When I get to the base of the tree I set my stuff down and try to quietly remove the debris from the area that I wil be standing. I then separate the stand and all the sticks and take my straps out of my pockets and lay them down. I make a separate trip up the tree for each stick I hang, putting the buckle side of the strap on the versa button on before I climb up. If I hang all 4 sticks I'm probably in the stand ready to hunt in 7 minutes (if it's a straight tree with no branches to be trimmed), but when I started it took me quite a bit longer than that, and my process was different. Keep working at it and you will find what works best for you.