I'm another ATN Top Climber fan. I've been using mine for two years. Takes a little bit if getting used, but not much, and gets easier with every use. The lower the stretch of the climbing line, the less energy wasted in halyard
stretch and the easier the climb. I've gone up the mast
as many as 7 times in one day changing the headstay. Have rerigged the boat using the Top Climber, drilled and tapped for hardware
, and replaced light bulbs. I don't have to worry about finding someone to winch
me up or storing a bosun chair
and 200' of line.
You could probably do the same thing with mountain climbing gear
. I started on that route
but couldn't find exactly what I needed and got a lot of run around from the sales people. Decided to just go with the TC and haven't regretted it. Everything in the bag so it stows easily and pieces don't get lost
I use a backup line with a Prussik hitch on another line as a backup. Whoever was using a rolling hitch or whatever should find out how to tie and use a Prussik knot
. The Prussik knot
was designed for climbing so slides up or down the line easily but locks up instantly when a downward pull is put on the knot.
FWIW, I'm 65 and not in great shape but find it no problem to use the ATN. It is a bit of exercise but so is sailing.