TREEFOOL?

WHAT THE HECK IS THIS PLACE!?

TREEfool was built to help adventurists like yourself do crazy things. This website will be the inspiration that pushes recreational tree ascension and sustainability to a completely new level.

Sleeping 50 feet high in the canopy!

How much do you enjoy camping out in the woods? A WHOLE LOT!? I assume so. Well treecamping will turn your horizontal trip into a 360° adventure! For inspirational tree camping stories click the “BLOG” tab on the navigation bar or if you want to learn how to tree camp yourself click “-how to tree camp” under the “TUTORIALS” tab.

Like A Spiderweb Of Awesomeness

Who controls our ability to try new ideas? We do. TREEfool was built on the concept of trying new things even if the old things were perfect. This sets it apart from the traditional backpacking and climbing websites. Just look at the website’s progression since its conception to understand. TREEfool began as a focus on solo “alpine style” adventures with ultra light hammocks but has progressed over the years as a new form of backpacking and relaxing with friends on comfy portaledges while being mesmerized by the prairies of forest treetops below.

Climb something that lives!

When I am too busy for a multiday adventure I like to hike out in my local woods and find challenging climbing routes. Have you ever looked at a massive old tree and envisioned a line up the cracks and scars to the crown? Why haven’t you climbed it? Right now recreational tree climbing follows the techniques of professional arborists. Faceclimbing trees is unheard of because static lines and heavy harnesses still rule the tree climbing world. Click “-climbing gear and techniques” under the “TUTORIALS” tab if you are an inspired adventurist who is ready to climb something that lives.

Ascend into the sky!

Are you still wondering why my website is called TREEfool? The main reason is because I’m deeply obsessed with nature and I do a lot of stupid things to experience it from different dimensions. I know that you are in the same tree as me so this website will feature all of the latest environmental tips and sustainability stories to help us make Earth a healthier planet. I am constantly trying to be more sustainable and I hope that I can help you do the same. If it is foolish to think that one insignificant human can make a difference then I am a fool.

Me And My Beautiful Wife

Who is responsible for this silliness?
My name is Logan. I grew up on the endless prairies of SD but somehow found myself obsessed with climbing everything vertical. I started out as a rock and iceclimber but in my current state of MN I’m forced to drive at least two hours in any direction to rock climb. That’s why I started tree climbing and quickly fell in love with the feeling of climbing something that lives. I hope my website will inspire you to do the same thing. Oh, and I always welcome feedback. THANK YOU!

Why would you invest your time on this website?
I receive no money for my videos or this website. In fact, I f***ing hate advertising. People do not need to be told what they want by some company. If you see an ad on my website it is because I use a free web host and I have no control over it. (end of rant) I built this website because I want tree camping friends. I want to help others explore the vertical world and push camping to a whole new level. I see it this way: the more people who are obsessed with trees, the more people who will take a stand for the environment!

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35 thoughts on “TREEFOOL?

  1. Hey TreeFool,

    AWESOME SITE!!! I’ve been dreaming of tree camping for years. With little climbing experience, I didn’t know where to start. Thanks again for such a great resource!!! I can’t say I’ll attempt the climbs that you do but I feel like I can finally get started on a new adventure.

    RIGHT ON!

    JP

    • Great! I am so glad I could help! When you go on your adventure make sure to take some pictures because I would love to feature your trip report in my weekly post.

  2. Hey man I love all your videos. I was just scrolling through the ol YouTube and seen your video of your first portaledge and got hooked on the idea and at Christmas I got some climbing gear. Ive just been in my front yard practising on a little tree with what gear I have, and set up my hammock about 15′ up yesterday. Hope to see more stuff on here.

    Later man

    Dustin

  3. This is great! I’m an experienced hammock camper, DIY’er, and rock climber; and I just started climbing trees as an arborist. I would have never thought to actually try and climb the tree (rather than the rope), I can’t wait to give it a shot!

    I’m also in MN (St Paul). Do you have any recommendations on tree camping friendly places to try tree camping for the first time? I’m excited to explore this site, I expect it will inspire and answer many of my questions.

    Keep up the good fight!

    -Nick

    • Nick,

      You + Me + Our Hammocks + Tree Climbing Gear + Our Mad Skills = An EPIC Adventure

      Seriously, it is quite hard to find fellow adventurists with a solid background in all of those categories so we NEED to meet. I would love to show you my favorite secret spots but I am not giving them out online ;). I have multiple locations on the southwest side of the cities and one really awesome location on the southeast side. If you are accustomed to winter camping you should consider joining me on a short overnighter some time late February or early March.

      • That definitely sparks my interest. I’m still working on acquiring a personal set of gear to climb comfortably. Just need to get my hands on the right rope and an ascender and I should be set. I’m looking forward to your tutorial on adding life-support points for a lanyard on a rock harness. I did some sketchy climbing clipping everything into my belay loop, quite a mess!

        Working outside in the cold has killed my excitement for super cold weather winter camping, but I think once it warms up just a bit more I’d be up for an adventure!

        -Nick

      • YES! Thank you for the reminder to make the lanyard-loop harness add on video. I have gotten a lot of requests lately and had forgotten. That is moved to my top priority for the website… When it starts to warm up we will make plans. The best seasons for tree camping are spring and fall. No snow, and NO MOSQUITOES! Woot!

  4. Hi Logan, great site, lots of good info. I have been thinking about making my own portaledge and was looking up sewing machines. I see you use a brother ps1250 pacesetter. Just wondering if you find it adequate for the heavy nylon or if you use other machines too. I’d appreciate any thoughts you have on good seeing machines for this stuff. Thanks!

    • Heck no it isn’t adequate enough! Haha. But it gets the job done. There are so many times during my sewing projects where I truly hate my sewing machine because it limits my ability to sew threw multiple thick layers. But as far as making a portaledge goes you should be fine with a similar style machine. I have this machine because I stole it from my wife. I believe my sewing skills have finally surpassed hers and I am in dire need of a heftier sewing machine. Unfortunately I am very uneducated in this department and I am incapable of giving you any recommendations. I will have to do a lot of research myself before I find the right machine. Sorry I could not be of further assistance.

  5. Logan,
    I have loved hammock camping and would love to take it higher off the ground so I searched around and this is the most relevant sight I’ve found so far! I have limited climbing experience but I know how to use everything, and I see every video everywhere has the disclaimer “this is not to be taken seriously as a tutorial.” Anyway I guess my main question is, is there anything that can be taken seriously as far as a tutorial goes for starting climbing? To my knowledge, there’s no place in the next hundred miles that offers professional training so is there anything I can safely reference online?

    Thanks!
    Stephen.

    • This is a fantastic question! The online video tutorials are great for seeing specific ways to use gear. However, everyone includes a disclaimer because they know that their video only teaches a very small portion of the knowledge required to safely tree climb. If you do not have any local tree climbers or associations to learn from then I suggest buying a good book. Why? Because a book written to teach you how to tree climb will include EVERYTHING you need to know. If you are just searching for climbing tutorials online I guarantee that you will miss vital self-rescue techniques simply because you don’t know they exist (and so you didn’t know you should search for them). If you read a good book cover to cover you will not accidently miss any important topic because a book will include everything. I recommend visiting the treebuzzforums and inquiring about the best tree climbing books.

  6. Hi Logan,

    Your site is an amazing resourse. Thank you for taking the time to post both the instructional tutorials as well as footage of your own adventures. I’ve been hooked on the idea of trying to tree camp some giant sequoias (a multiday ascention) after seeing a TED talk about it. After seeing your videos I’ve come to the conclusion I’m probably not ready for something that involved, so thanks again for that (I’ve been known to do dumb things, heh).

    I’m roadtrippin’ right now on Vancouver Island in BC (I’m Canadian eh) and there’s lots of big trees which has re-inspired me and I ended up here. I’ll be heading back East through the States and I’ll be passin’ right through Minnesota probably in the second week in August-ish. Do you happen to be making any climbs? Alternatively I’d be happy to get you a pint in exchange for a few stories. I have some good ones too, I’ve hung off the CN Tower at 1500ft or so.

    I’m subscribed and will be sharing this resource.

    Take it higher,
    Joey

  7. Hey man! I have a few questions for you if you a sec. I just invested in a Portaledge and I have some basic questions about the best ways to set the anchor on a tree limb…

    • Congratulations on the portaledge! When I anchor my portaledge to the tree I either anchor to the main shaft or I anchor to a branch that looks like it can hold a semi (with plenty of buds and leaves to verify its health). I just carry a short length of 1″ tubular climbing webbing, tie an overhand on a bite with a foot of tail for safety (which essentially creates a waterknot), girth hitch it to the tree limb, then tie a second overhand on a bite to build a bomber anchor. I heard from a rescue guy that girth hitches are weaker than other knots but one of my old climbing books speaks highly of it so I use the girth hitch on a regular basis. Let me know what specific questions you have.

      Bonus tip: If you haven’t bought a rainfly yet sportsmansguide.com has some used military Goretex bivy sacks for $59.00. Then you aren’t screwed if you get caught in the rain. I plan to use my bivy sack (vs the tarp) on elcap next year.

  8. Logan,

    In making your double portaledge, what thread types did you use? I’m in the preparation of a similar project. I plan on using similar 420D fabric but I am unsure of the thread and needle qualities to use. Suggestions? Also, I am considering using top-rail (galvanized steel tube) fencing from Home depot. It appears to be the best cost-strength-weight ratio (albeit 1 3/8 in OD). I am planning on using a polymer or PVC corner pieces since shelling out $50 per corner is less than desirable. I welcome yours (and others) thoughts on any of these ideas. Thanks again for being willing to post and share so many of your creative (and enthusiastic) adventures and ideas. Public forum is good; personal email response is best. – Thanks!

    Jeffrey

    • I used an outdoor-grade nylon (or maybe polyester, sorry) thread from Joann Fabrics. My machine doesn’t feed thicker threads very well which is why I chose that size. Most of my seams were 4x stitched though. If you prefer heavier duty threads check out ParaGear.com for threads that are rated for use in climbing gear. I considered using galvanized steel tubes when building my first portaledge but after spending a total of about 10 hours (no joke) searching homedepot for potential corner pieces I finally gave up. I bought and tested a few different options but they were either too flimsy or the fit wasn’t tight enough which would have created a floppy portaledge. But if you think you found something, try it, and let me know how it works!

      P.S. I sent you an email detailing a portaledge frame I have for sale.

  9. I have been a hammock camper for about 5 years, and a Rock Climber for 25 years. I have never put the two together. It looks sooooo interesting and fun. I’m ONLY problem is I live in Colorado, and we mostly have Pine Trees and Aspens. Neither make for a good site. We have Cottonwood, Ash, and Japanese Elm, bit their mostly in the city. So, for the moment, I’ll camp vicariously through you.

    Keep getting High and See You In The Trees!
    Laochri

    • Trust me, I yearn for having quick access to the big mountains as much as you yearn for quick access to giant beautiful trees! I always love hearing from fellow rock climbers so thank you!

      ~Logan

  10. Hey Tree-Fool, you’ve got an awesome YouTube channel and WebSite. I am all about stealth camping, but I mainly stick to the water and the brush (ie: canoe camping). While the whole tree thing is certainly impressive and exciting, I’d be more afraid of people spotting your camp and taking the appropriate actions (ie: shooting you out of the tree). Yeah, I trust people much less than I trust animals. In fact, I never carry a firearm, bear spray, or even an air-horn, and have never had even one run-in with a wild furry, and I’ve been stealth camping for nearly 40 years. However, the highlight of my time on your sites was when I discovered that you and your lovely wife are vegans! That’s terrific. I’ve been vegan since 1989. You guys rock!

    • EPIC!!!!!! I am always so excited to meet a fellow vegan who loves camping in the outdoors as much as I do. I am even more impressed that you have been a vegan since before it was easy. These days there are so many vegan restaurants, faux meats, and vegan snacks that I never have any troubles shopping for food but I have heard that 20 years ago (when most Americans have never even heard of veganism) it was very difficult to live a plant-based lifestyle.

      Thanks for posting!

  11. Hi Logan

    I live in the New Forest in England, Europes most Ancient Forest. My daughers are Tree Climbing nuts, though they are only 6 and 8. I am getting worried at the heights they are now climbing without any gear apart from flip flops. They seem to have no fear!!!
    I myself am a very keen forager and a wannabe Mycologist, so am thinking that perhaps we could combine all these hobbies together as there are plenty of fungi up high in trees here in the Forest. Thank you for your excellent site, we will now start looking for the equipment we will need. Any Tips as what to buy first?

    • Awesome! I would love to adventure through an “ancient forest”…. When buying gear I recommend safety first so start off with a helmet. You can start with a simple SRT system or you could even climb with a blake’s hitch (this doesn’t require much gear so it is cheaper but very difficult IMO). There are tons of options!

  12. Hi Logan,

    I follow all your adventures with amazement and have just started doing my own tree climbing. I have been curious, you said you started the website with one hope being you could find some tree climbing friends. I’m curious if you found any throigh the Internet or through your daily life. It seems that recreational tree climbing isn’t super well known and most of my friends don’t even know what it is. Any advice on how to find people to tree camp/climb with :-). Thanks!

    • I have made three good friends through my YouTube videos but I think it is mostly due to luck ;). I can’t get any of my rock climbing friends to go tree climbing because they all think it sounds boring. I recommend you try joining a local backpacking or climbing group on meetup.com then start a discussion about tree climbing. You could also join VerticalCamping.com and post up your location in the “Trip Planning & Friend Locator” section. There are only 140 members on the forum right now but I hope it will continue to grow and make it easier for us to find fellow tree climbing partners.

  13. I would like to talk with you about any climbing/camping books that you have consulted in your experiences. Have you ever seen any sort of illustrated guides that you would recommend? Maybe a manga version of one? I am thinking of making one myself and wanted to know if you have come across anything yet.

  14. Treefool !!!

    Shug sent me your way!

    Huge fan btw, a lot of what I’m about to discuss is inspired by you… And it seems you’ve tried a lot of the things I’ve been thinking of… Including a webbing ladder.

    I guess that’s where I should begin. Having recently become engraved by hammock life… I want to take it to the next level. I want to go higher, yet somehow remain accessible without gear. (My goal height is approximately 10 ft.)

    My plan thus far is to attain a Petzl Zigzag and climb using that to hang my tarp and gathered end hammock system, as well as a 10mm climbing rope (which I will hang a 6.5 ft Tentsile webbing ladder from)

    Any thoughts or concerns would be much appreciated.. and although it most likely goes against your greatest advice, I’m not as much concerned with overnight safety (such as sleeping with a harness) as I’ve never had any problem of that sort in the past.

    Warmest regards,

    HammockHammy

    • The majority of hammockers have never had a hammock fail and drop them to the ground. And for the hammockers that were unfortunate enough to experience a hammock failure at least they were hanging next to the ground instead of at a height that could severely injure them. 10 feet is a long ways to drop without the suspension of your legs to break the fall. And the hardest part about hammocking at height is actually climbing into the hammock which is much more easily (and safely) accomplished if you have a harness to catch you should you loose your balance. If you have the harness with you you might as well sleep in it for extra safety.

      The petzl zigzag only works for Ddrt (as far as I am aware) and I have 0 experience with this style of climbing. It sounds like you want to do something similar to what I have been dreaming of doing except the arrival of my son has prevented me from testing it out. Basically, I want to camp at 10feet so that I can sleep without any fear of the night creatures (lol, as if Minnesota has anything that would hurt me) but yet 10 feet is still low enough that I would not have to bring any climbing gear so I could go super light and minimalist.

      I would love to here about your experiences if you end of going for it!

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