I just started hunting from tree stands this year...previously I always used ground blinds/stands. I initially had my sights set on a ladder stand simply becuase of the convenience of being able to get up and down it quickly, especially in the dark, not having to worry about tree selection etc. Then a friend let me try his climbing stand for a hunt and I was sold on the climbers. They both have their pros and con's. With a climber you are highly mobile, no need to truck a ladder stand through the woods with all the straps and tie downs, you can set up and hunt on the fly and just about anywhere you can find a fairly straight tree without too many low hanging branches. You also don't have to worry about someone stealing it or sitting in your stand...just lock it to the tree or pack it out. I will admit getting up and down a self climber was a bit awkward at first but I went up and down it for the 5th time today and it was pretty easy...even for a 43 y/o like me. The only real drawback I see is if you happen to drop something from your stand...if you didn't pack a second release, set of gloves, etc, your SOL and climbing back down! The biggest challange I find (and its really not all that challenging where I'm at ) is finding that perfect tree in the right postion to hang a climber off of. Aside from the above, I have no regrets and purchased my friends climber (he has 3) the next day.