Couple of years ago, asked to borrow my son's climbing stand and was politely told that I 'was too old
to be climbing trees'. While he was smiling when he said it, he was also serious about not wanting me
to be using a climber. Therefore, I promptly went out and bought my own......a Summit, but don't know
the exact model name.
Practiced a bit in my back yard and felt pretty comfortable with the climber so took it with me next
time I headed out. Found my tree, hooked everything up like we are supposed to, including using the
safety belt while climbing, and went up to about 16 feet. Got pretty well settled in, then it happened.
As I was trying to make a minor adjustment to the foot platform, it slipped loose and slid down the tree.
Shocked, I sat there for a minute wondering what would be my next move. Then I realized that I had
followed the instructions for using a climber and that I did have a tether cord attaching the two sections
of my climber. Took some fancy leg and foot work, but was able to bring the lower part back up the tree
far enough to get it into position.
Naturally, I promptly but carefully climbed back down and re-thought the whole situation.
Guess I was lucky that nothing serious happened that day (since I was hunting alone), but it also served
as a strong reminder that safety is the number one consideration when using any sort of elevated stand.
I've used that climber a good number of times since that first experience and have never had any
Maybe this little experience will help someone else avoid getting into trouble with their stand. Besides,
my son was partially correct.......I might not be too old to climb a tree, but I'm certainly too old to fall out of one.