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Work portfolio

Sidetracked magazine


  • Sidetracked magazine: editor (2020–present; 2015–2020 as sub-editor). As editor, Alex is responsible for editing print stories, working with the rest of the team to select submissions, writing a range of material for both print and digital outlets, and working with brands to deliver sponsored content. He has also completed projects with an adventure component in the field, including Attitudes and Altitude (Montane and LEKI, 2022).
  • The Great Outdoors: feature writer and gear reviewer (2015–present; past roles include online editor, 2017–2019, and interim editor, 2019). With material published in most issues of the magazine for the past several years, Alex is currently mainly concerned with gear testing, skills advice, mapped walks, and the occasional story feature. Past responsibilities at TGO have included running the website and social media accounts, feature editing, magazine production and proofreading, managing the annual TGO Awards, delivering brand projects, and much more.
  • The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild: editor, Outdoor Focus member journal (2024–present). Editing the quarterly journal of the OWPG.
  • From 2014 to 2021 Alex worked as a freelance editor with a wide range of clients, including Vertebrate Publishing, gestalten, and Wanderlust magazine. He also edited books by authors including Andrew Terrill, John Burns, Keith Foskett, Mark Horrell, Graeme Harvey, Ellis J. Stewart, and others.
Without Alex’s tireless support and editorial expertise my books would never have come into existence.’ —John Burns, author


Alex has written dozens of features and other pieces for TGO, including major sponsored brand projects with clients including Montane, LEKI, Haglöfs, Craghoppers, Rab, and the John Muir Trust. He has also written and ghostwritten countless articles for Sidetracked. Other titles to have published Alex's work include, Mountain Pro magazine, On Landscape, and Trail.

'Your wordsmithing is bloody brilliant.' —Krystle Wright, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker

Alex's books:

  • Wanderlust British and Irish Isles (gestalten, September 2023)
  • Wanderlust Alps (gestalten, September 2021)
  • The Farthest Shore (Vertebrate Publishing, September 2021)
  • Wanderlust Europe (gestalten, September 2020)

Learn more about Alex's books here.

'Alex instinctively understands what a project needs, and shapes his participation to match that.' —Andrew Mazibrada, former editor, Sidetracked magazine

Gear reviews

An experienced outdoor gear reviewer, Alex has been on the gear-testing team for The Great Outdoors for a number of years, and has been a judge for the magazine's annual Gear Awards since 2017. He has also been a judge for the Outdoor Industries Association Awards and the OWPG Award for Technical Innovation.

'Alex's reviews are frankly best in class.' —David Lintern, commissioning editor, The Great Outdoors

Awards and commendations

  • 2022: Banff Mountain Book Competition. Finalist, Adventure Travel (The Farthest Shore, Vertebrate Publishing)
  • 2021: OWPG Award for Excellence. Winner, Digital Award (
  • 2021: The Great Outdoors Awards. Shortlisted, Outdoor Book of the Year (The Farthest Shore, Vertebrate Publishing)
  • 2019: OWPG Award for Excellence. Winner, Outdoor/Travel Feature ('Summits and Skylarks', TGO)

Images © Alex Roddie, James Roddie, Polly Pullar