I am partial to Lone Wolf stands... I am good friends with the origanal owner of the company. I also sell all of there stands on my website. I have and really like the hand climber. But there is a problem with climbing stands and mobility... I am definatly a mobile hunter. I rarly ever hunt the same tree twice in a season, but hunt almost every day of the season till I am tagged out.
I like the hand climber cause of how light it is, but find myself hunting for straight limbless trees more than for deer. Most big bucks that I shoot are shot within 200 yards of there bed, most much closer. The 166 1/8 inch public land buck I arrowed this year I watched get out of his bed 75 yards away and when I shot him at the base of my tree it was almost closing time. Another 50 yards and you would of been out of luck. The point is, I need to be able to get into the exact tree I need to be in. Big bucks usually bed near transitions and where cover meets like at transitions, straight limbless trees are rare.
So I use Lone Wolfs alpha hang-on stand with 4 or 5 sticks... Being that you have a fear of heights I would suggest 4. That will get you to about 18 feet if needed. The sticks convieniantly bungee to the back of the stand.