Active volcanoes can present a unique set of hazards for adventurers and researchers alike; it’s important to consider all the risks before visiting a volcano:
- Rapidly changing weather conditions and visibility (-do you need to take a jumper or a rain jacket, or even a torch?)
- Shifting volcanic gases – always be aware of what the volcano is doing before and while you are exploring, poisonous volcanic gases can rapidly change and become life threatening
- Rough, loose and slippery terrain, with cracks and crevasses – keep an eye on your surroundings at all times
- Eruptions – be aware of the current activity levels of the volcano and if any alerts or restrictions have been put in place; phreatic/steam explosions can happen at any time without warning
- Rock falls – should you wear a hardhat, or are there any areas that you should avoid?
Let someone else know what your plans are and your route so that if you and your friends/group get into trouble you will always have someone looking out for you.