Proper Use of the Sport Climber
Sport Climbers are designed for the sportsman desiring a quick, easy way to ascend or descend trees without the use of a ladder, tree steps, or climbing tree stand. The patented hollow "V" spike and lightweight stainless construction provide deep biting for safe comfortable climbing. The "V" spike is designed to be used in live tree bark only.
Sport Climbers are not recommended for pole climbing, dead trees, or for industrial use.
For best results and maximum comfort, we recommend use with a 10" high bird shooter, pak boot, or work type boot. It is important to snug the lower ankle strap and upper strap as tight as you can make it.
Failure to keep these straps tight could cause uncomfortable ankle pressure, or bending of the leg iron. If bending does occur you can simply bend the leg iron back to conform to the original shape. No loss of strength will occur.
To prevent the web strap from loosening during climbing, feed the tail over the buckle and under the rear ladder of buckle as shown in figure above.
It is not recommended to walk on rocky ground while wearing climbers, as this can cause damage to the "V" spike.
Check spike for sharpness before each climb. You can't afford to get hurt.
How To Climb
Practice near the ground until you become proficient in planting the climber spikes into the tree. It is much easier to climb up than it is to climb down, so don't climb too high before you practice.
Three Point Climbing Method
Having two hands and two feet, three of the four of these should be in contact with the tree at all times. Keeping this in mind, place hands to the side or rear of the tree. Use a firm jab with the foot to set the spike into the tree bark. Transfer your weight to the planted foot. Keep your ankles straight and your knees over your feet just like walking up a ladder. Avoid a bow legged posture. This will put unnecessary pressure on the ankles. Take small steps and use your arms to pull yourself up.
When coming down take small steps, then lower yourself with your arms.