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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Midnight » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:18 am UTC

M.qrius wrote:
Midnight wrote:if i counts, i can count at least a half dozen ways to get into my school while it's 'fully locked up' and twice that to escape (for escaping, replace 'fully locked up' with 'during school hours where it's supposed to be difficult to leave')

edit: in case someone goes "that's not really what i'm saying..." does it help if it involves 'locked' doors, ladders, and the roof of the theatre?

Don't they have an alarm installed?




well, most of it's mechanical locks that take 2 screwdrivers to pick, if i have enough time.

a surprising amount of them have keypads or whatever, but aren't actually locked. you just open it. i guess the keypads aren't really functional...
additionally, i'm quite good friends with the acting teacher, so there arent' too many awkward questions like "hey, you don't know me, but i'm going to climb up that, leap over to that, go across that catwalk, and go to the ladder to get on the roof. do you mind?" instead it can be "hey, can you toss me the keys?"
EDIT: to clarify, that's for going on the roof.

it's also kinda funny.. the science buildings all have alarm glass, with the criss-crossing wires in it, on all the little windows on the doors, and the windows on the actual rooms.
however, there's a LARGE glass window that's not alarmed, that happens to connect to the science building, with a door that's always open.

not that i'm breaking windows, but that's the mentality of my school. assume the kids don't think up plots that require more than 2 steps.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby M.qrius » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:02 am UTC

Is that alarm glass? I thought it was just basic glass with wires for added strength, so it would hold the cracked pieces together when a brick was thrown at it. Kind of like reinforced concrete.

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Bnty » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:37 am UTC

I don't know if it counts necessarily...
My friends and I went to the park around here to go see something one of my friends was telling us about. Park's in the middle of the city, just basically a giant canyon that all the roads go around and the wilderness lives in. If you follow the trails, then hike past the "DO NOT PASS" sign for a few minutes, there's a car. 1950's ish with tree limbs growing through it/from it, rusted doors, missing glass, etc. Unless it was planted there, I don't know how it got there.
It's not like anyone else hasn't seen it though, there was a biker coming from the opposite direction. (He must've been working hard though, because there's no way you can bike that thing.)
So it's an urban item, in a non urban area, nested in an urban area. Plus it's past a Do not Pass sign. So I'm not sure whether or not it qualifies, but it's damn weird.

I am inspired after reading this thread.

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby AbNo » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:40 am UTC

Gem wrote:I've always wanted to go exploring, but the friends who live near me wouldn't be into that. And I'd rather not go on my own. :(


Have you tried asking them? You might be surprised.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Phi » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:46 am UTC

I have not found a single abandoned building in my area. I really want to find an abandoned old farmhouse in some field, walk in, and just explore. More points for it being a large farmhouse; more for me to explore. Unfortunately, I'd actually have to travel a fair distance before I'd be able to find something like that.
What I used to do was go down the freeway, find an exit that I had never taken before, and explore that part of town. We've explored creeks that way, and I found some old porn magazines beside a creek once. I absolutely love seeing the interior of homes, though. And even better if the home seems abandoned.

And on the topic of crime, I think it's safest for me to go out at any time.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby AbNo » Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:02 am UTC

M.qrius wrote:Is that alarm glass? I thought it was just basic glass with wires for added strength, so it would hold the cracked pieces together when a brick was thrown at it. Kind of like reinforced concrete.


Correct, Qrius. I don't know WHERE these people get their information.

Actually, this makes me think of something from Acts of Gord....
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The setting... The shopkeeper (Gord) is on hold on the phone while three kids walk in. They see an open PlayStation on the counter, so they walk over to see it.

Then, the obvious intellectual of the group starts in...

"You see, being that I've taken apart and fixed a couple PlayStations, I can tell you what's wrong with this unit. First up, the power switch is missing... and blah blah blah blah."

"Actually, the only thing wrong with that PlayStation is that I haven't put the lid back on it. It's all fixed and ready to go." spoke the Gord.

"Uhm..."


Wired glass, as it is called, is laced with wire between two sheets of glass..... you can probably figure out the rest. While it's possible you COULD run an alarm system through wired glass, I've never heard anything of the sort, for what that means.

It's feasible, but not something you are likely to run into in a setting such as a public school, or even anything lower than a prestigeous college.

Magnetic door detectors are much, MUCH more commonly used. They are on most-all the dorm doors at Bridgewater College. They are also being made in a wireless form nowadays.

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It is NOT SAFETY GLASS, however. This stuff still breaks into pointy, eviscerating shards. The wire is also a hazard unto itself.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:43 am UTC

My search-fu does not fail me. ARISE!

My friends and I have been doing a lot of exploring recently. We've made a few expeditions onto some roofs and into the bowels of the my university's Chemistry building, and we've been doing reconnaissance on the Physics building. One of my friends got a little freaked out when one building required a five story ladder climb straight down into a pitch black abyss. We've also poked around a few steam tunnels, but we've run into locked doors or padlocked gates. My really thin roommate is sure he can squeeze under the gates, but we haven't tried it yet. We also tested lowering him about 20 feet from one roof to a lower one so we could get access to another building, but we're postponing that for now. We weren't exactly keen on using a hammock as a rope in the first place. We plan on going to an REI outlet or something to get more maglites, filtration masks, and decent rope.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me at the time. I'll make sure to take some pictures fairly soon.

So, has anyone else been sneaking around lately?

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby LL Cool J » Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:02 am UTC

Actually, I have, just two nights ago. Three friends and I set out for a walk, heading for a brightly lit patch of land in the distance. We got there eventually. It had tall fences, topped with four strands of electric fencing on the top, but the really daunting part was that the electric fencing was an entire separate fence, two or three inches inside the first fence, with horizontal strands every few inches. Not particularly easy to climb. The only thing that seemed to be in there (apart from demountables) were big dumpsters labelled 'MAGIC BINS'. Shit yeah, I'd want to protect my magic too. So that seemed to be going nowhere. We kept walking, found another fence, this one with just barbed wire, climbed it. Wandered around in a construction area by the railway tracks for a while-- big piles of gravel are ridiculously fun to slide down. Wandered down the tracks and a few other roads, found some old tunnels and stuff, then just sat on the tracks for a while. When the trains came, we lay with our faces in the grass (it was cool, the night was warm) and watched them zoom past, so close.

Other times, I've explored my city a fair bit, including going through a few abandoned apartment blocks and stuff. I love looking at the things that people leave behind in those kinds of places.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:19 am UTC

Haha, magic bins. That's awesome and sounds like the makings of a great origin story.

Someone from earlier in the thread mentioned http://infiltration.org/ indirectly, so here's the link. I was lucky enough to get the link to a website detailing some of the secret entrances, paths, areas, and infiltrations methods at my university. It's somewhat of a closely guarded secret among some students here.

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby a386 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:52 am UTC

New Jersey has its share of sights to see (weird NJ and all) and i've been to a couple though not as many as i'd like.

The Gates of Hell is basically a big old storm drain where it is rumored there is satanic or cultist activity sometimes, rituals ranging depending on the teller from hooded robes and chanting to human sacrifice. Of course, there are the standard jersey myths about how the devil lives seven levels down or there's a hidden room with a glowing skull and my brother's friend swears to god he knows a guy who went in and never came out - the mythology of it is a big part of what makes this so fun for me. It is a pretty creepy place, it's covered in graffiti some of which is ol' pentagrams or inverted crosses or what have you. We didn't venture terribly far into the tunnel because it's a storm drain and it had rained and there was all rushing water once you got past the first big main part. I think my favorite thing about my trip there really was just the adventure getting there, following a secondhand description down train tracks with no station in sight, jumping and slipping down a gravel hill all giddy, hiding from headlights that just swept over from a turning car. A standard trip, bordering on a rite of passage, for kids in the area.

The WeirdNJ story about albino village is how the story goes down, but it leaves something out. There was once a sort of a settlement of albinos near the Passaic River in the 1900s or so, in case you don't feel like following that link. The little village sort of stayed around through the fifties and early sixties i think, and sometimes a teen-ager would drive through and get all spooked for a thrill. (A railroad track crosses over the street just before you reach the Village; this makes for a neat stone tunnel which serves as an entrance and a creepy place to drive through with no headlights.) Once the shanties and such were thoroughly abandoned and demolished, the ground was built over with like thirteen generic suburban houses, as it says. There are also two industrial buildings around there, one with offices and another with a few offices and a big garage for loading trucks. Here is the thing though, a couple of years ago the whole place was bought by the state because a new on-ramp to the nearby highway is to be built there (think Hitchhikers Guide.) The people who lived there i guess had a short time to leave, and what remained was a lovely row of somewhat-hastily abandoned houses, free for the pillaging. Some highlights:

There was a bizarre room in the truck-garage building which had one barber's chair in the middle, a pile of things like coat hangers and boots, and a calendar displaying the finest in american sports-cars hanging on the wall. This room was the deadest room, acoustically, i've ever been inside. The same garage had a big open space (the garage part) which was one of the most acoustically live rooms i've ever been in, right outside. Moving from one to the other felt like somebody snuck up behind you and put earmuffs on you while you weren't looking.
The last house at the end of the street had a working upright piano in the garage.
People's lives stopped in their tracks. One house was covered with index cards, written on each of which was the english and polish name of the object the card was stuck to. Somebody was teaching himself english! It felt like walking through the post-apocalypse, a la that one episode of the Twilight Zone. This is the real Urban Explorer kind of stuff, and probably the meat of why i enjoyed this place so much.
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The place was colloquially known as The Hole at that point, though i'm not sure if anyone outside of my friends and i called it that. I know we didn't make it up, so we must have gotten it from somewhere. Sadly the on-ramp thing has progressed and now all the buildings have been knocked down and the place leveled. I haven't been back to see what it looks like yet.

I totally want to go to one of those abandoned asylums i hear so much about, but much of what i hear is about the police presence and how people get arrested trying to explore there.

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Julien » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:33 am UTC

In the past I lived four years in Paris. It was really lame and I hate this overrated city, but at least there's something great I made there : urban exploration.

Paris is built over an extensive network of catacombs and mines. Both are connected with each other, for miners used the catacomb galleries to explore the underground further. Ironically, miners extracted the stones that built most of Paris' buildings. The network covers almost the whole city but is especially dense on the southern side of the River Seine. Apart from a very small portion of catacombs organized as a museum, the network is forbidden to access and to visit.
Fortunately, some people have perpetuated a knowledge : where are the entrances, the maps of the network, etc. They calls themselves 'cataphiles'. I was lucky enough to became one and it was a great excitment. It begins with opening what looks like a sewing entrance, but in fact descends into the catacomb & mines network system. Afterwards, you are in a true labyrinth, narrow galleries with low ceiling, connecting some rooms from time to time - rooms that were used for rest by the miners. It's exactly like exploring a pyramid for the first time. There are no noises and no lights at all, so you have to bring, not only a flashlight, but also a lot of spare batteries.
It was an awesome experience. And to think you were just under a big city is even more thrilling. Here's a pic, I think I've got others somewhere :

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Alpha Omicron » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:19 pm UTC

Phi wrote:I have not found a single abandoned building in my area.

If you come from where I do, there's a tonne of them: http://www.countybandits.com/
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:32 pm UTC

Damn Julien, that looks incredible. How easy is it to get lost?
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby DonChubby » Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:22 am UTC

I am going to be in Paris in October, though it is a school trip, so I'm not entirely sure how much freedom we'll be given to roam around. Most of us will be 18 by the time, so hopefully we'll be allowed to explore a fair amount of the city ourselves.
I'd absolutely love to go urban exploring there; are there any specific places you can recommend Julien?
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby DonChubby » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:59 am UTC

*Bump*

Sadly there aren't many places to explore around here, that I know of. I've done some hunting for places, but nothing much has turned up. There was this one abandoned house, 2 minutes walk away from my place, where my friends and I used to go. Sadly that's been knocked down.
Same with this watchtower, I guess it was, a few stories tall, quite eerie. That got leveled as well.
I could do some social trespassing. That'd be cool, though I'm not entirely sure of the repercussions of getting caught. Probably not more than just getting thrown out of the place.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby vslayer » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:40 pm UTC

http://img10.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=cam000265.jpg

a couple of old mudbrick houses built by the first pakeha settlers in the area, there are a few old farm houses and military installations nearby but i dont have any pictures handy.

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby RetSpline » Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:28 pm UTC

I live in what may be the worst possible place for Urban Exploration: not a big city, not Buttfuck, Nowhere, but instead Suburbtown, Somewhere, surrounded by a huge metroplex for miles in every direction. There isn't an abandoned building anywhere close to within walking distance. This is all really terrible because I really like the idea of UE, and I'm always on the lookout for a chance to do it. My resume of wannabe urban exploration consists entirely of:

Shimmying through the tiny upper level of the storm drain system.
Exploring the basement of my old middle school (with proper supervision and administrator accompaniment).
Getting onto the roof of my high school, the doors to which are apparently only locked during school hours.

I always keep my eyes peeled during a drive in my area, but have yet to see anything interesting. Is there anyone in a similar situation who knows of some secrets I may not have thought of?

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:06 pm UTC

I believe that's also known as Breaking and Entering. At least, the cosmetic sound of it. At the very least, it's all trespassing.
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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Woofsie » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:09 pm UTC

Only if you break something.

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Re: Urban Exploration ( Exploring )

Postby Iv » Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:26 pm UTC

PhoenixEnigma wrote:Not to mention that, as long as you aren't carrying spray paint, accelerants, or dead bodies, a good portion of private property owners are more interested in chatting then pressing charges.


That. You have to use discretion. If you enter somewhere for just exploration, while supposing without being sure, that this area is private, just keep in mind what a possible owner or guard, or policeman would say. Sure, according to law they just could beat you out. In practice, however, they only do that when they have good clues you are out to no good.

A friend told me that while visiting a fairly popular UE place in Paris, he once encountered the cops (you were not supposed to be there) but they were fairly indulgent with his group because they just before had controlled a group of junkies and when looking inside my friend's bag they only found fondue cookware : they were there for a picnic.


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