British adventurer joins team of daredevils as they make their first ever descent into remote volcanic crater
This is the incredible moment a British adventurer stood on the edge of the mouth of an active volcano – just yards from a lake of boiling lava.
Chris Horsley, 23, withstood temperatures of 1150C as he was photographed kneeling next to the Marum lava lake in Vanuatu.
Chris, originally from Ormskirk, Lancs, was lucky enough to get close to the remote volcano after he met daredevil adventurers, Geoff Mackley and Bradley Ambrose whilst backpacking.
He joined Geoff and Bradley, both from New Zealand when they travelled to Vanuatu alongside a small team for their latest descent of the lava lakes of volcanic Ambrym Island.
Previously only having descended into the 1,200 ft deep Marum crater, Geoff and Bradley decided this time to also tackle the second of the two craters on the island – the Benbow crater.
Being near the furious lava which has a scorching heat of over 1700 degrees fahrenheit makes for an extreme environment and safety precautions are vital. One aggressive surge of lava or a slip could imminently turn anyone into ash.
Photographer Bradley Ambrose said: “Geoff made this descent first, rigging the ropes so became the first person to ever make the full descent to the lava lakes in the world.”
“It’s a live volcano and it is inherently dangerous and unpredictable.
“I have been caught out in the past so we ensure we all wear safety helmets and visors and at a minimum wear a proximity jacket for any spatter that may eject.
“We try to keep time at the edge at a minimum because the proximity suits actually cause you to overheat by trapping your body heat within them.
“I’ve also been hit by newly ejected lapilli, and even though they’re small, they still pack enough heat to scold your skin instantly and melt clothing and burn through material.
“It’s like opening an oven door that’s on high and putting your head in.
“Less than 20 people have made it to the bottom in the world and we were involved in every single successful descent.”