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#2968290 - 10/04/12 09:30 AM Re: When using climbers [Re: .243win]
TheMMAn
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Here's a pretty slick solution for Summit users. I put a bungee for this on my stand last weekend, but have not had to use it yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N93PYwmfRXE&feature=related

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#2968296 - 10/04/12 09:41 AM Re: When using climbers [Re: TheMMAn]
Pursuit Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: TheMMAn
Here's a pretty slick solution for Summit users. I put a bungee for this on my stand last weekend, but have not had to use it yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N93PYwmfRXE&feature=related
I can see that it would work, but what happens if the stand somehow slips off your heels while you are adjusting it? You're screwed! It only takes a minute to climb back down and adjust it safely on the ground. For me, the litmus test is whether I would allow my son to do it and the answer is definitely no. In my younger (more invincible) years I would have done it in a heartbeat though.


Edited by Pursuit Hunter (10/04/12 09:42 AM)
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#2968321 - 10/04/12 10:02 AM Re: When using climbers [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
TheMMAn
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 Originally Posted By: Pursuit Hunter
 Originally Posted By: TheMMAn
Here's a pretty slick solution for Summit users. I put a bungee for this on my stand last weekend, but have not had to use it yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N93PYwmfRXE&feature=related
I can see that it would work, but what happens if the stand somehow slips off your heels while you are adjusting it? You're screwed! It only takes a minute to climb back down and adjust it safely on the ground. For me, the litmus test is whether I would allow my son to do it and the answer is definitely no. In my younger (more invincible) years I would have done it in a heartbeat though.


I thought about that as well. But i use the straps that secure the foot platform to the main climber, so i would use these to pull it back up. I have lost my foot climber a couple of times, and was able to get the foot platform back up. Of course, if the cable came out while pulling it back up, it would make things very interesting...

I'm thinking of adding a small strap across the toe of the foot climber, so that i can secure it to my feet before i pull the trigger, and won't have to worry about it slipping.

And also, i have my handy dandy home-made retriever hook, so i don't worry about being able to recover anything that hits the ground (except me, of course)

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#2968567 - 10/04/12 12:49 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: TheMMAn]
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I can adjust my summits cable easily and quietly on the way up if I need to. Kneel on your seat when adjusting the platform. Piece a ham:)

Edited by Mudbone (10/04/12 12:52 PM)
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#2968572 - 10/04/12 12:53 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: TheMMAn]
plinker22
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Start with it at steep angle.
Start with stand as high up the tree as you can pull yourself up into it.

Don't do some of the CRAZY things some of "us" do to adjust stand when at hunting elevation. \:\)
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#2968604 - 10/04/12 01:11 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: TNDeerGuy]
REM7
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
 Originally Posted By: jbow
Start with the stand at an extreme upward angle at the bottom. As you climb up you'll level out.


Yep! I've been in some trees that are so wide at the base that my climber is almost at a 60 degree angle.


that will do it

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#2968629 - 10/04/12 01:28 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: REM7]
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Nobody here is going to follow though on this suggestion, but here goes none the less: Get yourself a Etrier They are available in both grey and green, light weight, compact and are rated to 10Kn (2,248 lbf). Since I use rope on tree steps, I place my first step at head height and place a etrier on the first step. This saves me having to place two steps. It also lets me place a step on trees with exceptionally large girth as the base, which are common in the swamps of West TN.

I showed this system to a buddy who uses a climber and he immediately started using one as well. He girth hitches the Etrier to the front edge of the platform. This allows him to place his climber level on trees with large bases. It also allows him to bypass the base of the tree if it is too wide. He then climbs up the Etrier onto his platform.

Pictured is one placed on a screw in step in my backyard -not the best pic, but it will give you a good idea of how I quickly bypass the first 6 feet of any tree.

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#2968646 - 10/04/12 01:44 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: Poser]
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Thanks for posting this Poser. An Etrier is exactly what my buddy needs for some of his lock on stands. I will pass this along as we were just discussing some of his options the other day.
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#2968649 - 10/04/12 01:48 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: Andy S.]
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 Originally Posted By: Andy S.
Thanks for posting this Poser. An Etrier is exactly what my buddy needs for some of his lock on stands. I will pass this along as we were just discussing some of his options the other day.


They have them at Outdoor Inc in Memphis. Make sure to not get the Alpine models. Though lighter, they don't have the rigid steps and are hard to get your feet in when its dark or stepping down.
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#2968650 - 10/04/12 01:49 PM Re: When using climbers [Re: Poser]
Andy S.
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Cool beans man, thanks.
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