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| Clocktoberfest 2010 (10/1/2010)|| This is a yearly explorer meet-and-greet event I host each October at a vacant farm in Galena, Illinois. This was the first year the event was extended to include the entire weekend beginning Friday night unlike previous years when the party was only on Saturdays. Organized groups went to explore caves and abandoned mine workings in the region both on Friday night and also during the day on Saturday. All guests camped in the large field at the vacant farm. Bonfires were made each night and lots of people got to know each other better. Late on Saturday night we took the largest group ever to explore the abandoned zinc mine known as Pits Cave (a Clocktoberfest tradition) and it was an overwhelming success. We had lots of explorers travel all the way to Galena, Illinois from the Twin Cities, Minnesota (the majority of attendees), a bunch from the Des Moines area in Iowa, and a bunch of people from across the state of Wisconsin (Lacrosse, Madison, Appleton, Platteville). This was the biggest and most successful Clocktoberfest ever with 30 attendees!|
|Wipex 1 (5/28/2011)||The second annual Wisconsin meet was a great day of exploring abandonments, rooftops, and tunnels. Alarms were tripped, verbal warnings were given and pants were pooped. Good work everyone!|
|SPANDex (8/5/2011)||Setting the bar at new high (and low), SPANDex broke all of the boundaries for what a UE convention should and shouldn't be. With attendees ranging from local n00bs to world-traveling international explorers (and everywhere in between), SPANDex wanted to show what it means to be an explorer here and today in MSP, and why this is the place to be. More than just another reason for locals to get together, this was a moment to show off who we are, and why we act the way we do, both on and offline. And in the process we made plenty of new friends who likely will never be able to separate the MSP community from their own views of what urban exploring can be. They are now part of our extended family, and will always be welcome here. Approx. number of attendees - 40 or more over the weekend.|
Crashing restaurants... throwing cave parties... exploring collapses, rooftops, sewers, tunnels, underground boating expos, deathshaft rappels, plus plenty more pre-game & after party happenings.
...And you'd have to have been here to know the rest...
|VCXPEX (12/9/2011)||Showcasing the jewels of the Queen and Gem Cities, VCXPEX brought together explorers from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Texas and Canada for a three day, two city exploration / restaurant occupation extravaganza.|
|MAMU IV (4/6/2012)||During this legendary weekend meetup, 25 explorers from all around the US and Canada converged on DJ Craig's small hometown of Johnson City, TN, to explore its many industrial wonderlands of rust and asbestos. The meetup included two nuclear plants, two large coal plants, a drain with a waterslide, and a massive tailrace tunnel for the grand finale.|
|Infilnapolis 3 (7/27/2012)||An all weekend exploring extravaganza in Indianapolis. People from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois came to see what Indy has to offer. Explorers went to noisy abandonment's, wandered through industrial wastelands, delved into a large mental hospital, traveled to an old school, fire-breathed in drains, crashed pools, and squatted on rooftops.|
|MAMU 5 (4/19/2013)||During this action-packed weekend in the Louisville, a group of explorers led by Eschaton, and one brave paddle handle descended into the hidden parts of the city. The weekend included riding a boat down a sewer, wandering through an abandoned military industrial complex, climbing a fire escape ladder on a downtown highrise, and, of course, the obligatory MAMU spiders excursion. Back home there was cookie cake, delicious homemade liquor and, umm, sprinkles. Lots of sprinkles.|
|Infilnapolis 4 (6/23/2013)||In June of 2013, an elite gathering of explorers descended upon Indianapolis, Indiana. Their mission, code named: Infil-4, was a conglomeration of persons from Tennessee, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. This top-secret meeting consisted of grain silos, 100' rope swings, enormous subterranean recesses, squatting rooftops, violent exothermic reactions, coke, 15 gallons of homemade beer, 3 cats, and a noise complaint.|
|VCXP3X (12/13/2013)||The third annual VCXPEX kicked off on Friday the 13th and went with barely a casualty! Veteran and novice explorers alike from all across North America descended upon the Cincinnati / Northern KY area for 3 days where they cracked rooftops, attacked the underground, drank well into the night, and had a rowdy good time. Laws were broken, cameras were broken, and traffic signals were broken. VCXPEX 4 will have a lot to live up to.|
|Infilnapolis V (6/27/2014)||Now in in it's fifth year, Infilnapolis still proved to be a great time. Urbex enthusiasts from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois came to town. Said enthusiasts played king of the hill on top of a mountain of soybeans, infiltrated a guard house while the guard was out doing rounds, explored a giant underground system of tunnels and mines, cracked many a rooftop, squatted a hotel, drank lots of beer, and got rained out of the drains all three days.|
|VCXPEX IV (12/5/2014)||Great times were had all around during this fun weekend at Casa-Budda's in Cincinnati, OH. Be careful where you chain up your bike.|
|Wipex 2: The Third One (11/20/2015)||On November 20th through the 22nd of 2015, explorers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri joined forces to tackle several amazing locations in southern Wisconsin. Wipex 2: The Third One proved to be a great success!: A snowy bonfire behind an old feed mill. A gigantic religious school complex. Steam tunnels of both active and abandoned status. A major automobile manufacturing plant.. Many beers were drank. Birthdays were celebrated. Friendships were made and strengthened.|
|VCXPEX VI (12/9/2016)||We all went to Budda's house and then we explored stuff!|
|Clocktoberfest 10th Anniversary (10/20/2017)||The first Clocktoberfest occurred in 2007, as a campout and exploring meetup for Iowa and Minnesota urban explorers. Over the years, this annual event has expanded and become a traditional institution for Midwest urban explorers. Through the communal aspect of this meetup, familial bonds have been built linking the Twin Cities urban exploration community with exploring communities in Kansas City, Madison, Appleton, Chicago, Rockford, and many other Midwestern strongholds. This year was the first time Cincinnati explorers joined in the festivities. Activities this year included Union Park ruins and cave, a large group rafting excursion to "Floaty Boaty" mine, smaller group exploration trips to abandoned power plants and breweries nearby, and of course the traditional Pits Cave.|
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