I may have cut down 50+ trees in my entire life, so I'm still new to this, i imagine. Especially compared to some of you guys. Went out to the timber over the weekend to cut down some dead trees and cut up some that had fallen. Ran across a tree leaning on another. I've been meaning to take it down for some time now, just never got around to it. On our timber we have a marked campsite and some hiking trails, this tree leans right over the trail, so i really wanted to get it down. My plan of attack was to cut it as high as I could and when it fell to repeat until I could get the crotches to separate. There was talk about cutting it low and chaining up to the bottom and driving off (my brother-in-law was with me) I cut about 80% through the thing just over my head and started feeling uneasy about standing anywhere near the thing because I just wasn't sure how it'd fall and I was getting pissed that it was still standing strong. Last thing I wanted was for it to clamp down on my chainsaw and have to run away like a little girl while it crunched my running Stihl to pieces. So, I did something I rarely do. I stopped and stepped back and thought about safety. I generally look at a tree and know how to make it go where I want it to and step in and cut for a minute, then step back and watch it go down. I was really feeling like an amateur when I was standing there right underneath a leaning dead tree and cutting over my head. I'd have cussed anyone else out for being a nincompoop if I saw them trying that. anyway, don't tell my wife or mom, and tell me how to do it right.