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post by JKtheJK   |  | 
Bay Area drains pinned !
< on 1/27/2011 4:17 AM >

and by "Bay Area" i mean mostly East Bay (for this set). Some are from places in the db, some aren't. Also, these were all shot with my cute little Canon PowerShot, so no expert photography here.


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Most of this was solo, because my friends can't differentiate between a storm drain and a "decaying pipe filled with raw sewage". pm me if anybody ever wants to get out there (not limited to draining)





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post by jcompagni   |  | 
Re: bay area drains!
<Reply # 1 on 1/27/2011 6:17 AM >

Nice pics. I really like 1,5 and 9.
Bravo!


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post by Downhilleo   |  | 
Re: bay area drains!-Something to watch for
<Reply # 2 on 1/27/2011 5:16 PM >


I was doung some work related draining a while back and while walking along noticed a glint of gold on the ground in a pipe joint where the mortar had worn out. It was a broken piece of a gold chain. I realized joints act kind of like a sluice box filtering out the heavier gold.(The cobblestone in Pic 4 looks perfect) In the next 2 days I found 2 different gold earrings and a small gold band> Nothing particuarrly valuable but keep an eye on the ground while draining you may get lucky.


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post by Downhilleo   |  | 
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<Reply # 3 on 1/27/2011 5:17 PM >

Oops, forgot to spell check...


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post by decrepitude   |  | 
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<Reply # 4 on 1/27/2011 5:54 PM >

4 and 6 came out really well for just using a point and shoot. I might be down to do some draining in the near future. Although I didn't bring the right tools to gain access to the last one, I know of some cool underground locations if ya need some.


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post by Dav    |  | 
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<Reply # 5 on 1/27/2011 6:25 PM >

Good stuff! Thanks for sharing. Wish I was further north sometimes.


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post by someone_funny   |  | 
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<Reply # 6 on 1/27/2011 7:58 PM >

damn, east bay is where exactly, I cant imagine is near me in l.a. huh? These pics are killer


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post by tunnelbug   |  | 
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<Reply # 7 on 1/28/2011 9:02 PM >

Is cobblestone a certain creek (that I won't name here) in Berkeley?

Thanks for these. They look incredible. I've never done a drain, but feel compelled to now.


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post by jcompagni   |  | 
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<Reply # 8 on 1/28/2011 9:57 PM >

Posted by tunnelbug
I've never done a drain


TUNNELbug hasn't done a drain? It seems like you're missing out on a large sub-category of tunnel. In fact in my own limited experience I've always found the best tunnels to be drains (at least for exploring, transportation is a different issue.)


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post by JKtheJK   |  | 
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<Reply # 9 on 1/29/2011 1:23 AM >

Hey thanks everybody. Even though it was a point n' shoot, i WAS using a tripod and doing whatever long exposure that the camera could handle (15 second max, with little to adjust past that. That was REALLY a pain in places like the first picture). So don't think I was just walking around and casually snapping these.


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post by tunnelbug   |  | 
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<Reply # 10 on 1/29/2011 3:11 AM >

Posted by jcompagni


TUNNELbug hasn't done a drain? It seems like you're missing out on a large sub-category of tunnel. In fact in my own limited experience I've always found the best tunnels to be drains (at least for exploring, transportation is a different issue.)


HA HA. The irony... I know... I've done all sorts of tunnels, but never a "Drain" in the traditional sense of the word. Various underground spaces that were (perhaps) meant for conveyance of water, but never a specific type of underground water channel that is built by a municipal authority or private contractor specifically to convey the city's waste water


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post by YouOnlyLiveOnce   |  | 
Re: bay area drains!
<Reply # 11 on 1/29/2011 3:44 AM >

Posted by Jksanford
and by "Bay Area" i mean mostly East Bay (for this set). Some are from places in the db, some aren't. Also, these were all shot with my cute little Canon PowerShot, so no expert photography here.



These photos are great. I'm with Tunnelbug; I haven't been draining, but am tempted. Good work.


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post by Sand   |  | 
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<Reply # 12 on 2/3/2011 9:29 PM >

OMG! We have drains like this in our area? *trades in UE gear for draining gear* This is awesome.


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post by Dr_Venture   |  | 
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<Reply # 13 on 2/4/2011 8:13 AM >

These photos are awesome. I'd love to hear about the location if you don't mind PM'ing me with info.
Or if not, just keep me in mind if you're ever thinking of going back. I'd love to tag along.
Posted by Sand
OMG! We have drains like this in our area? *trades in UE gear for draining gear* This is awesome.

Sorry, sort of a newbie question... When I first went Urbexing I just brought comfortable kind of walking/hiking gear and my camera. I know some places require dust masks and stuff, but... What do drains usually call for? Waterproof boots, I imagine... Anything else come standard?


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post by Rubio   |  | 
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<Reply # 14 on 2/25/2011 4:56 AM >

Incredible find!


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post by freeside   |  | 
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<Reply # 15 on 2/25/2011 6:22 AM >

Great pics. Thanks for posting that. A couple of those sections look like the classic T*****al drain. Good memories. A friend used to have a set of keys for the entry point at the dog park, and we went to one end then a mile towards the bay, and turned back.
Yikes. I'm getting old. That was in 2002.
Cobblestones must be a different drain?
-free


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post by JKtheJK   |  | 
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<Reply # 16 on 2/25/2011 11:30 PM >

Haha actually none of it was in the T-drain, even though I can see how you'd think that (great place).

These were from drains in 3 different creeks in the East Bay, 2 of which are in the DB, one of which is a little find of my own.


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post by Zombi951   |  | 
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<Reply # 17 on 6/26/2011 2:35 AM >

nice big drains damn see thats what im looking for but have yet to find or explore Ill be such a happy camper when I do Ill ive found thus far is drains about 5 to 6 ft high and smaller cant wait cant wait....


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post by towerofisengard   |  | 
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<Reply # 18 on 7/12/2011 2:28 AM >

Cool pictures! I shoot with a Powershot when I don't want to bring the Rebel along. I'd love to check out some drains in the Bay Area - I'm in Mountain View for the summer. We only have a few nice big drains around central NC.


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post by benkog   |  | 
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<Reply # 19 on 7/12/2011 8:53 AM >

awesome! I particularly like 4 & 7


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