The SRT Saddle Hunter Setup – Everything you need for SRT, 1-sticking, and rappelling in one place. These three go hand-in-hand for the ultimate run-and-gun setup. SRT when possible using presets (paracord) or using the 1-stick climbing method. Rappelling is the safest and fastest way out of the tree.
This kit is designed to be safe, “in spec”, easy to use and interchangeable no matter what you bring with you into the woods. See picture for everything in use currently by The SRT Saddle Hunter (shows optional Stealth Strips and some customizations).
For starters, the kit is designed around the Rappel gear. This will replace your tether and ascender/friction hitch. I use 40ft of 9mm Sterling Canyon C-IV, MadRock Safeguard, Madrock Super Tech Screw carabiner, Kong 8mm Quick Link, and 40ft of dynaGLIDE pull back rope. All of this gear is essential for me no matter how I climb. I’ve even used this gear while hunting hang-ons. Once you rappel, you’ll never want to climb down a set of sticks or steps in the dark.
The next piece of gear I add in with this is the 1-stick. A quality 1-stick is efficient, lightweight, packable, and versatile. A 1-stick paired with your rappel gear can get you into just about any tree. I use a 15″ FeatherStick paired with ultralight standoffs, ultralight bottom step with built-in 3-step aider, the top step is either an ultralight or Scout platform. I have been experimenting with both and find I really enjoy having the Scout on the top paired with 2 SquirrelSteps on an OCB strap. This is the best of both worlds. A platform as well as a ring of steps. Very comfortable and easy to maneuver around the tree. Also, the EWO stick with a cam cleat is soo solid to the tree that you can push off the backside without the stick budging. Don’t forget the one-stick rope made from 3/16″ Amsteel with a full bury.
Finally I add in the SRT equipment. The Kong Futura hand ascender is so small and packable. I use a Maillon Quick Link to attach the Beal Air Step to the hand ascender. This gets wrapped up and left in my dump pouch. It’s always in my dump pouch even if I don’t plan on using it. If you drop your stick climbing or need to rappel down for any reason, its nice to have the hand ascender to climb back up. Before I leave the tree I am hunting I will leave behind a loop of paracord. If I ever plan to hunt that tree again I can always use the paracord loop to set my line so I can climb SRT.
Default quantities selected will give you everything you need except a saddle, lineman’s rope, and gear hanger. Everything is optional too, so you can uncheck items you already have.
Pictures and videos coming soon!