By: Bears Butt

I have been on an email list from Stepp Ladder Company for some time and thought it appropriate to let you all know where you can get this incredible climbing system! Check out this video!

For those of you who like to hunt out of tree stands or from up high.  Bears Butt has found a nearly perfect set of tree climbing steps just for you.  Well, your buddy too if he likes to hunt like you do.  As for me, I think I’ll just stay on the ground.

This is a rather lengthy video, but it sure shows you how easy it is to use these things.

I have emailed the inventor and will pass onto you the price of a set of these little guys!

Bears Butt

June 29, 2012

I received an email from Mr. Stepp himself today and so I decided to post up his response on here and then if you want to order steps from him, please print off the liability waiver and send it with your order to him.


The video clips on YouTube featuring Harry Vanderweide were done almost 14 years ago.  The ladders were being sold by L.L. Bean and several other retailers. But the steps were expensive to have made and liability insurance was also very costly. After about four years I decided to quit selling the ladders because it was a lot of work for a small return.
A few months ago a local businessman approached me about doing a new video and reintroducing the ladders to the market. I gave him the old videos to work with and was surprised when he posted them on YouTube. I had expected he was going to do a new one with his phone number instead of the old business number that had been disconnected long ago. Anyway, there has been quite a response and I’ve received many inquiries. I have refrained from selling the steps all these years because I did not think it wise to do so without product liability insurance. I still don’t. But several people have volunteered to sign a liability waiver if I would consider selling them a few steps. So I talked it over with my attorney and he drafted a waiver. I’ve attached a copy for your review.
For insurance purposes I’m selling the remaining inventory components, not complete ladders, so some assembly is required. The individual steps are $6.00 and the camo cords are an additional $1.00. Also included is the fid tool to do the splice and an instruction sheet. I’ll do one splice completely and another halfway so you can see how easy it is. The shipping will be parcel post, my zip code to yours. If you want quicker delivery, priority mail is an option – just more expensive. Once you’ve decided how many steps you want, email me with your shipping address and I’ll calculate a total price and email it back to you.
Print and sign the attached liability waiver and send it with bank check or money order to:

James Stepp, P.O. Box 118, South Casco, Maine 04077.

I made the first set of these steps in 1991 and have climbed hundreds of trees over the last twenty years. I’ve never used any other climbing system. Once you learn to adjust the tension correctly, it quite likely will be your favorite climbing aid too. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Jim Stepp


Waiver and Release from Product Liability

I, _________________________________, hereby acknowledge that I understand the inherent risks associated with treestand hunting and that such activity may result in serious injury or death. I further acknowledge that I am aware of and understand the types of hazards and dangers, both real and hidden, involved when climbing up to and down from elevated stands. I understand that the Steppladder rungs manufactured by Jim Stepp and Sppets International, Inc. are not covered by any product liability insurance, nor have they been designed, manufactured or tested to meet any federal or state government climbing aid standards. I understand that any use of this climbing aid requires an exceptional level of attention, judgment, maturity and self-discipline, and that I must make a conscious and continual commitment to my own safety. I understand that the use of any treestand climbing equipment and the Steppladder in particular must only be done while I am secured by a fall restraint and climbing belt system.


I HEREBY RELEASE, AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY  James L. Stepp and Sppets International, Inc. for any and all liability for any loss, damage, injury or death to myself or to any other person or property resulting  from  the use of this equipment and I further agree to waive, and not make any claim or file any suit based  upon negligence, breach of warranty, contract or other legal theory. This release, agreement to hold harmless and to indemnify shall be binding upon me, my legal representatives, heirs, legatees and assigns as well as upon all who may be dependant upon or entitled to my services, consortium or support. Should I breach this agreement by filing any such suit or making any such claim, I will pay all attorney’s fees and costs of the released parties. I agree that this release shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maine. All disputes and matters whatsoever arising under, in connection with or incident to this agreement shall be litigated, if at all, in and before a court located in the State of Maine, USA, to the exclusion of the courts of any other state or country. If any part, article, paragraph, sentence or clause of the agreement is not enforceable, the effected provisions shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring it within the requirements of the law and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in full force and effect.


I VOLUNTARILY ASSUME all risks, known and unknown, of any injuries, personal or financial or of wrongful death, however caused, even if caused in part or in whole by the action, inaction or negligence of the released party named above to the fullest extent of the law. I represent that I am at least 18 years of age and I acknowledge that I have read this agreement, fully understand the potential dangers of using this product and am fully aware of the legal consequences of signing this agreement. I understand and agree that this document is legally binding and will preclude me from recovering monetary damage from the James L. Stepp, Sppets International, Inc., or Steppladder for personal injury, bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death or any other personal or financial injury sustained by me in connection with the use of this product.




Signature:_____________________________________     Date:_________________________

(Customer must be 18 years or older)

UPDATE:  APRIL 26, 2016

It appears the company has been purchased and a new manufacturer is making these steps!  Here is the URL link!  Good luck to everyone!

Bears Butt

Written on June 29th, 2012 , Uncategorized

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    Bob Desaulniers commented

    Do u still have any inventory left? steps, rope, and bags I was looking for about 20-24 steps and 2 bags

    November 30, 2012 at 11:54 am
      Bears Butt commented

      I’m not the inventor. See the video for the inventor and contact him. Thanks for reading my site.

      November 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    Joe braun commented

    Looking to buy some steps. Are they still available?

    August 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm
      Bears Butt commented

      I’m not the one who makes them, you will have to contact the source that is in the video. The last word I heard was they were NOT making them. And that surprises me because they are so very good! Good luck finding them! Thanks for looking at this site!

      August 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm
    Terry Pedigo commented

    Do you still have steps and rope attachments available?
    Do you know or recommend the safety harness that you used in the video?


    Terry Pedigo

    January 7, 2014 at 6:01 am
      Bears Butt commented

      Mr. Pedigo, I don’t make nor sell these steps I only posted this up because I think they are probably the best tree climbing items ever invented to get you up into your tree stand. You will have to contact Mr. Stepp as indicated in the video, or to his address posted in the story. I’ll follow this up with an email directly to you.
      Thanks for reading this blog!

      January 7, 2014 at 9:06 am
    B peacock commented

    Do you have the email address for mr stepp?any help on contacting him would be greatly appreciated.

    October 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    Bob White commented

    Do you know if Mr. Stepp has or had a patent on the climbing unit that he invented and if not does any other company to your understanding. If he did have a patent perhaps we can buy the same system under a new name.

    October 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm
      Bears Butt commented

      I don’t know. The email I posted has his name and address in it, perhaps you should contact him.

      October 25, 2015 at 10:51 am
        Andrew Walter commented

        Hi All-
        My name is Andrew Walter, and I am the owner of a company called Wild Edge, Inc. located in Connecticut. Jim Stepp is the inventor of the one and only, original STEPP LADDER. He and I have been friends for over 15 years, and earlier this year we partnered to bring back the Stepps.

        Jim found it to be too much to continue his business, as he was a one-man show and his true passion is in the innovation processes and bringing new product to his fellow hunters. We both share a passion for being in the wild as avid hunters, hence our partnership. We are now manufacturing the Stepps to once again be sold. As you can imagine, this is a timely process and no small production to get these great Stepps out to the consumers, but please feel free to spread the word and check our social media outlets for updates. (, “Stepp Ladder” on facebook, “wildedgeinc” on Instagram, or email at

        Wild Edge, Inc. is a Veteran-owned and operated business that will be the only company that has permission and sole-ownership of the original and ultimate climbing aid, STEPP LADDER. If you buy anything else, you’re buying a knock-off.

        Looking forward to getting the ORIGINAL STEPP LADDER into your hands soon!
        Kind regards,

        December 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm
          Bears Butt commented

          I’m not one to use a tree stand, but I’ve always been in love with this step and its ease of use. I’m sure there are thousands of hunters out there that wish they had these steps. Good luck in your partnership and I hope you make it to a top 100 company!

          December 29, 2015 at 10:20 am commented

    I would like to buy10 steps myself. Any steps put on wrong can cause you to fall off this look as safe as anything else I’ve seen

    April 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm
      Bears Butt commented

      I have been in contact via email with the man who is making these and I expect to hear from him soon on the progress of manufacturing. He purchased the rights to these awhile back and is not in the set-up stage for production. As soon as I know something I will email you! Thanks for your interest in this!

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