- At the bottom. In total, I
managed to do 5 full descents to the bottom of the crater (400
meters, 1200 ft). Because of the way the lava lake level has
dropped, it is now more difficult to get to the lava, but the
heat is still very intense!
- Wide angle, looking up at the
crater cliffside. It takes the better part of a full day (in
good weather) to get down to the lava, spend an appreciable amount
of time there, then ascend back up. We use gasoline powered,
motorized rope ascenders to get back up. It sure beats climbing.
- The Marum lava lake, violently
churning away. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The sound is wild,
like deep resonant ocean waves crashing against rocks.