My interest in volcanoes began in 2005. I spent three months in Peru and Bolivia. It was by sheer coincidence that I climbed up the active volcano “El Misti” that stands at 5,822 m (19,101 ft) above sea level. During the climb I was remarkably aware of the simmering power deep down under our feet – and it was in this barren landscape that I felt extremely close to nature and the whole, un-spoilt planet.
Ever since, fire mountains and desolate landscapes have fascinated me. Trips to volcanic hotspots in East Java (Indonesia), Sicily, Guatemala, Hawaii the Kamchatka peninsula, East Russia, Ethiopia, Iceland and into Antarctica followed.