For me, the MastMate is the way to climb. With Dave tailing a safety line (halyard) I doubt it took more than 2 minutes to reach the top, perhaps a bit less. Always roll the ladder with the steps flat and they will pop right open.
Notice the blue EVA foam padding taped inside the leg loops of a standard climbing harness. This cheap expedient greatly improves comfort when you are up there for a while. Coated gloves improve grip on the mast and stays.
The box for the wind instruments stripped out of the mast, but Rivnuts should take care of that. I like the new LED anchor light. The VHF will remain unused for now, I presume, in favor of handhelds.
Note that I tie myself off at the top with a few slings and carabiners. This improves stability.
A Davis Windex fit nicely in the VHF antenna mount. The boat previously had a crane mounted off the back for the Windex, but all evidence of it is gone. Both Practical Sailor testing (me) and market share suggest this is the best vane available.
And of course, the obligatory pictures of the view. The slip is only wide enough for one ama to extend at a time. We will be moving to a wider slip, although folding takes only 5 minutes.
Washington Sailing Marina, with Regan National Airport and the Potomac River in the background.