Demanding Field Conditions

photo of Mauna Ulu steep hike Students need to be in excellent physical condition. Hikes are sometimes steep.

photo of Mauna Iki hike Many field sites have no trails.

photo of hikers in rain
Some days are rainy and cold.

photo of hikersStudents who are uncomfortable with hiking over rough terrain may find they are unable to fully participate in the field exercises.

photo of heat waves Many hikes are in remote locations where it is very hot. Heat shimmer from a lava flow in the foreground appears to blur the photo; a hiker provides scale.

photo of uneven groundThe ground is uneven in places.