I recently had a close call with my self-climbing tree stand that I'd like to share. I went out on Wednesday afternoon for an evening hunt...I set up on a good pine tree, about 15 feet up. The climb up was successful and safe - however, I was unhappy with the way the bottom platform was positioned. I was seated in the top part at the time, so I reached over the side to move the platform. When I lifted my feet to shift it, the bottom platform fell! Fortunately, I had a rope tied between the seat and the bottom part, so it fell down the tree about 3 feet or so - but I had a heck-of-a-time trying to pull it back up the tree and get my feet back under it - all while hanging on to the top part, as well as my rifle! When I finally got it back up, I had to take a break to thank the Lord! Be careful out there, guys!