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My new favourite climbing method. Total Cost is under $20 and fits in the palm of my hand.

Steve_Eh

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Hey Everyone, I hope you're all doing well. I just thought I'd share my new favourite climbing method.

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This is the fastest, lightest and most inexpensive way I've found to climb a tree on private land and you can fit it in the palm of your hand!
4 Treehopper bolts, a DIY aider and you’re good to go! You can do it with just two bolts but it’s a lot more comfortable with four.

A treehopper drill is quiet if you are going up a new tree during the season. If your prepping in the pre-season a cordless drill works great.

Total cost (without drill) is under $30 CDN/$20 USD.

If you wanted to splurge, replacing the DIY aider with one from Backwoods Mobile Gear (Mike's stuff is great) and it'll be a little smoother to use and easier to find the steps.

The aider I made and used here works well though and only cost me around $8 in materials.

Red Beard's Solo Scout video is what gave me the idea so a big shout out to him for posting his video on that method.

Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on how to improve this method.

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded, climbing trees is dangerous! You are taking your life in your hands. Be smart and make sure you and your gear are up to the challenge.
 

HuntNorthEast

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Hey Everyone, I hope you're all doing well. I just thought I'd share my new favourite climbing method.

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This is the fastest, lightest and most inexpensive way I've found to climb a tree on private land and you can fit it in the palm of your hand!
4 Treehopper bolts, a DIY aider and you’re good to go! You can do it with just two bolts but it’s a lot more comfortable with four.

A treehopper drill is quiet if you are going up a new tree during the season. If your prepping in the pre-season a cordless drill works great.

Total cost (without drill) is under $30 CDN/$20 USD.

If you wanted to splurge, replacing the DIY aider with one from Backwoods Mobile Gear (Mike's stuff is great) and it'll be a little smoother to use and easier to find the steps.

The aider I made and used here works well though and only cost me around $8 in materials.

Red Beard's Solo Scout video is what gave me the idea so a big shout out to him for posting his video on that method.

Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on how to improve this method.

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded, climbing trees is dangerous! You are taking your life in your hands. Be smart and make sure you and your gear are up to the challenge.
Gutshot! It's HuntNorthEast from IG! Knew I'd find ya on here!
 

kyler1945

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Keep that lineman’s belt above your hips or have 3 points of contact at all times brother - stay safe!

you may check out the couple other threads on here about using bolts and an aider to climb. I used it this season whenever I was able to utilize bolts. The key to stability with this is wrapping the aider across the front of the tree.No opportunity for kick out.

similar in weight, but much smoother and efficient.
 

Steve_Eh

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Keep that lineman’s belt above your hips or have 3 points of contact at all times brother - stay safe!

you may check out the couple other threads on here about using bolts and an aider to climb. I used it this season whenever I was able to utilize bolts. The key to stability with this is wrapping the aider across the front of the tree.No opportunity for kick out.

similar in weight, but much smoother and efficient.
Thanks! I will. Do you know which thread you’re referring to? I can’t quite picture in my head what you mean about the aider.
 

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Credit to @flinginairos
 

Steve_Eh

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Credit to @flinginairos
Thanks!
 

DanielB89

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Man, I pray you never fall. Those bolts are going to break skin and I pray it never happens.

I fell one time on a wild edge step, while using my lineman’s belt properly, and felt like it cracked a couple ribs.


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Steve_Eh

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Man, I pray you never fall. Those bolts are going to break skin and I pray it never happens.

I fell one time on a wild edge step, while using my lineman’s belt properly, and felt like it cracked a couple ribs.


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Ouch! Ya, definitely would not be fun. I half slipped off one of my preset sticks one icy morning and scratched/bruised the inside of my leg pretty good Slow and steady is the way to go.
 

kyler1945

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Man, I pray you never fall. Those bolts are going to break skin and I pray it never happens.

I fell one time on a wild edge step, while using my lineman’s belt properly, and felt like it cracked a couple ribs.


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If you wouldn’t mind - tell us about your fall. I’m sure we can all learn a little from it.
 

Robert loper

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Great idea but im faster with sticks and alot safer. I think people are really getting crazy and actually unsafe with a few of these climbing methods.
A little weight savings or any score antler is not worth dying or being crippled
 

Steve_Eh

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Great idea but im faster with sticks and alot safer. I think people are really getting crazy and actually unsafe with a few of these climbing methods.
A little weight savings or any score antler is not worth dying or being crippled
I totally agree safety has to be paramount when climbing. What sticks do you use?
 

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Unless you plan on rappelling, coming down in the dark the same way would be too risky for my liking.
Have you tried one sticking? Maybe a pound more weight but just as quick and simpler to use going down. And being you're hunting private I'm assuming you're not hiking in for miles that weight would be a major factor in choosing a climbing method.
Good luck and be safe.
 

bj139

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Man, I pray you never fall. Those bolts are going to break skin and I pray it never happens.

I fell one time on a wild edge step, while using my lineman’s belt properly, and felt like it cracked a couple ribs.


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I like to apply Murphy's Law. If something can happen, it will eventually. I can envision a gut job if you slipped off a bolt. I will not risk it myself.
 
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