I use the gear that I use for going up and down pits while caving. It is called a Frog System. I attach a static caving rope to a spare halyard (ore better, two of them) and hoist it to the top of the mast. I then can quickly climb to the top, work secured to the rope, and switch over and rappel down. Of course, I have been doing vertical caving work for 30 years so I am very comfortable doing this.
"When in command, command." -- Admiral Nimitz
Difference between a power boater and a sailor out on the water: A power boater is going some place special, a sailor is already there.
s/v Zotz 1981 Pearson 365 Ketch Hull #375