Hi guys, I just wanted to try to remind everyone to wear those harnesses. This isn't just a "random" idea for me. I've never worn them, and always kinda scoffed at them..."just something else to have to move up the tree!" Well, yesterday morning, I got shown, firsthand, why I need to wear them! I was climbing a hackberry tree with a Grand Ol Man stand, and at about 6 ft high, the eye in the seat platform's cable broke, with me on it! I fell backwards, while facing the tree, and became suspended upside down, about 3 ft above ground. My ankles were caught in the ankle straps. I could not pull myself up because the leverage was against me. Fortunately, my cousin was about 150 yds away, and I began yelling for him to come help me. When he got there, I talked him into cutting my ankle straps, so that I could fall to the ground. My face broke my fall. I consider myself to be very fortunate to be alive. I can't count the times I've used that stand when no one even knew what county I was in, much less what tree I was in. Needless to say, I'll never use a climbing stand again, and will NEVER, EVER, go into a tree stand without a safety harness. I might have still been hurt, but chances are I would not have landed on my head! I've had no pain in my back, my neck is sore, my left ankle is sprained, my right knee is strained, and I've got a "really cool" scrape from my forehead down to my jaw on the left side of my face. For anyone who uses these stands, know that: a) the eyes on the cable are locked off with a clamp or crimp, not spliced as they should be. b) there is a recall on some of the stands that have the serrated blades. c) The company has gone out of business, because of the liability involved. As of 6 am yesterday morning, I loved my stand. As of 6:15 am yesterday morning, I never want to touch another one. In talking to my brother in law, he said that a friend of his had the exact same thing happen to him several years ago. He, however, was 20 ft up the side of a tree. He spent about 4 or 5 hours upside down, and when they finally got him out, he broke his shoulder on the fall. Whatever y'all do, be careful!