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A Weasel Mix Up?

The least anticipated—but by no means least appreciated—letter came from one especially astute reader: “In your April/May edition on page 87, your writer refers to fishers as ‘ferret-like.’ I feel he must have confused fishers with pine martens, which are much smaller and definitely ferret-like. Fisher cats are big and mean and in no way ferretesque.” In our defense, we can only point out that fishers, martens, and ferrets are all part of the weasel family—and from what we hear, most have a pretty bad temper too.

Up-Close Canopy Tour: High in the treetops of the Great Bear Rainforest, Rockwater Secret Cove Resort has luxe tenthouse suites with expansive views of the Strait of Georgia (two nights, $649, including a massage and kayak rental;


August 3–15, friends and family of the late Rob Gauntlett, one of our 2009 Adventurers of the Year, will cycle 1,000 miles across the U.K. in his honor. Make a donation to his memorial fund at

Whitewater kayaker (and a 2008 Adventurer of the Year) Trip Jennings is back from a month in Bolivia, where he investigated the effects of shrinking glaciers on local water supplies—and made an epic descent of the Class IV–V Zongo River (

Nick Ward, survivor of the 1979 Fastnet Race disaster and author of Left for Dead (excerpted in adventure’s August 2007 issue), will race the Fastnet on August 9 for the first time since his near-death experience.

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