Falling fronm 70 feet in the air, 55 foot mast and 15 feet of air from the keel
to the deck
, and landing on the boat, ground or another object, sort of guarantees a serious injury if you are lucky. If not so lucky you are dead. I agree with you delmarrey, strapped to the rigging/mast is a sure bet to die if something goes wrong. You can get away with it 50 times but it only takes one mis-step/frayed line, shattered pulley, loose pulley shaft, one slip and you are dead. Is it really worth the risk to do it on the hard
when in the water is safer? Did you ever see a jackstand that bent for no reason other than a sudden breeze out of nowhere? Go ahead, climb the mast on the hard
but put me in your will first.