This winter, burn wood. High Country News’ Ed Quillen writes about why.

Stay warm with wood. No, not that kind.

I have a fireplace that for the last two years has remained decorated with a Pottery Barn catalog candle display and an old window, chipped and worn, hanging across its opening. This winter, I plan on removing both items in favor of a warming, wood-fueled fire. Even though my wife hates the ash clean up, the time it takes to heat our cathedral living room and the fact that Al the Dog is afraid of it, I plan on keeping a few stacks of pinion on hand to fire up when we have our standard few weeks of true winter. (Yes, it gets cold enough here.)

Wood as heat is timeless and dependable. It’s soothing, brings us together and if your wood is collected appropriately, sustainable. High County News contributor Ed Quillen explains it best.

Make your own surf wax. But don’t go hunting for beeswax on your own.

Surf Sufficient- Organic Surf Wax from on Vimeo.

You probably won’t come across this Do It Yourself lesson on the Today show (and if you did, you couldn’t do it anyway because that would mean you watch morning shows) but thanks to, you now have a nice method for making your own surfwax, provided of course, you feel the need to. I’m not completely sold on the need to make your own but nevertheless, it seems pretty damn easy.

Sender Films’ First Ascent series sweeping outdoor film fests

It may seem like an odd juxtaposition, but I love movies about as much as I do the outdoors. So yeah, drive-ins pretty much rock. And speaking of films that rock, Sender Films has assembled a series of outdoor adventure films around climbing and mountaineering that appear to hit all the right themes with the all right people in the most challenging rock-and-ice-wilderness extremes. Each one looks as if it was shot with a true respect for its specific milieu by experienced outdoor film makers. Check it out the trailer above and order it here.