Stalking Active Volcanoes, Indonesia, 2005


Live Volcanoes?! Why on earth would you want to spend a month in Indonesia climbing active volcanoes?


Mahawu Though not currently as active as its explosive cousins, a misstep on the crater floor can get you into hot water.


Lokon The summit is given over to impenetrable eelalang grass, but an effusive crater on the flank has picked up the action.


Soputan This walk-in volcano required a trek through jungle, forest, and tomato soup, and then wouldn't reveal its dome until the mist cleared in the morning.


Bromo Up close the active crater lives up to its name, meaning stench, but that doesn't stop a parade of visitors from negotiating the Sand Sea and to take the fresh volcanic fumes.


Semeru Although the mountain exhales ash every few minutes, the real danger is in lahars barrelling down the flank. Don't camp on the uphill side of any "lava dams", especially during a rain storm.


Merapi One of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, the name means, aptly, to "have fire."


Ijen Liquid sulfur drips from pipes like a scene from the Inferno, and intrepid miners carry the solidified ore out of the crater by shoulder and foot.


Papandayan The crater blows loudly like a giant steam factory and rocks look like they've been through the mill.


Krakatoa Anak Krakatoa first saw the light of day in 1923 and is the effusive stepchild of the cantankerous parent that turned itself inside out in the eruption of 1883.