Most people don't pay attention to the network of drains beneath their feet. As the saying goes, out of sight is out of mind. Which is why I'm making more of a push this year to explore this mostly unseen network. The past two weekends have been fruitful in this endeavor; the Viceroy drain in Etobicoke has been conquered, while a daylight return visit was paid to Gargantua.
Many more remain on the list, but for now work is going to put a delay on those explorations...
Got the itch to explore again recently, and having seen photos taken by other explorers recently at Camp 30, I decided to round some friends up and make a return visit. Quite a bit has changed in the nearly six years since I was last there; a lot more graffiti exists, as well as more general vandalism.
While the schoolhouse building no longer stands, having finally succumbed to the elements and arson over the years, the remainder of the property still stands defiantly, giving more than enough to explore over the afternoon in a laid-back fashion.
Just what I needed to scratch that itch.
So it's been a very, very long time since I attended one of the Toronto UE monthly meets. It's mostly been to unfavourable work scheduling that saw me working shifts on Saturdays. For a change, I had a Saturday off this past month, and as such went to the meet.
Ended up exploring a few ho-hum locations close to the meet locations. Not sure if I'll post them here or not at this time; maybe in the future. They certainly were not high-ticket infiltrations, but they were a nice, laid back explores.
I capped the day off checking out a condo project not far from where I live that I've been watching for a while. Other than the reminder that I need to get back into better shape (seriously, I shouldn't be gasping for air after climbing up 18 floors), it did offer some decent views.
Not a bad day, all in all.
I spent a week up north with a few friends a few weeks ago, once again looking for abandoned mines to explore (we did this the year previous, where we had explored Ranwick and Tribag mines). Unlike the last trip, this one wasn't quite as fruitful, with our only successful entry being at the Tribag stope we had found the year prior.
Luck was on our side this time, as the loose quartz of last year had been washed away, giving us much solider footing to cross by an open pit and get inside. The pictures I took simply can't do justice for it; the stope itself was massive, and held together by an impressive number of rock bolts. The photos are up on the Tribag page.
While that was the only success, we did manage to gather a ton of intel for future years, so the entire week was not a wash.
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To everyone: I'm sure you've noticed the lack of updates here... I've been busy re-writing the code base for the site (again). And properly this time, not like the last couple of times where I've poked at it a bit. No, the entire site was re-written from the ground up over the course of the last seven months.
It had got to the point where I simply couldn't maintain the old code base, as it had been hacked upon and expanded multiple times over the nine years it powered the site. The new setup is allows me to expand the code base with greater ease, less bugs, less breaking of existing features, and better resource management (so better page loading times).
So expect a much more stable experience going forward.And now I need to get back out into the field and away from the computer for a while.
Had some success this past weekend in Northern Ontario, where the focus was predominantly on mines, with a side helping of checking out the ruins of Gargantua Harbour in Superior Provincial Park. While Gargantua isn't going to make it onto the site, the two mines are. Both Ranwick and Tribag are available for viewing.
Needless to say, I'll be back in Northern Ontario in the future (hopefully). First, though, will come the third (and hopefully final) attempt to locate the Richardson Fission Mine; so far it has eluded me.
A few weeks slow in getting these photos done; as always, I've been busy (how many times have I used that as a general reason for lack of updates?) with work. That said, I still took the time to make it out to the High Level Pumping Station during Doors Open this year, despite having to work on both days.
I drove by it daily for years, always wondering what it was like inside... so there was no chance that I was going to miss the opportunity to see it while it was open this year.
Well, not quite back to school... it's been a long time since that was something I needed to concern myself with. However, that doesn't stop me from going to abandoned schools when I get the itch for exploring. I've been watching this property for a while, but never had the energy to go and actually take a look thanks to being busy with work.
That all changed this past weekend, when I finally went and took a look at Father John Redmond C.S.S. The results are now on the site!
For those of you wondering why there have been no updates to the site recently, despite a trip to Detroit back in August... well, now you can see why.
Welcome to the new Abandoned UE.
And now, I can finally work on getting those Detroit photos and locations added to the site.
As the condos continue to rise in the city, I'll continue to climb them. Being slightly out of shape from not having done any exploring for so long, my companion on this trip and I decided to start somewhere where we wouldn't have to climb 40+ floors to get to the top... those'll come soon enough.