Having a helping friend is always the best. Having someone on the groung who can pull up or lower the stand by rope helps tremendously. However. When I must hang them by myself I climb to the desired height of my stand then either find a strong limb a few feet above that or screw in a step at a steep angle and run a rope around it. I tie the rope to the stand and from the ground raise the stand a little higher than where i want it. Once there, i tie my other end of the rope to something that's not going ot move. A four wheeler, tree, truck, etc. I climb and hang my chain on the top of the stand and decline. Untie the rope and then your stand should be hung. All that's left to do is secure it to the tree. Pull down on it to make sure the slack is out, and put a rachet strap on the bottom platform, and around the tree. The lock on is locked. Probably not the safest way, just how I do it.