‘The one thing you don’t get used to is the intense heat inside volcanoes. You get amazing fluctuations in temperatures. Some areas have a rush of cold air but that can rapidly become superheated. It’s like putting your head inside a pizza oven. It’s the reason why we often have to wear silver suits.’
Chris, who hopes to publish a coffee table book with some of his remarkable photographs, is not simply an adventure junkie. There is a serious dimension to what he does, highlighting the plight of threatened tribes in remote parts of the world.
One cause is the building of the The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is expected to displace approximately 20,000 people. Particularly hard hit will be people from the Gumuz tribes. You can see more amazing pictures and find out more about Chris’s work via his various social media channels and website: www.instagram.com/chrishorsley www.youtube.com/christopherhorsley www.facebook.com/horsleychris www.christopherhorsley.com www.ultimatevolcanoexpeditions.com
‘They weren’t even told what was happening,’ says Chris, whose outspoken views can put him in conflict with foreign governments.
‘They have a just cause and more people should stand up for them. I act as a facilitator for film crews highlighting what is going on. Life is a constant battle for indigenous people threatened with logging and dam projects.’
Chris tends to head back to Lancashire – his mother now lives in Speke – to take a breather and grab fresh clothes before dashing off to his next adventure, in this case a trip to Madagascar where he hopes to get involved in discussions about solar power and visit a women’s health project.
After working in such extreme conditions how does he relax? ‘That’s always a struggle for me. You get what is called expedition blues and, sometimes, a feeling of guilt,’ he says.
‘I meet so many people facing great hardship and afterwards I can just walk away and stand under a hot shower. But I’ll keep on jumping in at the deep end. I won’t stop campaigning for just causes.’