Foster Huntington is that friend-of-a-friend we all hear about. You know, the one that’s living one of those epic traveler success stories. In 2011, he quit his day job, laughed in the face of cliche and bought a VW bus, and started cruising around the country maintaining a photo blog of his adventures.

But after coining hashtags, publishing photo books, and putting eleventy-trillion miles on his van, he decided it was about time to settle in (and build himself a “big boy” treehouse cabin in the woods). So in the spring of last year, he rallied his buddies and decided to pull the trigger on the project.

Huntington first acquired a prime plot of land on the Washington side of the Washington/Oregon border, deep in the Columbia River Gorge:

Then, the project went through some rigorous planning. According to Outside Magazine, it was at this stage that some of Huntington’s more ambitious ideas (including a crow’s nest) were cut from the designs:

And with the plans all laid out, the crew began assembling and installing the framework for the two-part treehouse:

With the main platforms raised into position, Huntington and his team shifted gears to knock out the skate bowl:

And of course, the guys couldn’t resist giving it a good inaugural shred as soon as the concrete was dry:

After completing the skate bowl (which afforded the guys a regular respite from the labors of construction), the team returned to work on the treehouse lofts in the fall months:

And with winter fast approaching, that’s when things really started taking shape:

The cabins were functionally completed by the end of the fall season, providing Foster and the gang refuge from the Washingtonian winter:

And naturally, the hot tub they built in-tandem with the lofts helped with that whole “staving off the cold” thing:

By the following spring Foster Huntington’s epic treehouse/skatepark and hot tub were completed:

And this is what the finished cabins look like on the inside:

Be sure to check out Huntington’s full video chronicling the project (titled “The Cinder Cone”) below:

The Cinder Cone from Farm League on Vimeo.