Will Harlan

Author Articles

Blue Ridge Outdoors President Blake DeMaso Delivers Commencement Address at Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College won last year’s Top Adventure Schools Contest, and it has a well-earned reputation for being a leader in outdoor learning...

The Caster Semenya Saga

Recently, middle-distance runner Caster Semenya accused the International Association of Athletics Federations’ rules regarding testosterone suppression for female athletes as discriminatory. In response, a...

Rockets Over Cumberland? Hikers and Homeowners Endangered By Private Launch Pad Proposal

In the history of U.S. space flight, neither NASA nor the FAA have permitted a vertical launch over private homes or people directly downrange....

Rocky Fork Preview: Appalachia at its Finest

The 10,000-acre watershed is home to the region's cleanest water, rarest species, most secluded hiking and biking trails in the region, and a new state park. It also could be home to a controversial new RV park and road if park developers have their way. Two new resources provide new insights into this spectacular spot in Southern Appalachia.

BREAKING: Rescuers Search for Missing Hiker Near Roanoke

Paul Youmans, age 34, was last seen early on the morning of Monday, December 3, 2018 at his home in Roanoke.

30 Years of Giving: Warren Haynes, Merrell—and Doobe—Lend a Hand to Local Communities

Kent "Doobie" Doobrow forged a partnership between Warren Haynes, Merrell, and Habitat for Humanity that has helped build 35 homes and raise millions for charity.