Sarah Stirling | Outdoor Adventure Editor and Writer
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what I do

I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for 15 years now. For half that time I’ve been Assistant Editor of the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine, Summit – I’m also Online News Editor of the associated website, thebmc.co.uk. These are part-time roles, which allows me the freedom to explore other interesting writing and editing projects. I scribble thoughts about the outdoors, adventure and travel for a range of publications including Lonely Planet books, the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, and magazines such as Fall-line Skiing, TGO and Outdoor Enthusiast. I’ve lived in an old miner’s cottage in Snowdonia since 2016.

what I offer

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.

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 2013 I moved to Chamonix, returned to freelancing, and was offered the part-time role with Summit magazine.

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?

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

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