GF, the only thing I can say is I try to post my best thoughts and let the person asking the question make their decision based on all our respective inputs. My opinion, ladder stands are by far the most simple/fastest stand to put up and the safest stand to use. I have used climbers, fixed, sticks , home built ect, you name it and I've had it in a tree. Ladders are the way to go for me, age and physical condition factored in. The other reason ladders have to be used is I hunt big pines and hemlock trees that a climber wouldn't get 4' off the ground in due to the limbs. You are right on the mark about using a safety harness though.