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...
About 50 explorers from all over the US joined us KC locals for a weekend long campout in an abandoned limestone mine. During the second day we broke off into groups and explored as many of KC's sites as possible, then met back up at the party cave for a FULL night of booze, fire, explosives, and some gnarly thick smoke.
This was the 4th annual event of its kind. More to follow in the future. It was a systematic visiting of the abandoned WWII San Francisco coastal defense system. Multiple locations were visited. Explorers from across the Bay Area were there, as well as a UER member from Sacramento and the Twin Cities area. All capped off with a hot dog BBQ at Rodeo Beach.