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post Mar 11 2012, 03:00 AM
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Back in the years when the Baker tree stand was popular, a buddy made a copy. I borrowed it as we both headed out for the evening hunt. First time I had ever used one but I had no porblem getting up the tree about 15 feet. Once in place, I decided I wanted to face a little one way or the other so I hugged the tree, shifted the stand to the side and next thing I knew I was sliding down the tree as the stand didn't grab. ohmy.gif blink.gif sad.gif I hugged the tree and just as quick I let go as my hide seemed to be peeling off. Rode it all the way to the ground. Buddy told me later he had heard the noise and knew what had happened. Live and learn. biggrin.gif


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post Mar 11 2012, 03:12 AM
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My 12 year old daughter wants a climber. Scared to death but i got to some time. I bet that hurt.
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post Mar 11 2012, 04:16 AM
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A few years ago I was hunting in a ladder stand and my dad was 100 yards away in a climber. As I was sitting there I heard a crash and I knew it was something metal so I put two and two together and realized it was my dad. Sure enough he called me to go over to help him, it was the platform of his stand that fell.


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post Mar 11 2012, 04:31 AM
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I fell out of a baker(widow maker) when I was about 21 scared me good but by Gods grace I wasn't hurt.
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post Mar 11 2012, 04:45 AM
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I've never had a stand malfunction yet, I'm gonna start using a lineman's rope while climbing up and climbing down along with my Hunter's Safety System. You can never be too careful!

QUOTE(dacoon @ Mar 10 2012, 10:12 PM) *

My 12 year old daughter wants a climber. Scared to death but i got to some time. I bet that hurt.


Climbers are actually way safer than most people think, the main reason so many people have accidents with them is because they don't tie the seat and platform together. If while climbing the platform slips, you can recover it instead of being stranded several feet up or worse.

Keeping it simple and playing it safe rarely gets you in a tight spot. Be sure to check out Summit when looking, they are in my opinion; the safest and most comfortable climbers on the market!


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post Mar 11 2012, 11:18 AM
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Be sure to check out Summit when looking, they are in my opinion; the safest and most comfortable climbers on the market!
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I have a Summit and agree. It is a stand up/sit down climber and easy for a, uh, 43 year old like me to use. laugh.gif After that Baker, I feel like I am in my Mama's arms. biggrin.gif


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post Mar 11 2012, 01:16 PM
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QUOTE(elkhuntfever @ Mar 10 2012, 09:00 PM) *

Back in the years when the Baker tree stand was popular, a buddy made a copy. I borrowed it as we both headed out for the evening hunt. First time I had ever used one but I had no porblem getting up the tree about 15 feet. Once in place, I decided I wanted to face a little one way or the other so I hugged the tree, shifted the stand to the side and next thing I knew I was sliding down the tree as the stand didn't grab. ohmy.gif blink.gif sad.gif I hugged the tree and just as quick I let go as my hide seemed to be peeling off. Rode it all the way to the ground. Buddy told me later he had heard the noise and knew what had happened. Live and learn. biggrin.gif



Those old Bakers were something else, you sure didn't want to put then on a tree with real hard or smooth bark. like a poplar tree, if you did, the odds of kissing the ground were real good.
my Brother in law went for a ride on one, i was lucky it never happened to me, But after it happened to him, i always carried a hammer and a couple of 4" barn nails with me, when i got up to where i wanted to be, i would put the nails in so it couldn't slide down.

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post Mar 11 2012, 05:57 PM
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I had a tree step break in half one time. I was younger and more agil, these days I would have probably fell. I climbed into someone else's hang on stand while rabbitt hunting. The stap broke and I hit the ground. Luckily I had 5 rabbits in my hunting vest and landed on them. It was about a 10 foot fall. Don't climb into random tree stand, lesson learned.


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post Mar 11 2012, 07:12 PM
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I don't even know why they sell climbers here in Kansas, the only straight trees here are telephone poles rolleyes.gif


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post Mar 11 2012, 07:41 PM
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They actually HAVE trees in Kansas? Every time I go through on the trip to Colorado I am lulled to sleep. Nothing but empty, gentle rolling plains. Wait, they did plants some wind generators now. : )


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