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Highland Profiles: Ian Beckner

I pulled up to Driftland Ski and Sport in Davis as I had many times before. The open sign always seems to be on, and owner Ian Beckner always seems to be inside.

Highland Outdoors, February 2018

What We Found in West Virginia’s Headwaters

My mind raced as I picked my way through a snowy rhododendron tunnel. It was late March, and I had just returned home to the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia from a 16-day assignment to explore the northern reaches of Chilean Patagonia.

National Geographic Blog, January 2018

In Defense of WV’s State Parks

It’s no secret that West Virginia’s state parks are struggling. The state park system is plagued by a $50 million maintenance backlog, and 2016 saw a round of layoffs and the shuttering of several state park pools.

Highland Outdoors, January 2018


Off the Beaten Path in Chile

RootsRated sent two wayfinding writers on the trip of a lifetime to explore the lesser-known wonders of Northern Patagonia.

RootsRated, February 2017

West Virginia Microplastics

Microsite created following participation in the Adventure Scientists Global Microplastics Initiative.

Dylan Jones Media, October 2017

Justice for West Virginia’s Cheat River

If Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, it could spell the end of stream restoration.

Rewire, October 2017


Rime & Reason

A few weeks ago, one of the seemingly continuous freeze-thaw cycles that have plagued yet another Mid-Atlantic winter passed through my home in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The skiing here has become as fleeting as the change…