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Beware the hightlight real
< on 4/17/2020 8:00 PM >
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I am new here.

Its intimidating looking at some of the amazing posts of castles, asylums, factories, theaters and other simply mind-boggling buildings people have explored. I like this community and seeing some of this stuff and the advice given has been an inspiration to me. I will defiantly be seeing out some "big game" in the future.

It can also be disheartening for us newbs to see these pictures and experiences that the veterans of UER have had. At least it has been for me, and I don't know if I am alone in this feeling.

You can tell from reading some posts that the wisdom and judgement of people doing this for literally a decade can not be shared through posts on a message board. It needs to be done on the ground, in real life through personal experience.

It got me thinking about the "highlight real effect"

"If given a platform, people will almost always opt to represent themselves, their lives, and their experiences in the best light possible — a “highlight reel,” so to speak. When we compare this carefully curated “highlight reel” to our “behind the scenes” — our myriad disappointments, failures, monotonies — it can leave us feeling inadequate, depressed.

Deep down, we know that the curator, the person whose “highlight reel” we’re exposed to, has experienced hardship, disappointment, and boredom. However, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that when they’re regaling you with a story of some once-in-a-lifetime experience."

I decided to get off my ass today and do something small. Something that would not make for a dramatic post here. Something that would take just a couple hours. Just to get out and do the thing I enjoy, explore.

This is close to Raleigh NC, I am looking for a way into some tunnels. I like tunnels, its a thing for me. Funny story and what made this fun. This is on a campus and I guess they have campus security. As I was working my way up the creak you go under a couple wooden bridges 20' up, you can see through the wooden planks. Well I get to one and look up and I can see campus security right above me, he is smoking a cigarette. I swear he looks down, right at me, I am just frozen, like if I don't move he cant see me.

He just looks up again and keeps smoking, I carefully maneuver under the bridge and wait him out, super long 10 min. Off he goes and I am free to continue.

Super glad I got out and did this,



Video of the tunnel, I like tunnels.


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Re: Beware the hightlight real
< Reply # 1 on 4/17/2020 9:16 PM >
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Nice! Everyone I guess has their niche, I'm old houses and hospitals kind of guy. I crawled around some storm drains when I was younger, found them spookier than any house in the woods.

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< Reply # 2 on 4/17/2020 11:41 PM >
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I'm trying to start up a YouTube channel and often feel discouraged when I look at my feeble first attempt at a video. I tell myself over and over that everyone starts at the bottom, but that feels a bit hollow when you are sitting down to edit your footage. Or when your YouTube friend got more likes in 10 minutes than I got total views on my first video. Hang in there. It will get better.

On to exploring. I'm pretty successful in mine exploring. I have lots of pictures and great finds along the way, but that took years. Here is a real scenario for those of us out pushing the boundaries. My exploring buddy and I got into an area we wanted to thoroughly explore. We did the research, made up a map with all the potential locations that we could identify on Google Earth. We spent four days hitting every mine within about 5 miles of our campsite. It was an active area and we explored into close to 50 sites.

The vast majority of them were 100 feet to nothing. We rappelled into about 20 shafts...nothing. Now shaft 21st was a treasure. Everything was untouched since the early 1900s. Why? Because it was dangerous as hell to get into.

Hundreds of miles of travel. Four solid days of exploring. Aching bodies. 1 amazing find, and a small handful of pretty neat locations but not worth posting pictures of. For us at least, this is about average. Lots and lots of disappointment. But it's like the little old lady sitting in front of the slot machine dumping in her money and pulling the arm, just knowing there's a jackpot on the next pull. We get just enough payouts to make the cost worthwhile. Always the next adventure.

So when you see amazing photos of amazing locations, there's a lot of disappoint behind those shots. You'll get there if you stay with it. Did I mention that I get discouraged when I go on Facebook and see my fellow mine explorers having amazing adventures? We are adventure junkies. I need my next fix.


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Re: Beware the hightlight real
< Reply # 3 on 8/14/2020 8:47 AM >
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Not knowing all the lingo that you guys use I guess I'll come up with my own. I'm gonna call you tunnel goers Sewer Rats.

I'm a lone explorer because I hate people.
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