For $850 a vacationer who can stand the gaff will be able to spend a week 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle this spring following a trapper on his rounds. The week will be spent in the Mackenzie Delta, the first few days of it touring communities of the region and the last three days and nights on the trapline.
The tourist will not be permitted to hunt or trap, but will assist the trapper with chores along the trail. Travel from Edmonton to Inuvik and around the delta will be by aircraft, but along the trap-line it will be either by dog team or snowmobile. During the three days on the trapline the tourists will live off the land, just like their trapper hosts. They will sleep in tents or log cabins in a world free of smog and other urban problems.
The program will be carried on between March 1 and mid-April, the period when muskrat furs, a mainstay of the delta trappers, are in prime condition. Sponsored jointly by Travel Arctic, the territorial council's travel bureau, and Inuvik's travel agency, Mac Travel, the first program will be limited to 20 tourists (one to a trapper) who supply a doctor's certificate saying that they are in good physical condition.
When most people take a holiday they say it's to get away from it all. The trappers say they have some getaway.
Once more Gus Johnson of the Baltimore Bullets has established that basketball's glass backboards are not Bulletproof. He proved it again the other night in Milwaukee. It was, he said, his third smashed backboard.
But Johnson clearly preferred the two others—one in St. Louis in 1965 and another in Oakland in 1963.
"The one in St. Louis left a perfect circle," Johnson said. "It was beautiful. The rim fell off and hit one of my teammates, Sihugo Green, on the foot. The one in Oakland just shattered from corner to corner."
This time Johnson tore the basket loose from its moorings, put a jagged hole in the backboard and splattered glass over the floor.