MSN Travel's James Draven is among the first people in the world to descend into the heart of a volcano - here's his account
I'd never really thought much about the expression 'quaking in my boots' until now, when I find myself literally shaking with fear from my knees to the tips of my toes. As a vertigo sufferer, I'm glad of my heavy hiking footwear because as we descend in one of those rattly, little lifts similar to ones window-cleaners use to soap-up skyscrapers, I imagine they're anchoring me to the ground.
Except this is about lava rather than lather; I'm gradually descending 400ft right into the belly of a volcano.
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Why was he "quaking in his boots"? It's a tourist feature, hence all the scaffolding and lights, get real, no actual danger apart from tripping and falling! Obviously MSN reporters have problems with the real world!
Terrible photography by the way!