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  1. First report in a couple years, still been getting out and about but just been very busy with other life admin for reports, got a day at home on the sick twiddling my thumbs so thought i would write summit up about our trip to red sands last year. Did the trip with bigjobs, paradox, riddlers, FB, slayaa and a few other guys who i think are registered but post on the forums even less than me so god knows what their usernames are. Bit of History The Maunsell Forts are armed towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated as army and navy forts, and named after their designer, Guy Maunsell. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for other activities including pirate radio broadcasting. One of the forts is managed by the unrecognised Principality of Sealand; boats visit the remaining forts occasionally, and a consortium called Project Redsands is planning to conserve the fort situated at Red Sands. In the summers of 2007 and 2008 Red Sands Radio, a station commemorating the pirate radio stations of the 1960s, operated from the Red Sands fort on 28-day Restricted Service Licences. The fort was subsequently declared unsafe, and Red Sands Radio has moved its operations ashore to Whitstable. Previously, forts had been built in rivermouths and similar locations to defend against ships, such as the Grain Tower Batteryat the mouth of the Medway dating from 1855, Plymouth Breakwater Fort, completed 1865, the four Spithead Forts: Horse Sand Fort, No Mans Land and St Helens Forts which were built 1865-80; and Spitbank Fort, built in the 1880s, the Humber Forts on Bull & Haile Sands, completed in late 1919, and the Nab Tower, intended as part of a World War I anti-submarine defence but only set in place in 1920. There are seven towers in the Red Sands group, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. These towers were previously connected by metal grate walk-ways. In 1959 consideration was given to refloating the Red Sands Fort and bringing the towers ashore, but the costs were prohibitive.[18] In the early 21st century there were threats that the fort could be demolished so a group called Project Redsands was formed to try and preserve the fort. It is currently the only fort that can be accessed safely from a platform in between the legs of one of the towers.[ The explore Wanted to do this since seeing bigjobs and FBs trip out their on the kayaks through the mist, if you havent seen it already definitely well worth a look, makes for a better read than mine will anyway! We didn't fancy the kayaks this time so we all got the outboards out and set sale with some horsepower behind us.....untill mine died, i say until it died, it never really got going, overheated and cut out in a puff of smoke in the first 5 minutes. That was my first outboard, i had a smaller backup outboard just in case of any such incidents as the first bigger outboard i had literally collected off ebay on the way down. anyway long outboard story short, i got towed out by bigjobs, that was once we eventually got in the water, everyone else had already been out one night but me and sarah were late to the party so we came in first thing. i say first thing, we were late to meet up with jobs and ended up chasing the tide with all the gear, would get half the gear out to the waters edge then by the time the other half was in the same spot the bloody tide had moved another 10m! We did eventually get in the water and headed out to the forts. On the approach to the sea fort we passed through some leisure boats circling the forts taking tourists out to see the forts, no doubt all wondering what the hell was going because just as we pulled in the riddlers came zipping down the rope and landed in FBs rib like a pro navy seal. We got the boats tied up and ascended up to the forts to crack open a beer and enjoy the views! FB and riddlers decided they were going to have a pop at getting up one of the other struts to see if they could get a line across vertically with the crossbow to sort out a traverse, they got the line across but then beers and food happened so no one went for the traverse. Had a lovely evening on the forts, amazing sunset watching the freight ships chugging past. FB and jane went for a jolly out to the wind farm Time for tea and bangers and mash was on the menu but i had forgotten my camping gas, luckily i managed to bodge my camping stove onto a big bottle of calor gas which had been left on the fort, bit of rubber hose a few cable ties and a bit of dismantling on the burners part and the bangers mash was a success! We woke up to fairly choppy waters, made for a rushed and slightly tense departure in the morning, the choppy waters had snapped one of the lines holding the boats in position ready to ab down into. The boats were now drifting about 10m away from the bottom of the ab rope. cant remember who it was now, either fb or riddlers had to ab down and try and drag all the boats over back in line underneath the ab rope and then get a line out to replace the snapped one. We got lucky with the rope that did snap, if the other line had snapped the current would have dragged the boats into the struts and the barnacles would have torn the boats to shreds and we really would have been up shit creek. oh yeah i forgot, at this point we had yet another dead outboard! the riddlers pull chord had snapped off the day before, i went on the hunt round the forts and found a rusty old socket set in an old toolbox so the first job once back in the boats in the choppy sea was for law to try and get his outboard sorted. luckily the sea did begin to calm down as we were all abing down into the boats and we set back off without any major incidents. It was a big realization just what a relentless and unforgiving force the sea can be, as an awesome and adventure as this is its one that can go wrong very quickly. There had been plenty of prep and investment gone into this adventure, we made sure everyone had suitable life jackets, radios, flares, everyone had rope experience, big help having someone who knows their way around an outboard engines etc etc, its certainly not a walk in the park operation! big thanks to jobs, for getting everything all rigged up prior to our arrival, it sounds like you all had a rough time of it getting up there the first night! The approach Riddlers doing his navy seal impresson Going up Right tools for the job. Some internals. bed for the night The bangers and mash will go on! Thanks for reading and bigger thanks to everyone who made it happen. see you again in 2 years for another report!
  2. Hello folks! I recently visited an abandoned military barrack which was used by Pioneers for almost a hundred years. The area is abandoned for a few years now, 2015 the buildings were used for accommodation for refugees. Since somewhere around then, the place sits empty. There are already plans on how the area is going to be used once they tore down the remains of the barracks. A new district housing around 2500 people, a school campus and a kindergarten amongst other things will be built here. All that a car-free zone. Can't say I'm too bummed about that, sounds like it could be a sick project! DSC_6434 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6453 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6463 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6478 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6486 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6494 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6512 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6544 by anthrax, auf Flickr If I could excite you for more, check out the full album here or my post about it here.
  3. My first real Urban Exploration was done on that airfield. This is where it all began for me and it wasn't even that long ago! The airfield opened in 1936, initially for the usage for civilian air traffic such as sport flying (if that's a word). Not only that but the area was also used for construction of various aircraft-related mechanisms and for supporting the army with weapon technology during the Second World War. The Red Army took over operations after WW2 which explains the signs with cyrillic writing. DSC_4227 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_4266 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_4404 by anthrax, auf Flickr The album with all pictures can be found here and my thorough post here.
  4. An abandoned beacon in the baltic sea. There are two of it. One 1000m and the other one in 4000m distance from the runway. Ther were used to enlarge the range of the runway ...so the pilots could navigate easier to the short runway. Build and used by the NVA. The army of the former GDR... (DDR).
  5. Have any of you missed a site: somewhere that was torn down, redeveloped or closed off just before you had the chance to visit and look around? I had a very quick look at this quarry but it was demolished just before I had planned to go back and climb stuff! Full report is here http://www.lifeoutthere.co.uk/2018/04/18/the-quarry-that-got-away/ What was your "one that got away"?
  6. History, of which I (believe it or not!!) didn't steal from another poster!! Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. There were 16 huts, mostly timber built. Some of those are still on site, most are demolished. One of them, Hut 4 which was used for Naval intelligence is now used as a restaurant for the museum. There were quite a few brick built blocks too, most of which still stand on the site. Block A: Naval Intelligence. Block B: Italian Air and Naval, and Japanese code breaking. Block C: Stored the substantial punch-card index. Block D: Enigma work, extending that in huts 3, 6, and 8. Block E: Incoming and outgoing Radio Transmission and TypeX. Block F: Included the Newmanry and Testery, and Japanese Military Air Section. It has since been demolished. Block G: Traffic analysis and deception operations. Block H: Tunny and Colossus (now The National Museum of Computing). Explore I visited with @hamtagger & @Session9. We had wanted to visit this place for some time and as we were making our way through the H & V's of Milton Keynes I was vocally expressing my reminiscence at the days I used to take journeys to go raving and got pretty excited when we came across V7 Saxon Street! Anyway when we got there I was quite surprised that this sat literally in the middle of a really built up area. We had a nice dander round Block G and then through to Block D. I really enjoyed it, very leisurely explore. No one around, at all. Everything was perfectly silent and at one point I even sat next to a window listening to visitors of the museum talk about how their wife really did make a shit cup of coffee. I liked the decay, especially in Block D. There was so much memorabilia I could have spent days here just trying to work out what everything was! Really pleased we eventually got around to visiting. Anyway, on to the pics. (apologies, these are completely non edited as Flickr is stillshit but not as shit as photofuckit) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Thanks for looking!
  7. History The Miramar Peninsula, which is located on the south-eastern side of Wellington, has a rich and especially fascinating underground history. The area is perforated with many coves and caves, and even more interestingly old military bunkers that date back to the late 1800s. However, information about these subterranean worlds is quite often fragmented or simply non-existent. What is known, though, is that for many years the peninsula was occupied almost entirely by the military, until 1907 at least when the northern section of the peninsula was linked to the rest of the city by tram. The peninsula has always been an important component in the defence of Wellington; its very name, Miramar, means ‘sea view’ in Spanish. The strategic position of the land was thought to be ideal for the construction of observation posts, coastal guns and emplacements. These were installed to prevent the approach of Russian enemy warships and subsequent attacks. Further additions to Wellington’s defence were made between 1933 and 1960, when Palmer Head was selected as the site for a new battery. Guns were installed in 1936 and by the outbreak of World War II it was operational, although not at full efficiency because some facilities had not yet been constructed. One of the fundamental problems was accommodation; however, this was eventually resolved with the erection of temporary huts. These were later replaced with more substantial buildings. A radar station was the next facility to be added to the installation in 1941 and remnants of this can still be found today. Later in that same year, following the completion of the radar station, it was decided that the site would be expanded once again. This time secret underground military plotting and wireless rooms were to be constructed. The development included the construction of an access road, an access tunnel, two plotting rooms, an engine room and two wireless rooms. Only two entrances for the secret facility were built, one to the north and the other to the west. Palmer Head was decommissioned in 1957, along with every other battery in New Zealand. The advent of air warfare and the threat of a nuclear apocalypse rendered these outdated forts redundant. Nevertheless, the guns were not removed and scrapped until 1961. Thereafter a widespread demolition exercise was put into effect. The original idea for Palmer Head was that it would become a new housing estate, and preliminary plans were drafted. In the end, though, the land was never actually set aside for this development. It was decided that the project could not go ahead due to the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) facilities in the area. Despite the rejection of the development project, the demolition plans for Palmer Head still went ahead and it was dealt with in two phases. By the end of 1970 most of the Palmer Head site had been reduced to rubble. As for the old plotting rooms and wireless rooms, though, they were never destroyed because they lay inside a fenced-off compound owned by the CAA. It is reported that for many years the old ventilation ducts to the rooms were left exposed and they were not buried until the 1990s, when several alterations were made to the compound. The Moa Point Radar station at the top of the hill also survived as it was being used by the CAA in the 1970s. Today, the forgotten secret rooms are once again accessible; although, finding the hole in the hillside is no easy task. Our Version of Events It was almost time to leave Wellington and head off in search of more abandoned places elsewhere in New Zealand, but as we had a little bit of time left on the last evening we set out to get one final explore done. Thanks to a young wizard who goes by the name Zort, we’d received word of some old plotting rooms deep inside a hillside somewhere on the Miramar Peninsula and they sounded particularly interesting. A good old historic underground explore would be a perfect way to end the trip. We drove as close to the site as was possible, but had to ditch the car and walk the rest of the way. So, armed with our cameras and torches, we entered the bush. For the most part, we were walking blindly, not quite sure exactly where the tunnel entrance would be. But it was good fun and we spotted a fair few wētā along the way. In the end, we actually came across the way into the underground rooms a lot quicker than we’d expected. For once there was a minimal amount of fannying around, so everything went smoothly much like a well-oiled machine. Getting into the rooms was, as we’d expected, a tight affair. Basically, if you have any Christmas padding around the midriff, or aspire to be a Hercules lookalike, you’re not getting into this site. With that in mind, we crawled flat on our fronts for a fair few metres until the tunnel gradually widened enough to kneel. From there we had to scramble down a pile of rubble and drop into a long concrete corridor. At this point we could stand up straight and see, quite clearly, that the only way we could go was forwards. So, we followed the tunnel and passed a few empty rooms to the left and right of us. One of these looked like it might have housed the engine at one time. As for the others, it was impossible to tell what their original purpose was. At the end of the corridor we found two larger rooms that were connected by a small window and a left-hand turn. We explored each of the rooms which have a few bits and pieces metal lying in them, and then made our way back to the corridor which turned out to be flooded in the next section. It wasn’t too deep to begin with, but the further we went the higher it got. It wasn’t exactly a pleasant pool of water either; it was slightly green and stale looking. Eventually, we reached the limit of our gumboots (wellies) and couldn’t quite reach the end of the tunnel where there was a large metal gate and more rubble. This forced us to turn back the way we came. After that we faffed around for a while trying to do a bit of light painting, before we finally decided it was beer O’clock and time for some food. To get back out we returned to the pile of rubble and, once again, suffered the tight squeeze back through sand, rubble and concrete. Explored with Bane. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16:
  8. The old Soviet military camp is one of my favourite ones in Germany. It was built during the Nazi era and later used by the Red Army. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), the area has been abandoned. I´ve visited this place three times so far, because I´ve been so deeply fascinated by still finding so many authentical remnants of the past, and I´m sure there´s still more to explore.
  9. History - This was the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II. Run by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), it regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. Explore - This was the second site (after a fail) on an awesome road trip with @CuriousityKilledTheCat, Sprinks and a couple of non OS members. After seeing reports on this before we went this was one place I really wanted to see because of the amount of history it held, and the role it played during the second world war.... when we pulled up, it wasn't looking promising because the block was boarded up to high hell, but we'd managed to get in... We spent quite a while in here, exploring the never ending corridors & amazed by the piles of equipment from computers to radios to decibel readers. definitely an explore to remember! Enjoy Thanks For Looking
  10. Thought it was high time i actually posted something so here goes my very first post. Had this place on the to do list for sometime now. In fact so long I'd forgotten all about it. Was only after another explore nearby went tits up that we decided to hit this place. Glad I did as it was a real treat. The place is full of old tanks,ground to air missiles, anti tank guns, trucks the highlight for me was the WW2 era 88mm. I have no history as to why this stuff is where it is. Possibly its a failed museum. Am sure someone on here probably knows. Explored with my other half and a non member just before new years.
  11. History Malabar Battery, also known as Boora Point Battery, was constructed at Malabar Head in 1943, during WWII. The battery comprised part of the coastal defence positioned at Bare Island Fort, Henry Battery and Banks Battery; it was built as an aggregate to reinforce the existing structures in place. Early in 1942, after the fall of Singapore, the Australian government feared a Japanese invasion and since the country lacked defences they sought help from the United States. In reality, Japan never planned an invasion as it was deemed unfeasible to try and carry out a takeover; their only significant action against Australia involved advancing through the South Pacific, in an attempt to isolate Australia by slowing the advance of allied forces. At Malabar Battery, two six inch Mark XII gun emplacements were installed. In addition to the guns, an underground counter bombardment facility was constructed, adding to the overall firepower of the defensive structure. This was fitted with ‘gun crew ready rooms’, an ammunition supply/store area and an engine room. A single track tramway was also fitted, traversing from the ammunition drop off point to the ammunition supplies in the basement, and finally to the two gun emplacements themselves. Further sections to the battery included northern and southern searchlight blockhouses, and a barracks and toilet block for the facility. After the war, like most of the other lookouts and defences across Australia, Malabar Battery was decommissioned and the guns were removed. Since then the site has remained abandoned and an alluring target for Australia’s graffiti ‘artists’. Our Version of Events Next on our list of sites to see: the legendary Malabar Battery. Originally, we had intended to meet up with another explorer who’s located in Sydney and he had wanted to take us out to this location, but, due to unfortunate timings, he was busy. Nevertheless, we took it upon ourselves to get on a train, then a bus, and then a second one, all the way down to Malabar. By all accounts, the area looks particularly picturesque when looking at photographs of the coastline, but heed our warning – looks can be deceiving! Only when we were happily on our way, on the first bus, did we noticed that a couple of our fellow travellers were wearing ankle tags. As various normal-looking people got off, more and more dodgy looking characters got on. The bus suddenly began to feel like a prison transfer, rather than a public service. At the point where we had to change buses, we noticed a group of security guards gathered at the bus stop; their job it seemed was to hop on the buses as they drove into Maroubra and Malabar. Once again we found ourselves in ghetto territory. In the beginning, judging by the names, we were expecting to find small Spanish-looking towns: how wrong our first impressions were. We hopped off the bus in the middle of a housing estate somewhere, after I saw a bay out of the window that looked strangely familiar. Indeed, we’d managed to drive to the opposite side of the bay so had to walk back towards our desired location. This didn’t matter so much as we were able to enjoy some of Malabar’s fantastic coastline. It took less time than we’d imagined to cross the bay, and before we knew it we were standing outside the nearby water treatment plant. Since it’s inconveniently in the way, blocking access to the wilderness behind it – where the batteries are located – we were forced to traverse the cliffside. We made slow progress up the rocks, but eventually we caught sight of the buildings we’d been looking for. Careful to avoid snake and other beasties, we wandered into narrow sandy tracks within the bushes. They continued on for quite some time and, since the bushes were high, we weren’t able to see where we were going. Continuing on, using pure instinct (luck), we eventually stumbled upon the crumbling remains of the former battery. The intense glow of the graffiti must have guided us there. With daylight fading quickly we decided to cover the site as quickly as possible, hence why I didn’t manage to get any photographs of the spotlight nests. It didn’t really matter though since there was plenty more to see. At first it seemed that all of the entrances had been sealed, as we’d been warned by others, but after some searching in the bushes we soon discovered what we were looking for: a great big dirty way inside. And that was that really, once inside it felt a little bit like the film, Outpost, with its long concrete tunnels and various chambers. Fortunately, there didn’t appear to be any murderous Nazi ghouls or experiments inside this bunker, so we made it back out again just as the sun had fully set. Only at that point, though, did we realise that we had to wander back through the bush to get out again… Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Some Australian Wilderness 2: One of the Spotlight Nests in the Distance 3: Inside the Bunker attached to the Observation Post 4: Former Trenched Walkway and Barracks 5: Former Tramway 6: Main Observation Post 7: Inside the Underground Bunker 8: Stairs (up) to one of the Gun Emplacements 9: Doorway to a Former Ammunition Store 10: Ammunition Storeroom 11: Heading Towards the Second Tunnel 12: Fallen Ventilation Shaft 13: More Underground Tunnel 14: Underground Rooms in the Bunker 15: Old Ventilation Duct 16: Large Underground Corridor 17: Following the Former Tramlines 18: End of the Line (Flooded Second Ammo Store Downstairs) 19: Gun Emplacement Outside 20: Huntsman Spider Merry Christmas Everyone!
  12. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  13. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: Visited 'The Lost City', abandoned soviet base in former eastern Germany. Big location lot's to see and explore, we went back few days later when not seeing all on the first day. grts, Peter
  14. Opening in May 1939, Royal Air Force West Raynham was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. RAF West Raynham was an expansion scheme airfield with a grass landing strip and a Fort-type lookout tower. The lookout tower was replaced with a “Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations†later in the war. The headquarters and accommodation blocks were built to the west of the landing area and bomb stores to the south-east. In 1943 two concrete runways were built to replace the grass landing strip. One runway was 1.8km and the other 1.3km in length. The housing on the base was also expanded at the same time, providing accommodation for 2,456 men and 658 women. The station had a Rapier missile training dome, in which a 180 degree simulation could be projected onto the inside of the dome to simulate flight in a fighter jet. Many of the facilities were similar to those provided by the stations sister base RAF Kirton in Lindsey in Lincolnshire, including the training dome. The station closed in 1994 but was retained as a strategic resrve. The site laid derelict until the RAF decided it was surplus to requirements in 2006 and was sold to developers in 2007. Part of the site has been used as a new housing estate, and the land around the main runway is now a solar farm. The Airmen's Restaurant Officers Mess Station HQ Accommodation Blocks Medical Block Sports Hall Control Tower Hangers and Rapier Dome The hangers are now in use by private businesses so we didn't go inside them. Water Tower
  15. History RAF Hospital Nocton Hall was a 740-bed RAF hospital serving the predominantly RAF personnel based at the large number of RAF Stations in the area. Officially designated as No. 1 RAF Hospital Nocton Hall it opened in June 1947. It was used by forces personnel, their families and local civilians until it closed on 31 March 1983. The hospital was situated the small village of Nocton in rural Lincolnshire and partly in the grounds of Nocton Hall. The Hall was used as the Officers' Mess. The main part of the hospital consisted of long corridors with wooden hut wards and departments branching off them. The hospital was on a slight slope so the corridors were not level. Explore Visited with Hamtagger having visited a few other places in the area we decided to pay Nocton a little visit. I hadn't been before but it is one of HT's favourite places so he dragged me, literally. Haha! Probably one of the easiest explores I have ever had. In, pictures taken, leisurely explore, no one around and gone again without a trace of us even being there. The place is pretty well documented and knowingly trashed but those corridors do make awesome pictures. The level of decay gets better every time I have seen it. Some nice little areas around too, quite a lot of the buildings have a lot to offer in terms of peely porn and corridors, I enjoyed it anyhoo. Thanks for looking
  16. Explored with Raz & 2 non members (i think) Background Royal Air Force Station Folkingham or RAF Folkingham is a former Royal Air Force station located south west of Folkingham, Lincolnshire and about 29 miles (47 km) due south of county town Lincoln and 112 miles (180 km) north of London, England. Opened in 1940, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a troop carrier airfield for airborne units and as a subsidiary training depot of the newly formed Royal Air Force Regiment. After the war it was placed on care and maintenance during 1947 when the RAF Regiment relocated to RAF Catterick. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the RAF Bomber Command used Folkingham as a PGM-17 Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) base. Today the remains of the airfield are located on private property being used as agricultural fields, with the main north-south runway acting as hardstanding for hundreds of scrapped vehicles. Went early one february morning for a look around and with the ice melting and sun rising we found this little gem, Bedford fire trucks and all sorts, Love it!! Half hour in a jeep and a van came flying onto site and we took shelter behind a 360 degree tipper. Found us and the conversation went a little like this; Imagine Farmer in a heavy Lincolnshire farmers accent Farmer -"Who are you? What are you doing here?" Us - "We are photographers, taking photos of these vehicles" Farmer - "So why the fuck didn't you ask?!?! How would you like it if i came into your back garden and started taking photos of your things" Us - "We didnt think anyone owned it" Farmer - "Oh yeah, because there is any land in the whole of england that isn't owned" Us - "Sorry" Farmer - "No, i can tell your nice lads but why the fuck didn't you ask?" This went on for a while longer and he then eventually told us to "Fuck off cause ive called the plod" Need to revisit Quite gutted i missed out on the amphibious vehicles, i was hopping to get inside a "Stolly" If you got this far, thanks for looking
  17. History Gin Head Rader Research Facility was made ready for action in 1943, during the Second World War. It was used as an early warning station to alert the RAF to incoming enemy aircraft; it allowed the RAF to scramble fighters specifically to the areas under attack and was part of the reason why the RAF always appeared to be in the right place at the right time. The site was also a secret facility that tested and developed radar systems for the Royal Navy and the Air Ministry. The Luffewaffe failed to recognise its significance throughout the war. The main priority was to assess captured German radar equipment. In particular, experiments were conducted on German Wurzburg and Seetaktrader equipment; this helped to understand the systems used by German destroyers, mine sweepers and other ships. The site is also well known for the innovative equipment that was produced prior to the D Day Landings in France on 6th June 1944. After the success at Gin Head, another site was established at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire; even this site was capable of detecting large enemy naval movements at sea. It is estimated that many allied lives were saved because of this technology. One of the additional major achievements of the Gin Head facility was the development of the technique named ‘Window’. The method here was to drop bundles of aluminium from an aircraft which would reflect enemy radar signals and jam their stations. It is reported that calculated amounts of aluminium dropped at certain intervals could deceive enemy reader and make it appear as though one bomber was a mass of planes or ships. The site continued to operate as a testing facility after the war, under the command of the Admiralty, although the station was reduced to maintenance level by the mid 1950’s. Nevertheless, a high level of security was still retained. Gin Head was owned by the MOD up until the early 1980’s when it was eventually sold to GEC Ferranti (now Bae Systems Avionics Ltd.); a company which specialised in manufacturing gun sights for the RAF. Ferranti continued to use the facility for testing and developing equipment for the MOD during the final years of the Cold War. The site was abandoned during the mid 1990’s and although it is currently privately owned, no plans to develop the area have arisen. Our Version of Events After our little explore in the North Sea, we decided to head back inland and check out the derelict looking building that we’d spied on the cliff edge when we initially set out to reach Bass Rock. Back on dry land, although slightly damp ourselves, we managed to reach the secure perimeter of the former research facility. The fence is still heavily covered in barbed wire, and since it was strategically positioned on the cliff edge, it’s very difficult to enter from the opposite side. After some strategic thinking of our own though, we managed to conquer the fence. Inside, the site is almost entirely stripped, although the buildings look fairly intact from the outside. A few interesting features still remain if you look hard enough, such as the protective netting, the large ramp and a few traces that the site was in fact a radar testing facility. One thing I feel I must add above all else, however, is that after discovering the significance of this site during the war, I feel satisfied that we were able to have a good look around and see the last remnants before it disappears forever. Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Gin Head Radar Research Facility from the sea 2: Gin Head Radar Research Facility from the land 3: Boiler house 4: Outside the main buildings 5: Central area 6: An example of most of the rooms 7: The ramp (used to position large radar equipment) 8: Front building 9: Side shot of front building 10: Inside 11: One of the main rooms 12: Another main room 13: The front room 14: Upstairs 15: Upstairs front room 16: Caution non ionizing radiation 17: The front of the station 18: Admiring the netting 19: Up on the roof 20: Remains of the roof 21: Room with seating 22: A corsa
  18. hey all, i'm back again So, after setting my alarm at, what can only be described as stupid o'clock in the morning and riding for what seemed like forever in darkness, I finally found myself standing in a Burger King car park waiting for my friend. Lucky I didn't have to wait long, and we were off to our first location of the day! Entry was fine - even got in early enough to chill out for a little before sunrise. The room we chilled in happened to be that of the bleeding doors, and it's safe to say it was such a lovely site watching the sun creep through the window and illuminate the doors. I didn't take loads of pictures, but here are some of the better ones.. Sorry it's not many pictures - was too busy enjoying myself Anyhow, thanks for looking guys - and if you couldn't tell, i really liked the bleeding doors;)
  19. https://fotogiornalismoeurbex.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/papa-delta-charlie/ Ci troviamo nell’entroterra ligure, sulla sommità del colle dov’era in passato situata una base militare. In realtà si trattava solamente di un centro comunicazioni che ospitava antenne radio; la struttura era presidiata dalla “59th Company U.S Army Signal” ed era in stretta comunicazione con altre stazioni tedesche. Questa rete contava circa 40 basi in tutta l’Europa, ma, tra la fine degli anni ’80 e l’inizio degli anni ’90, con l’avvento delle nuove tecnologie satellitari, la base dove ci troviamo cessò di essere utilizzata, così come molte altre stazioni che vennero dismesse. Vi lavoravano anche dei civili, come tecnici che si occupavano della manutenzione dei gruppi elettrogeni, visto che erano presenti ben tre generatori. All’epoca della Guerra del Golfo la base ebbe un ruolo molto importante, in quanto utilizzava anche la tecnologia a microonde per le comunicazioni. Translation We are in the Ligurian hinterland , on top of the hill where it was previously located a military base . In reality it was only a communications center that housed radio antennas ; the property was held by " US Army 59th Signal Company " and was in close communication with other German stations . This network had about 40 bases across Europe , but , in the late ' 80s and early' 90s , with the advent of new satellite technologies , the base where we ceased to be used , so like many other stations that were abandoned . They worked there also civilians , as technicians who took care of the maintenance of the generators , since there were three generators . At the time of the Gulf War, the base had a very important role , as also used microwave technology for communications. Al posto di guardia situato all’ingresso, era presente un militare americano e due carabinieri dei reparti speciali. La pista di atterraggio per gli elicotteri è tuttora esistente e potrebbe ancora essere utilizzata in caso di necessità , mente le grandi piazzole in cemento ancora visibili reggevano le grandi parabole. L’intera struttura si trova in condizioni pessime, addirittura poco tempo fa, ha sperimentato direttamente gli effetti devastanti delle manifestazioni non autorizzate. Alcuni anni or sono, infatti, è stata teatro di un Rave Party con un bilancio impietoso di devastazione. Lo spettacolo è a dir poco allucinante: bottiglie vuote, cumuli di sporcizia e vetri rotti ovunque. Carabinieri, polizia e vigili urbani hanno assistito impotenti allo scempio, cercando di prevenire le degenerazioni senza però poter intervenire per sgomberare gli occupanti per evitare disordini che sarebbero stati sicuramente più gravi rispetto ai disagi registrati. Ora non resta che il ricordo di un’epoca e la documentazione fotografica. Translation At the guard post at the entrance, there was an American and two police special units. The airstrip for helicopters still exists and could still be used if needed, mind the great pitches in cement still be seen holding up the great parables. The entire property is in poor condition, even recently, has directly experienced the devastating effects of unauthorized demonstrations. Some years ago, in fact, it was the scene of a Rave Party with a budget of merciless devastation. The show is nothing short of incredible: empty bottles, piles of dirt and broken glass everywhere. Carabinieri, police and city police have watched helplessly the destruction, trying to prevent the degeneration without being able to take action to evict the occupants to avoid unrest that would be certainly more serious than inconvenience recorded. Now I have the memory of an era and the photographic documentation.
  20. I struggle a lot for good internet access of late, have a lot of old and new explores to share so will begin with good old Haslar, visited a while back now with Mr K, Matt and a cowboy. Spent hours in here, if you have not visited it is one of the best explores the UK has to offer. We thought as its nearing the end of the day, a cat and mouse game with secca would be fun, so we could explore the site properly. It didn't end well, getting shown the exit by security and what I can only describe as 6 cops straight off the set from an Hawaiian cop with cameras show. Hope you like the few images I chose, have loads from this hugh place. Some history from Wiki below too The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746 and 1761. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). In 2001 Haslar was designated a Grade II listed historic park. Several of the buildings are listed. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold. To mark the handover of control to the civilian NHS trust, the military medical staff marched out of RH Haslar in 2007, exercising the unit's rights of the freedom of Gosport On 17 May 2010 an investigation of the hospital's burial ground, by archaeologists from Cranfield Forensic Institute, was featured on Channel 4's television programme Time Team. It was estimated that up to 7,785 individuals had been buried there, although other estimates say there could be anything up to 20,000. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped. Hope this report is to everyone's liking
  21. History In 1910 a military training camp was built, the now abandoned Haus der Offiziere was added in 1914 as military sports school, which was later adopted seamlessly by the Nazis. This was just part of the huge site which became known as Wünsdorf or “Little Moscow†in the 1950’s. The town which grew to accommodate 35,000 people from the Soviet republic was significant in size and worthy of its nickname. As with many other areas of Germany the Russians withdrew in 1994, since this time the town has remained largely unoccupied. A significant number of the former Soviet buildings are currently up for sale with various suggested development opportunities, it its possible that this will once again become a thriving town but for now little Moscow is left rotting away. Our Visit Visited with Andy K , Lowri, Scott, Stussy and Carl. Another giant military site was to be our next location, this time the previous use of the now abandoned Haus der Offiziere was a Sports training facility as relatively small part of a large military town occupied by the Russians until the mid 1990’s. As we approached the site it was clear that a significant number of the nearby buildings were also unoccupied and derelict. Lots of stripped out apartment buildings mixed in among occupied ones it was quite unusual. The sports complex is separated off with its own fence and secured pretty well. There are several buildings on site and we managed to gain access to the majority with the exception of the Officers House. Some of my favourite features in this place were the Spiral Staircase in the main building, the indoor swimming pool and The corridor which lit up with the backlit picture of a Russian soldier. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Thanks for checking out the report, higher res copies of the above photos and loads more from here on my blog: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/12/21/urbex-haus-der-offiziere-wunsdorf-germany-july-2014/
  22. Long time since I've had an explore with Frizman, and he'd just got his first Canon DSLR. Newton had been on the list for a long time, it was a good place for him to try it out. I thought everything had gone from here, and that I had long missed the boat, so was quite pleased to find there were still a few buildings around to explore. Some rooms were a bit a stripped and empty, but buildings like the dining hall and bar were rewarding. Apart from the beginning of the day, we didn't see security again, so had an enjoyable few hours mooch. Thanks to Mr Sam for information on this place. Explore with Frizman, on a bright winter's day. RAF Newton is a disused airfield immediately to the south of Main Street. It opened in July 1940 and closed in 2000. The hangars and other buildings are now used by a number of businesses within the Newton Commercial Centre. thanks for looking
  23. 'Hey do you fancy going somewhere completely different for a change?' was the question that was posed to me in August by one of my contacts as I was planning various parts of my America trip out. What eventually unfolded was our absolutely mental no-sleep weekender which involved three flights in two days, a bus ride with an ex-prostitute, falling asleep in bars, an LGBT parade and a very nearly lost bag containing all my everything I needed to live, and three epic locations. The Power Plant (report up separately) was the first port of call, and two buses, a train, two planes and a taxi later - involving a very nail-biting half hour gap to reach our connection in Atlanta which is the biggest airport in the entire observable universe - we arrived outside the best hospital I have ever explored. This former military hospital buried deep in the United States shut it's doors in 1979 and although largely stripped, owing to it's location, good security (some serious fencing going on here!) and the open museum next door which occupies one of the old buildings has remained almost totally undamaged and unbreached since closure. I feel privileged to have seen somewhere even most American explorers don't know exists. The building is shaped in roughly a 'T' shape with two angular wings jutting out to either side of the 'bridge' of the 'T' This place is all about the incredible decay.... ....and the never ending corridors Most of the doors have hand-painted signs on them, the numbers and some of the lettering in gold and outlined. The main big wards were situated on each floor at each end of the 'T' shaped main building. One of the few relics from the hospitals past was this vintage Coke vending machine The laboratory Dental Surgical suite An anechoic chamber for conducting hearing tests Oh yeah in the basement it also has a morgue with slab complete with head restraint, which was still able to be adjusted via the little wheel on the side. Loads more photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157646750927624/