Climbing Sticks Recalled

Approximately 2,550 <"">Muddy Outdoors Tree Climbing Sticks (model year 2009) are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The 2009 Muddy Outdoors Tree Climbing Sticks were manufactured in China by Muddy Outdoors, of Camdenton, Missouri.

The bolts that secure the cam locs to the frame of these climbing sticks that retains the rope around the tree can break, allowing the cam locs to detach from the frame. This causes the retaining rope to detach and the climbing stick to release from the tree, posing a fall hazard to the user. To date, CPSC has received two reports of bolts breaking on a climbing stick; no injuries have been reported.

The recalled climbing sticks are used for climbing a tree and include 2009 year Model 70301 – Muddy
Outdoors climbing stick (a 20-inch single climbing stick) and 2009 year Model 70304 – Muddy Outdoors climbing stick (four-pack of 20-inch climbing sticks). The year and model number is printed on a label on the front of the main vertical frame of the climbing stick just below the two cam locs.

The recalled Climbing Sticks were sold directly from Muddy Outdoors via Internet/telephone sales and other outdoor sports retailers nationwide from July 2009 through April 2010 for about $35 (model 70301) and about $130 (model 70304).

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using these Climbing Sticks and return the Climbing Sticks to Muddy Outdoors for a refund, exchange, or manufacturer’s credit. Muddy Outdoors can be reached toll-free at (877) 366-8339 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday; at the firm’s website at; or by e-mail at

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