1. Post #1
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    Urban Exploration is a lot of fun and is a great way to see the ruins of what civilization used to be like in past times. However, there are a few basic things that I feel everybody coming into this section should know. I'm not going to write these under the false pretense that I'm a master urban explorer and my shit stinks less than everyone else, these are the bare minimums people should know. Kinda like a society code, or rules to being a RESPECTABLE Urban Explorer.

    1. Don't namedrop places that aren't well known.

    This one gets broken far more often than it should. There are places in the world that people know very well: Danvers State Hospital, Eastern State Penitentiary, etc. THESE PLACES ARE/WERE ALSO FILLED WITH BROKEN THINGS AND GRAFFITI. If you know a place that's in pristine or otherwise good condition, please don't go and leave it open to vandals, law enforcement, etc. to go and investigate. More often than not, a good location will get ruined VERY quickly by namedropping.

    2. If you're new, don't ask for handouts.

    I learned this the hard way. People love to help other explorers out, don't get me wrong. If people like draining, then they'll share ways in/out of drains, or even in locations. HOWEVER, people see someone who has never explored before, never researched anything come in and ask for locations and ways to get in and it evokes a feeling of frustration. I've had friends whom I know have never explored before or have even been interested before ask me for ways to get into buildings and I just say "I don't know". If you show hard interest, and are willing to private message people and actually talk with them about the location, then GREAT! You can do that at any time.

    3. Be smart when you gear up for an exploration.

    A lot of this stuff should be common sense. Good ideas for stuff to bring: maglite/flashlight if you can't get a maglite | walkie talkie | some form of identification | spare memory cards/batteries, etc. Bring a friend when you explore; it's someone that can call 911/999 when you fall down a few floors.

    Amendment 1: Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

    Another HUGE one. Don't go to sites and play the part of the vandal. Don't break things, don't take things, because those particular items may be something that another explorer is looking for. Not to mention it hurts the name of urban exploration when the cops find your stupid ass breaking things at a location.

    Amendment 2: Don't bring drugs to a location, don't consume drugs at a location.

    Durr. You're already doing something that could potentially get you arrested/fined. Don't make it worse on yourself when you get charged with possession.

    Feel free to post other stuff you feel could be added to this list.
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    Nice post, good tips. Thanks!

  3. Post #3
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    Also protip:I don't suggest dressing up like you just came out of Metro 2033 of Stalker, because people will think you are stupid.
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  4. Post #4
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    May 2011
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    Add the "leave things as you found it" rule. I think most people agree on it.
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  5. Post #5
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    July 2010
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    Don't bring drugs, because when the cops come and find 2 kilos of coke up your ass, then they won't be too happy.
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  6. Post #6
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    Add the "leave things as you found it" rule. I think most people agree on it.
    completely forgot that rule, added it
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    I <3 OTTERS~
    Dennab
    July 2011
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    Don't come with a hooker or half naked woman, if you happen to do, bring a camera. If they ask you are recording porn
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  8. Post #8
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    you're trying too hard
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  9. Post #9
    bye
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    writing the unwritten rules is trying too hard
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  10. Post #10
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    you've been permabanned three times and then paid to change your name and you're talking about trying hard
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    bye
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    if you look harder you'll actually see I was on the other end of the permabans
    ;)
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  12. Post #12
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    my head is literally full of fuck
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  13. Post #13
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    May 2010
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    How are these the unwritten rule of Urbex, if you've just written them. Hurr Durr.

    Edited:

    Also, you looked through his history to find his bans and name changes, you my good man, are trying too hard.
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  14. Post #14
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    A good tip is to always bring two or more torches, and when you are down to your last one its time to make your way out.

    Once that last torch goes out, your fucked

  15. Post #15
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    Also, you looked through his history to find his bans and name changes, you my good man, are trying too hard.
    didn't recognize username, looked for name changes, shut your fuckin mouth this is an urban exploration forum, etc etc
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  16. Post #16
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    Don't start hooting and hollering if you see something cool or scary, there could be animals in the area that aren't friendly.

    Don't throw stuff. You could knock something over and cause a huge collapse.

  17. Post #17
    I paid two dollars, and all I got was this stupid title.
    TinyTank's Avatar
    May 2006
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    Don't start hooting and hollering if you see something cool or scary, there could be animals in the area that aren't friendly.

    Don't throw stuff. You could knock something over and cause a huge collapse.
    Or people. That was always my number 1 fear when doing UrbEx.
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  18. Post #18
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    If you get caught up with police/other people, BE DEMOCRATIC ABOUT IT. Explain why you're there, what you were doing, and just say that you were interested in looking around and not defacing anything. More often than not, the cop won't do much more than make you leave.

  19. Post #19

    January 2012
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    Amendment 2: Don't bring drugs to a location, don't consume drugs at a location.

    Durr. You're already doing something that could potentially get you arrested/fined. Don't make it worse on yourself when you get charged with possession.
    Not just drugs, really. Don't bring ANYTHING that could get you in trouble. Drugs, guns (even airsoft), knives, spraycans and masks are things that, even if you're not doing anything wrong, will nonetheless make you look bad.

    As someone else already stated, UrbEx is already something that can get you arrested/fined just for doing it, so don't sum up suspicious behavior/possessions.
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  20. Post #20

    October 2011
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    Don't forget... Don't go in there to loud... Matter of fact don't make a noise.

    I know me and my cousins go exploring all the time.

    Want to hear a story?
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  21. Post #21
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    split up and look for clues

    Edited:

    ALWAYS tippy toe
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  22. Post #22

    October 2011
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    split up and look for clues

    Edited:

    ALWAYS tippy toe
    I just walk quiet.. Its not that hard.
    But when you see a cop car coming best high tail it on out! I know I have had it happen before, it is a scary thought knowing your bout to get caught unless you run.

  23. Post #23
    Bearz's Avatar
    October 2006
    4 Posts
    These are awesome tips. I am doing my exploration this style. :)

  24. Post #24
    Sixer's Avatar
    February 2010
    555 Posts
    Have any recommendations for footware? As in, are hiking boots alright, or will running shoes do fine.

  25. Post #25
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    I'd say check out the place you're looking at first, then decide. Sometimes, with water damage and leaks and things like that it'd be better to have some heavier footwear.

  26. Post #26
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    I wear these there actually quite expensive around 100 euros but they have metal plating on the bottom if you step on some spikes and are shock proof.

    Better spending a 100 bucks than a trip to the hospital.
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  27. Post #27
    raku167's Avatar
    February 2012
    30 Posts
    For a new explorer like me these rule/tips are great

  28. Post #28
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    October 2011
    182 Posts
    If you cant get in, dont break in?

  29. Post #29
    bye
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    If you can't in, try harder
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  30. Post #30
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    If the entrance is blocked off, wait for some thugs to come along and open it up again.
    It worked for me. Some bloody idiots must of rammed down the fence with a car because a whole chunk of it was scattered across the parking lot.
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    +Requesting sticky.
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  32. Post #32
    Amendment 3: Don't try too hard.
    Amendment 4: Ignore the "take" part of Amendment 1 if the thing is digital and you're going to share it with the world.

  33. Post #33
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    If you can't in, try harder
    if you can't get in, roofs
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  34. Post #34
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    January 2009
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    When you're walking across a more than 2-floor building(especially a 1 floor if there's a basement) always have your flashlight pointed towards the floor. It might seem ridiculous; but it'll save you a long ass fall. I had one of my friends break his leg after falling into a hole in this room he was digging around in. Had a fun time calling me to come get him and call an ambulance(explaining this story was absolutely knockers..)

  35. Post #35
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    October 2007
    1,488 Posts
    Be mature and pick your friends wisely who will be sensible.

    Avoid the jerk who will shout, scream, trash the place and "Tag it up"

    Only share information of places to people that take Urban exploration seriously.

  36. Post #36
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    March 2011
    631 Posts
    Never openly share information unless you know the person is a proper urbexer and never publish dates that your planning to explore, you never know if the security guards might see.

  37. Post #37
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    October 2007
    1,488 Posts
    Not exactly a rule but leather gloves. Enough grip to get around some heavily damaged areas that may require climbing to explore further and will keep your hands safe from what ever you could touch or cut yourself on.

    Plus let alone possible homeless people that squat their and like to potty against walls and on the floor.
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  38. Post #38
    Killed postal with a fart once.
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    December 2007
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    Have an escape route in case there is actually a cop on the way there?
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