Now THAT'S a Campfire! Man Roasts Marshmallow and Drinks Beer Over Lava Lake

Would you climb into a pit of fire to get a perfectly roasted marshmallow?

Climber and volcano expert Simon Turner is making waves as the star of a viral video in which he sits calmly at the edge of an active lava lake — basically an inverted volcano — roasting a marshmallow and drinking a cold beer while wearing flip flops.

“It was an amazing experience, incredible, like being on Mars,” Turner said.


Simon Turner sits by an active lava lake to roast a marshmallow. (YouTube/CatersTV)

Using a tent pole, Turner is seen patiently waiting at the edge of the cliff, Marum crater in Ambrym, Vanuatu. Fellow daredevil Bradley Ambrose filmed his colleague casually drinking a beer.

But this was no ordinary campfire. Dressed in protective gear, the two rappelled more than 1,300 feet toward the lava lake before settling next to the boiling crater that reaches temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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While the trek isn’t recommended for the average hiker, the duo hope to bring more attention to the Marcum Crater and show people how accessible it is.


Simon Turner preps his roasting stick. (YouTube/CatersTV)

While this might seem like an insane amount of work to get a toasty marshmallow, apparently it was worth it to Turner.

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“It was the best I’ve ever had, no burning, and a perfect consistency inside,” he said.

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