Bummer, but I know what you mean. I am not a big climber, I am always worried about falling. Some day if I do decide to really get into hunting I think a climbing stand would be the way to go. I could be wrong, but it seems easier to stay tethered to the tree as opposed to climbing up a ladder. Even if you were to get 5-6 feet off the ground it would really help you see over the ground cover. I have definitely seen more deer from a stand, but shot more from the ground. The stand lets you see deer than you can't shoot, either too far away or in thick cover, but it does make it more exciting because you know they are around.