Late this afternoon I met up with a good friend to go stalking, he dropped me near one of his high seats and cheerfully waved bye, good luck, see you in an hour.
I trudged the 500yds to the seat, visually checked its condition and proceeded to ascend the 12 or more rungs up to the double seat some 15ft high, I had just placed the rifle safely in the seat under the shooting rail and did a little spring with my right boot to "boost" me up to the next rung when it happened..... CRACK the rung (3"x2") gave way and dumped me in a heap at the bottom clouting my head enroute to the ground.
Ouch says I, not good.
On inspection the rung had failed due to an internal flaw in the wood, no visible signs at all plus a little rot no doubt as it was a well weathered seat.
My intention now is that any seats I am responsible for will have every rung wired to the uprights, my friend agrees as this could have resulted in broken bones, completely avoidable.