David 20>> and an EXPLORER TV crew were scaling a no-longer-dormant volcano in Mexico:

  • We’re up on the side of this volcano. It’s smoking, and there’s nothing but burnt ash and burnt trees. I could imagine the rock-ridden bodies of those hikers that were found right where we were standing.

  • The producers assured us that the entire crew 36>> and the volcanologists would have protective fire suits and hard hats.

  • As we were leaving the scientific station to head up to the volcano, it turns out there are only two fire suits. 43>> And we’re a crew of eight!

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David on “Plan B”

At the Volcano

Photograph 20 by
Sam Reep

Photograph 36 by
National Geographic Television

Photograph 43 by
David Evans