Switchbacks: True Stories from the Canadian Rockies (Paperback)
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In Switchbacks, Sid Marty draws on his own memories and those of friends and former colleagues in relating a series of true mountain tales. Among his subjects are: the old guide who built a staircase up a cliff; the stranded snowshoer who was rescued between rounds of beer in a Banff tavern; the man who catered to hungry grizzlies; an opinionated packrat with a gift for larceny; and a horse named Candy whose heart was as big as a stove.
Along the way, Marty tries to answer the kind of questions that all of us must face some day. Do we really have to “grow up” and abandon adventure as well as youthful ideals? Can the mountains draw old friends back together, when politics and life styles have set them apart?
Sid Marty writes gracefully of the land he loves and lampoons a few bureaucrats whose policies sometimes threaten its integrity. His portraits of the people – and creatures – that make their lives in the mountains are affectionate and respectful. But, above all, this is a collection of engaging, surprising, funny, and superbly told true stories by a gifted writer.
About the Author
SID MARTY’s work has been published in periodicals including Equinox, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Business, and National Geographic Traveler. His prose and poetry have been included in a number of literary periodicals and anthologies and his books about life in the mountains and foothills of Canada’s west have been consistent bestsellers. Sid Marty lives and writes in the foothills of southwestern Alberta.
“In prose as clear as the mountain air, Marty relates one marvellous story after another, drawing on his more than 25 years experience in the Rocky Mountains.”
“Marty’s artistry is such that the stories in Switchbacks seem to have emerged from the mountains themselves.…Some chapters will have your adrenalin coursing and your heart pounding; one or two others may make you weep. All of them will thrill you with the concrete vitality of landscape and language.”
–Globe and Mail