I have always stepped Chimera's mast (Helms 25 #504 1975) with a single 10ft.long Gin-pole lashed near the foot. Using a 4:1 tackle, it's just not that hard to make it stand up. However in the true "antlers on th' wall" style I have over the last decade managed to hang a few extra items on my mast. Radar reflector: negative ion dissipation brush(rabbits foot for lightning); mast head nav/anchor lights & VHF antenna. This added weight, my membership in AARP and gusty winds provided me a challenge when I was making preparations to trailor away from Gustav. I have decided to change to an "A-frame" system. I am posting pix of my current system.