Personally I don't want to sweat for 30 mintues to use a climber stand. the noise factor, I want to hunt right away and I am tired before I start hunting after all that climbing. The most effiecent method for me, a ladder made of aluminum, easy to care 4 pieces and the largest hang on stand made of aluminum i could find. Of course secure yourself to the tree with saftey line worth its weight in gold. If you fall you can get to your ladder easy. If you fall out of a climber well lesser chance. I weigh 270, had no problem with stand. If I want to move, I break down the ladder into 2 pieces no sweat to carry. Stand comes down with one strap and lower with saftey rope that I use to climb up with. Not to mention always secure yourself to the saftey rope going up and down. Fold out ladder stands, pain in the ass to set up by yourself. Watch this guys on tv, the use hang ons with adjustable ladders to get up. That takes care of limbs and twisted trees.