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Teach me about climbing with sticks?

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Ok, so I got a Novix Echo.

Now I'm stick shopping.

There are places where I will be hunting that the trees look like a "telephone pole farm." Meaning, tall, bare(ish) trunks. I could lug my Summit climber in to those spots, I guess. That'd handle any height at which I care to sit.

For the Echo and sticks, I feel like I would be happy with a stick setup that I can use to get at least 15', with 18' being my ideal.

I've never used sticks, let alone an aider/swaider/etc.

Just looking for some ideas on what might do the job well for me... and how to use it to best effect.

I like the Tethrd Skeletor stick, but am open to ideas. I'd prefer to stay in the price range of the Skeletor if possible.

So...questions are:

-What's a decent mid-priced stick?


-How can I use that stick as safely as possible to reach to 15+ feet?

I do not want to set my stand higher than my top stick. I've seen youtube videos of guys doing that, and if it works for them, cool. I would prefer not to do that.
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Sticks are probably the most important piece of gear in your climbing method (safety) so don’t skimp too much. I’ve owned and used extensively lone wolf 3 step sticks, cut down to 2 step lone wolf sticks, LWCG sticks, and beast gear minis. The beast gear minis are the absolute best stick I’ve tried. You can get the ones not drilled with holes for a very good price.

About aiders - they are dangerous IME. I would never recommend someone use them at height. I cringe watching ppl using 2 and 3 step aiders 20 foot up a tree. I will and do use a single step 18” amsteel aider on my first stick.
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