Hot stuff – man takes extreme selfie in front of erupting volcano
Despite the heat of the moment, one brave mountaineer kept his cool to take a selfie in front of an ACTIVE VOLCANO!
Nik Halik, 45, from Los Angeles, USA, took the explosive shot while climbing the Benbow volcano on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu.
But smiles aside, Nik’s fellow climber Bradley Ambrose, 39, from Auckland, New Zealand, revealed that the risks of getting the shot were extremely high thanks to the staggering heat and toxic gases pumped out from the volcano.
Nik and Bradley spent weeks waiting for the opportune moment to descend into the volcano’s caldera and get close to Benbow’s lava lake.
The extreme expedition even included an overnight stay 200m down inside the volcano itself.
The image was taken at the lowest point the daring climbers could get to without being directly affected by the heat emitted from the lava lake.
Nik said: “I have a more professional camera for taking photos, but when nobody else is around, it’s just easier to pop your phone out and take a selfie. It’s certainly the hottest selfie around.
“To me, life’s about doing the coolest things possible and getting a photo like this in front of a lava lake is one of them.”
Bradley said: “The images we have are from the lowest point inside the Benbow volcano’s caldera where a person can move without being directly affected by the lava lake’s heat.
“The lowest ledge that we got to was relatively safe to work from, although the tremors were pretty unsettling.
“When you are right up by the edge of the lava though, it’s unbearable to stand there unless you get a heat suit which will allow you to stay there longer.
“But we try to keep time at the edge at a minimum because the heat suits actually cause you to overheat by trapping your body heat within them.
“I’ve been hit by newly ejected lapilli before which still pack enough heat to scold your skin instantly and melt clothing despite being so small.
“We had a great run on this expedition. Once we had our camps and marks set up we were only delayed by 36 hours because of rain. Once it dried up we went down.”