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(BBC)   Urban explorers of the former USSR, sending back photos that will make you mess your trousers   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 90
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2014-02-11 03:35:39 PM

blatz514: helmut


Wow.  That photo was taken using Kodak 320TXP film.

Just wow.
 
2014-02-11 03:36:03 PM
Why did they ruin most of those pictures by having some douche posing in them?
 
2014-02-11 03:37:21 PM

djremy: memebot_of_doom: [news.bbcimg.co.uk image 850x478]


Explain this one.


/ Russian furries?


He told his friends he was going to climb the Kiev Bridge tower.


His friends replied, "wear the fox hat."


http://youtu.be/kb0kiiB3O-o



What does the fox say? "Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhh shiat" if it is falling from 500 meters up.

/IMHO
 
2014-02-11 03:39:46 PM
Love the last photo. Digging marks left by boring machines? Really Giger/Alien looking.
 
2014-02-11 03:39:57 PM

EngineerAU: A helmet isn't going to save you when you fall several hundred feet but it can when the pipe you grabbed onto turns out to be rusted through and falls on your head. Or when you're in a poorly lit space and you run into a beam at head level that you didn't notice. Or a thousand other scenarios.


This.

Also, gloves?
 
2014-02-11 03:42:08 PM
industrie.com.au
 
2014-02-11 03:42:12 PM

Ambitwistor: [i.imgur.com image 400x436]
[25.media.tumblr.com image 425x289]


Why... would you approach such a thing? Voluntarily?!
 
2014-02-11 03:43:53 PM

jayphat: BadReligion: WindBreaker: Years ago, I played a wedding service for a young couple. She had a three-year-old from a prior relationship who just adored his new daddy. Two months later, I got a call from the same planner, asking if I could play all the same music again, this time for a funeral. He and some buddies decided to go urban exploring, and he fell off the top of a grain elevator. Tragic. Ya just never know. A helmet wouldn't have helped, but a safety harness might have.

Who would let a 3 year old go urban exploring?

So I'm not the only one who read it that way.


I was more concerned about the urban grain elevator.
 
2014-02-11 03:52:40 PM
I was on a business trip last year and ended up watching a movie that was about 3 people in Moscow doing some urban exploring, but then things get weird.  The movie had a sort 'Jacob's Ladder' vibe as if it was shooting to be a psychological thriller.  Can't remember the name of the movie though.

/slightly relevant to the topic
 
2014-02-11 03:54:09 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: otto the bull: I was expecting vintage Russian porn.

Is that a thing?
And where can I find it?


You don't want to.  It's all babushkas and vodka bottles and more hair than Woodstock.  The Russian nesting whores were kinda hot though.
 
2014-02-11 03:55:24 PM

blatz514: RedZoneTuba: EngineerAU: A helmet isn't going to save you when you fall several hundred feet but it can when the pipe you grabbed onto turns out to be rusted through and falls on your head. Or when you're in a poorly lit space and you run into a beam at head level that you didn't notice. Or a thousand other scenarios.

Exactly.  Without a helmut: KOed and fall thousands of feet to your death.  With a helmut: Hear a loud "clunk".

*Does GIS for "helmut"*

[agonistica.com image 640x796]

And this is the tame one.

GISing helmut is NSFW btw


GIS anything is NSFW, eventually.
 
2014-02-11 04:02:05 PM

Schmerd1948: I'm glad I'm not young. I was just crazy/stupid enough to do this stuff. We did climb radio towers and let waves chase us during hurricanes. Amazing we are still alive, some of us.


Don't have to be young. It's not high places, but went down in the Paris sewers not too long ago, and it was pretty weird at times.
/I'm 6'7
//220lbs
///but then heights never bothered me
 
2014-02-11 04:03:45 PM
FTA: "This is probably my best find, a gypsum mine in eastern Ukraine. An inconspicuous door led to an underground city with its own traffic, street signs and 20-metre-tall caves," says Yaroslav Segeda.

Yet, there are no pictures of said underground city.
 
2014-02-11 04:11:01 PM
OK, let's get the photoshop thread going.
news.bbcimg.co.uk
 
2014-02-11 04:16:10 PM
climbing buildings or towers with no gear is one thing

climbing buidings or towers built under communist rule in usually bad weather with I would assume at best very minimal maintenance and upkeep is just ridiculous.
 
2014-02-11 04:25:23 PM

EngineerAU: A helmet isn't going to save you when you fall several hundred feet but it can when the pipe you grabbed onto turns out to be rusted through and falls on your head. Or when you're in a poorly lit space and you run into a beam at head level that you didn't notice. Or a thousand other scenarios.


Came here to say that.  For when you whack your head on a beam, or a rock from the guy above falls on you and beans you.
 
2014-02-11 04:34:30 PM

TNel: "Many of the explorers do not even take the precaution of wearing a helmet.  "

Yeah because when you are falling thousands of feet a helmet isn't going to help much.


animationreview.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-11 04:36:09 PM
The only time I ever did any sort of urban exploring was when I snuck up into the Chrysler building to check
out the remnants of the Cloud Club.  In that case, though, the worst that would have happened to me was
that I would have been arrested.

Article about the Cloud Club with pics (not taken by me, alas).

Wikipedia article
 
2014-02-11 04:43:25 PM

TNel: "Many of the explorers do not even take the precaution of wearing a helmet.  "

Yeah because when you are falling thousands of feet a helmet isn't going to help much.


Don't wear a seatbelt either, because it won't do diddly in head-on crash where each car is travelling >70 mph.

Protip: In order to climb on something big, you first need to climb on something small. And even if you are 1000' in the air on something, it's possible to slip and fall a few feet and bang your noggin.
 
2014-02-11 04:48:34 PM
These guys do it better:  http://youtu.be/SWfRoNOPktc?t=19s
 
2014-02-11 05:04:14 PM
Subby was right, looking at those photos I almost did a Rodman.
 
2014-02-11 05:06:45 PM

TNel: "Many of the explorers do not even take the precaution of wearing a helmet.  "

Yeah because when you are falling thousands of feet a helmet isn't going to help much.


I'll never put on a lifejacket again.
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-02-11 05:07:22 PM

ArkPanda: Check out those last two pictures.  Beware of facehuggers.


Came to say the exact same thing.  The penultimate one has a definite H.R. Giger feel to it.
 
2014-02-11 05:32:43 PM
Trespassing is a thing now?
 
2014-02-11 05:45:24 PM
More clench my pujol than mess my jeans, really.  Stuck in my chair.
 
2014-02-11 05:55:13 PM

ArkPanda: Check out those last two pictures.  Beware of facehuggers.


Metro 2033
 
2014-02-11 06:13:41 PM
So, near as I can figure, this room is divided in two by a giant mirror, which means that both the man and the walkway he is standing on are vampires.

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-11 06:22:07 PM

StupidFly: Enjoy the asbestos exposure, comrade.


Came here to say this...and gypsum exposure. Last I knew if particles of gypsum are inhaled, links to lung cancer.

Im sure there is a more qualified farker out there to comment.
 
2014-02-11 06:24:47 PM

LSUMJ: climbing buildings or towers with no gear is one thing

climbing buidings or towers built under communist rule in usually bad weather with I would assume at best very minimal maintenance and upkeep is just ridiculous.


Why do you hate their freedom?

/It's a joke.
 
2014-02-11 06:39:09 PM

JohnTuttle: Mell of a Hess: Ambitwistor: [i.imgur.com image 400x436]
[25.media.tumblr.com image 425x289]

Is that Chernobyl?

Yep. That's the Elephant's Foot being photographed.


How did that man live long enough to hand off the camera?
 
2014-02-11 06:52:16 PM

airsupport: JohnTuttle: Mell of a Hess: Ambitwistor: [i.imgur.com image 400x436]
[25.media.tumblr.com image 425x289]

Is that Chernobyl?

Yep. That's the Elephant's Foot being photographed.

How did that man live long enough to hand off the camera?


 http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=672660
 
2014-02-11 08:48:54 PM

TNel: "Many of the explorers do not even take the precaution of wearing a helmet.  "

Yeah because when you are falling thousands of feet a helmet isn't going to help much.


True that, but they are ACES for the myriad small head dings that could mess you up. And if you end up sliding through a bunch of crap on your side or just out of control, a helmet can save your tuchas.

do dangerous stuff, wear a helmet.
 
2014-02-11 08:51:36 PM
img.fark.net


Damn.  This is one of the best photographs I've ever seen.  Amazing job with the light, color, and lines.  I could only dream to take a picture like that.
 
2014-02-11 09:47:33 PM

airsupport: airsupport: JohnTuttle: Mell of a Hess: Ambitwistor: [i.imgur.com image 400x436]
[25.media.tumblr.com image 425x289]

Is that Chernobyl?

Yep. That's the Elephant's Foot being photographed.

How did that man live long enough to hand off the camera?

 http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=672660



Interesting fact about the elephant's foot, its so radioactive that its spontaneously breaking itself down into chunks and eventually powder that is much more easily moved about the environment.
 
2014-02-11 09:55:23 PM

Coastalgrl: StupidFly: Enjoy the asbestos exposure, comrade.

Came here to say this...and gypsum exposure. Last I knew if particles of gypsum are inhaled, links to lung cancer.

Im sure there is a more qualified farker out there to comment.


Gypsum? Cramps and sneeze.

/we hear it from the people in the town they call us
 
2014-02-11 10:07:24 PM
The front of my pants, or the back?

Ah, okay. I've watched videos of Russian kids climbing that stuff to do the kind of "parkour" that gets bad press.
 
2014-02-11 10:21:21 PM

darch: Not that the USA is immune to boneheaded errors, but don't the Russians seem to have a certain way of REAAAALLLLLYYY farking shiat up? There just seems to be a certain coldness to the culture. I am sure there are lovely Russians and positive elements, but from all accounts, it just seems like a desolate place full of despair.


Have you read Russian history? "War and Peace"? "Anna Karenina"? It's been a desolate place full of despair almost since its inception. When I first read the Gulag Archipelago, I was struck by how accepting people were of Stalin's excesses; it was difficult to imagine Americans allowing such a thing. Then I learned more about Russia and I realized that Russians have been that way for hundreds of years--just like "F*ck it, kick my nuts again, comrade, I don't care anymore."
 
2014-02-12 02:06:01 PM

Spanky McStupid: Russians are some crazy-assed mo-fo's.


It's either that or drink yourself stupid.
 
2014-02-12 05:16:29 PM

Gyrfalcon: darch: Not that the USA is immune to boneheaded errors, but don't the Russians seem to have a certain way of REAAAALLLLLYYY farking shiat up? There just seems to be a certain coldness to the culture. I am sure there are lovely Russians and positive elements, but from all accounts, it just seems like a desolate place full of despair.

Have you read Russian history? "War and Peace"? "Anna Karenina"? It's been a desolate place full of despair almost since its inception. When I first read the Gulag Archipelago, I was struck by how accepting people were of Stalin's excesses; it was difficult to imagine Americans allowing such a thing. Then I learned more about Russia and I realized that Russians have been that way for hundreds of years--just like "F*ck it, kick my nuts again, comrade, I don't care anymore."


I have no read Russian history. Only what I've seen on TV and in the press over the last few decades. I guess my assessment wasn't that far off.
 
2014-02-12 05:42:18 PM

OnyxOdin: [img.fark.net image 850x512]


Damn.  This is one of the best photographs I've ever seen.  Amazing job with the light, color, and lines.  I could only dream to take a picture like that.


Is that Freddy Krueger ?
 
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