Image

Snakes and Ladders, Llanberis

top day with fish and nick, I’ll caption ’em.

fish looking towards the camera and the tunnel from Dali’s Hole. the tunnel in the photograph leads to California and the chain climb below.

after the chain climb and hauling the rucksacks up, its an abseil off the tree on the other side of the tunnel.

after reaching the bottom, its off towards a pile of boulders at the entrance of the tunnel leading to Australia, squeeze your head through lad.

up the first few sets of ladders for the day.

heading towards the edge of The Lost World and down, up the ladders and over to Mordor. the ladders to the left have a few rungs missing and are fairly overgrown, this is the way out. spot Nick on the other ladders in Mordor, bagging it on the sketchy ladder near the waterfall!

the old railway line that has melted. err, out.

Image

SEA on 110cc

 – a 1300 mile trip in Vietnam and Cambodia on some clapped out 110cc fake Honda’s!

– we had punctures, oil changes, some drops, a new tyre, bent footpegs, shattered plug caps, no working clocks, front suspension rebuild, knackered kick starter, one working set of lights between us and an asthmatic air box mod for the mountains!

– shouts to Nick and Tommy for the miles and miles of grinning ♡

and yeah, urgh – the plod.

Image

Royal Mail Copperas Hill to Lime Street Tunnel, Liverpool

CNV00023 copy 6

Like a few of the sites in Liverpool in 2011 me and OBO were looking for somewhere to skate – chains to hippy jump or some big banks to carve on longboards. See below for the carwash, excuse the quality. We were in the building about 30 seconds and set off a louddd alarm, A+.

Six long years later I rode the train into town, face glued to the window as standard (see here for what we found when we did that last time) and spotted that the Copperas Hill depot was getting demolished, see Kev’s quality report on DP’s for more snaps.

CNV00022 copy 2

Have a look at the post on DJC Design, David managed to gain access to the building in 2012 when it was getting prepped for the biennial. We didn’t see casper or hear anything other than rail workers.

The tunnel was used to transport the mail down to Lime Street station. It dropped just below track level, passed through the tunnel and was loaded on to a train – this operation has now been moved to Warrington, see below.

IMGP7594

DJC Design – ‘he went on to suggest that the tunnel linking Copperas Hill and Lime Street train station was haunted. Many new members of staff were sent down the tunnel and came back reporting all sorts of strange noises and events’

CNV00019 copy 5

CNV00021 copy 4

G.

Image

Barclay Curle, Titan Clydebank, James Watt & Stobcross/Finnieston Cantilever Cranes

CNV00037

After checking out Longannet power station one damp evening last autumn, we agreed to head back over the border to Glasgow. With a straightforward plan to climb any/all of the huge cantilever dock cranes on the River Clyde we set off when the nights were darker and temps ice cold!

First, the titan crane at Barclay Curle’s Clydeholm yard. This has been described as a tough one to reach as it’s inside an operational scrap yard and next to a bus depot – it took us an age to get through the various yards – avoiding dogs, cameras and a dunking in the Clyde.

Of all the cranes we stumbled on the toughest first and set out climbing up the concrete base in search of the stairs. We managed this easily enough but marooned ourselves on the base for a good few hours, early on a security guard from the dock opposite was shining a torch at the crane waiting for a huge ship to load. After the security fella had left we heard the familiar drone of a helicopter and seconds later it flew directly over us with the search light putting out mega lumens – we didn’t say much when that happened. In the end we sat it out and waited for all the bus drivers to shuffle around, the cleaners wiped sick off the seats and we headed up the knackered staircase – shitting bricks as we’d had enough time to get the fear.

All the history is available on wiki so I’ll add a bit from each entry. Seawind Barclay Curle is a British shipbuilding company that was founded by Robert Barclay in 1818 and in 1876 the company relocated its yard to Whiteinch where the crane stands today. In 1920 the titan crane was constructed by the engineering company Sir William Arrol & Co – responsible for the Forth Bridge, Tees Transporter, Warrington Transporter & Jubilee Bridge.

CNV00036

CNV00081

After the Barclay Curle and with time to burn we headed over to the Titan Clydebank. Completed in 1907 with a bill of 24 grand, the TC was again built by the engineering company Sir William Arrol & Co. It managed to survive WW2 only to fall into disuse in the 1980’s, luckily it was restored and opened to the public in 2007.

As this one is full of lights its quite hard to get it wrong but you do have to climb from the ground as the stairs have been chopped and lifted. It was quite a contrast to the previous crane as it didn’t fall to bits when you walked and every 10 seconds it changes colour!

CNV00047

CNV00043

CNV00040

CNV00045

We crashed out after TC and with two cranes under our belts we could have headed home. Instead, we drove out to Greenock the following night and hopped up to the top of the James Watt dock crane. It’s category A listed, can shift 150 tonnes and was built in 1917 – like the others by Sir William Arrol & Co. I’m sure Nick’s are the same but the 400 speed fuji I had loaded struggled with the low light!

CNV00055

CNV00058

CNV00059

Finally, we came to the Stobcross/Finnieston crane. Its TV appearances with dopey protesters and trials riders has tightened the old girl up, sitting right in town next to a hotel doesn’t help. After rolling around in a jungle run challenge at the base we were sat at the top of the stairs but not atop of the jib due to some nicely fitted steel, loosing interest we grabbed a few photos and disappeared!

Surprisingly the Stobcross wasn’t built by the engineering dons Sir William Arrol & Co, someone at the office must have been having a bad day. Operating from 1932 the crane was instead built by Cowans, Sheldons & Company of Carlisle and Cleveland & Bridge Engineering Company.

CNV00084

CNV00063

P1070658

Sorted. The Fairfield Titan was another giant canti crane at BAE systems, even though category A listed it ‘hindered development of the yard’ and within a three week period was dismantled back in 2007. Catch ‘em while you can.

All shot on mucky 400 film and the CNT sign on digi. Massive shouts to Nick, he’s been on it for time and knows the score ❤

Image

Longbridge MG Rover Plant, Birmingham

CNV00079

When I was a kid a Rover was the sort of car some old person nipped to the shops in or the car of choice for the local nonce with a bag of sweets in his beige 400.

CNV00064

I had seen a few photographs of LB last year and had missed the op for checking out Ford’s offering down south, I think someone was nicking stuff whilst we were there as we kept seeing people in dark jackets legging it through the shadows.

CNV00073

CNV00071

Car building here started in 1906 with the Austin 25-30, in both world wars the plant played its part and produced ammunition, aeroplanes, engines and trucks.

After WW2 Austin merged with Morris, combined with British Motor Corporation and then ended up as British Leyland in 1968. Early on the conglomerate ran tight on funds but after an expansion on the site they introduced the Austin Metro, a car I only ever saw burnt out at the bottom of ditches.

CNV00076

Car production ceased in September 2016, leaving a stack of these MG 3’s around that I presume haven’t yet been sold. Click here to see inside the plant and what happens when robots just get off.

Cheers to the lads – fish, hidden, jobs and nick!

Image

Third Man Drain/River Wien, Vienna

cnv00031-2

Me and J were passing through Vienna and dropped down, I know there’s a tour linked to the 1949 film ‘The Third Man’ but I wanted to get stuck in.

Harry Lime faked his death, was fleeing the cops and tried to bail down the Wien. His mate shot him whilst he was trying to the lift the lid from below, harsh.

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-17-18-43-copy

cnv00022-2

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-17-16-00-copy

cnv00028

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-17-19-22-copy

cnv00029

cnv00032-2

cnv00041

There’s a couple of stills for ya, it’s worth a watch! G.

Image

Željava Air Base/Objekat 505, Croatia

a4055-cnv00078

Coming towards the end of a trip covering a handful of countries in central europe and the balkans, we ended up here.

Code named ‘Objekat 505’ or also known as Bihac Air Base, ZAB was one of the largest and most expensive construction projects of its time, covering a twenty year build span complete with a six billion dollar spend. Every piece of information surrounding the base is heavy weight – ‘built to sustain a direct hit from a 20-kiloton nuclear bomb’ and ‘protected by 100-ton pressurised doors’. No messing.

After grabbing a couple of snaps of the Douglas C-47 ditched out front, we drove out to the tunnels and runways passing signs urging us not to enter the wooded areas – Ne Prilazite (Do Not Proceed), Mines!

 4c0c5-cnv00084

7f56d-cnv00079

photo – panaramio

 early model MiG-21s being serviced in the Željava tunnels in the 1970s – photo, wiki

If you’re driving in the area and find some of the roads are a bit rough, you have this place to thank. They rinsed their road infrastructure funds to build the base. End.

Image

International Drainers Meet 2016, Manchester

main photo – otter

After all this time I finally got myself to an IDM, somehow for the past seven years I’ve missed ’em all. Huge thanks to those who organised this one, the work put in was phenomenal – an out and out epic bar was in place, drinks were on the kegs, darts & pool (even down to the lighting above the table), a river swing, big tunes, a bridge built for crossing the Medlock and water transport via boat!

photo – nick

photo – hidden

You couldn’t pick a better community to be involved with – amongst the masses of northerners & southerners in attendance, explorers travelled from oz, the states, canada and the far reaches of central europe. Long live all the drainers out there!

Image

Hong Kong Styles

Took a bit of doing, but I got to HK. Fish went last year on a stopover, giving me the push to book the flights. In the end 11 of us met up and we didn’t stop for five mins.

Everything’s here for ya – rooftops, drains, metro and even decrepit walls & towers.

Most of the hipsters don’t touch metro unless they’re in Paris, it was pretty nice to get involved with a fresh system. Not to say that its untouched, DrH has been smashing existing and future metro projects – keep ya eyes peeled here for new developments.

The storm drain systems are huge as you might have guessed. Felt like the first drains I did – shorts or rolled up kex and bare feet!

Not forgetting big big rooftops. Climbing 40+ flights is tough at home, different game here. Melting.

After leaving HK we grabbed a connection to Beijing, spending a few days in the manic streets and climbing about on the great wall.

Shouts to DrH, he’s doing HK as it should be done. Thanks to the lot of ya!

Image

Bank House, Manchester

I’ve managed to sit down for ten minutes so I thought I better drop an update, keep it switched on as I will schedule some more new posts!

 Bank House looks a bit like something a child has built on minecraft, as seen here from a snap I grabbed around six years ago from a rooftop across the road. Tweek gave me a roll of slow fuji reala, so these are all on that.

180ft/13 floors and it’s dead centre in the middle town. Thanks to Stu, Jack and his bird – I’m sure I caught your name… The two below are from an equally milky night in Sheffield.