Reguarding the passport question. You need to have a certified birth certificate and photo ID or a passport. As of 2008 you'll need a passport. If you don't have one then, you'll be held at the border while they process you in and it will cost you $500. This is coming into the states from Canada.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...