Very nice, thanks for sharing it was nice to have a visual.Here’s a video I made a while back. I went back to sticks because the WE steps would sink into soft trees and get loose. If I tried to recam, it would just dig deeper. There was too much fiddling when it wasn’t the ideal hard tree.
I’m now using cut down helium sticks most of the time. Using a movable aider became annoying over time. I may look into adding a cable aider like LWCG came out with. It won’t flap in the wind, it’s not very visible, and should pack up easily.
Cool, thanks man, looks like I'll be in a you tube hole this evening. Lol. I'm super excited to get started and practice with it. Definitely gonna save me goin in 2 miles this falls, chasing mountain bucks.Here's an example of it. You can type it into youtube and there are several videos of them being used with the WE steps and other sticks.
I agree on the silencing, sounds like you have a killer setup!I have used lonewolf sticks and 2 WE steps a a perch for the last 3 seasons. It is light weight and fast. Whatever option you go with do something to silence it. Like stealth strips or something similar. Makes a huge difference for me on being quite.
Thanks! I got a set of 11 wild edge steps with the bag that I dont use anymore. TYD for $120. I can pm you pics if you are intrestedI agree on the silencing, sounds like you have a killer setup!
I just ordered Beast sticks, to get me started, still wanna get 5 to 7 WE steps for more options.
I like the sound of that, but my luck a squirrel would chew the string and I would be 2 miles in, on the mnt. With no way up the tree. That is definitely a way more lite wieght system though. I won't count it out.to climb i have preset strings in the trees to pull up my climbing rope. then i climb using 2 prusiks. no steps required for climbing.
Yea , I'm interested!Thanks! I got a set of 11 wild edge steps with the bag that I dont use anymore. TYD for $120. I can pm you pics if you are intrested
I guess that's one thing that is great about this , there is no right or wrong. Its all preference! I like the mobile aspect of it Al. Just trying to get some ideas.I used cut down hawk helium sticks with a knaider and swaider this past season. With 3 sticks I can get my platform right around 20 feet. I tried the wild edge steps but they were not for me
That sounds bad ass! I can see the benefits of that, thank you for sharing! Do you have 2 lineman's belts? What type of ascender are you running?Google arborist throw bag.
It's just a little bag filled with lead shot with string attached. I use 130# dacron bow fishing line. Throw the bag over suitable branch then you can pull the climbing rope up over the branch then girth hitch the trunk if the branch isn't a suitable anchor.
It's a great system when you have preset the strings.
There are limitations in that there might be multiple limbs to try and feed the throw bag through so that you can create a girth hitch with the rope later.
I guess if needed you could climb with sticks and pull up a string through difficult limbs then leave the string as a preset. Then you don't need the sticks from then on.
The other thing I do is have a long rope. Mine is 20m. This allows you to simply route the rope over a suitable branch or fork then anchor the rope at the base of the tree or any other suitable anchor nearby. This eliminates the need to girth hitch the branch or trunk and the associated need to retrieve the girth hitched rope. Simply pull the rope over with the string, anchor at the base, climb, hunt, descend, pull the string back over with the rope.
I use a rock climbing harness and a DIY saddle I made. I ascend/descend with a foot loop prusik and a prusik loop on the harness.That sounds bad ass! I can see the benefits of that, thank you for sharing! Do you have 2 lineman's belts? What type of ascender are you running?