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UER Forum > Archived UE Photography > Government Spiders (Viewed 35172 times)
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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 20 on 9/22/2009 3:08 AM >
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This whole trip was absolutely incredible. It was easily the most fun exploring trip I've ever been on...and I've been on quite a few. I feel like we all pushed our own limits that weekend. We were working as a great team by the end of the weekend.


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AppleSnail, Mascarah, post your pictures! I especially want to see the photo of the cooling tower with us occupying a few pixels at the top.

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Nice pictures! I believe these are the best ones I've seen from there. What are you shooting with?



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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 21 on 9/22/2009 3:18 AM >
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wow! incredible place!

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 22 on 9/22/2009 3:32 AM >
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My video from this place:
http://www.youtube...atch?v=Jeqd5rnOyyY

At the beginning: "Check out my girlfriend's hot body! [scans up and down her body] Oh yeah, and I'm on a cooling tower!"

At the end: "Yeahhh, I'm gonna need you to go ahead and climb this cooling tower on Sunday too, yeaaaaahhh."</Lumbergh>

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 23 on 9/22/2009 4:17 AM >
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Posted by DJ Craig
... Mascarah, post your pictures! ...


in a week... i'm exhausted. need some time to come down off my high from that place.

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 24 on 9/22/2009 4:37 AM >
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that's fucking sweet.

And when you finally disappear, We'll just say you were never here.
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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 25 on 9/22/2009 5:05 AM >
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I think you're thinking of a different place? This isn't the place from MAMU.


Nothing is new under the sun - this has been there for decades, and if we could get in - so could anyone else. Well, probably except during the occasional work they did there! I think Mascarah found some reasons for the black-hand conspiracy junk to be true.

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 26 on 9/22/2009 5:16 AM >
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Nothing is new under the sun - this has been there for decades, and if we could get in - so could anyone else. Well, probably except during the occasional work they did there!


I know, but there are tons of pictures of one particular nuke plant that looks very similar to this one on UER but AFAIK, none of this place.

I think Mascarah found some reasons for the black-hand conspiracy junk to be true.


PM me more.

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 27 on 9/22/2009 5:22 AM >
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this is the most amazing thread ive read in a long time, great job guys

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 28 on 9/22/2009 5:23 AM >
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Posted by DJ Craig


I know, but there are tons of pictures of one particular nuke plant that looks very similar to this one on UER but AFAIK, none of this place.


Quite a few of the old-timers don't post pictures; and you wouldn't be able to find this thread by searching without knowing the spider thing ;)

EDIT: Rmoved bad image link
[last edit 9/22/2009 3:33 PM by Opheliaism - edited 1 times]

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 29 on 9/22/2009 1:08 PM >
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thought we were keeping this quiet?











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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 30 on 9/22/2009 4:07 PM >
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Flickr borked all my links - since we're doing this 'public' here's the story lol. Mods, please don't nuke me for crossposting so the format's ok?





So we get there and get out of the car - shoulder our bags and begin walking down a trail through waist-high weeds. It's a moonless silent night, nearly no skyglow. We make our way past the idle construction site for a "secure" facility, 10'x20' concrete blocks set out as rooms. Add a kitchen and a fence and you're done. And we go up the hill towards the site our guidepost is the cooling tower, visible for miles around, its white strobes light up the landscape, warning low-flying planes of their bricky death.

On the rolling hills (and out of the weeds!) I can look at the sky. More stars than I've ever seen, and to top it off - have you seen the blue-white fireflies? I call them 'true' lightning bugs, they're the kind I grew up with in my backyard. The strobe is cowing them into submission, they're sitting in the grass and on the dirt dimly glowing. Walking on stars towards our goal, the tower draws near.

Now close enough to see the structure of Unit 2, its low dark shape eats a chunk from the sky every strobeflash lights it up so that its gray concrete blends in to the dimly glowing sky. Its regular disappearance makes it all the more eerie, revealing its secret - that it's a relic from another time, not truly here now. Its length makes it seem short - the 20 foot open hallway end we creep into sets the scale of the place. High ceilings, massive walls, all concrete and steel in darkness. We go up a flight, put down our gear, and sleep after driving all day. The size and strange noises make us cower together for safety - occasional ringing clangs punctuate the slow dripping, sighing, and soft sounds of the facility. In a foreign time zone, my body's alarm wakes me short hours later at dawn and we begin exploring. Joined in the night by a local, we investigating the sound. Water, dripping from the roof - falling the great distance to the floor, sometimes hit a sheet of steel. plik plik plik KLANG


Flooded hallway, second floor



Dawn, courtyard between Unit 1 and 2


The dawn light crept into the building as we poked around and pointed cameras. On into the afternoon, climbing on concrete, spongy ladders, jutting rebar, and abandoned mobile staircases. Of particular interest are the reactors - after all, there aren't many of these. The buildings cost between $5bn and $12bn each, and are still embarassingly commonly abandoned. It turns out that I've seen these before, but none with a roof:


I didn't think these had swimming pools,
but it turns out...



DJCraig being flamboyant



Access tunnel



Control rod slides
- cut out by torch. I found an oxyacetylene cutter ^.^



Yours truly, glowing

This is the catwalk you see above the glowy blue bits at the middle. I am holding the control rod mounts up, of course. This picture was taken about 30' to 40' below the previous one of DJCraig. So separated as to be almost in a different building, the condenser rooms always seem to grow plants - moss, vines, and trees especially.





Condenser room.
I need a squad of colorfully-clad people in there for scale.


After seeing only a part of Unit 1 and 2, we headed to the cooling tower - a sunset view that cannot be beat without a plane. Big has no meaning to something of the tower's size.


Hints of its size.
Look for DJCraig (4th in line).


Hundreds of feet tall, almost that wide, and only 3' thick at the top. Three were brave enough to climb it, I wasn't up to the challenge, so I watched.


The tower


As they made their way up, time passed - they were too high for even shouting, and gradually became mere ants on a giant's ankle.



In that time, I found:
a tree under the tower
a tunnel network
three ends of that network



Eerie tunnels
- bring your own kayak, I'd get my pants and shirt wet in here.


And the fact that the glassy, still water in those tunnels is hip-high on me. If I'd had more pants I would have been slogging in it - up the 8' pipes towards the reactor units, and down the concrete tunnel towards the towers. The eerie silence of absolutely still tunnels deep underground, with no ambient noise - and only the echoes of breathing coming in silence, drove us back up to the rising wind. No drain is so silent, nowhere above ground so still.

Our ants at the top were marching around the circle there, clinging to the handrails. Suddenly, we needed to make ourselves scarce. They descended as quickly as can be done from that height, and we retreated to the reactor unit's safety.


Round panorama
(filmstrip) 360 in the cooling tower. Click, zoom in, then scroll right.


After all, who'd be crazy enough to go in there? We made preparations to leave, said our farewells to the building, and marched out into the silent, moonless night. Our ground-stars leading us on, our ears perked for patrols to hide from. Past the stretching industrial park, past the "secure" site and trail, back to the cars. And then the long drive home.


Secondary Containment wall
- the holes are for pipes, access, water flow, and controls, I think...



Group shot



Reactor 1 in sunset


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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 31 on 9/22/2009 4:20 PM >
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Looks like the second trip was much more productive than the first. I need to go back.

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 32 on 9/22/2009 4:23 PM >
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Can we just host MAMU III here instead? Climbing up this thing covered in ice will be fun!

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 33 on 9/22/2009 4:25 PM >
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Amazing, just feels so GRAND!

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 34 on 9/22/2009 4:37 PM >
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Looks like the second trip was much more productive than the first. I need to go back.


I'm guessing around 3 days onsite to see even close to the whole thing. Ninja hobo squad go!

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 35 on 9/22/2009 5:05 PM >
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Posted by AnAppleSnail


I'm guessing around 3 days onsite to see even close to the whole thing. Ninja hobo squad go!


There are still two pretty decent-sized buildings there that we haven't made it to on either of our trips.

Our first trip was a few weeks ago with me, Coley, BounceWiggles and uLiveAndYouBurn.

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 36 on 9/22/2009 5:32 PM >
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Can we just host MAMU III here instead? Climbing up this thing covered in ice will be fun!


No - the werebuck will take offense at so many explorers creeping through his lands...

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 37 on 9/22/2009 5:43 PM >
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I gotta say that this is amazing! whats more exciting than sitting at the top of something so grand, something so large that it makes you feel rather insignificant. this is a place that puts you into perspective at the huge footprint man left out in the world.... and i thought ore docks were huge! i love the composition and the lighting of the shots, its just something you don't see everyday! thank you for posting these!



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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 38 on 9/22/2009 5:52 PM >
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WOW most excellent! Well done

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Re: Government Spiders
<Reply # 39 on 9/22/2009 5:57 PM >
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Sweet. Sadly I couldn't go, I'll have to make a trip up myself in the near future. Glad it was as epic as I hoped it would be when I found the place (was it as creepy as the stories made it out to be?).

Im definitely up for exploring those tunnels under it when I go, rafting trip to a power plant anyone? I vote for a powwow for the purpose of making me want to drop what Im doing and go in the next few days .



oh. Glad noone fell.

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