Gaby Pilson

Copy Editor, Ghostwriter, Technical Writer, Writer, Copywriter

Onward and Upward! Wilderness medicine instructor, climbing guide, polar adventurer, & expert mountain, travel, and personal finance writer

Gaby is a climbing guide, polar guide, and professional outdoor educator who does some part-time freelance writing work, specializing in the outdoor industry. She mainly writes informative articles, how-to articles, trail and location guides, product buying guides/reviews, and creative non-fiction​ pieces on various aspects of mountaineering history. She also specializes in travel, education, and science writing and loves working with clients to create the perfect content for their business needs.

She has extensive experience working as an outdoor educator and climbing guide with a wide range of clientele in a variety of locations around the world, including the Arctic and Antarctic, which gives her the ability to speak on a variety of topics in the outdoor industry from a position of knowledge and authority. Moreover, Gaby used to work in the outdoor retail world, so she has​ the knowledge necessary to discuss and analyze the finer technical points of a piece of gear in a way that's readily understandable by the general public.

As an experienced and qualified medical professional, Gaby also specializes in writing about various aspects of the medical field. With a strong background in urban and wilderness medicine and a documented history of teaching wilderness medicine courses, Gaby has the expertise necessary to explain a difficult medical concept to the general public. Gaby has written hundreds of published articles for various sources in the field of audiology, helping thousands of readers learn more about hearing health care. Additionally, she is an expert source for all topics in the field of wilderness and survival medicine.

Gaby is a candidate for a master's degree in Outdoor Education and a professional certificate in Business from Harvard Business School Online. Additionally, she has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a minor in Environmental Studies and is a candidate for membership as a Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) through the Wilderness Medical Society, so is well suited to write on a wide variety of topics.
Content Types
Article, Blog Post, Buyers Guide, Website Copy, Guide, Ebook, Product Description, Interview
More Information
The University of Edinburgh, MSc Outdoor Education
Hamilton College, BA Philosophy and Environmental Studies
HBX | Harvard Business School, CoRE
University of Washington, Professional Certificate in Editing
Location|Danish, German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

Featured Outdoor Writing

Melting Arctic Provides Path for Mike Horn (and ROAM Film Crew) to Achieve New Sailing Record to 85 Degrees North.

Article written about Mike Horn's historic sailing attempt to reach 85 degrees north before skiing to the North Pole.

September 12th, 2019
Female Hygiene While Backpacking: Everything You Need To Know

Guide to female hygiene while camping.

August 13th, 2019
Is Rock Climbing Dangerous?

Article about whether or not rock climbing is dangerous.

May 31st, 2019
How To Become An Outdoor Adventure Guide

Article on how to become an outdoor adventure guide. Written for Trail and Summit.

May 15th, 2019
Best Adventure Travel Companies (2019)

Ghostwritten article about the best adventure Travel Companies of 2019. Written for Mountain IQ.

March 8th, 2019
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Namesake: Pete's Farewell; Alpinist 59

Article written for Alpinist 59 in August 2017.

August 17th, 2017
Real Rock – An Urban Climbing Experience

Interview conducted, transcribed, and written for about a new buildering (building climbing) documentary film.

May 1st, 2019
Blog Post
A Beginner’s Guide to the Leave No Trace Principles

A guide to the seven principles of leave no trace for outdoor enthusiasts.

January 22nd, 2019
White Mountains (New Hampshire)

In-depth hiking guide to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for

April 18th, 2019
The Triple Crown of Hiking: Everything You Need to Know

Ghostwritten article about the triple crown of long-distance​ hiking. Includes detailed guides to the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
Climbing History

Article about the most important moments and events in mountaineering/climbing history.

May 4th, 2019

Buyers Guide
Best Crack Climbing Gloves

Buyer's guide to the best crack climbing gloves. Written for

August 15th, 2019
Is Rock Climbing A Sport

Article about whether or not climbing is a sport.

March 8th, 2019
25 Climbing Organisations You Should Know

Article about the 25 top climbing organisations that all climbers should know about.

May 31st, 2019
A Complete Guide To Climbing At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Article about the sport of climbing in the 2020 Olympic Games. Written for

April 18th, 2019
Contents of a climber's first aid kit: Preparing for the unexpected
March 4th, 2018
How To Backup A Rappel

Article about how to backup a rappel while rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, or canyoneering. Written for

December 7th, 2018
How to Build Your First Trad Climbing Rack

Article about how to create your first rack of climbing gear for rock climbing. Written for

October 18th, 2018
How to Belay When Rock Climbing

A guide to belaying while rock climbing for both top roping​ and lead climbing.

August 1st, 2019
Blog Post
Girth Hitching A Sling To Your Harness: Belay Loops vs Tie-in Points

Blog post providing technical information and how-to tips for new rock climbers on

May 20th, 2018
12 Awesome Types of Climbing You Really Should Know

An introduction to the various types of climbing, from rock climbing to alpinism and mountaineering.

January 2nd, 2019

Finance Blogs

What is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

Article about the earned income tax credit for US tax fillers.

September 18th, 2019
Credit Card Boot Camp: The Basics

Article about the basics of credit cards and personal finance.

September 15th, 2019
What is the Self Employment Tax?

Article about the self-employment tax and who needs to pay it.

September 16th, 2019
Do I need a business bank account if I’m self employed?

Article about whether or not you need a business bank account if you're self-employed.

September 16th, 2019
The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards of 2019

Article about the best travel reward credit cards of 2019.

September 16th, 2019
Essential Software for Freelancers

Article about the essential software that every freelancer should use.

September 16th, 2019
Self Employment 101: 5 Business Essentials

Article about the top five business essentials for new freelancers and small business owners

September 16th, 2019

Tough Girl Podcast

Tough Girl Podcast | Tough Girl Challenges

Article written about Adventure Athlete Hollie Woodhouse for Tough Girl Podcast's blog.

September 13th, 2019

Buyers Guide
The 7 Best Inflatable Kayaks: A Comprehensive Guide

Buyer's guide for the best inflatable kayaks. Written for

May 16th, 2019
13 of the Best Camping Games for the Outdoors

Article about the 13 best camping games for the outdoors. Written for

May 14th, 2019
Buyers Guide
The 7 Best Hiking Shoes: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

Ghostwritten buyers guide to the best hiking shoes. Written for

May 4th, 2019
Buyers Guide
Compact Binoculars Buying Guide

Buyers guide for compact binoculars written for

May 10th, 2019
The Best Rain Jackets for Hiking

Article about the best rain jackets for hiking. Written for

February 5th, 2019
34 of the Best Place to Camp in Texas

A detailed guide to 34 of the best places to car camp, backpack, and camp in Texas.

February 26th, 2019
How to Whittle: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Whittling

Article about how to whittle. Written for

March 12th, 2019
Types of Backpacks: A Comprehensive Guide

Article about the different kinds of backpacks for the outdoors and traveling. Written for

March 26th, 2019
Hiking the Wave in Arizona: Everything You Need to Know

Article about everything you need to know to hike The Wave in Arizona. Written for
Best Waterproof Socks Reviews

Article about the best waterproof socks for outdoor pursuits. Written for

April 16th, 2019
Types of Camping: The Ultimate Guide

Article about the different types of camping. Written for
North Face vs Patagonia: Who Makes the Better Outdoor Gear?

Article about the difference between The North Face and Patagonia for the outdoor recreationist. Written for

April 26th, 2019
The 7 Best Heated Jackets: Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

A product review of the seven best heated jackets on the market and a buyer's guide to heated jackets.

February 12th, 2019
Buyers Guide
North Face Back to Berkeley

Buyer's guide and in-depth review of The North Face Back to Berkeley winter hiking boot.
Polar fleece vs Microfleece

A detailed guide to the differences between polar fleece and microfleece from an outdoor enthusiast's perspective.

February 15th, 2019

Renting a Slip versus Trailering Your Boat | Everything You Need to Know

Ghostwritten article about whether or not you should rent a boat slip or trailer your boat.

September 4th, 2019
What is the Best River Anchor

Ghostwritten article about the best river anchors for boats.

August 30th, 2019
How to Repair a Fiberglass Boat Hull from the Outside

Ghostwritten article about how to repair a fiberglass boat hull.

August 28th, 2019
How to Get Your Boating License

Ghostwritten article about how to get your boating license.

August 26th, 2019

ABCs of Rock

Expert's Picks for Best Rock Climbing Gear List

The complete guide to climbing gear, from beginner to expert, written for ABC of Rock

August 27th, 2019
Buyers Guide
Best Climbing Ropes – { Top 10 } Climbing Ropes on the Market Review

Buyer's guide to climbing ropes written for ABCs of Rock

August 12th, 2019
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