Men vs wild

There are volcanoes littering the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East that, if they were anywhere else in the world, would be making people extremely nervous. Volcanoes with names like Ilinsky, Mutnovsky, Gorely and Koryaksky, the one filling – in cinemascope – the windscreen of my taxi as I ride from the airport into Kamchatka’s capital, Petropavlovsk.

Koryaksky (3456m) last erupted in December 2008, ejecting an ash plume 6000 metres into the atmosphere. It sits Vesuvius-like just 28km from the city
limits. It is a ‘Decade Volcano’, one of only