One Stick Climbing/Saddle hunting

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Just curious if there were any one stick climbers around, if so what has been your experience with it and what are you using? This will be my second year out of the saddle and first year one sticking. I’m using EWO’s ultimate one stick and a cruzr xc saddle. So far so good, but I’ve only got three climbs with it, getting faster and more comfortable with every climb. I’ll admit I giggled at the concept at first, but it’s like a buddy told me, don’t knock it till you try it. Definitely light and versatile.
 
I use a full length Hawke Helium stick and a Aero Kestrel Flex saddle. I like the added length to get more height out of each transition up the tree, and the little added weight doesn`t bother me. I don`t always one stick it, but in urban hunting I do it more and more.
 
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I use a full length Hawke Helium stick and a Aero Kestrel Flex saddle. I like the added length to get more height out of each transition up the tree, and the little added weight doesn`t bother me. I don`t always one stick it, but in urban hunting I do it more and more.
Are you using a cam cleat with it or versa button? Or something else?
 

Barron79

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I bought a Phantom saddle, ultimate one-stick from eastern outdoors and I’m rappelling down. I haven’t hunted out of it yet. I bought everything at the end of season last year. Been climbing all of off season. I’m ready to hunt. My whole setup is under 7lbs so it’s like a dream for a mountain hunter.
 
I bought a Phantom saddle, ultimate one-stick from eastern outdoors and I’m rappelling down. I haven’t hunted out of it yet. I bought everything at the end of season last year. Been climbing all of off season. I’m ready to hunt. My whole setup is under 7lbs so it’s like a dream for a mountain hunter.
Interesting. What are you doing to retrieve your rope once you rappel down? I'm also looking at the Phantom so what are your thoughts?
 

Barron79

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I hook a carabiner with 40’ of dynaglide string behind my knot then when I rappel down just pull the dynaglide to loosen the loop on the tree. If no limbs it will simply fall to the ground. If limbs you just keep pulling and it pulls the rope all the way through and drops. It’s my first saddle so I can’t compare it to any others but I love it. It’s easy to adjust and super light. My stick is where it’s at though. Super lightweight and I had @Dano sew in a 3 step aider so I can go 6’6” every move. Best tool I have bought for hunting in a long time.
 

Gut_Pile

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I hook a carabiner with 40’ of dynaglide string behind my knot then when I rappel down just pull the dynaglide to loosen the loop on the tree. If no limbs it will simply fall to the ground. If limbs you just keep pulling and it pulls the rope all the way through and drops. It’s my first saddle so I can’t compare it to any others but I love it. It’s easy to adjust and super light. My stick is where it’s at though. Super lightweight and I had @Dano sew in a 3 step aider so I can go 6’6” every move. Best tool I have bought for hunting in a long time.
Do you have the top of stick platform on your one stick?
 

Barron79

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Nice. I'm really liking that aider
The sticks are custom made so you can have as many aider steps as you want and at what spacing. I went with 3 steps at 12”. To accommodate thick clothing also you can have the platform slanted or flat. I went slanted to help with the angle. Relieves any stress on your ankles.
 
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I bought a Phantom saddle, ultimate one-stick from eastern outdoors and I’m rappelling down. I haven’t hunted out of it yet. I bought everything at the end of season last year. Been climbing all of off season. I’m ready to hunt. My whole setup is under 7lbs so it’s like a dream for a mountain hunter.
Have you had any problems with pine tar getting on your rappel line? I was practicing a few days ago and noticed I couldn’t rappel as fast as usual, come to find out I had some pine tar on my line, once I got past that spot it was as it should be. Just blew my mind for a split second until I figured out what was going on. I’ve come to the conclusion that if I’m in a pine, I’ll use a strap for my bow hanger instead of the screw in kind.
 
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