Sarah Stirling | Outdoor Adventure Editor and Writer
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what I do

Hello! I’ve been writing stories about exploring the outdoors for as long as I can remember (see image below!) and it’s been my full-time job for 20 years. See ‘How it all Started’ below. Titles I write for include The Observer, The Telegraph, Lonely Planet books, Dorling Kindersley books, and a range of British outdoor magazines. I’ve been freelance Assistant Editor of the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine, Summit, and News Editor of the associated website for 10 years. The places I’ve lived track my passion for water and mountains: an old farmhouse in Pembrokeshire, a rickety chalet high in the French Alps, a miner’s cottage in Snowdonia, a bush cabin on the Otago Peninsula, and currently a housebus in Wanaka. My book Rewild Your Life was published in April ’21. 

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. I would love to hear from you if you are the commissioning editor of an outdoor magazine or book company. 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, but also knew it wouldn’t be easy, so worked hard to graduate with a first-class degree and wrote a local history book during the university holidays. Having some sort of USPs to mark you out really helps when you start out pitching to magazines. To begin with, I also worked as a skiing and climbing instructor part-time. After a couple of years, penning regular articles had led to three freelance editorial roles: Short Breaks Editor of Adventure Travel magazine, Gear Editor of The Outdoor Adventure Guide and Gear Editor of UKClimbing and UKHillwalking, the UK’s most popular outdoor website. Having these regular gigs gave me the security to quit instructing, 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. In 2012, I returned to freelancing, and was offered my current part-time role as Assistant Editor of Summit magazine.


There’s more about me and how I got into adventure writing in this Summit magazine interview and this Why in the World podcast interview.



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 below to follow me on outdoor challenges and adventures, such as swimming in 100 Snowdonian lakes, biking Patagonia’s remote westernmost road, the 1200km Carretera Austral, or renovating a housebus. Instagram is essentially my blog, so there aren’t many posts in my website blog, below.

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some of my clients