Actively Northwest Writer
Jon Bell writes about the outdoors, fitness, health, and a range of other topics from his home in Lake Oswego, OR. He is also the author of "On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak."
Active Adventure: Spokane Offers Wintertime Fun for All
From skating and skiing to snowshoeing and even paddling, it’s easy and fun to get outside in Spokane all winter.
Wintertime Kayaking and Paddleboarding in the Northwest? Yes, Please!
Gone are the long days of blue sky and warm breezes, endless Cascade views and sunbathing along the shores of our lakes and rivers – at least until next summer. But just because the winter rains and chills have set in doesn’t mean you have to pack away your kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard for […]
An Intro to Snow Camping
Think camping season has to end with summer? Think again. Snow camping might sound frigid and dark at first pass, but there’s more to it than that: think no crowds, unreal – and practically untouched – alpine scenery and the chance to get out into the wild year-round, not just when the sun’s at its […]
How to Conquer Glade Skiing in the Northwest — Safely
Tips for skiing some of the Northwest’s best glade trails.
Cozy up–or Cook–by a Fire This Winter
Here in the Northwest, we’re fortunate to have relatively mild winters – at least when it comes to temperatures. But pile on our perennial darkness, clouds and drizzle and, well, winter feels every bit like real winter. One of the best ways to add a much-needed shot of light and warmth into the season? Fire. […]
5 Washington Late-Season Hikes to Do Before the Snow Falls
You’ve still got time! Here are some of our favorite late-season hikes in the Cascades.