Register  | Login
  Search

Buckmasters Forums

Don't like heights...
Last Post 03 Jan 2009 04:17 AM by gagle. 12 Replies.
Printer Friendly
Sort:
PrevPrev NextNext
You are not authorized to post a reply.
Author Messages
huntinginIN
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:9

--
29 Oct 2008 03:30 PM  
Ok, here's the deal.  I don't like heights.  Ok, frankly I am scared of heights.  I don't mind climbing in to a 15' ladder stand but climbing a tree to a hanging stand freaks me out.  My buddy is busting my chops not stop about this.  Does anyone have any suggestions for anything that can make you feel more comfortable hugging the tree and getting in to the stand.  I am fine once I get in to the stand but it is the climbing part that bugs me.  I know, I am a chicken $hit but I need to start using a cheaper and more portable stand.  
Thank you in advance for all of your help!
majthor
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:49

--
30 Oct 2008 01:45 PM  
If you are comfortable using a ladder stand, do so... There are plenty out there that are just as portable as a climber or hang-on stand... I do not know your hunting situation (public or private land), but you can scout and prepare your tree(s) early in the season and have a ladder set up in no time...

I have several climbers, but have gone to using Loggy Bayou Brush Ladder stands almost exclusively... I bought my first one new in the box on eBay for $35 plus shipping, but have seen them in the stores for $75... Two cheap shotgun slings and they are packable... They go together with quick clips and I can be sitting in the stand within 10 minutes of arrival at the tree...

If you are "stuck" on hang-on stands, buy packable ladder sections for accessing the stand... Sometimes, having the comfort of a ladder is all that will help... If you are using screw in steps, put plenty of them in close together, so you feel more comfortable as you climb and are not having to reach as far for the next step...
Bowfreak4life
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:14

--
02 Nov 2008 01:35 AM  
I know just what you are talking about. I climb ladders and walk on roofs all day every day, 20 30 feet up and that dont bother me, I climb 15 feet into a hang on stand and I can;t stop shaking. I went and bought a climbing stand, I can now go 20 feet up and feel safe a comfy. It was the best thing I got so far.
Schuyler County Whitetail population Reduction Specialist
Taipan
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:6

--
02 Nov 2008 02:52 AM  
I'm the opposite of bowfreak4life. When I first started painting houses in high school, being up 20+ feet on a ladder would scare the bejesus out of me. I attributed it more to the fear of having something fail with the ladder. Is it going to slide, am I going to slip? I was never tied in when I painted and I think that led to my fears being so strong then. But as with most things in life, the more you're exposed to it the more at ease you are.

But you should never let your guard down. Fear is an important part of staying alive. When you become complacent with your safety is when accidents occur most.

My suggestion: hit a rock climbing wall!

Heights have always bothered me to some deree. It's bizarre, because as a child I was always monkeying around up in a tree. Then as I became more of a ground creature, I found I didn't like seeing the ground from so far up.

When I was in college I heard about a position as a climbing instructor at a new climbing wall. I had never spent time on a wall, so the first day I was there "checking it out" I had to face the fear. Being 10-15' up isn't so bad. Being 30'+ off the ground with nothing but a piece of rope tied on will bring the fear out. My first climb to the top I couldn't help but cling to the rope on my decent. Yikes to say the least.

Long story short, the more I was up that high (I got the job and loved every minute of it) the better the view from the top became. By the end of year, I was climbing very high up the wall without a rope ( ~30'... very stupid when I look back at it).

Lets face it, we're ground creatures. It's natural to have a fear of heights. It makes us feel out of control of our surroundings. I recently went on a hot air balloon ride and it took me a good 5 minutes to get my thoughts together to relax and enjoy the experience.

If you can put in some time on a climbing wall, I truly believe you'll get past the fear of being up in a tree. But you have to face the music, and you have to make it a point to look down while you're high up.

It may also help you gain more trust in your safety equipment. That was a hurdle for me. But most importantly, it will help you build confidence in your grip and foot placement.

Plus, a little exercise on the wall may help your bow draw. It will certainly help your strength and endurance. It's one of the best forms up exercise I've ever engaged in.

And who doesn't like a good safe adrenaline rush!?

The more you expose yourself to it, the more it will become second nature.

Bring a friend (it's a good date activity for the single folk out there) and have a blast!
rebel deer hunter
Buckmaster
Buckmaster
Send Private Message
Posts:1020

--
02 Nov 2008 04:59 AM  
stay with the ladder stand
SOUTHERN PRIDE
paulie
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:63

--
05 Nov 2008 07:02 PM  
First off, tell your "buddy" to "shut the hell up"! Now as for problem, they do make a tether type rope for climbing in and out of the stand, go to www.cabelas.com, in the "archery" section look under "saftey restraints and harnesses". When hanging them, I use a "linesman" style belt, it allows me to have both hands free to perform the task at hand. Good luck in your endeavor, let us know how you do.
Whitetail Hunter
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:12

--
08 Nov 2008 04:07 PM  
Yep, I agree tell you buddy to drop it, as this is not an issue to make you do if your not comfortable climbing a tree.  Now after learning how to climb telephone poles I don't really have any issues with climbing into a stand.

Here are some things on this web page that can help you if you want them.

http://www.bowhunting.com/shopping/...-Gear.aspx

20 foot FallGuy Retractor will prevent you from hitting the ground even from a ladder stand should you slip and fall.  It will stop you very quickly I might add.
Live such a life so when you wake up in the morning, Satan shudders & says, "Oh no, they're awake!"
PINETREE
8 Point
8 Point
Send Private Message
Posts:415

--
12 Nov 2008 08:36 PM  
I AM SCARED OF HEIGHTS ALSO... BUT I FEEL SAFE IN MY SUMMIT STAND....AND I BOUGHT A SAFTEY VEST TO USE I THINK THAT IS GOING TO HELP......
MIKE EVERETT
corey14
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:7

--
25 Nov 2008 02:33 PM  
the sell shooting rails and skirts for lock on stands that makes me feel safe and wearing a safty belt also..... dont no if that will help.......



mississippi boy
rebel deer hunter
Buckmaster
Buckmaster
Send Private Message
Posts:1020

--
04 Dec 2008 01:45 AM  
ive never hunted a hanging treestand and personally dont think i ever will, because the ladder is on one side off the tree and the stand is on the other, ill stick with my one piece 15 ladder stand
SOUTHERN PRIDE
rebel deer hunter
Buckmaster
Buckmaster
Send Private Message
Posts:1020

--
04 Dec 2008 01:47 AM  
also they make small tripod stands like 6 foot, go with what ever your comfortable with, you dont want to be climbing a stand and be thinking the whole time "im going to fall", and get a saftey harness just in case the unexpected happens, I dont wear them thought
SOUTHERN PRIDE
ghost
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:10

--
27 Dec 2008 04:06 PM  
Another option no one has mentioned is still hunting from the ground. If you dont like stands , stay on the ground. You can kill deer from there,Its a little more work and the veiw is not as good but when it all comes together its awsome and you really feel like you acomlished something.
goose
Button Buck
Button Buck
Send Private Message
Posts:7

--
03 Jan 2009 04:17 AM  
I also am afraid of hights especially after construcktion accedent. I was contemplating on sticking with ground blinds, I use to enjoy tree triming up to my accedent. I tell you this to show how much I fear of hights. I started looking into different kinds of climbing stands. The one I really like is the" Tree lounge". Check there website out.  Very easy to carry and set up. On the other hand, if your comfortable with your latter stand stick with it. Dont let your friend give you to much %^&*.
You are not authorized to post a reply.

Active Forums 4.2
Google+ Buckmasters on Pinterest Follow Us On Instagram! Join Buckmasters Buckmasters on YouTube Follow Us On Twitter Buckmasters on Facebook!