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Climbing INTO A Lava-Filled Volcano

British extreme climber rappels within 100m of an erupting volcano

Any rock climbing requires a certain lack of worry for one's own well-being—but Brit extreme climber Drew Bristol seems hell-bent on taking that logic as far as it will go. To that end, he just rappelled into the lava-spewing mouth of a volcano on Vanuatu wearing nothing but a wisp of a silvery protective suit. Check it out:



That man has cojones, for sure. But how in the heck will he top it? By deep-lava soloing over a pit filled with lava-proof robot sharks? Yep, that oughta do it.

—Ted Alvarez

via The Goat


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I think I'd avoid getting that close to molten lava unless I had valid reasons to get hot lava samples for scientific reasons. Bristol must have a death wish...

Scott
Oct 08, 2010

How did the rope not get burnt? Even being close to that much heat, the average rope would either ignite or melt.

Eric Nelson
Oct 07, 2010

Do you know how to spell idiot? Hopefully he has not sapwned any children.

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Asbestos rope?

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Oct 06, 2010

That's ridiculous

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