National Geographic : 1913 Aug
Photo byAlix Bodenheimer MARCHING OFF TO THE ALPS To most people the term "the Alps" means the high snowy mountains of Switzerland, but to thedweller inthe valleys ofthat country the term has a very different and specific meaning. To them the Alps mean exclusively the summer pastures situated onthemountain sides above the valleys. These mountain pastures are essential to the pastoral districts, for the valleys do not produce sufficient fodder tosupport thecattle all the year round. In German Switzerland the Alps are the center round which the whole pastorallife ofthepeople turns. The Alps belong to the commune, and the person having a right to pasture his cattle on any particular Alp cannot sell hisright without selling thehouse and ground in the valley below to which the right is attached.