I've been involved with the Charlotte competition for a few years. I think it's the largest of the somewhat regular style non-ISA sanctioned events. This year we tried something new with throw line that's been on my mind for awhile. We eliminated the requirement to set a rope. You could use it, if you wanted it but it gained no points. My reasoning was that throwline is possibly one of the hardest events on a canopy especially if the same trees often get used at venues. One of the things that makes it hard on trees is the ripping through of ropes through the same crotches over and over at high speeds just to make time. There's no real skill at that point. In future years I'd like to expand the event to give the additional points for isolation and fewer points for a non isolated line. Double bagging and other skills would be required to get full points. The targets would be set up with this in mind. This simulates modern rope access better now that SRT has become mainstream. But most of all, I think trees are better protected if competitors aren't focused on doing stuff up fast and working more on the finesse of isolating a good but difficult target. Thoughts?