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Infiltration Forums > Rookie Forum > What's the story behind your first location?(Viewed 79945 times)
xNat location:
Toronto
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 140 on 5/21/2017 3:06 PM >
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I passed by a couple friends and acquaintances as they were on their way to an explore, and upon asking where they were headed, I was told "we're going to go to that new construction site on [redacted] street, and see if we can get on the roof, wanna come?" and so it began.

While going over a fence, one of said friends knocked over a pile of aluminum parts and a security guard came over and tried to get us to wait for the police so we left without getting to go up there. We ended up going up a few other places that night though, been exploring ever since.



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illuge location:
Bay Area
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 141 on 5/21/2017 5:04 PM >
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The catalyst for me was probably visiting Alcatraz for the first time on a field trip and thinking "Wow, this is so cool. It would be even better if I could explore the place without a tour guide breathing down my neck."

It wasn't until I moved out of state a couple years back that I took the step up from historical tourist attractions to full on urbex. After hearing rumors and scouring google maps, I ended up locating a gigantic asylum complex that was abandoned ten years prior within biking distance from where I was living.

Now I'm here.



brain-vomit location:
Mtl
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 142 on 7/7/2017 8:01 PM >
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When I was a kid, I'd sometimes go on walks with my dad. There was a very small wooded area nearby and it had a couple of rusted-out cars from decades past that had been left to rot there. Was always curious about what kind of history those old cars had. But I guess my first real "I probably shouldn't be here but this is fun" location would be when I went to a pub with a friend of mine years ago. While leaving, we spotted a construction site across the way that was closed for the night. The place seemed entirely unguarded and the fences weren't closed so we just walked in to check things out, then ended up climbing up the crane. Maybe not necessarily the brightest ideas but it definitely sparked an interest in exploring lol!



Valafares location:
Arthur, Ontario
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 143 on 7/20/2017 7:16 AM >
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It was a cool abandoned bar downtown of where I live now. Me and a few friends had thought about it for a long time. One day we had a bored summer moment and found our way in at around 11:00 pm that night. After that we went in the same building a lot. The first time we went in we found a bloody, beheaded chick in the freezer and a Tupperware container with still moist cookies. We weren't scared though. I never got photos, and they've gutted it now.



404 Mercy location:
Jefferson County WV
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 144 on 7/20/2017 9:33 PM >
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Got into urbex when I was younger as a pass time with my family since we traveled a lot. Didn't get into anything serious though until I was older and in the military. Won't disclose what base or where, but I was stationed on a massive ordinance installation. Thousands of acres of woodlands, bunkers, and rails systems. Most of it was abandoned, so I got to wandering around the base while at work just exploring. Most of it was run of the mill half buried bunkers that were locked up, and the rail system accessing them. One day however, I found a massive lot fenced off by three sets of razor wire and vehicle blockades. And I mean big lot, 100-200 acres of cleared land, completely fenced off. Completely abandoned. Empty and overgrown. But from the perimeter I could see a tower standing in the middle.So I found a way in. Turned out what I thought was empty fields and small hills, was actually a maze of bunkers and support facilities, all buried. The road going between them was sunken, flooded, and overgrown on either side by tall grass and small trees. It was like another world, completely isolated. Took me nearly two hours to find the tower once I got in. Another hour to get to it. But it was worth it. Tower was much bigger than I thought. A sniper tower, maybe six or seven stories tall. And the view from the top was breathtaking. Spent a lot of time while I was stationed there poking around that lot. Unfortunately I wasn't supposed to have electronic devices, and I only managed to get in with a camera once. Best picture I got that day.
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Rot location:
Colorado
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 145 on 7/25/2017 2:45 AM >
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Posted by 404 Mercy
Got into urbex when I was younger as a pass time with my family since we traveled a lot. Didn't get into anything serious though until I was older and in the military. Won't disclose what base or where, but I was stationed on a massive ordinance installation. Thousands of acres of woodlands, bunkers, and rails systems. Most of it was abandoned, so I got to wandering around the base while at work just exploring. Most of it was run of the mill half buried bunkers that were locked up, and the rail system accessing them. One day however, I found a massive lot fenced off by three sets of razor wire and vehicle blockades. And I mean big lot, 100-200 acres of cleared land, completely fenced off. Completely abandoned. Empty and overgrown. But from the perimeter I could see a tower standing in the middle.So I found a way in. Turned out what I thought was empty fields and small hills, was actually a maze of bunkers and support facilities, all buried. The road going between them was sunken, flooded, and overgrown on either side by tall grass and small trees. It was like another world, completely isolated. Took me nearly two hours to find the tower once I got in. Another hour to get to it. But it was worth it. Tower was much bigger than I thought. A sniper tower, maybe six or seven stories tall. And the view from the top was breathtaking. Spent a lot of time while I was stationed there poking around that lot. Unfortunately I wasn't supposed to have electronic devices, and I only managed to get in with a camera once. Best picture I got that day.
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wish there was more photos, climbing that tower had to be something. Was it in good shape? I cant really tell by the photo


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404 Mercy location:
Jefferson County WV
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 146 on 7/26/2017 2:52 PM >
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Posted by Rotting



wish there was more photos, climbing that tower had to be something. Was it in good shape? I cant really tell by the photo


I know a few people still at that station. I'll reach out and see if they have any (few other urbex guys there with me) or if they can go get some. Because there is a great view. Condition was ... not the best. Everything was rusted, glass in the tower was blown out, and it swayed a bit in the wind. Which at that height is unnerving.



rs21 location:
San Antonio, Texas
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 147 on 8/21/2017 7:24 PM >
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In high school, there was an abandoned house down the street from my best friend. We never got into the building, but explored the outbuildings and such.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I explored Devil's Den here in San Antonio, which I found in the DB. It was a good introduction because it was legal and easy to get to and fairly safe.

A few weeks later, driving around for work and found an abandoned farmhouse. A good "next level" because it was off a slow road, no gate, and no No Trespassing sign.



Shob location:
Hamilton, ON
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 148 on 1/26/2018 9:21 PM >
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My first real UE experience was 3 years ago, 3 friends of mine and I decided to head to this abandoned mansion in a pretty rural area. The Mansion was half built, it had looked like someone started to completely renovate their older farmhouse and ran out of funds once the main foundations and beams were layed. They had all been there before, yet I hadn’t, but they always went at night. We decided a trip at 11am was also a good plan, and scoped out the area surrounding the 500ft driveway, active neighbours on either side. On our way there the first time we noticed a cruiser sitting near by docking people’s speed, so we drove past and looked for a different farm we knew was abandoned. When we couldn’t find it, we decided to turn back and park down the road from the mansion and duck our way onto the property past the gate which was about 10ft up the start of the driveway. After lots of arguing on my end to not park at the end of the driveway, no one listened. So I gave up on trying to be sensible and went with the flow, after about 30-45 minutes of snooping around, looking at the empty elevator shaft, the rain-water filled in-ground pool, long-emptied fire extinguishers, cracks in the base foundation of this three story country home. This place looked like it would be worth 3-4 million by the time it was finished, but we believed that wasn’t ever happening. It looked like it had been abandoned a few years. Being my worrisome self, I was constantly checking the driveway, since on our way in I noticed a neighbour pulling into their driveway. At this point something in me told me to look around again, this time I noticed a grey ford parked behind us in the driveway, clearly attempting (successfully that was) to block us in. I warned the few people I was there with and we all started to descend the driveway, at this point I could see someone waiting for us near the closed gate, a middle aged guy in business attire. He asked what we were doing there, we proceeded to tell him one of our friend’s father was into construction as a cover-up and asked us to check the place out. He proceeded to ask who his father was. He THEN went on to explain that this was his property, and he was in the middle of a lawsuit waiting for his how many millions to come in before he could finish the reconstruction on his property. As a 15 year old on my first UE trip I was a little bit shaken up but looking back, we got out lucky & got some history of the place we were snooping in to boot. I’ve been hooked since, sorry for the novel


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PolyBlank location:
Bettendorf,IA
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 149 on 2/1/2018 2:21 PM >
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Mine was an abandoned leather factory. Back when I first visited it the place had 4 massive buildings and a few smaller ones. It was amazing and I loved the thrill of looking at papers and discovering the history of the place. Sadly someone started a fire in one of the small office buildings and the city demolished almost every building there.



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d_easy location:
East Coast
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 150 on 2/10/2018 3:44 AM >
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My first location was an abandoned hospital in Maryland. Let's just say the place is pretty well-known now. As it happened, I was driving through a town about 30 minutes from where I live with my dad one night. My dad told me he wanted to show me something cool. We turned down a road and, out of nowhere, all these abandoned buildings were dotting the landscape on both sides of the road. Two of them were absolutely huge. This wasn't a recently abandoned place either, it's been sitting there decaying since the early 80's. It was around Halloween season and the whole atmosphere of this area was giving really spooky vibes. I didn't go in that night to explore because we didn't wanna get arrested or anything. I researched the place online and found out a lot about it in the days afterward. I was really fascinated by it. Gradually though I sort of forgot about it. Fast forward a year later and I so happened to get a job at a bank only a mile down the road from this location. I was 19 at the time. This perked my interested in the building and I convinced one of my friends to go explore it with me that fall. This was November of 2015. I had never really heard of urbex at the time, I didn't even know this was a big thing, but all I know is that after a night of walking around the decaying hallways of an five-story abandoned hospital complex, I was completely hooked. I was probably the single coolest thing I had ever done. Soon after, in college I really got acquainted with the urbex community. Nowadays I travel across the country taking pictures of amazing abandoned locations all over the east coast. And let me tell you, I've been to some freaking amazing places too! My life feels like a video game sometimes, and I am totally 100% addicted to urbex and the excitement it brings. Normal life is so mundane and boring to me now. My first urbex experience was definitely amazing and I've never looked back since!




TheOGLlama location:
Milford Ohio
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 151 on 5/19/2018 1:58 PM >
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My first explore well "explore" because I didn't actually go in the building was several years ago with my girlfriend at the time and she wanted to show me this cool abandoned building. But she wouldn't let me go inside because she was told it was dangerous by her dad. So I listened and didn't go inside, I sort of regret that because the building has since been torn down. I got some really cool pictures though.



Lurkrow location:
Auburn, AL
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 152 on 5/25/2018 7:00 PM >
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When I was around 8 years old my family moved to a lake house in the sticks. I used to explore the forest behind our property and eventually discovered a large field. On the perimeter of the opposite side behind some brush were 2 decrepit shacks, a small chicken house, and a worn out barn hidden behind some brush. The buildings appeared like something straight out of the 1930s. One of the shacks was half destroyed from a tree falling on it, but the other was fully intact, rusty tin roof and all. My brother and I set up a makeshift "fort" in the structure that we would hang out at every day after school. However, everything ended one day when I tried to impress the girl next door by showing her our awesome fort.. She ratted us out to her parents, who subsequently told mine, thus getting my brother and I banned from ever returning to our hideout. That was my first UER experience and I wouldn't give it up for anything.



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yokes location:
Toronto
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 153 on 5/25/2018 7:24 PM >
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It was the town bike. I went there.



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senzuri location:
Stratford
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 154 on 5/26/2018 3:44 PM >
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There was an abandoned farm house next to my friend's house that we would go explore when we were around 10 years old.

Even before that I would always be exploring the forest behind my house and finding old hunting shacks. I remember thinking they were the coolest thing ever and naming them after Lord of the Rings places.



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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 155 on 6/4/2018 2:10 AM >
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My first location was an abandoned hospital in Maryland. Let's just say the place is pretty well-known now.


Pretty sure I know where you're talking about as this was my first urban exploring adventure too! I went with a bunch of friends at night and stumbled upon some super interesting relics throughout the hospital (adult cribs, original silverware from the kitchen, etc). I really couldn't wait to go back during the day to get some sick photos, and I've been exploring ever since!



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<Reply # 156 on 8/13/2018 1:07 AM >
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Like the first reply, I liked it because it was someone that you could go in and think about the history of the place without a bunch of people around. I went into an abandoned psychiatric hospital like 2 years ago and we walked through and I took pictures and I just kinda thought about how each room would’ve been used in it’s heyday. In history there is a lot of reported abuse of patients in these mental health centers so I just kinda looked through the place like I was a patient there. From that point I was hooked and I started going to a bunch of different places around the city.



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<Reply # 157 on 8/17/2018 2:27 PM >
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Just after high school, I moved to this really rural little spot. I didn't drive, so I was kind of stuck in the house, bored a lot. I'd always been really into photography, and would take my camera out into the conservation area not too far from the house, and just wander all day. There were quite a few times where I accidentally stumbled into the back of some farmer's property, and came across old barns and farm equipment. That kind of got me over my issues with being on property that I probably shouldn't be on, and kind of went from there. I never went inside anywhere because I'd always think about movies like Wrong Turn and The Hills Have Eyes, and I really didn't want to become some angry whackjob's meal. Instead, I'd be absolutely ridiculous about things, trying to shoot from bushes 400 feet away, running if I heard ANY noise at all (even a freaking cow mooing once), and just being generally paranoid because I'd rather not get shot.

The first actual abandonment I really went into, or at least what I consider my first, was this old zoo that's set way back into the bush about 2 and a half years ago. The northern edge of the property is right up against the property I live on, and my old landlord told me about it when I moved in. Even better was the fact that she sent me, her husband, and their two puppies for a walk back there one day, just so he could show me the property after she found out I like photography. We probably shouldn't have been back there, but my 23 year old brain figured at the time that, because I was with an adult who was more adult-y than me and that they were well-liked around town, everything was cool. I spent a good chunk of that summer out there with my old, crappy camera, taking all sorts of weird artsy photos, and collecting bones/owl pellets (another weird hobby of mine) from the severely overgrown area.

Almost exactly a year ago, the property I live on was sold to the owner of the zoo property. Right away, I asked if we were actually allowed to go into the zoo, and the new landlord said it was fine by her. She even gave me the keys to one of the houses on the zoo property, and basically told me that, if I could keep an eye on the place (there's been issues in the past with crackheads breaking in and camping around the property), I could basically do whatever the heck I wanted, so long as I wasn't destroying anything. Its like my own private little urbex zone in there, and I love it.

Enjoy a few of those weird less-crappy photos I took:





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Radio2600 location:
On the Road to Wellville
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 158 on 8/26/2018 11:00 PM >
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This got demolished in the 1970s.

Fort Tilden was a lot more fun before the National Park Service got in and started sealing off all the cool stuff.

We were just kids out exploring the world. We didn't even have a name what we were doing.







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TheDrummer location:
USA
 
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Re: What's the story behind your first location?
<Reply # 159 on 8/28/2018 9:35 PM >
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Heard from a friend that the old high school in his hometown was abandoned. Fast forward two years, I got the curiosity to explore the world, and started there. Went in during the day with a different friend. Pigeons scared the crap out of me several times, but it was a great way to get started. From there, my next place was a local abandoned country club.

First solo explore was a fairly well known abandoned resort in the Catskills that was recently torn down




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