The advantage of climbing up first - one has time to recover and shoot video and pictures of those who follow. Doug was complaining bitterly that the wives were not here to help haul the abalone and diving weights out of the cove. I am sympathetic to his position, after all, we were the ones that braved sharks and risked life and limb to get the delicacies. You'd think they would be happy to help.
Doug also highlights the disadvantage of getting all big abs.