Nicking Caves
September 22, 2016 8:51 PM   Subscribe

Vice has posted a treasure trove of photos and interviews from The Cave Clan, Melbourne's legendary group of storm drain loving urban explorers (complete with a secret headquarters, The Chamber).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants (8 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
I will never go anywhere this cool.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:07 PM on September 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


That is to say: amazing!
posted by Going To Maine at 9:07 PM on September 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Maine is cool! The hypothetical Mountain Goats song your name suggests is cool!

Draining is a semi-fun hobby. It's damp and gross and disgusting, but if you find the right storm drain you feel like you're in Fallout or something, and maybe you find an eel.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:14 PM on September 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


looks like the former sleepy cities urb-ex material is now at sewerfresh.com
posted by snuffleupagus at 9:56 PM on September 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday Nick Cave
posted by avocet at 10:04 PM on September 22, 2016 [4 favorites]


I had no idea this existed and I've lived in Melbourne my whole life. This is cool though because I have claustrophobia and would never set food in any of these drains, so now I can live vicariously through photos!
posted by liquorice at 11:48 PM on September 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Predator, who is memorialised in two of these images, was an extraordinary kind charismatic and capable person.
He once ran 100m of 'found' ethernet cable through the ceiling of the warehouse between our homes, in secret in the middle of the night, so that I could share his internet.

(I've been told you cant make ethernet reach that far, yeah you can, or pred could anyway)
posted by compound eye at 3:24 AM on September 23, 2016 [4 favorites]


I remember getting a look at a map supposedly used by these guys. Various drains, pipes and outflows were listed - some of them marked "T". And when I asked, the response was a very offhand "Oh, that means "Tidal".

Whereupon my claustrophobia kicked into high gear and I wandered into another room to have a quiet case of the heebie-jeebies.
posted by ninazer0 at 4:31 AM on September 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


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