This is what my husband does for a living. Insane isn't it? And this is mild. Mostly he works around the power lines while doing this sort of thing. Thankfully he does a lot of supervising these days and not so much climbing.
Since moving here our elderly neighbours have hinted at having this tree removed. It blocks all the morning sunshine in their yard and basically leaves a huge mess of needles and cones. They must be in their late 70's and aren't really up to all the work these days.
So instead of making soap and goofing off we're doing yard work. Theirs. And you should have seen our neighbours face when he saw what we were doing. If his smile got any bigger, his face would crack!
Happy neighbours make good neighbours!