Is there another way?

Summit Magazine
The View from Here

NASA executive launches leadership class in CU-Boulder business college

Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine
A Wolcott Winery Offers Wine Enthusiasts a Stomping Good Time

Want to be invited to the most exclusive wine event of the year? You'll have to join the club. Not a members-only golf club (we have plenty of those), but the winemaking club Vines at Vail at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, the valley's sole commercial winery.

Denver Life
Ninja Climber

Boulder sport climber aims high while teaching kids upward mobility

Denver Life
The XX Factor

Introduction of elite Woman's USA Pro Challenge division has female racers on a roll

Outdoors Magazine
The Business of Being Ed

It took mountains of money to be the first American to summit all of the world's 8,000-meter peaks. Here's how Steady Eddy raised the cast to stand on top.

Colorado Summit Magazine
Creative Classrooms

Like the artists it nurtures, the Breckenridge Arts District continues to blossom. Witness September's public coming-out party that previewed new venues in the town's ever-expanding creative campus, which occupies an entire block just east of the Riverwalk Performing Arts Center.

Facebook icon Linkedin icon Instagram icon Flickr icon Email icon