Archive for October, 2014

Here are five rules that Sean and I always follow when out exploring abandoned wonders.

1. Never Go Alone

Abandoned places can be very dangerous. It is important to always use the buddy system in case the worst should happen. Always make sure someone on the outside knows where you are. It is important to bring a radio, whistle, and/or cell phone to alert others in case you are lost or in need of help.

2. Always Come Prepared

When out exploring always make sure to bring the following:

Water

Compass

Gloves

Flashlights and batteries

Camera

Proper Footwear

Snacks

Head and/or Face Protection (if necessary)

First Aid Kit

3. Never Talk to Strangers 

People can be dangerous and you never know who you may run into. Keep your distance and “never talk to strangers.” If you hear a strange noise down a dark tunnel do not investigate (trust us!). You never want to put yourself in harms way.

4. Do Your Research

It is always important to know exactly where you are going and what to look for. Know your route, where to park, what may be off limits, and use google maps. It helps! Research ahead of time what equipment is needed (face/head protection, flashlights, etc.) and what isn’t needed. Never carry more than you need.

5. Leave No Trace

Do not vandalize, destroy, and or harm the location you are exploring. Vandals ruin these amazing places and often ruin it for the rest of us (cause police presence, etc.). Always pack out exactly what you pack in. Never litter!