Riding the cable across the river to Louie’s house

To get to my friend Louie’s house, you ride a cable 500 feet across a river. Here’s a short video of me walking down the road, climbing up to the 30′ high platform, attaching the bosun’s chair, and rolling across the river. On the other side there’s another platform and another cable to get back. It’s a thrill every time. Not for the faint hearted.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

8 Responses to Riding the cable across the river to Louie’s house

  1. Wheee!! looks like fun!!! I guess it's the woman in me, but I can't help wonder about bringing groceries home… if he carries them with (backpack?) and how much has dropped in the creek! : D

    His place and surroundings look beautiful and so peaceful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. H2: there are several bosun's chairs on each side of the river. Two platforms and two cables, one on each side. In fact when I go to Louie's for dinner, both of us cross the river, and only I come back (I sleep in his shop on the other side.)

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