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Between our travels a few years ago I built this split-level tree deck for the grandkids.  The lower level is at 5' and the upper level is at 10'.  The lower level is built on the frame of what was the "Fort" - a playhouse for our kids I built in the 80's.  It was an enclosed house with windows, a door, and a trap door to "escape".  Unfortunately, spiders and wasps seemed to enjoy it too much so it had to go. 

Later I added some playthings - a slide, climbing rope, some swings, and a firemen's pole.  The kids wanted a zip-line to the swimming pool but I think that's a bit much. The stilt-like legs are strictly backup - the upper-deck is supported by sliding beams bolted to the trees and also supported by chains bolted to the trees.  The stilt-legs actually carry no weight at all.