I had assignments the last two days, so when there was nothing I wanted today, I decided to get up to the mountain and bring out my tree stands before the family started logging. As far as the good went, I did see the most sign (tracks and poop) close to the two places I had stands. At the upper stand I did some scouting farther up a grassy road and found the area above a 6 yr. old clearcut to look very good. Definitely the kind of place you'd like to sit in rifle season. I did look over and saw a tripod stand to the East of me, so someone else thought the same thing. Went back, collected the little stand (like the weight, but not the cramped platform) and took it and the ladder down the hill. Easy peasy. Took that to the van, and went after the big stand. The big stand is 30" long and close to 2' wide. Nice to sit in, but heavy. Went up, sat on the top of my 15' ladder like I always do, and got the strap loose and carefully let the stand fall to the ground. That's when things got interesting. I got my left leg free of the top of the ladder, but my right was still kind of stuck in there. I usually put both arms around the tree and free the other leg, then climb down. I really didn't feel confident in trying that now. My left arm/shoulder even after over a year of trying to build strength in it, was just not giving me the idea I could do that move. The tree (Poplar) was too big for me to really get a hold of. I tried to stay calm and figure it out. I finally decided that my best move was to grab the top of the ladder where it braced against the tree as hard as I could with my right hand. I'm here typing this, so of course, that worked. I spent a few minutes looking around to see where I might put a ladder stand instead of the hang on and stick ladder. I realized that I had been relying on grabbing the stand itself to get in position to descend the ladder for over a year now. Without the stand there,. My days of hang ons may be coming to an end. I will have to figure the place out once the logging is completed.