San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
David Clark Jr.
The brains of the operation. He is the detective behind locating the next adventure. Never stops talking about Crossfit.
The daredevil in the action. He's the acrobat in charge of scaring our moms with back flips from falls. It's a good thing he has health insurance.
The behind the scenes business man. He's the eloquent one that has a talent for telling stories and a knack for the outdoors
The creator behind the camera. He's the one that keeps the wheels turning on content and character. Always takes way too long to edit his photos (he's a busy guy).
Why don't you give out locations?
Because we hate you. Kidding! Giving out coordinates is a huge red flag in the urban exploration community. Increasing traffic to secured or dangerous areas inevitably means people end up disturbing the location and the communities around them - leading to more security or the location being demolished. It's something often referred to as "Tragedy of the Commons."
On the bright side, a huge part of the victory in finding a new spot is the feeling that you found it yourself; it's like finding a hidden treasure. We drop small hints and clues throughout our media to help others hit the ground running because we understand how it feels to just be starting. So, keep a keen eye open and hopefully you'll join us in preserving these well kept secrets.
How do you find the spots you go to?
Finding a spot is like being a detective. It involves looking for clues, deep web searching, and many hours on Google Maps. The road to finding a new spot is never the same. If we are searching in a specific area, we usually start with hot words such us "Los Angeles abandoned buildings" and search on Google images until something interesting appears. From there, we scour articles for any clues of the location. If you find the general area, Google's Street View is a helpful tool in discovering the location. You can also use the feature "Search Google for Image" to find more places an image of a spot was posted and potentially gain more information.
How did you guys meet?
We all met at different times, but to keep things simple. most of us went to high school together in San Jose, California. We pretty much used Brendan's house as a home base and planned our adventures from there. It wasn't until college that we really got to know Andrew, but he had been on our radar for awhile before then. Long story short, we bonded over our similar hobbies, especially adventuring.
How do you guys travel so much?
COOK AT HOME.
But seriously, you can travel often as long as you travel smart. We try our best to get shifts at work on the weekdays, finish our homework early, and save money wherever we can. We also try to travel in groups to split gas, find cheap flights, and camp whenever possible. You'd be surprised with the difference a small change in priorities can lead to your ability to stay active.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Warning: this is gonna be techy.
It varies largely, but we stick mostly to Canon and Sony SLR systems. We mostly use a Canon 5D Mark III, but we also interchangeably use a Sony A7, Sony A6500, and even our iPhones or GoPros to get second angles and other shots we can't get with the big boys. Our aerials are shot through a DJI Phantom 3 and a DJI Mavic - when size really matters. We use a variety of lenses and other accessories and gimbals, but the important takeaway is that a great shot is from the person behind the camera. You've probably heard this, and we'll echo it again for you: the best camera is the one closest to you.