Ok - so I am looking to get one. I have been looking at them for a while now online and in a few stores (Demos). I have a question (may be a dumb one) Does the platform somehow connect to the seat portion? I would think they would have to - in case the top or bottom falls while on the tree. Does anyone have some up close pictures of the climber on the tree? Sorry if it is a dumb question - I just havent been able to be sure in my research so far. Thanks.