That’s quite a campfire! Daredevil toasts marshmallows over mouth of volcano – before gobbling down s’mores
Now that’s what you call a campfire! Daredevil Bradley Ambrose grins for the camera as he toasts marshmallows over an active VOLCANO.
Sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and slab of chocolate between two biscuits to make a s’more – usually a popular treat amongst scouts – he barely seems to notice the bubbling lava just a few feet below him.
The intense heat of the mouth of the volcano, on Ambym island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, takes only a few seconds to cook the tasty treat.
The red hot lava can reach temperatures of more than 1000C – and Bradley, from Christchurch, New Zealand, perches perilously on the mouth of the volcano to get the maximum amount of heat.
Volcano explorer Bradley and pal Geoff Mackley were filming scenes for a Japanese TV show last month when they decided to try the stunt during a break in filming.
Bradley filmed his stunt – and in the heart-stoping footage, he can be seen stumbling as he walks away from the edge of the volcano with his snack.
Bradley said: “Geoff and I were camped on the craters of Ambym island in Vanuatu for a Japanese TV show, afterwards we guided a group of enthusiasts into the Benbow crater where I filmed making the s’mores for a bit of fun.
“My girlfriend, who had lived in Canada for a number of years, thought it would be funny to try my hand at making s’mores.
“Doing something like this is a way of breaking up the time when you’re away from civilisation for a few weeks.
“Unfortunately, I’ve never tried making them before and sort of stuffed it up, I believe that the trick is to roast the marshmallow first and then add it to the cracker and chocolate, whereas I wrapped it in tinfoil and toasted it all together.
“They still tasted great though however I might give it another go and try and perfect it on another expedition.
“I had previously been down to the lava lake inside Benbow at the beginning of last year. The activity then was a lot more extreme and it was too hot to stay at that lip for very long even with a ‘heatsuit’ on.
“The level of the lake has dropped slightly which allowed me to get closer without needing to wear a ‘heatsuit’. It still was uncomfortable though and I couldn’t stay at the edge for too long.
“The lava lake is about 300-350 metres inside the Benbow crater and you need to abseil, at times , down a vertical wall to get close to the lake.”