I weigh around 250lbs. I use whoopie slings over a marlin spike hitch. Haven't fallen to the ground yet. I carry solid aluminum rod that I got from fastenal for 3 dollars for a 3ft stick, but I've used good, solid sticks from the ground.
I have heard your confession I know who you blame
If you had it all back you'd just lose it again
Can't bank on redemption if you ain't saved
Don't bring me your tales of temptation and loss
Don't bring me the pieces of your shattered cross
-- Stuart Adamson