You're correct. There's plenty of room to top and chunk the tree, but with my climbing rig and no spikes, I can't do much above my TIP. Cutting the tree below my TIP with a chainsaw seemed much too risky. I used a razor hand saw for all the cutting I did.Tron, a long drill bit helps on those for assessing sound wood.
12" x 1/4" are easy to come by.
Winchman, you are very impressive.
What prevents simply cutting the top with a pull rope (as flat of line-angle as practical, if no lean into a dropzone), and chunking it down?
Cranes are needed in some situations, but that looks like open ground in front.
Tron, a long drill bit helps on those for assessing sound wood.