The best way to do it for me was to use my Lone Wolf Hand Climber seat as a climbing foot platform; no sticks, no aiders, no additional platform needed. You just need a fairly clean tree. You can get around limbs by hanging from your rock harness but it takes a little effort. I even bought (generic) Stepp ladder steps and built an XOP seat lock-on platform (similar to the pic) with standoff brackets and Amsteel rope but I never use it. If anyone is interested I'll sell that stuff cheap.