Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

The simultaneous carrying of a backpack and carrying a climbing treestand (and climbing sticks) isn’t as easy as was originally thought for many hunters.

A lot of thought would go into the method of carrying both of them to the hunt site in the very first place.

The work and stress of carrying the treestand up to its position on your hunting site are, for the majority of hunters one of the primary reasons to consider hanging-on stands and climbers.

The majority of hunters will likely decide to carry one of them in their hands while the second one was on their backs before realizing how painful and uncomfortable the walk to the spot of hunting is.

The method of carrying a standing or backpack in your hands is a problem.

The weight distribution is not uniform and doesn’t protect your load.

The truth is that walking with this method is very difficult and may cause injuries or exhaustion.

A balanced distribution of weight makes walking more enjoyable and be less damaging to the body.

It is best to place the majority of the weight over your shoulders, equally dispersing the load across your back and chest or distributing equally on each side of the straps.

A safe load makes walking less strenuous and more peaceful. It requires fewer adjustments, and the process of changing directions would be smoother.

This article provides four options for the ease of carrying the backpack and the tree stand.


To make your tree stands less difficult to transport, it is recommended to purchase the shoulder straps that are padded and then attach them to the tree stand.

Universal Treestand Carry Straps for Treestands

It’s hard to get over Molle’s shoulder straps.

It is also possible to think about using a backpack with larger ropes and a climber’s carabiner to attach your climbing stand to the backpack

Secure Backpack with the Climbing Stand with Bungee Cords

Bungee cords can be described as elastic strings that are encased in either thermoplastic or woven cotton polymer.

They are popular as a way to secure objects. Hence, they’re ideal for attaching backpacks, or other items, to climbing platforms.

Attachment Process

The first step is to purchase two bungee cords. Attach your backpack onto the stand using the ropes.

It is possible to attach the backpack using a piggyback mechanism or in any other way you find acceptable. However, make sure the backpack is evenly weight distributed.

If you don’t the items will be moving around when you walk and make it uncomfortable to carry around.

After completion, you’ll be capable of carrying the tree stand on your shoulders while the backpack is securely anchored to the stand.

If you’d like to secure your backpack’s chest and hip straps, or even the retention strap to provide additional safety.

Take care of the load – protect Your Back by wearing a backpack on the chest and climbing stand on the Back

For long hunts, the packs can be very heavy.

So, carrying both your pack and your climbing to stand on your back could cause pain and stress to your spine.

This is the reason there’s been a lot of focus on the distribution of weight.

Uneven distribution of weight can lead to instability, which could lead to injuries and exhaustion.

So, spare your back and maybe even it by diluting the weight of your backpack as well as your tree stand. Put your backpack on your chest, and the tree stand is on your back.

The most straightforward way to do this is to put the backpack on your chest and place straps that are placed over your shoulders at the front and then place the straps of the climbing stand over your shoulders as you normally would.

Attach the backpack to the climbing stand using the Hip Strap and Chest Straps

Another way to carry your backpack and climbing stand with you is to strap the backpack to the stand using the chest and hip straps.

It is possible that the chest and hip straps are secure the pack well and stands enough to ensure that the use of cords to bungee is not required.

Attachment Process

Check that your backpack has an evenly distributed weight distribution

The backpack can be attached to the stand by putting it on the climber in the same way that you place the bag onto your back whenever you are ready to wear it.

Place the shoulder straps on the edge of the stand for climbing.

Make sure you buckle the chest strap and hip strap to ensure that the straps are secured at the top and bottom.

Secure your climbing stand and attach it to your backpack and you’re good to go.

The video below provides an excellent explanation of this technique.

Alternative Solution – Reduce the Carry weight, wear Fanny Pack(s) and use the Coat Pockets

The lighter the load, the easier it will be to carry and climb.

The weight reduction of your backpack is another strategy you can employ to carry your backpack and climb and sit comfortably.

Naturally, getting rid of items that you don’t think are necessary to take on your hunt is the most effective way to decrease the number of items that you carry around in your backpack.

Another alternative is to make benefit from your clothes pockets by storing smaller objects inside pockets.

With lighter backpack bags, backpacks might not be necessary for your journeys.

You’ll likely be able to put your things in a fanny bag or two and then attach larger objects (such as clothing or the climbing stick) to the stand using the bungee cords.

The alternative choice is easy and quiet and maybe the best solution for those who don’t have a lot of items.


Although it may seem tempting to carry your tree stand or backpack in your hands because of the sheer number of things you need to carry to ensure your safety and health it is recommended to stay clear of this method.

The best way to carry both a stand and pack is to attach your backpack to the stand using straps for the chest and hip straps, place this pack around your chest, and sit on your back or decrease the weight of your backpack and use the Fanny pack(s).

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