Originally Posted by gfdeputy2
I too have the Summit Viper
I just raise the top section high enough to grab the bar, pull myself up on to the lower platform & slide down the upper section over me
no fumbling over the bar or making un necessary noise works great but I am smaller then the average man
Thats the same trick I use. And I'm a huge guy.
Practice at home or in the nearby woods with all your thick hunting clothes on too. It makes a big difference on how well the stand fits around you and how graceful you can or cannot be, lol.
Sometimes I'll bag up my bibs and jacket and climb without them on. Then once I'm situated, I'll haul up the bag and bow/gun.
Certain trees are more awkward than others due to the shape of the trunk, etc.