Drawing from your pioneering stonesyness - I decided to do the hop myself. I needed to replace the anchor light bulb, straighten the windex, and prove my manhood.
Here's the glory:
As for lessons learned, you'll notice I initially went up on the jib halyard. Bad call. I ruined the plastic pulley wheel (whatever it's called - Knot, help me out here). So, after the wire halyard jumped the disintegrated wheel when I was almost back down the mast, I had to then clip into the main halyard (like I should have done in the first place - idiot), unclip from the jib hal, and climb all the hell the way back up to fix the jib hal. Once there, I pulled the pin at the mast top, switched wheels with the unused spin halyard side, and we were good to go. It was then I noticed that the main hal wheel was the only metal one. Now I get it.
So now I've got more work to do on my next ascension. Oh well.
So who else has been to the top. Got pics? Get 'em out!!