You should practice what you preach. As a Bow Hunter Ed. instructor I tell everyone about the use of safety belts. Well on Sat. I was placing a stand about 12-15 feet up a spruce out on PWS. I was having trouble with the chain and one little limb. I fought it for about 5 minutes and almost had it. Almost! As gravity decided that I should not be in the tree.
I managed to push the stand aside and push back. This avoided the treesteps on the way down. How my body and mind remembered a parachute roll from back in 1969, I'll never know. But I tucked, pulled the arms in and prepared for meeting Mother Earth. The impact was pretty good, feet first and then I rolled landing on my back. Plush moss and rotten vegetation helped cushion the landing. I missed the stand and the two tree steps in my pockets behaved.
I laid there for a minute of two, looking up at my partner whose mouth was wide open hanging in another tree. I could envision him thinking about what I might of broken. Everything seemed all right so I relaxed a minute before going back to hanging the treestand.
So far, I feel 2" shorter, insides hurt from the jaring, one knee is not happy, both legs hurt and I have been a little nauseous all day. Not bleeding from any port of entry or exit, so that is good too. I will do an inventory of pains and if something does not seem to be correcting itself just might visit the doctor tomorrow.
So learn from my mistake guys and gals. It only takes a second to make a mistake. Even if you are the preacher. My safety belt was sitting right with my archery gear ready to go. My marine radio was right along side those supplies too. As in the past, I have hung all the stands on my own.
Live and learn....