However you go up the mast
, be sure to have a safety line.
I have hauled myself up the mast with a 3 part tackle. With that the main thing is to have a bag of something strapped to you to put the line in as you go up. Imagine being up there and finding out the line laying on deck
got snagged on something! That length of that line will be 3 time the mast height.
The best safety method I have used, was told to me by a fire rescue
person I kenw, after a fellow sailer fell to the deck
You attach a spare halyard to the base of the mast and tension it, and cleat it off. Make a loop of line, from about 5//16 braided line, and tie a Prusik knot
(google it) aroung the spare halyard. It is a kind of rolling hitch. Clip the loop to your safety harness. As you go up the mast, slide the Prusik knot
up the spare halyard. If you fall, the knot will jam, amd most likely save your life. I tested it after I was taught it, and it works great. since then, I use it every time I climb the mast.
I can't remember the issue, but Cruising World published this when I told them about it.
I shudder to think of the old days when my mate would crank me up the main halyard, and at the same time take up slack on the jib halyard as a back up. 1 person dealing with 2 halyards, and my life!
Be safe. check out the Prusik knot and try it. You will be a believer.