While researching this week's term I discovered an interesting method for moving timber down a mountainside - historically, in the Vosges mountains in France, this was done by sled, and not just in winter! La schlitte is the French term for these sleds, the German original is Schlitten (unlike schlitte, this is a masculine word). The people whose job it was to steer the schlitte piled high with logs down the mountains were called schlitteurs, what they were doing was le schlittage. Exceptionally, here's a second picture to give you an idea of this back-breaking line of work.
Both images are from www.delcampe.net.
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