How to climb a tree using Tree Climbing Sticks
Climbing sticks make climbing effortless. Climbing sticks are especially designed to provide an easy way to climb up. They may be very useful for the beginners who may face difficulty in balancing themselves. In comparison to climbing ladders or tree ladders, climbing sticks are more portable and lightweight. The best climbing stick should be easy to strap, easy to fix and should have a sturdy construction.
Before using a stick, you need to assemble it and then strap it to the tree you aim to climb. With climbing sticks, you are strapping and climbing at the same time. The most convenient part is that you can set up the sticks exactly up to the height you want. Ladders can sometimes be hard to set and not be of enough length. Here are a few pro tips on how to climb a tree using Tree Climbing sticks:
- First things first-look for the right climbing stick: In case you don’t know, here are a few things you should look for in a climbing stick:
- How many sticks are available per package? And what is the length of each individual stick? This will eventually determine how much height you can climb up.
- The number of steps in each stick. Some sticks might have dual-fold steps.
- The kind of placement support provided by each step. Steps with traction are easy to step on. If your steps lack traction, then it is suggested to wear climbing spikes which will ensure a firm fix on each step.
- The durability of the stick. Are the bark biters adjustable? Adjustable bark biters can be fixed on a variety of trees.
- Get your straps ready: Some sticks come with an attached strap and some not. Straps can be purchased individually as well. Straps help in keeping individual sticks together. If your sticks are strapless then you would need to:
- Attach the carrying strap to the bottom stick that has clinch strap on it for holding the sticks together. It helps in easy climbing. You would not need to carry individual sticks as you climb up, the carrying strap would do the job for you. The carrying strap, therefore, should be snapped really tight.
- Loosen the strap up as far as it goes and wear it on your shoulder.
- Set the sticks: Walk to the tree you wish to climb with the sticks on your shoulder. Take one stick off the strap and fix it to the tree. Place your feet on the steps and align the other stick on the desired length and distance from the first.
- Keep on setting the sticks to the desired length: Keep on adding more sticks till you reach the desired height.
- Climb back: After you have set the sticks to the desired height, the next step would be to climb back. You can either unstrap the sticks simultaneously or unstrap them later (if you or your partner wants to climb again).