Springpoles are typically saplings that have been bent over by falling trees or big limbs. They are an unfortunate byproduct of most tree-felling operations, although you can (and should) take steps to minimize their occurrence. You do that by anticipating where the tree will fall, and cleaning up a place for it before you cut it down. But when you inevitably encounter a springpole, the best way to deal with it is by making a series of progressively deeper cuts into the top of the arch, until it collapses. The big hazard presented by springpoles is that they're under a lot of tension and if you cut them in the wrong place, they can easily snap up and hit you. The other day I cut one at the base and it jumped out pretty violently. I was careful not to be in the way, but it could have easily broken my leg if it happened to be in the wrong position. It got my attention, so I thought I would post this reminder. From a male perspective, probably the worst thing you could do would be to cut a springpole loose while straddling it, but any part of your body hit by a piece of wood moving that fast is going to feel the pain. Unless you get hit in the head, of course.