Every year's end, I say to myself: I've got to learn to take less in the pack and lighten up the load when I use a climber. I'm taking too much stuff in my pack, and I know I don't need it, but there is still that "what if" factor that my mind can't ignore. Add to all the stuff I usually haul in, I've added a video camera and camera arm.
This past season I would say I hunted 50/50 out of a climber or ladder stand. Here is what I typically carry:
2 pull up ropes- 1 for the bow, 1 for the pack
1 Lineman/tether rope for harness
1 set binos
1 cell phone charger and cable
2 Hot hands
1 empty Pee bottle
1 compact saw
1/2 roll of marking tape
1 package of bright eyes
. gutting gloves
1 spare flashlight
1 container of face paint
1 grunt call
1 can estrus call
1 set of rattling horns (not so much first 2 weeks unless I see bucks in the area)
1 bow hook- 2 or 3 section one
3 small screw in hooks or the strap for around the tree if I'm on SGL
1 bottle of water (early season)
I weighed this in my pack and it came to 15#. The Summit Goliath is 21#. That's 36# on my back at least 3 days a week, if not more.
I always wear my harness to and from, and I have a Game Plan Tree Stand System (similar to a Molle system) on the stand.
Any suggestions on lightening the load? What do some of you guys that I call 'Minimalist" take with you?