I'm getting into the saddle hunting business over the winter and as I begin buying gear, etc., something interesting started entering my mind a bit and I'd like to chat about it here. I will say firstly that I have climbed into treestands for pretty much my entire hunting career. Climbers, hang on and ladder stands. Climbers and ladder stands I consider to be the safest two of the three in terms of complexity and use. This brings me to hang ons. Now, I will say I never thought about it much. Hang sticks, use your linemans rope up the tree, hang the stand, connect your harness to the tree and clip in and hunt. Reverse out of the tree without ever being disconnected by one or the other safety devices. With saddle hunting, it pretty much is the same process if you're using sticks. Except here is where it has me thinking about it more. A big thing that i see with saddle hunting as an advantage is lighter weight and such. An easy way and what seems like a prominent way to shed some weight and moving parts is to reduce the amount of sticks used. While doing so, most use some type of aider on the sticks to get the height without the weight. I have never used any type of aider before but in watching and researching this topic, there is definitely a little bit of a learning curve associated with using an aider and it absolutely does increase odds of a kickout of your foot as it swings below the stick. So this bring me to my question or questions about safety when climbing using sticks. The standard is to use a linemans rope. To the best of my knowledge, lineman ropes are not fall arrest devices. They're main purpose is to allow two hands to work at height. I read a lengthy post/arguement on another forum where some professional linesman agree that it will not stop a fall and you will go straight to the ground. I have a hard time wrapping my head around that. Youre going to get hurt if you slip with a linemans rope. Those sticks are going to chew you up and most likely you will slam into the tree hard. But the friction and bit of the rope on the tree and it most likely getting caught up on your sticks leads me to believe it will catch you for the most part. Even if you had nothing to catch the rope, the sheer amount of friction and the rope catching on the backside of the tree will slow you down enough that you won't hit the ground at any speed that could break bones or seriously injure you. Anyone have thoughts on linemans ropes for safety or fall experiences while using them?