I know nothing beat a hang on stand if you leave the steps in or ladder stand for that matter, but if you are hunting game land you cant use screw steps .And I do have a set of climbing sticks but I think they are a little hard to but in a morning hunt in the dark , I fill that Iam going to fall as I install the sticks specialy the second and third , then again , going up and down to get the second and third climbing stick, I think is time consuming, and I think using a safety harness is pain while you install the stick specialy going up and down for the sticks .Thats why I use the lone wolf climbing stand. And if you can use screw in steps in your hunting area ,I think thats a pain too .Have you ever but a screwing step in the dark even if you aready have the hole prepared? I think thats hard and not safe, holding with one hand while you screw the step , no way!!! and if you use a safety hardnes while you climb dont you think it take time to install the steps. Please let me know how you guys do it and if theres a ease way to do it . I know its not a race, but getting in the tree stand as soon as possible and as quiet as possible is importand taking in cosideration safety. PS-- I do use a safety belt but I do it after Iam up , not going up or down.