dublelung wrote:I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would climb without using a harness. Being uncomfortable, too bulky, too heavy, too hot, etc isn't that bad when you consider the alternative of being under 6 feet of dirt and your family being devastated.
I know where you are coming from, but I do understand it. I felt like I was Superman and nothing could hurt me until I was 30. It took me laying in a hospital bed for 46 days fighting to stay alive for much of that time to realize that I don't have super human powers. Even so, I still had a hard time accepting it.
As a society we are taught, or at least used to be taught that to be a man you had to be tough, fearless and never show signs of weakness. Now some are teaching the total opposite and I don't think either one is totally right.
The truth is somewhere in there. I believe you need to be tough and strong, but also intelligent and use good sound reasoning. make decisions based on what is the best thing to do, not on what we believe our piers will think of us. 30 years ago you were almost laughed at for wearing a harness. That has changed and most people now have no issue with wearing one. However, all we can do is continue to try to educate new hunter's that a harness is simply a standard piece of hunting equipment that is required.
One of the rules I put in place on our club a few years ago is that any lock-on or climbing stand has to have a safety rope in place where you are safetied off from the time you leave the ground until you get back on the ground. Anyone caught not doing it will lose their right to continue hunting with us.
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