That does not sound ridiculous. Screwing in steps is very hard when your hanging in a tree. To help your step problem, I would just pre-pick your trees well before season begins. I am scouting and preping trees right now. You dont have to leave your steps in the tree, but when you set your trees early, you can just put your steps in the same holes. You should have a bunch of trees preped well before season. That is one of the best things about this great tool: you can have a ton of spots ready to go with one stand. I will have up to 50 spots cleared and ready to go well before season. I will never hunt that many different spots, but if one heats up, I am ready to go. Of course, not all these spots have steps in them, but the lanes are cleared and the tree is preped. I will shimmy up the tree, my buddy will clear lanes, then I will climb down taking the steps out as I decend. All I have to do then is put my steps in the same holes as when I preped the tree. I do this with secondary spots. I will have my primary spots ready to go with steps and all, but if they are not working out, I have a plan B. As far as roaming and picking a spot during season, do not do it the same day you want to hunt. Hunt a mounring stand you already have preped, then after your hunt, do some light scouting. What I mean by light, is dont go thrashing through bedding areas in season. If you see a spot you want to hunt, put your steps up and clear some lanes LIGHTLY. You do not want to clear too many lanes during season. Deer WILL notice!!!! Once that spot is preped, hunt it another day. Trying to scout, prep a spot, and hunt it all at once is very hard. It can be done, but it is much better to have your spots ready to go well before season. Get out now!!!! This is an awsome time to scout. Go through those bedding areas and spots you would not go to during season because you were afraid of bumping deer. I like to scout before green up because I can see all the previous years rut sign. That is what I am interested in. Not nessesarly huge runways(because most runways look huge this time of year), but BUCK sign. I want to know where them multiple scrape sights and big rubs are. Rut sign is perinnial unless the layout of the land changes. So if you find big scrapes and rubs, most likely they will be in the same area the following season.
As far as my pack and quiver: I use a catquiver by Rancho Safari, so my pack and quiver are one piece. you can google it if you dont know what I am talking about. I think mine is the Catquiver III. I like to shoot with my quiver off my bow. I have one hook on the left side of the tree for my bow(I am right handed) and I have one hook on the right side for my pack. My pack and quiver are one, so I dont have to worry about finding a place to put two seperate things. I wear a harness for my binoculars( that is why I dont wear the shoulder staps of the saddle, I just let em hang down). I have several buddies that dont use a catquiver, they just took a quikey quiver and zip tied it to their pack.
Hope this helps. Keep the questions comming.