Probably one of the most useful pilot techniques developed during VP-1 testing was the "Mooney Mount" - the recommended procedure for entering the cockpit with minimum peril to the wing covering and adjacent structure.
The procedure starts from a position in front of the left wing. Place your left foot on top of the wheel and your hands on the forward wing strut, Stepping up on the wheel, swing your right foot over the wing leading edge and forward strut, and position it on the wing walk immediately adjacent to the cockpit. Shift your weight to your right foot, reposition your left hand to the roll bar and with your left foot, step into the cockpit and onto the seat cushion, step in with your right foot and turn to face forward. At this point, be very careful not to sit on the aft fairing - it is designed to be an aerodynamic fairing and it might crack if sat on. Bending your knees, reach down with your hands to the longerons and support your weight on your arms. Slip your feet off the seat and onto the cockpit floor. Straighten your knees and lower your body into the cockpit as you slide your feet forward to the rudder pedals. You should now be comfortably seated after a rather graceful entrance that appears to spectators that you are either putting on your wings or you are being swallowed by them.
That's why I favour a Vp-2 over a Vp-1; when used as a single seater,you sit in the centre and have lots of room for portable radio, straps, radio leads, charts, a sandwich and a bottle of water.