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The hypocrisy of the cave clan.

the cave clan started in the 80’s when 3 guys went down a drain. nothing exciting about it really. Over the last couple of decades the cave clan have gathered in members and have ventured into exploring abandoned buildings rather than just drains. I have never been a member of the cave clan and nor will I be after the events of the past year or so.

It all started off for me when I began to use my camera and take photos after not using it for a while. My interest was abandoned buildings and then onto drains. I have never been one for joining a group or one for rules. That meant the cave clan wasn’t for me, as they have rules about what photos you can post and what information you can share with your friends about new abandoned buildings. If I have information about an abandoned building that I know a friend doesn’t know about I’d share it. If I were in the cave clan I wouldn’t be allowed to share said information with them. that to me is just wrong and reminds me of a cult that tries to split the ‘URBEX’ community apart for their own ego.

Having said that, I do appreciate the Cave clans dedication to preserving abandoned buildings from tagging and graff. That alone should not be a reason to withhold information from other non CC explorers who you trust who also would like to goto these places and photograph them. I don’t understand that rule,  But I am not one for rules. For me it just seems a little bit elitist and egotistical.

The hypocrisy that I am talking about is their stance with graffiti in drains. This is a quote from the CC Wikipedia page.

“The Cave Clan has long officially distanced itself from graffiti, despite the historical practice of discrete tagging as a historical documentation practice.”

Graffiti is graffiti. it doesn’t matter how big the tag is or where it’s done. it’s still graffiti.
Is tagging an entire wall of a drain in big letters considered discrete?

In my opinion I am not convinced that it’s discrete and a blatant message telling others that venture down the drains that they rule the drain. But that’s just my opinion. No one has claim to the drain and should tell others what to do down there. Only the government has that power and the water authorities.

The drains that I have explored in Melbourne (where the cave clan started) are littered with tags and graffiti from CC members. how can one group be so opposed to graffiti and then tag and graff the drains they are protecting against graffiti artists?

discrete.

The great staircase drain.

this past weekend A few mates and I decided to go draining. The weather was good the mood of the group was great and all we had to do was go down the drains for a few hours and take photos. mission accomplished!

We took lots of photos and walked for ages ducking and weaving in and out of the drains and side tunnels. This is the money shot for me. my pick of the bunch that I took that day.

Christian boy band pose

JWRB

This drain that i have been to a million times in the past year or so isn’t the biggest drain and it doesn’t have any side tunnels. it’s just a big round concrete pipe that spans the length of 100 meters or so. So why do I feel the urge to visit it so often i hear you ask. Well the answer is half way down this big round pipe is a huge pipe that come out to the surface which lets in lots of natural light and the shape of it is truly great.
JWRB

 

JWRB
I have no idea of what this “sky light” half way down the tunnel is used for but it makes me happy walking to this area The engineering of this structure must have some use to it. I am sure the government wouldn’t waste tax payers money. *clears throat* In the area there is another similar smaller drain which stops at a dead-end with and has the same thing. a sky light. weird!

The first time walking towards the sky light you know its going to be a great tunnel to visit.

JWRB

you don’t need to walk to the structure that i call the sky light but it’s not that far from the main entrance and it’s REALLY big and a great place to take things into perspective.

Upon entering the area where you walk though a foot of water to get to the inside of the tunnel you see the entrance to the tunnel and said skylight.

JWRB

This last trip to this area wont be my last before i head ot to Europe.

Urbex video

Over the past i had been taking a bit of video while out exploring abandoned buildings with frist. Once I had gotten enough video to make a short clip out of was the task of actually putting it together. That was a long process as I am lazy. On a rainy day off from work the time had come to put everything together. this is the result. VIDEO.

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