Brian Keating loves a challenge, so he’s spending the night at the top of Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, that is just a few hundred metres shorter than Mount Temple in Lake Louise. He joined Doug Dirks via satellite phone.

Listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/the-homestretch/segment/15426261

This was taken just before sunrise this morning, right on the rim!

This was taken just before sunrise this morning, right on the rim!

You are looking at the lava lake, 200m across, bubbling with house-sized bursts of lava disturbing the crusty surface. Very dramatic and changing moods continually from quiet to violent!

You are looking at the lava lake, 200m across, bubbling with house-sized bursts of lava disturbing the crusty surface. Very dramatic and changing moods continually from quiet to violent!

This one was taken just after the radio interview.....I’m looking a bit stunned, I know......but I was!

This one was taken just after the radio interview…..I’m looking a bit stunned, I know……but I was!

Dee and I just before sunrise this morning, on the rim.

Dee and I just before sunrise this morning, on the rim.

This shot shows the depth of the crater nicely, with my camera hard at work. The time lapse video I did shows a very dynamic movement of the crust plates floating and moving on the lake, being sucked down back into the bowels of the earth!

This shot shows the depth of the crater nicely, with my camera hard at work. The time lapse video I did shows a very dynamic movement of the crust plates floating and moving on the lake, being sucked down back into the bowels of the earth!