Photographer Christopher Horsley camps on an active VOLCANO to capture stunning photos

  • Christopher Horsley photographed his camping trip to Marum, an active lava lake of Ambrym, Vanuatu
  • He used drone photography to shoot Mars-like terrain after spending a night sleeping on the crater floor
  • Trip was Horsley’s third expedition to Ambrym totalling nearly four months on the volcano and 14 descents

For most tourists the sight of a simmering volcano spitting out red hot lava and plumes of ash cloud would send them running – but one intrepid traveller couldn’t resist the opportunity to capture the otherworldly terrain on camera.

Christopher Horsley, 24, from Ormskirk, Lancashire, shot his camping trip to lava lake Marum on volcano Ambrym in Vanuatu, with expedition founder, Geoff Mackley and fellow climbers Nik Halik and Kevin Keator. 

Mr Horsley, who acted as both an expedition guide and photographer/drone pilot for for the trip, said: ‘As climbers/filmmakers specialising in accessing volcanoes, the purpose of the mission was to acquire access to the crater floor spending a night inside and to capture images using drone photography for documenting purposes.

‘To set up camp in such an extreme location completely blows the mind, being surrounded by 450 metre rock faces on all sides really makes you feel helpless, also the 70m wide roaring lava lakes helps with that too.

‘Sleeping at the bottom of the crater was actually a world’s first but after one night down there you are ready to get out.’

The trip was Mr Horsley’s third expedition to Ambrym totalling almost four months on the volcano and 14 descents into Marum itself with each descent and ascent taking four to five hours depending on climber competency. He warned: ‘Things can change very quickly on the ropes in such an extreme place, a problem can escalate very quickly.’


Christopher Horsley, 24, from Ormskirk, Lancashire, captured his camping trip to Marum, an active lava lake of Ambrym, Vanuatu, with expedition founder, Geoff Mackley. Pictured is Nik Halik abseiling into Marum


The traveller and his team gained access to the crater floor and spent a night inside. He then captured images using drone photography. Pictured above is Marum with the ash plain and campsite in view


The island has two active volcanic cones – Benbow and Marum. Mr Horsley camped on Marum


From the red hot lava to ginormous craters the striking images look as though they were taken on Mars


Mr Horsley said: ‘As the expedition guide it was my job to lead the climb and to maintain the safety of fellow climbers Nik Halik and Kevin Keator. As a secondary role I was also photographer and drone pilot.’ Pictured is Jake Thomas abseiling down into Marum


To descend to the crater floor of Marum, guiding two people would take Mr Horsley anywhere from two to two and a half hours


Mr Horsley said: ‘Sleeping at the bottom of the crater was actually a world’s first but after one night down there you are ready to get out.’ Pictured is Nik Halik looking up into the lava lake


He added: ‘To set up camp in such an extreme location completely blows the mind, being surrounded by 450 metre rock faces on all sides really makes you feel helpless, also the 70m wide roaring lava lakes helps with that too.’ Pictured is Chris Horsley sitting by the volcano eating


Each descent and ascent takes between four and five hours in total depending on climber competency


He warned: ‘Things can change very quickly on the ropes in such an extreme place, a problem can escalate very quickly.’ Pictured is the burning lava inside Marum


For most tourists the sight of a simmering volcano spitting out red hot lava and plumes of ash cloud would send them running but a group of hardy adventurers couldn’t resist the opportunity to capture the otherworldly terrain on camera. Pictured is the campsite


The trip was the hardy traveller’s third expedition to Ambrym totalling nearly four months on the volcano, and about 14 descents into Marum itself

 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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