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    A possible lightweight alternative to climbing sticks?

    Just a thought, but a rock climbing friend showed me this and I was wondering if you could apply it to bowhunting. It's 6.5 feet long, weighs 6 ounces, can fold up really small, and costs $45. It's called a Yates Big Wall Ladder.

    I'm thinking two of these would go real nice with a tree saddle for a quiet lightweight mobile setup. I could easily get 15 feet high with two of these rope ladders.

    My only question is what is the best way to use these to safely climb a tree? You'd have to somehow secure the top and bottom to the tree so it didn't move when you climbed it. Maybe a ratchet strap on the top and bottom, with a spacer to push the ladder out from the tree a couple of inches....



    Any ideas on how to make something like this work? Or am I completely nuts?
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    i wouldnt want to climb up or down that in the dark
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    Quote Originally Posted by frickpse View Post
    i wouldnt want to climb up or down that in the dark

    It seems no more dangerous than trying to climb down a Lone Wolf climbing stick in the dark. At least your feet are enclosed and can't slip off the tiny little foot peg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickpse View Post
    i wouldnt want to climb up or down that in the dark
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    Interesting! They definitely would be lightweight. But I agree with frickpse about trying to get my feet into those dancing loops in the dark wearing bulky boots (especially if the weather is nasty). Regarding attaching them to a tree, since they are non-rigid, you would already need a method of climbing the tree just to attach the upper portion of each section (thereby rendering obsolete the need for the rope ladder anyway).

    At $45 a pop (x2) your looking at about enough money to get a set of decent climbing sticks without having to engineer a method of using them that may/may not be efficient or safe.

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    I think these could work really well along with my tree saddle for a lightweight mobile setup. I want to get a mile or two back into the woods without working up a sweat.

    Since they are 6 feet long, I don't think you'd need to climb the tree to attach the strap around the top of the rope ladder. I'm 6 feet tall, so I'd be working at eye level. I think I'd just strap the top and bottom to the tree, climb up to the top rung (using a climbing harness of course) and then attach the next one and continue up six more feet.

    I think I could get up to 15 feet with two of them. The best part is I could carry my "climbing ladder" in my backback and it wouldn't take up much space or weight (less than one pound).

    They also make a 5 foot version that sells for $40. Maybe three 5 footers would be the ticket.

    I'm looking for something where I could hike a mile or two back into the big woods and hunt. Something even lighter and more mobile than Lone Wolf sticks....

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    Only one real way to find out, just have to go out and try it and see what you think.

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    you would not be able to get them tight against the tree or you won't be able to slip your foot into the stirrup so to speak. if they are lashed tight to a tree you would only be able to get the tip of your boot into the step part. very interesting idea though as i also pack in sometimes 5 or 6 miles and they would be very lighweight.

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