Going to do this for the first time this Summer, anybody have stories/tips?
Going to do this for the first time this Summer, anybody have stories/tips?
Yeah, watch out for old crap like rusty nails etc, people used to dump their shit into the forests a long time ago.
Oh, and forests can be real gold mines, me and my friend found an old bunker a long time ago, we started going there more often and found cool shit :P
First time this summer? what kind of corrupt childhood have you had
take a compass
I love this stuff. It's usually not as cool as buildings but access isn't as much of an issue.
The 30 acres my house is on was originally a farm, so we find rusty nails and shit everywhere. In between when the farm closed and my parents bought the land it was a huge dumping site, so we have shit all over, ranging from 1910-1980s. I'll post some pictures later on when it's not raining.
Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, bring gloves too.(These can prevent breakout of poison ivy and oak ivy.
Also, you should always bring a cell-phone with working batteries, and try very hard to leave before dark. Along with the obvious threat of wild animals, even with a headlamp it is easy to trip/slip in the dark. It's also much easier to get lost.
Umm, there was a rusty rifle in there, a few ammo boxes, those creepy looking gas maskes etc.
We actually hid the entrance pretty good, I suppose that all the stuff will still be there if we find a way back there some day.. The place was creepy as hell.
Another safety thing, always check for ticks afterwards. Even if you have long pants and sleeves on they can still get you, and Lime disease is no fun
Working on a camp site area in the forest behind my house, a mile in there is some guy who has a domestic deer ranch, no abandoned buildings though :'(
Out behind my house there's all sorts of fun things left in the woods if you look hard enough. Southern Maine.
There's 3 or 4 cemeteries only accessible by dirt roads and a few only by trails, generally 10 or so graves, with deaths dating back to the early 1700s or so. One in particular struck me, five (Or so I think. My memory is a little shoddy) members of the same family with simple steel markers. No dates, no inscriptions, just names standing over now-sunken graves, just a few hundred paces from the foundation of what was probably a farmhouse belonging to the same family. The foundation and this particular cemetery (along with one other) are only accessible by ATV trails that follow what I think used to be roads and trails connecting the farms that originally occupied the landscape.
The area used to be full of farms, in case you couldn't tell. The centuries-old rock walls scattered across the area mark out old property lines and cattle fields. On top of a hill in a clearing there's still some old metal troughs and such overlooking a small brook. Not far from that are remains of a wooden tree house some kids made quite some time ago. During the Summer it's pretty treacherous, the ground is swampy and you have to walk on the random dry patches (Which tend to be full of thorny plants and beehives) and across fallen trees, which could result in a broken ankle if you have shit luck. Good place for a tree fort!
A friend of mine lives near an overgrown pit. It's ten or fifteen feet lower (And thus much swampier) than the surrounding forest, and has become overgrown with pine trees. You can still find concrete blocks that held giant grinding/sifting machines or whatever they were, used to build the only major state route that runs by. Climb out of the pit, and you can find evidence of when it was a cattle farm long before the road was built and improved. Everything from the bones of long-passed livestock to vintage beer cans from the 60's and 70's.
There's a lot of history in the land out in the pine barrens and forests if you're looking for it. What's now woods people merely drive around used to be the fields that provided a livelihood for the people of the town, and to some degree, the region.
Went wandering out into the woods today with a few friends , found some pretty interesting stuff firstly a creepy statue of two women holding pots and a strange large wall we didn't go inside as it was getting late I'll show some photos take but I must warn you my camera is broken so I had to take them on an Iphone camera *Gulp*
The wall VERY VERY bad photo I'll bring a camera along next time
The creepy statue And yet again a very bad photo
Damn, that must have been scary to run into late at night. Was this near anything or just out in the woods?
Forests are great to explore. A little while back I was walking through some woods with my friends in this park place, anyway we come to this wooden fence and we look how we are gonna get past it when all of a sudden this stag runs at us and we scramble like hell, but luckily it ran past us.
So abit later we were talking about that incident and we think next time we won't shit our pants so quick, just as we say this a pheasant comes flying out of the bushes and we scream HOLY FUCK! and run like little girls.
A friend of mine is a sponsored bmxer. He has a few friends that ride for a certain company that shall go nameless because he told me not to tell people about this. well anyway, somewhere in England near where i live there's a forest that has an old disused railway storage tunnel behind some big locked iron doors. A friend of his has the keys to the doors. A few years ago the company that his friend rides for built an entire skate park in this disused tunnel for all of the team riders to practice on.
pretty cool eh?
Climbing a tree with my friends, I could see pure virgin land for many miles. Then it started hailing like a bitch and we had to run through the forest. It's a lot of fun.
Get tick spray.
Basically you soak a pair of clothes over night oustide and then the next day it repels ticks.
dunno where you can get it, can i have is old as fuck and rusty, maybe its illegal and causes cancer in california now or something.
My country doesn't have any natural forests :(
But we have tons of abandoned farms in the country side which are creepy as fuck, usually pretty isolated and in the middle of nowhere so getting there is a pain but probably really beautiful to explore, a lot of stuff there since its usually a barn or something and a couple of 2-3 story buildings. Is pretty.
typical serial killer hideout
What country do you live in where there is not a single forest in all of it's entirety?
There's a load of large woodland areas local to me. The past week we've been round about 4, all in the dark. We've all been round them countless times in the daytime so I guess we weren't going to explore or find anything because we know the places already.
It's a totally different experience at night too, very eerie but interesting, the sheer darkness is crazy we all had flash lights but occasionally we'd stop and switch them off just to see the darkness it's pretty cool.
As well as the fact it's pitch black, it's crazy how quiet it is, many places in the day you would have cars nearby or people walking dogs and such. But at 1-2am it's dead silence aside from which I hope where squirrels or rabbits, it's easy to scare yourself when you hear something move.
Also as everyone says it's totally different in the dark.
The best bit was; we went to one of the sites my airsoft group is held at, and there's this prop dead body strung up in a tree, which scared the shit out of the two guys that hadn't been before.
But yeah, amazing experience and it's really eerie. It gives you a bit of adrenaline and puts you on edge so it's a rush. Yet at the same time it's relaxing and shit.
All of the forest around me is national wilderness, untouched, not likely to find anything man-made out there aside from old burned out campfires
Though a few days ago I found a snowmobile bumper laying in a stream bed, all twisted up.