Understanding Adventure Risks

This is a list of potential hazards which have been identified on the adventures listed on our website.

Keep in mind, not all are listed, and there are a few which may not be marked including:

Dangerous Animals:

Almost all locations (with the exception of some very high altitude alpine and indoor areas), you may encounter venomous animals at any time of year including snakes, spiders.

Some animals such as jellyfish may be seasonal and/or be passively dangerous (such as porcupines/echidna’s if you stand on them barefooted or Kangeroos if you don’t pay attention whilst driving). 

When a specific wildlife threat exists in a location, it should be mentioned in the description where possible. However, we strongly forming an understanding of possible wildlife dangers before going out.

Never let your guard down (even at 5500m, I once encountered a mouse) and dogs have travelled as high as 7000m/23000ft. If you’re unsure, the best thing to do is leave the animal alone.

Furthermore, for those allergic to specific animals or insects, additional research may be required.

Dangerous Plants:

Not all plants need to be eaten to be hazardous. In some countries there are plants with stinging needles which can cause severe reactions.

Some plants can kill by simply scratching you. As humans evolved, Plants did simultaneously, and some have developed interesting self-defence mechanisms.

Sticking to the path, using a guide  or doing research can greatly reduce the risk.

Fortunately, here in Australia this is extremely low risk.

 

Adventure-Specific Hazards

Please note, not all hazards are listed and information may be incomplete or incorrect. Only known hazards currently used in our database are listed. 

 

Snow (Seasonal)

Some adventures may have snow only at certain periods of the year which can affect the equipment, clothing and skillset required for success. Adventurers should be  prepared for possible changes in weather between summer and winter conditions (particularly on multi-day adventures where forecasts may become increasingly less reliable).

Slippery (Rocks)

After rain, some adventures can have slippery rocks which significantly increase the risk of injuries and cause pain for existing injuries. Whilst often its only on river beds, some walks (such as Cathedral ranges) with basic Rock climbing can be VERY dangerous when climbing without safety equipment after rain. To help reduce the risks, we recommend avoiding such walks after periods of heavy rain and bringing trekking poles to add additional traction. Good trekking shoes are also recommended as they can add additional grip, and reduce falls / injuries to the ankle if slipping. For some steep scrambling / basic rock climbing walks, it may not be possible to employ sufficient safety equipment to be safe

Slippery (Mud)

Muddy walks can be slippery after rain leading to falls or shoes getting dirty/stuck/filled with mud. It can also increase the risk significantly for those with existing Knee / Hip injuries on steep downhill. To help reduce the risks, we recommend avoiding such walks after periods of heavy rain and bringing trekking poles to add additional traction. Good trekking shoes are also recommended as they can add additional grip, and reduce falls / injuries to the ankle if slipping. Combined with other risks such as trekking at heights with narrow pathways and no safety rail, the risk of severe injuries can increase substantially.

Scrambling

River Crossings

River Crossings require that you jump between rocks to get to the other side (if water levels are low enough), or roll up your pants and walk across. Rivers can be prone to flood conditions (depending on the source) or high currents adventurers need to be aware of. The rock bed can also be extremely slippery and care must be taken. River levels can also change in some rivers based on tide or weather, so ensure you have a way to still return back to camp. Some rivers may also house dangerous organisms or animals (any specific threats should be mentioned in the description). Where possible, Adventure Buddies tries to avoid wading through rivers (preferably by using bridges, or alternatively by using dry stepping stones where available).

Poorly Defined Trail (GPS / Maps & Compass recommended)

Isolated Area

Isolated area's have few tourists and  poor communications. In the event of an emergency, personal first aid may be required or/and groups may be required to be self-sufficient (as help may be a fair distance away) It is often recommended to carry a PLB/EPIRB or Satellite communicator in such areas and let people know your travel plans in advance. Experience is recommended when visiting such areas

High Bridge Crossing

For some adventures, high bridges are used for crossings (some such as everest base camp have multiple). We consider a bridge to be be a risk if it is high enough that one with a phobia of heights may be affected. Many people with this phobia are capable of overcoming it, however, for those seeking a casual adventure many may prefer to avoid them.

Heights

Confined Areas / Caves

Beach Walk

A beach walk is generally relatively safe, except may affect the type of clothes you may wear. Some beaches may also be strongly affected by Tides, where tides rise quickly and cut you off from progressing, or waves picking you up and forcing you into the cliff's or coastline. Know the conditions of the beaches before going out. If you aren't sure, ask.

Basic Rock Climbing / Hard Scrambling

Difficult Scrambling which is considered easy rock climbing (where most people don't use equipment). Safety equipment is however still recommended. People with pre-existing injuries are generally NOT recommended to follow these walks Combined with slippery rocks and a steep incline or heights, the risks can stack up to become extremely hazardous/deadly.