Sarah Stirling | Outdoor Adventure Editor and Writer
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what I do

Hello! I’ve been writing adventure stories for as long as I can remember (see image below!). When I graduated 15 years ago, I had a crazily naive hope that I could make a career out of it. Surprisingly, it worked. Titles I write for include The Observer, The Telegraph, Lonely Planet books, Fall-line Skiing magazine and BBC Countryfile magazine. I’ve been freelance Assistant Editor of the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine, Summit, and News Editor of the associated website, thebmc.co.uk, for the past eight years. The places I’ve lived chart my indecision between sea and mountains, and slow realisation that it was possible to have both: Pembrokeshire, Wales; Chamonix, France; Snowdonia, Wales and the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand. My favourite thing is hitting the road in my ’90s 4×4 van, Bruno, armed with trail running shoes, climbing kit, bikes, swimsuit, drawing pad and a happy sigh of books.

what I offer

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. 

how it all started

I’m often asked 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 wrote a local history book in the university holidays (pub. WHSmith), both of which really helped when I began pitching ideas to adventure magazines. Penning regular articles led to freelance editorial roles such as Short Breaks Editor of Adventure Travel magazine and Gear Editor of The Outdoor Adventure Guide, which gave me security, while still allowing me the freedom to explore other interesting writing opportunities. 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 returned to freelancing, and was offered my current part-time role as Assistant Editor of Summit magazine.

portfolio

TRAVEL ARTICLES

Inside the Scottish skiing revival

What is a Celtic Rainforest?

Swimming in Snowdonia in winter

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

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