I typically like to get as high as I can in a tree and space my sticks as far as I can to get me there. That last stick is usually just right to be wrong to get into my stand. I love bringing one of these minis with me to get me in the stand safely. They are lightweight and can even fit in your pack. My go to setup is 4 long sticks with 1 of these minis. It makes that last step safer without sacrificing exactly where I want my stand placed.