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    A forklift? That must have been an interesting moment. I'm with Carnage on not having any real problems with anyone while out exploring...

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    You know...now that I think about There was that one time...


    It was the 4th of July I was with Dan H., Angie, mAnvil, Dan's wife, Nosey. Nosey was leading the group since none of us had been before. We were planning on going to watch fireworks from the top of Locus Point. We get inside the fence and onto the first floor. We are looking for a way to get up but didn’t see an easy way. As we are walking around the first floor, Angie says she sees some guy. And now he sees us. We all go running around the corner while nosey goes over to talk to him. Once we are around the corner there is really no where for us to go. So I’m like shit...As the guy is talking with nosey they round the corner too and he sees us. I’m stuck there like a deer in headlights. after a few minutes of talking he just ask us to leave for our own safety. we walk right out the front gate and we were free.
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    Not that it would count, since it was private security, but:
    * Sat @ Glendale I almost got hemmed up by the security guards who were looking for and chasing another crew of kids onsite.
    * 2 hours later @ DCCC I observed a set of kids get rolled up by the onsite security and escorted out - and I think you have to really suck to get caught by those guys.
    * A side-note about DCCC: the building that is surrounded by barbed wire, #31 is NOT abandoned. I walked in the front door and all of the lights were on. About 4 steps inside I heard voices so I backed out and ducked into the woods and headed to the high security lockup building #33 and had a Clif bar and a Gatorade. An hour later, there was a Suburban sitting on the road that leads to it, idling with an occupant sitting inside, windows down. That building should be avoided and bypassed via the woods between 32 and 33. Also the power in #22 was on so was the power in #25. There was a great deal of activity @ #10 - 5 or 6 cars and as many vans. The kids (20 or 30 of them) were running up and down the E-W road as far as the main building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devilc
    * A side-note about DCCC: the building that is surrounded by barbed wire, #31 is NOT abandoned.
    You've got balls, dude... I've not been willing to get near that building (but about a year ago I was there and there were a couple of vans out in front of it.)

    I assume it's an auxillary office of Oak Hill, the prsion to the north.

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    Picture FL, 100 lbs heavier with a Glock and a blue baseball hat.
    HAHAHAHA!! awesome

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    Sounds like Nick and Motts are a couple of pranksters. LOL
    Yeah, those two are total jokers...

    I've never been "caught"... asked to leave, but not caught.
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    "I assume it's an auxillary office of Oak Hill, the prsion to the north."
    Maybe an UNofficial one.
    I am told by my assistant that the staff have no legit reason to be there.
    They may be using it to nap, have 'offline' discussions with inmates, or do God knows what.
    Prob best not to ask.
    DCCC has not a shiny track record and Oak Hill is worse.
    You, as a minor, could actually sue the property owner if you were caught trespassing. Attractive Nuisance laws apply FL.
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    my taunton story and the 16 foot anti-climb fence


    Looking back on it, it was funny. Still can’t believe I just walked away from the cop.
    After I helped Ian, Kristine and Tom get over the Taunton fence I tried going over and slipped so I went over to the trees to take out my small rope. I am thinking if I climb without my 40LB pack it will be a little bit easier. So I tie the rope to the pack and put a loop over my shoulder so after I get to the top I can just pull my bag up, easy right.
    So back at the fence just as I start to climb and the cop comes around the corner. I am only 4 feet off of the ground so I drop and pickup my pack with the rope, bundle the rope up and run for the wall. I get to the wall, which is 6 ft high, and the cop is right on my ass. I can’t get over it with my pack in my arms and if I drop it with the rope still looped around my shoulder he will grab the rope. Throwing my $10,000.00 camera over the wall really was not an option.
    So plan B
    It looked like the wall sloped down to my right so I shoot along the wall through the tree branches and the cop is angling right at me, I’m fucked
    So plan C went into effect
    I turn around and very loudly snap at him “OK you got me, What do you want?” He stopped and looks at me, hesitates says, “What were you doing?” I tell he in a very annoyed way “I just want some pictures before you tear it down”
    He says with a slight stutter “You, you can’t do that”, I reply sounding very annoyed and pissy ”Fine!,,,,,, I’m leaving!”
    I just start walking for the gate. As I am walking I keep saying to myself “ This is not going to work. He’s going to wake up.”
    Well it did and now I am so pissed.
    The cop did not know about the other people and they stayed until dark and had no problems

    Two weeks later

    Motts and I were at the fence by 4AM
    He stayed at the east corner as lookout with one of the radios
    I by the wall across from the gate putting on a set of modified ice climbing crampons
    I am 44 and don’t climb like I used to with a 45lb camera backpack
    So hear I am putting them on and the cop comes driving up to the gate
    He must have been sitting by the active building because Motts never saw him drive past
    So I hit the dirt
    The cop pulls up to the gate, gets out and checks the lock
    Then he does a three point U-turn in front of the gate
    The fucker stops with the headlight pointed right where I am lying by the trees
    I am not running anywhere with the crampons on so I just say to myself ’’I’m Fucked, I'm Fucked, I'm Fucked”
    There is a slight rise to the grass slope near the road and the shadow of it starts 3 inches above my nose
    He did not see me; I still don’t know how he didn’t
    He drives away and I go for the fence
    Easiest fence I ever climbed with the crampons, went over like a fucking squirrel
    I took them off and flung them over to Motts and he was in

    Security was crazy all day
    Some times two cars coming around every 10 minutes
    We stayed until dark (19 hours in side)and left with no problems

    Nick

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    Only two so far..

    1. Came across an appearantly 'abandoned' medical facility, but it was still powered, alarmed, heated (dead of winter), and cameras were placed around the research floors. Most of the furniture had been removed, and there was minimal water damage. It appears to have been being held for sale. First trip went without issue. Second, however, was not so quiet. Upon entry, my company and I stumbled across a tv in the middle of the floor, several empty Dunkin Donuts cups laying around, an arsenal of police dog training videos, and a fairly thick dog collar present. At this point, we've removed our shoes to avoid the wet crunch of gravel stuck to our soles on the tile floor to make our way back to the exit.

    This is when we heard the dog barking somewhere in the debts of the building, followed by footsteps. Towards us. We left promptly, darted into the woods and made our way back into the car.

    2. Abandoned mass asylum. State police had begun to patrol the grounds on foot the day before. One of them heard me walking through the tunnels via a mostly secured access point. In moments, there were two of them in the building. I managed to lose them, and although I'm unsure how long I remained still in a maintenance tunnel, it was thankfully long enough for them to assume I'd gotten out.

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    that sucks man i never got caught. Both times walking back from pennhurst cops drove right past us and didnt stop to say anything so i dunno man

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    I have gotten caught at the NRL dishes due to a friend stupidly parking in front of the gate. Anyway, the owner came and we were in the dish, we didnt even notice he was coming untill he opened the trapdoor. He just kicked us out calmly, seemed like a nice guy. It seems to me that if he really wanted to keep kids off the dish he would take the ladder off.

    Another time I thought I was caught somewhere but it was just another person hanging out there.

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    I was at Haverford and on the third floor. It was my second visit and supposed to be quick. I just wanted to film the main building and two others that I missed the first visit. The reason for going back was because the first camera I filmed with was awful so I returned it and got one that I am now impressed with.

    We parked in a different spot and tried a different entry. Just to save time on walking. We were greeted at the door by pipe stealers who claimed to be asbestos removers but I didn't want to start trouble. After filming the morgue and first few floors we went to the third floor and looked out the window.

    Two cop cars next to each other right out front of the building. We waited a while until they left then ran across the road to jump the fence. Very close. Those pipe stealers almost got me caught! I never got to see the auditorium, bowling alley or administration! (Not that there was anything there anyway, very empty in those parts)

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    Not really “caught.”

    I was photographing an abandoned motel/convention complex in Jacksonville, NC while on vacation. Typical NC late Summer afternoon. I got about 2/3 of the way around the complex and was on the dock when the “sudden downpour” you always hear about dropped on me. I was completely soaked by the time I made it back to one of the gutted rooms. When the rain lightened up, I was going to finish the tour when I smelled cigarette smoke and froze dead in my tracks. I slowly surveyed the area and realized that a homeless guy had set up camp in one of the units. I had been trying to watch for inhabitants but missed that one. In my experience, those folks can be very territorial and generally irrational. I waited until he went back inside and then quickly made it back to the truck. Since it was parked right out front of the Office, I thought the law would be waiting for me. I guess they liked the rain even less than I did and just passed on by.

    We used to get run out of an abandoned house in my neighborhood all the time when I was a kid. Back in the day, I was a lot faster. Now I rely on “stealth.”

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    This is my first post, but this was the first thread I saw so....

    When a group of us were in Bethlehem, we had spent all day exploring the grounds. We knew about the patrols that drive by but because we'd kept to the buildings we never had a problem being spotted. I actually don't even know how regularly they go by.

    When we were leaving, we had just gotten back to our cars in the nearby (public) parking lot and had the doors open throwing in our cameras and gear.... and saw The White Truck pull down the road we'd just come up.

    That was priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmattmd View Post
    Not really “caught.”

    I was photographing an abandoned motel/convention complex in Jacksonville, NC while on vacation. Typical NC late Summer afternoon. I got about 2/3 of the way around the complex and was on the dock when the “sudden downpour” you always hear about dropped on me. I was completely soaked by the time I made it back to one of the gutted rooms. When the rain lightened up, I was going to finish the tour when I smelled cigarette smoke and froze dead in my tracks. I slowly surveyed the area and realized that a homeless guy had set up camp in one of the units. I had been trying to watch for inhabitants but missed that one. In my experience, those folks can be very territorial and generally irrational. I waited until he went back inside and then quickly made it back to the truck. Since it was parked right out front of the Office, I thought the law would be waiting for me. I guess they liked the rain even less than I did and just passed on by.

    We used to get run out of an abandoned house in my neighborhood all the time when I was a kid. Back in the day, I was a lot faster. Now I rely on “stealth.”

    Matt


    dude ive ran into a few homeless people myself, and my observation of there living style is that they prolly wont talk to you, and if they do theyll ask for money, food, or cigerettes. If they do start mouthing off to you and become violent just go for the knees, homless people have weak knees lol

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    I almost was killed by a gang..
    Last year in philly at byberry, was my first time being there. I was alone and had only a flash light and camera.
    I had been walking all over the building for about two hours when i headed up to the top floor. It was starting to get dark out and i wanted to shoot the sun light coming thru the windows, when I heard a bunch of yelling and then two gun shots echoed thru the building, thats when i ran into a seclusion room and shut the door, I heard them coming up the hallway they wer looking for me i guess. Had to sit there for about three hours untill I heard them leave.

    I was placed in handcuffs one eveing at my local spot, was questioned and searched.

    I walked right past a white van at pennhurst once as he was driving out he was security gaurd he stoped and said its a lil cold out you should have on a coat and laufed and pulled away . that was odd.
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    [QUOTE=seclusionphoto;5724]

    I was placed in handcuffs one eveing at my local spot, was questioned and searched.

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    Your local place... The boys school/Navy base?! I didn't think they were that strict up there..

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    At Sydenham Hospital (my main haunt),

    We were walking out of a basement-level window that we had to climb out of, because we were being chased by some MSU students, and when we were walking out a security guard in a second-floor window yelled at us "hey kids..." then we thought he was going to arrest us, but he said "Hey kids, did you just come out of the morgue", and we replied with yes, and he said "the good stuff is locked up", and I still haven't come to a conclusion on what that means.

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    This isn't so much an "almost caught" as an "I got caught" story, but...

    The first time I ever entered anywhere abandoned was an old barn on the Mayview State Hospital grounds where I grew up, in Pennsylvania. The barn used to house some offices, and had a lot of space for livestock. I'm pretty sure the entire campus used to be a farm before they turned it into a hospital complex. Anyway, the barn was pretty huge, with silos and everything. Some of the offices were still full of paperwork and furniture, which, at the time, I thought was pretty odd. Anyway, we climbed up into the attic via a long ladder. In the attic, we found a laundry cart full of straight jackets. Being young (16 at the time), my friends and I decided to take a straight jacket (which I would never do now, of course).

    We left the barn after a few hours and made our way across the street to an abandoned country club. We were haning out, my friends were making TONS of noise and a cop pulled into the driveway. We considered running, but seems as how our car was parked just down the road, we figured it would be pointless. We threw our straight jackets into a nearby dumpster and confronted the cops.

    They gave us a huge song and dance about trespassing and took our names down, threatened to call our parents and press charges etc. They ended up letting us go, but did so only after claiming that they would call our parents about fines. It scared the shit out of us, but they never did call or anything. Since then, I've been rather careful about who I explore with, making sure they understand the value of quiet.

    The entire experience was pretty scary, but if I had to do it all over again, I'd at least remember to bring a camera with me.
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    Unhappy creepy bums

    So after a night of drinkin in frederick DonCorlyone and I decided to check out some buildings in town. So we explored a little than kinda split up, I made my way to a small building. As I went to open the door I had to push pretty hard, so the door finally opens and a large pipe hits the floor, the pipe was holding the door shut. I quitly walk inside the dark room look to my left and I see a shirtless man laying on a bed!! So my only words are "whats up man" and I get no responce and the man doesnt move an inch. At this point I'm thinkin GET OUT OF HERE! So I take off and I'm thinkin did I just see a dead man? I run and yell for "Don" I look back behind me and I see the man walking out of his "house" with a look on his face like he wants to kill me or I just woke him from a great dream! I cant find "Don" the the guy is comin my way so I keep runnin jump a fence and get back to my car! I check my cell phone "Don" called me like 5 times. So I'm sketched out and finally Don and I meet up. DonCorleyone mos def. ran into some people also, I'll let him tell his side! Soooo I learned it's best to stick togather!

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    Default I got one from last night

    me and three of my friends went up to rosewood at about 11 and went to the buildings far in the back (shock tanks!) and on our way out we were running back down the hill when shift change estarted and right when we got to the security road, security showed up my boy mikey got busted fro breaking and entering but they never found me and the jew.(we hid in the thorns) now i've got cuts all over my face and arms

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    Quote Originally Posted by octopus View Post
    DonCorleyone mos def. ran into some people also, I'll let him tell his side!
    i guess this is as good a thread for this as any.

    yeah, the damn place was a bum hotel. i was pretty excited about this site, i've been scouting downtown frederick for some time now... but then we got there. we went thru some of the larger buildings without incident. octopussy (as i'll hereby refer to him from now on) mentions every now and then that "i can't believe homeless people don't live here." well, this time i saw evidence that some did when i went upstairs into an attic over one of the larger buildings. blankets, boots, books, empty vodka bottles. so i tried calling octopussy on the cellbee, but he didnt' answer. i thought the damn fewl must've left his phone in the car. then his shirtless bum walked towards me - i said "what's up"... he looked at me, turned around, and walked away. i walked the other direction thinking nothing else of it but that i wouldn't bother him or go in his "house". i turned a corner, and then out of one of the office buildings on the site two other guys came out, bigger guys that looked pretty mad...

    "what are you looking for, boy?"
    "my friend"
    "what's his name?"
    "octopussy"
    "...he's not here"

    the way the dude said it implied they'd already killed him out back and were chopping him up for stew that night. two of them against one of me made them pretty confident, so they told me i had to leave, which i did without arguing. they weren't very threatening but i didn't wanna force the issue. they'd scraped the hell out of the place anyway, so there wasn't any reason to stick around. by this time octopussy had made it back to the car and called me: "omgomgomg there's PEOPLE here." lol

    i figure a pretty large number of people squat there, prolly twice what we ran into. lots of buildings on the site, and i walked by one with a couch, tons of empty liquor bottles and a huge stack of books. homeless guys must read a LOT. i'd figure all the smaller buildings were/are inhabited at one point or another.

    so anyway, stay away from the southwest side of south street between franklin and monocacy in downtown fredneck. there are other buildings in downtown frederick that are abandoned and active that i wanna see, so more on that later.
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