Winter Tree Camping in South Dakota

Holy unique adventures! This trip was FREEDOM! I can honestly say that I have never walked around barefoot on a winter tree camping trip and I have never climbed an old wall of unknown age as if it was a stellar boulder route. I call the route “Naked Feet” and rate it V1.

I hope you enjoyed it!


11 thoughts on “Winter Tree Camping in South Dakota

  1. Love the videos! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Have you tried the Bat Hammock on the side of a cliff yet? Would love to hear how it does on a vertical wall.

    1. Wuw! You just made me realize I have not taken the Bat Hammock rock climbing yet! Next time I go rock climbing I will bring the hammock and post a short video.

  2. I have enjoyed your site and taken to heart all your meaning. It reminds me of the peace I found climbing almost 50 years ago in the mountains and in the trees in northern Jersey. It is a bit safer now with all the new equipment so Iā€™m learning the ropes. (so to speak) Having a great time sending my grandson up a tree attached to a harness with me on the other end not worrying about a fall. Now living in the mountains of Tennessee, very few mosquitos, but the lower branches are quite high on many big trees unless in open areas of the forest. Could you do something on tree selection and rope retrieval when you are using shorter ropes. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your passions as a family. You may have to eat an egg once in a while to get all your amino acids. Chris Hall

    1. I will add your suggestion to the list! And I appreciate you looking out for my health but it is very easy to get all 9 essential amino acids on a plant based diet. I know this because I was lucky enough to have married a nutritionist!

      1. Yup, but getting everything (all of the layers) setup in the winter is the hard part, haha. This winter I am going to try a bivy sac instead of the tarp. I think it will be a lot quiet, easier to manage, and warmer.

  3. Thinking you might have rope routing problems. Bought a couple survival blankest to make something up $12 each 83″x 59″ if you have any ideas. Working on the Lanyard rings because they put to much pressure on my abdomen and back. Figure I’ll incorporate a butt strap to help out. Found a lambs wool seat belt cover to use on the strap and used a nylon loop sling with a girth hitch so I didn’t have to have the knots and weaken the strap. May also use some castration bands to stabilize the rings. Work in a hospital lab and have spent a lot of time in the ER too. This is a great stress relief.

  4. Hi i am new to this stuff and would like to ask you something about your harness.
    To the best of my knowledge you are using a Petzl Sama, thing is you have those laynyard attachements like they are present in arborists harnesses and i would like to have that kind of attachement too when i am manovering in the tree canopy.

    so question is is there an easy way to achieve this with a run of the mill sport climbing harness and if so do you have a video on how to do this or any further info on where to learn it?

    And last question.
    I plan on sleeping in a tree in a hammock and there is something scary to being attached to a static rope with your harness in case that something breaks on the hammock itself leaving you with a shock load on a static rope that could from what i’ve read so far split your spine in your sleep (not a nice picture šŸ˜¦ )

    Would you therefore suggest using a dynamic rope for harness attachement while sleeping instead to be on the safer side or is this overdramatized shenanigans?


    1. fantastic question as I worry about shockloading at night too. I have considered using a short dynamic rope myself. Another idea is to use a Yates Screamer which is relatively cheap and light but the best way to prevent shockloading is simply sleep with the rope as tight as you comfortably can. the bigger issue is the swing into the tree if your hammock fails. You definitely have to keep that in mind.

      And, here is the harness mod:

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