Re: ATN MastClimber
Having once had to be hoisted to a masthead at sea, I resolved never to find myself dependent upon another to get me up and down if the need ever arose on our own yacht. I have owned and used an ATN top climber for 12 years. It only takes a little coordination and good leg strength as one is essentially doing "squats" both coming and going and on our 62' mast, it's a good workout. I use two lines. One for the ATN and a second, companion line, for a mountaineering ascender attached to a safety line that is also clipped to my harness so that if one or the other let go, I'm covered. As noted, however, it is a good workout and if one has not done a fair number of successive squats for awhile, one's legs will feel pretty sore/rubbery for several days afterward.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."