Hay-hauling or so called “Heuziehen” is a traditional way of bringing down hay from the high pastures to the valley. In the Eastern-Tyrolian Virgen Valley this art is still practiced in its traditional way. Steep pastures at around 2.000 m above sea-level are mowed in summer and the nutrient rich hay is brought to the valley in winter. The knowledge and technique of “Heuziehen” has been passed on since hundreds of years from generation to generation. The work is hard and dangerous. However, Virgen’s locals know of the importance of carrying on this tradition. The way the steep pastures are mowed is slowing down erosion, is lowering the risks of avalanches, and helps with a divers vegetation. The “Heufuder”, a form of sledge made out of hay balls and two wooden skids, ways around 200 kg and gets brought down the valley only by man power.