Biography

I’m an editor, writer, author and photographer who specialises in mountaineering, adventure travel, hiking, nature and the environment. In my spare time I like to get soggy and cold on mountains.

I am editor of Sidetracked magazine, and contributing editor and writer for The Great Outdoors (TGO) magazine. I have also written for UKHillwalking.com, Mountain Pro, On Landscape, Trail, and other titles in the UK outdoor press. My books include Wanderlust Europe and Wanderlust Alps (gestalten) and The Farthest Shore (Vertebrate Publishing).

Many of the articles on this site are devoted to the wild places of Britain and Europe, and I have been an active backpacker, mountaineer and climber for over 18 years. My experience includes many years of hillwalking and climbing (summer and winter) in Scotland, Alpine mountaineering, and long-distance walking all over the UK and Europe. My long-distance trails include the Cape Wrath Trail (summer and winter), Tour of Monte Rosa, Pyrenean Haute Route, and many more.

An experienced outdoor gear reviewer, I regularly review clothing, shelters, footwear and equipment for TGO. I often help to judge the annual TGO Gear Awards.

See a portfolio of my published outdoor writing here, and more about my books here. See my editorial portfolio for more details about my current roles and clients.

Image © James Roddie Photography

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019: OWPG Award for Excellence (Outdoor/Travel Feature) for TGO piece ‘Summits and Skylarks’
  • 2021: OWPG Award for Excellence (Digital Award) for this website
  • 2021: The Farthest Shore shortlisted for TGO Outdoor Book of the Year

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