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Swiss Alpine mentality

Scenario: Group of friends up hiking in Canton Uri. About a 45 minute steep hike above a small hamlet in a long valley there's an early forties farmer with his 7 or 8 year old son. They're chopping up some tree trunks that were pulled down in a recent small landslide using a manual two-man saw.

The farmer was just putting what I would judge to be a 40-45Kg chunk of timber onto a homemade backpack to walk it back down the valley. I asked him why he was doing this:

"Because dead trees laying around in the meadows looks messy" he answered back quite matter-of-factly.

I'd say he had about two full days of work ahead of him and it just wouldn't register with me how he could find the strength of motivation or duty, let alone the sheer brute strength, to muster the enthusiasm to complete the work because of his local pride.

Now that is Swiss Alpine mentality that deserves a mention.
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Old 24.06.2012, 21:05
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The farmer was just putting what I would judge to be a 40-45Kg chunk of timber onto a homemade backpack to walk it back down the valley. I asked him why he was doing thi
Taking it somewhere sheltered so it can dry and be used as firewood come Winter?
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It is worthy of a mention and they have firewood now for the winter

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Re: Swiss Alpine mentality

To be living in a country where the farmers actually have the time, strength and pride to do things like that, just means to me, that we are some lucky buggers...
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Re: Swiss Alpine mentality

Those men are good with their wood.
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Taking it somewhere sheltered so it can dry and be used as firewood come Winter?
you beat me to the firewood al
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Those men are good with their wood.
mmm! Especially during those long winter nights
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Along those lines, an oldie but goodie:



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I think it is because he is very sexy in his hiking outfit.....I heard of.
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Re: Swiss Alpine mentality

I guess, he have you half of the explanation. Meadows in high altitude are usually mowed with a scythe (when there's no cattle on it. It's easier to get rid of the wood when chopping down the tree, because this way your rythm of mowing doesn't get interrupted.
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Taking it somewhere sheltered so it can dry and be used as firewood come Winter?
This may make sense. Depending on the sort of wood and the forms, it possibly even can be sold to a furniture producer
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Re: Swiss Alpine mentality

Swiss farmers receive government grants for preserving the Alpine agricultural landscape. Farming steep land in mountainous areas with traditional methods in a eco-friendly manner attracts a premium. Farmers are also paid to maintain meadows of wildflowers and natural borders to fields.

The farms are regularly inspected to ensure that they are maintaining the required standards. Clearing this wood may have been necessary to maintain his livelihood. Without Swiss government support, there would be a massive reduction in small traditional alpine farms.
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I saw one of the foresters brushing the grill areas.... cleanliness is next to Godliness
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I saw one of the foresters brushing the grill areas.... cleanliness is next to Godliness
brushed grill areas look nice and are good for business
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We're returning to a (Swiss-run) island hotel in the Maldives later this year. It was quite windy when we were there, and is supposed to be a 'barefoot' island, so a simple solution had been adopted. Every day, sometimes twice, a cleaning crew would walk all the way around the island removing any leaf and tree litter from the soft sand walkways and beaches, as well as occasionally topping up with new imported soft sand.

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