The question I have is: what time of year did women usually go up to the mountain pastures? I know it was summer, but what part of summer? Basically, what is the earliest time in summer that they could be found up there?
I did find this page, which says: "...farmers began herding their cows, sheep and goats up the mountains in the spring, where they would graze throughout the summer." This is promising, however, considering the source (an article on how getaway cabins are becoming popular in the modern day), it's a bit questionable. I'd appreciate it if anyone could provide some concrete, reliable information on this. Thanks again!