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As we creep ever closer to the end of the year it's about that time we reflect on all we have achieved over the last twelve months and look back at the highs and lows and adventures and everything else.

 

2015 for me was the most amazing year of explores I have ever had, and probably most amazing year in general. In total I racked up 106 explores, 63 in the UK and the other 43 spread over two trips to America. I visited Canada and Scotland for the first time, I finally explored some locations I had wanted to cross off for years, saw some amazing stuff I never knew existed and even found the time to revisit a few old favourites along the way.

 

Short of making a massive thread all of my own I thought it best to start a general thread where we can all add our highlights of the last year :)

 

In no particular order here are mine....

 

1. Finally seeing George Barnsley's, I was so incredibly happy to find myself in here at long last.

 

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2. Leicester Post Office, by far and away one of the most unexpectedly beautiful places I have explored.

 

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3. Perhaps spending five and a half hours wading through thigh-deep snow between thousands of scrap cars in the middle of the Canadian wilderness wasn't the wisest idea ever but by golly it was good, and quite painful, fun.

 

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4. Finally exploring an asylum over in the USA was an undoubted highlight.

 

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5. Abandoned Plantation House, I rarely fall head over heels for a location but there was just something about this mansion which I absolutely adored. My dream home...

 

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6. I explored the mother of all grain silos in Baltimore...

 

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7. Selly Oaks mortuary, need I say more.

 

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8. Tonedale Mill engine house, I could live here quite happily amidst the steam, electric and diesel power generators.

 

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9. Whilst it's not an epic by any means, returning to what little remains of Hellingly Asylum had immense personal significance for me, the now 99% demolished asylum being the site of my first ever explore back in June 2009.

 

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10. Wrigley's Chewing Gum Factory in Chicago is one of the biggest and best factories I have ever explored, we simply don't have factories on this scale at this level of decay in the UK any more.

 

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11. Lastly, finally laying eyes on these stairs at RAF West Raynham a week or so ago was a wonderful way to end the year.

 

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This was meant to be a top ten but I think I went a little over!

 

Here's to all our adventures in 2016, and I'd love to see your favourites from 2015.

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On 23/12/2015 at 10:51 PM, Perjury Saint said:

Some CRACKERS there kid!! That snow bound car graveyard looks MAZIN'!! :thumb

 

It is, I really need to see it without any snow as most of the stuff was pretty much buried up to the roofs! Field upon field of scrap cars the vast majority from the 1960s and 1970s, with a really friendly Canadian guy who lives right in the middle amongst his scrap :smile:

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