Sarah Stirling | Outdoor Adventure Editor and Writer
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my story

People often ask how I got into writing, so here goes. I always knew what I wanted to do – see photo below! I also knew it wouldn’t be easy, so I worked hard to graduate with first-class honours in English Literature and Language and also wrote a local history book in the university holidays, which was published by WH Smith. Having a good degree and a book to my name really helped when I started pitching article ideas to outdoor and travel magazine editors. That was 2004. It took a few years to build up enough writing work: initially I taught skiing and climbing part-time at outdoor centres. Eventually, though, writing regular articles led to freelance editorial roles: I was Short Breaks Editor of Adventure Travel magazine and Gear Editor of The Outdoor Adventure Guide for several years before accepting a job as full-time Gear and Features Editor of UKClimbing and UKHillwalking, the UK’s most popular outdoor website, in 2009. In 2013, ready for a change (but also quite scared about making ends meet!) I moved to Chamonix and returned to freelancing. 

current work

Shortly after I left UKC, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) offered me a part-time job. I’ve been Assistant Editor of their magazine, Summit (the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine) and the BMC website for six years now. I’ve also been Editor of The Outdoor Adventure Guide, the summer sister of Fall-line Skiing magazine, for two years. The latter is a fun, very British take on camping, bushcraft and adventuring. Working freelance for both these titles allows me the freedom to take on other interesting writing and editing projects. I write for a range of publications including Lonely Planet books, the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, Fall-line Skiing and Outdoor Enthusiast. I moved to Snowdonia in 2016.

my services

I’m primarily an outdoor storyteller. I particularly enjoy exploring cultures and landscapes, delving into topical environmental issues, and bringing the work of inspiring people to light. Feel free to contact me if you are the commissioning editor of an outdoor magazine or a book company. Likewise, if you are a business looking for an editorial manager to produce a bookazine or book. A perfectionist editor and writer, I work hard to earn the testimonials you’ll see below. I occasionally take on copywriting and PR work, too – past clients include Inov8 (running gear brand), Jagged Globe (expedition company) and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

portfolio

travel articles

Inside the Scottish skiing renaissance

Secret trails of Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion

Exploring the Faroe Isles

features

As animal welfare charities campaign for down to be banned, I find out the facts behind the fluff

Once, Britain heaved with outdoor gear factories. What is still made here and is it any good?

Can you be both a good climber and a good mother? A gentle look at a sensitive topic

interviews

Danny MacAskill

Robert Macfarlane

Ant Middleton

testimonials

follow the journey

Follow me on outdoor challenges and adventures, such as swimming in 50 Snowdonian lakes or cycling the Carreterra Austral in Patagonia…

recent posts

some of my clients