Actually, I thought of a far worse one because it put my life in real danger.
I have a climbing stand that I use, a Summit Viper. One time I used it to climb between 25-30 feet up a pine tree. I had the cable set a little loose but didn't pay it any mind because it made climbing faster. I figured I would tighten up the cable a notch when I got down.
After hunting, when I started to come down the cable on the bottom portion of the stand stayed around the tree but because it was a little too big for the tree diameter the foot platform front swung down to where it was vertical instead of horizontal, pointing down toward the ground instead of out from the tree.
When it droppped down, my foot support was suddently removed and I immediately fell, but just as quickly caught myself by my elbows and forearms on the top portion of the stand, my feet hanging helplessly in midair. I hung there for a moment and then figured I only had a limited amount of time before my arms got too tired. I was unable to each the bottom half of my stand with my feet.
I actually did have a rope tied between the top and bottom but the way the stand bottom was hanging down I had tied the rope too long for my legs to reach it.
Hanging by my forearms on top of the side rails I fished with my feet to see if I could snag any part of the stand bottom with the toes of my boots. Eventually, after what seemed like a very long time, I was successful and worked it up the tree to where I could straighten it horizontal again.
Then I carefully but quickly climbed down and thanked God for saving me from my own nearly lethal carelessness. But for the grace of God, I came very close that day to turning my wife into a widow.
Before I left the woods I shortened the rope between the two parts of the climber. When I got home, I put a matching rope on the other side and reattached the strap in the front that serves to carry the stand on your back.
Now, whenever I use my climber I check the rope lengths and knots and the strap. I also use a harness and safety system.
I never told my wife.