I've only seen one mention of a safety harness in this thread. For your families sake, where one when you climb. I like my old gunslinger. A bit heavy for a long hike but the most comfortable I've ever owned
I have had several climbers. My current ones all have a shooting rail. I prefer to be enclosed. Use two pieces of rope to tie the bottom section to the top section so you can keep them close enough to reposition appropriately should one come loose and detach. Use the rope to keep the distance between the top and bottom sections of the stand within reaching distance for your feet while supporting yourweight on the rail.