The Travel & locaTion Issue
On the edge
Carsten Peter is known for doing whatever it takes to capture images in
any conditions, from the crater of a volcano to the interior of a glacier.
By Holly Stuart Hughes
It sounds like a scene out of Raiders of the Lost Ark or Fitzcarraldo. On assignment for National Geographic, photographer Carsten Peter trekked for a day and a half through jungles and down rivers in Vietnam in the company of a British exploring club that had dis-
covered the largest subterranean caves in the world. In addi-
tion to climbing gear, camping equipment and provisions, the
club and their porters also had to transport hundreds of light
bulbs. Peter planned to use the bulbs as he photographed the
galleries and passages of the Hang Son Doong caves.