That may be the best advice. I hated (oops, can't use that word here), didn't like my API when I first got it, because it felt like I was falling forward. By the time I reached 18-20ft, the stand was leaning way to far forward. You've got to overtighten it a bit when you start, then it will balance out the higher you get.... because tree's generally get skinnier the higher you go.
Couldn't have said it better :up: 1 other thing make sure to get about a 40 ft rope/cord to pull up your gear with and always tie one end of it to your climber. This will keep you from climbing up the tree and realizing both ends are still on the ground.Great advice so far. The skinny tree thing will serve you well as you learn to judge how much angle to give it when you first put it up.
Also, you will want to always have a Gerber (or some other brand) saw with you. There are any number of trees you can climb, but that saw, for small limbs, expands that number greatly. That thing with the tree and bone blade is in my backpack religously.
I'll echo another statement already made as well. Learn to get the distance between butt and feet right. Takes some adjustment but there is a fine line between comfortable and sleepy feet.
Finally, and this is maybe the most important other than a safety belt, TIE A ROPE BETWEEN the two halves. I'll not embarress myself more than to say that getting 20 ft. up and losing the bottom half down the tree 10ft. is a very, very uncomfortable situation.
That's about all I ever climb. Early season, especially if I dont want to saw a big branch, I bet I've hunted closer to 10ft. If you've got your wind right, and dont squirm you'll be fine.Whats an average height yall climb?? I'm not to keen of heights myself about 15ft-18ft if that hight is good with me!!! Fat boys and the ground don't mix to well!!!!