- Feb 7, 2020
So this year I'm making the switch to a saddle, I'm wondering what everyone is using for a climbing method?
Hmmm, that's great information. I have a variety of trees here, but there could be a situation that , the tree you need to be in is this one and it could be a one with bark like you were saying.I tried WE steps half a dozen times this year. I went back to climbing sticks for a couple reasons.
- With sticks I only have to go around the tree 3-4 times (once per stick)
- WE steps don't do well with thick barked trees they loosen up and slide and I have a lot of those in my area.
- I seemed to make more noise with the WE steps.
I did use 2 WE steps for my perch a few times and that worked out alright. They are great for packability and weight savings. Some guys use the knaider and swaider technique and get 18ft in a tree with 4 steps. I tried it and it just wasn't for me.
I'm not familiar with and knaider/ swaider,I have the WE steps and the Perch. I use a 5 step Black Diamond Etrier as an aider. I'm going to reconsider using that for next season because when I was trying to climb up a not so straight tree, things got tricky with balancing each step I took. I might go with a knaider/swaider combo this year.
Thank you, I will look into this method, hoping to have everything by end of March or April and practice until season.Beast sticks most of the season but late season I did the one stick method with a Muddy Pro & single step aider. I’m really liking it so far, much less to carry. Like a lot of things it takes practice.