The most basic method of staying balanced, secure and safe while moving through the canopy is to have an advantageous rope angle. The nebulous term “rope angle” refers to the angle of the climber’s line to the tie-in point (TIP). Simply put, the higher the TIP is above the climber with the rope following a fairly unobstructed path, the better the rope angle is, and the more secure and safe the climber is.

The climber needs to keep his weight in the line, leaning back into it to create a straight side to the overall triangle. The other two sides are created by the branch or surface the climber is upon and the trunk or lead that leads to the tie-in point. When all three sides of the triangle are in alignment and bearing part of the load, the climber will find himself in the ideal position.