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Assuming there is not a safety line to the masthead...
* Send up a heavy line (clearly, you ALWAYS trail a line, if for no other reason than to haul tools).
* Secure a sling around the mast with a prusik knot (like a double larks head).
* Place 2 carabiners through the loop, gates opposed and reversed. A single locking biner would be OK. All of the biners must be climbing biners (never climb without ~ 6 on-hand, preferably a few on your harness). Loop the heavy line through these.
* Set up a carabiner brake rappel (or other rappel device), transfer weight as described in first post, and slide down.
As for using the chair as a turning block, be careful. Climbers have been killed using webbing as a turning block; under load the rope can cut right through 4,000-pound test webbing. It's happened a few times, though the rope had grit on it and they were lowering a greater distance.
Go any more ideas? Safe ones?
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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