I cursed in the darkness as I tried to get situated in the climbing stand and start the ascent up the tree.
The tree had a good degree of taper and as a result, I had set it at a fairly severe angle, so that it would hopefully be level once I reached an appropriate hunting height.
My muddy boots slipped once and then again as I tried to get to a standing position on the stand.
I resolved then and there to fix this issue as soon as the hunt was over.
Once I got home, I was going to go to the hardware store and purchase some of the fairly expensive strips of adhesive backed anti-slip material.
As I was getting ready to head to the store, I walked through the garage and from a recent woodworking project, there was a round piece of sandpaper from the DA sander stuck to the floor.
I am not the brightest fellow on the planet - but in this case, I quickly formulated a plan that required neither a trip to town or any added expense!
I went to my sander and got several sheets of adhesive backed 60 grit sandpaper - and quickly cut these in half, trimmed them further to fit the rungs of the stand and then applied them to the stand.
In ten minutes, I had a perfectly gritty surface on which to stand!
I began to think of other areas to use these and the possibilities seem endless and not just for hunting... but in this case, for the climbing stand, they are perfect.
Try these in any area where you need to get solid footing (pick up bed, 4 wheeler trailer, blinds or stands that have wood steps) and see if you can not "get a grip" real quick using just regular old sanding discs!