Many of you might recall a story a few years back about a young Idaho man who used a bicycle to power his tree house elevator.

The five year anniversary of Ethan Schlussler's bike-powered tree house elevator is approaching. In September of 2013, he made national headlines for his pedal-operated elevator. Schlussler, a Sandpoint native, was 22-years-old at the time.

The bicycle, which is connected to a pulley system, elevates visitors 28 feet to the impressive, wooden abode. Materials Schlussler used to build the contraption included his mother's bicycle and a chain from his snow blower. The elevator has a weight limit of approximately 500 pounds, according to

For me, this is the first time I've heard of a bicycle-powered tree house elevator, and I found this invention to be pretty cool.

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