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Lancashire Life - - ADVENTURE -

‘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:­ley­pher­hors­ley­l­ey­chris www.christo­pher­hors­ www.ul­ti­mat­evol­ca­noex­pe­di­

‘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.’

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