i'm gonna get some stands down today, and put inside. yeah, it's wintery, but what else you gonna do? i used to leave some out all year, but after a close call, i get them all in now. a cable rusted on one of my stands a few years ago, and i climbed in it. after 5 minutes, it simply collapsed, no grunts, groans, wiggles, shifting, no nothing, it just collapsed. after that i started checking the cables on all my stands, and found a few that looked suspect. right at the ends near the loop or teardrop that attaches to the platform or the part that hangs on the tree. many times these cables are painted or rubber coated, but they miss the very end near the loop. get 'em down & check 'em, beats getting a surprise next fall.