“Urban Explorers” are guys (and some gals) who illegally break into (or near) buildings, towers, bridges, even sewers. They don’t damage anything or steal anything. They just climb to the top, chill, and snap a few photos. The above picture is a railway bridge in Edinburgh Scotland, and is an example of the things these guys do.
If that sounds awesome, it’s because it is. I would never do it because I have a thing about breaking the law. Breaking the law puts one at risk of losing his freedom, so if freedom is important to you, it’s much better to move to a place with the maximum amount of freedom than it is to live in a place with little freedom and spend your time breaking the law.
It looks like the greatest urban explorers are doing exactly the opposite of what I’m talking about, since most of the live in London, which is the most surveilled, photographed, and videoed city on the planet Earth. It’s like 1984 over there. But these urban explorers like it that way…since it makes it more of a challenge to do what they do.
Here’s a few more photos they’ve shot while doing their thing.
I’m a big city nut so this kind of thing appeals to me. I’m not going to be scaling any tall buildings any time soon (mountains yes, buildings no, at least not on the outside).
I have a picture in my office of the ten tallest buildings in the world. I plan to visit all of them and hit the top floor of each one. I’m about 50% through the list. The trouble is they keep building buildings that beat out the records. No problem. I’ll just keep visiting new skyscrapers as this happens.
My next target: Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China. Check it out:
That’s my version of urban exploration.