adventure travel writer
Stand-up comics in the 1970s might have used differences between the sexes as a rich seam of comedy entertainment – but we live in more enlightened times now, surely?
Sarah Stirling has been running the quiet, ancient pathways of North Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion for years. OE persuaded her to share a few of her secret haunts. I’m feeling very torn, writing about my roots. Imagine a landscape of vibrant...
What will your climbing gear look like next year? Sarah Stirling reveals her top climbing products that will reinvent you as a lightweight, stylish climbing machine in 2016. OutDoor Friedrichshafen in Germany is the main European gear event of...
After the success of its Great Walks, New Zealand is launching Great Rides. On a pimped-down second-hand bike, Sarah Stirling investigates. Based out of a ramshackle garage in an unappealing suburb, Adventure Cycles was a far cry from Auckland’s trendy inner-city bike shops. Stripped bits of bike oozed from shelves and drawers…
You sometimes need tenacity to reach my ‘lift for life’ – and a dose of sneakiness helps too. Gleaming red gondolas speed to the mid-station of Chamonix’s biggest ski area. On peak-time powder mornings, however,...
Scotland’s best-known photographer first picked up a camera aged 23, and soon won an underwater photography competition. Recognising he had a talent, Colin sought tuition but was advised his photographs proved he didn’t need it....
Jon Griffith has carved out an icy niche: he’s the alpinist-slash-photographer who brings back beautiful, scary shots of alpine climbs for us to enjoy from the warmth of our armchairs. Sarah Stirling ventures behind the lens to find out what makes him tick.
Apart from whale-hunting and knitting awesome jumpers (think Danish hit TV series The Killing) the Faroese have pretty much kept out of the news. What do they do there, miles from anywhere, battered by some pretty rough weather? I packed my bag for a summer holiday with a difference.
Once, Britain ruled the outdoor world. Sarah Stirling charts the fall – and tentative rise – of gear that’s Made in Britain.
Driving along ribbons of green-edged country lane, I contemplated Carningli’s legend: spend a night up there and you’ll wake mad or a poet. Though Carningli has a fiery volcano-past, it’s only 347m-high. Just a hill. What could go wrong?
Below my ski tips, a narrow chute edged with spiky greywacke rock sheered away at a vertiginous angle. I shivered – it was August, mid-winter and a south-facing gully, so there was little sun. Everything is strangely topsy-turvy in the Southern Hemisphere.
“For me personally, and I think for many women, either you want to climb or you want to have a family. I don’t think many women can do both very well.” These are the words of American mountaineer Ellen Miller, one of only...
Last week, a climber discovered a box of precious gems in the Alps. But what other mountain treasures have been found… or are still lost?
Two of the world’s fastest mountaineers are planning ground-breaking Everest ascents. Sarah Stirling tries to catch up with Spanish mountain runner Kilian Jornet and Swiss speed climber Ueli Steck to ask: what drives them to live fast?
What outdoor gear trends are hot in the centre of European adventure? We sent a British ultrarunner who lives in Chamonix into the local shops to find out. The hunt begins inside the huge glass doors of Snell Sports, a local institution dating...
“This is lovely Sarah, really. Thank you so much for coming up trumps. It’s great – doesn’t need touching, and is beautiful… which of course is a joy for many, many reasons (!).” David Lintern, Editor of Outdoor Enthusiast magazine on my article about trail running in Pembrokeshire.
“Really pleased with the way we all worked at Friedrichshafen [Europe’s main outdoor gear trade show]. I think we have become a very well-oiled machine now when it comes to dealing with these things. A lot of that is thanks to your excellent planning pre-show, great work at the show and solid follow-up work.” Alan James, MD of UKClimbing. I became Assistant Editor in 2009, and was full-time Gear and Features Editor of UKClimbing and UKHillwalking from 2010 to 2013.
“Damn, you’re good! All looks spot on, cheers.” Alex Messenger on my work as Assistant Ed of BMC Summit magazine.
“How refreshing to see a bold, well-researched piece on a controversial subject. I was very impressed by the way you found a number of real-life case-studies and by the thoughtful way in which you put your argument across. There’s a great need for high-quality, thought-provoking pieces like this, so bravo.” Email from a reader about my article Mountaineering Mums.
“I’m really pleased with the way the piece has turned out. It’s a lovely article, so thank you.” Beautiful Britain magazine.
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article on Rutland, in the forthcoming issue of Beautiful Britain. (In case you’re wondering, I sub-edit each issue of the magazine as well as contributing to it) I know Rutland and south Leicestershire very well (was born there), and your piece brought back lots of memories. More than that, though, I found/find your style of writing, your ‘voice’ if you like, very engaging and a far cry from the general run-of-the-mill commissioned hack stuff. I can’t wait to read more.”
“This is fresh, it’s creative, it’s a whole new angle. It’s fantastic, I wouldn’t change a single word. I’m building a wonderful portfolio of magazine articles to show the non-PR believers in the office!” Rutland Cycling Centres on my PR work.