Stephanie Pearson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Outside magazine. After earning her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she served on Outside‘s editorial staff for 12 years. Pearson has also logged many hours in the field. As the science writer for a team led by explorer Dan Buettner, she traveled across Australia and Latin America to help create a real-time, online curriculum for 50,000 secondary school students. From Mount Everest base camp she reported a successful summit bid by Canadian Jamie Clarke, American Scott Simper, and their Sherpa team.

Photo by Marcus Garcia

Pearson’s assignments have taken her to Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, South America, and throughout North America. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, Lonely Planet books,,, Travel +, and others. View her latest features here: Portfolio.

Pearson splits her time between northern Minnesota and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Recent Posts

Superiority Complex

Famously cold and frighteningly massive, Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world’s surface freshwater, holds the remains of 6,000 shipwrecks, and offers a lifetime of adventure. Stephanie Pearson sets out to circumnavigate America’s most overlooked playground. Photographs by Jen Judge

Outside, June 2017

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