Sarah Stirling | Outdoor Adventure Editor and Writer
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what I do

Hello! I’ve been a freelance adventure writer and editor for 16 years now. My work appears in magazines, newspapers, books and on websites. Titles I write for include: The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, Lonely Planet books, Outdoor Enthusiast magazine, Fall-line Skiing magazine and BBC Countryfile magazine. I’ve been assistant editor of the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine, Summit, and news editor of the associated website,, for eight years now. An old miner’s cottage in Snowdonia has been my home since 2016.

what I offer

I’m primarily an outdoor storyteller. I particularly enjoy exploring cultures and landscapes, delving into topical environmental issues and highlighting the lives of inspiring people. 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 projects, too – past clients include Inov8 (running gear brand) and Jagged Globe (expedition company).

how it all started

People often ask how I got into writing, so here goes. I always knew what I wanted to do – see photo above! I also knew it wouldn’t be easy, so I worked hard to graduate with a first-class degree in English Literature and Language and also wrote a local history book in the university holidays, which was published by WH Smith. These two things helped enormously when I began pitching ideas to adventure magazines. Writing regular articles led to freelance editorial roles such as Short Breaks Editor of Adventure Travel magazine and Gear Editor of The Outdoor Adventure Guide. In 2009 I accepted a full-time job as Gear and Features Editor of UKClimbing and UKHillwalking, the UK’s most popular outdoor website. In 2012 I moved to Chamonix, returned to freelancing, and was offered the part-time role with Summit magazine.



Inside the Scottish skiing revival

What is a Celtic Rainforest?

Swimming in Snowdonia in winter


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?

The history of British female climbers is one of rebels and disrupters, trailblazers and game-changers


Danny MacAskill

Robert Macfarlane

Ant Middleton


follow the journey

Click here to follow me on outdoor challenges and adventures, such as swimming in 100 Snowdonian lakes or biking Patagonia’s remote Carretera Austral.

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