After the large pelton wheel generator was installed in 2000, we strung a 240 volt power line from the lodge here tree to tree almost a kilometer down to the hot spring area. This power line services the small caretakers cabin there and once in awhile gets a tree fall on it.
I wasn't keen on climbing up the sloping tree with a chainsaw and bucking it off, I didn't know for sure what the tree was going to do once freed from the heavy top extending beyond the power line. It was still attached to its root ball in the ground and I didn't know if it would stand up and find myself hanging on with my fingernails, or if it would just drop and I would ride it down into the bush cowboy style.
Lifting it back the way it came off the wire with a block and pulley was my first choice but was going to take a lot of rigging up, still involved climbing spurs and I wasn't a hundred percent it was going to work as planned. I was expecting some old friends from Kelowna out for a weekend a few weeks back so I decided to wait until then so there would be someone present whom in the event of a mishap would make some attempt to revive me at least.
We decided the best plan of attack was for me to pack the Husky chainsaw up there with the aid of not one, but two ladders tied together, Lorne would hold the ladder(s), and Ron would use my camera to document the operation for the possible ensuing coroner's investigation.
Rule number one. Turn the power off.
We hadn't really figured out a scenario if the tree fell.