about me

In brief

My first book (local history) was published in 2002. I graduated with a first-class English Literature and Language degree in 2003 and I’ve been a freelance writer and editor ever since. I specialise in adventure, writing a mix of investigative journalism pieces, travel features, interviews with inspiring athletes and outdoor kit reviews. I’ve been Assistant Editor of BMC Summit magazine for four years. The most widely circulated outdoor magazine in the UK, it plops through 88,700 letterboxes. I’m also Editor of the Outdoor Adventure Guide, the summery sister of Fall-line Skiing magazine. It’s a fun, very British take on adventuring. Check it out!

People often ask how I got into what I do, so here goes…

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  • 1987 Self-published my first book, The Family’s Adventures (pic right).
  • 1997 Work experience with an outdoor magazine revealed that having adventures and writing about it is an actual job. The grammar school careers advisor had not told me this…
  • 2001-3 Read English Literature and Language at university. Joined the rock climbing and horse riding clubs. Captained the ski race team. Fell in love with trail running. Wrote a local history book with a friend in the uni holidays, published by WHSmith. Scraped a first-class degree.
  • 2004-6 Wrote a few bike routes for a group of local magazines. Loved it, and my role rapidly grew to (freelance) Outdoor Activities Editor. Also taught at climbing and ski centres. Idyllic mix of indoor writing, outdoor teaching and inspiring people to love adventure sports.
  • 2006 Started helping out in the Fall-line Skiing, Document Snowboard and Outdoor Adventure Guide magazine offices, doing the jobs no-one else wanted to in return for outdoor gear. Went out to the European ski and snowboard tests, then edited mammoth gear guide bookazines. Offered job as Assistant Ed of Fall-line Skiing.
  • 2006-7 After some serious soul-searching, realised I wasn’t ready to be tied down to one office. Had a year out in New Zealand and Australia instead, armed with 74 kilos of outdoor gear. Travelled, surfed, climbed, ran, skied, rode horses. My favourite job out there was keeping top polo horses really fit…
  • 2007-8 Returned to the UK, and focussed on writing for national outdoor magazines. Edited ski and snowboard gear guides for Fall-line Skiing and Document Snowboard magazines again, and wrote a couple of outdoor guidebooks. Began offering PR and copywriting services to outdoor businesses like Rutland Cycling Centres, Cliffhanger Festival, Jagged Globe and inov-8 running shoes. Hired an assistant and bought a big desk.
  • 2008-10 These years were dominated by three freelance jobs: Assistant Editor of UKClimbing.com, the UK’s most popular outdoor website, Short Breaks Editor of Adventure Travel magazine and Gear Editor of The Outdoor Adventure Guide. I’d call in outdoor gear to test, take it on an adventure, then write it all up.
  • 2010-13 My role at UKClimbing.com developed, and I accepted a position as full-time Gear and Features Editor. These years were consumed by planning, writing, commissioning, editing, attending Europe’s key outdoor trade shows and building strong relationships with outdoor gear companies. I can now bore the pants off anyone by explaining the intricacies of their outdoor jacket lining.
  • 2013-16 It was time for a change. Moved to Chamonix and returned to freelancing. Became Assistant Editor of BMC Summit magazine and the BMC website. Bought a new big desk. A curved, French, chic one.
  • 2017- Moved back to Wales. As well as being Assistant Editor of Summit magazine and writing regular news and interviews for the BMC website, I’m now Editor of the Outdoor Adventure Guide and a Gear Editor at Fall-line Skiing magazine.

    Sarah