It actually is 100% clear what is going on here on these threads: https://www.kcurbex.org/viewforum.php?f=42
But to be clear, this is a local urban exploring group, and nothing more. Some people shoot photos as a hobby alongside exploring, or just for documentation purposes, but we are all primarily explorers for sure.
Edit: I hate to sound so rudimentary, but I think people (especially on the outside of the hobby) tend to forget that lawbreaking is inherent in this hobby, and we many times risk aspects of our life by putting ourselves out there to the "public". As a formality everyone who signs up for this forum who is new altogether should read the comprehend all the rules. It shows a respect and recognition of all the people whose efforts have gone into building and maintaining the community we have.
Just one more thing, many of us have been exploring for years and years, and have developed relationships with hundreds and hundreds of other like minded explorers across the country and indeed the world. I guess what I am trying to say is that yes, we are a close knit group and yes it can seem very intimidating to penetrate into such a hobby, but we are not going to come to you. Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there mutually. We have all had to do it.
To the two above, welcome aboard. I am a rookie here and haven't been associated with KC UrbEx for very long, however I can tell you from being on the outside looking in and now being in the "circle" if you will that the people here are awesome, welcoming, and warm. The reservation you may find has nothing to do with you personally, it is just the nature of the hobby and protecting one's self and the culture.
Get to a meetup, say hi, shake some hands, show everyone you're not a tool and it is smooth sailing.
Great! I'm glad you read all the 'tutorial' section, nothing too complicated, but certainly important.MrSloth wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:09 pmThanks for the informative replies! I do want to set myself aside from the other user who posted below me. I am both in the area and very interested in exploring this culture. I'm aware it will take putting myself out there and the risks involved. As for the tutorial section, I went ahead and read everything available prior to my first post so if this is the tutorial section you speak of I believe I'm well versed there.
Good heavens, I can't stress this enough. I would say a large majority of people do not shoot photos, or even if they do it's fairly infrequent. This idea that if you're not a photographer, then you're not a true explorer is a rather pernicious one, fueled in part by instagram, FB, Flickr, and I might add UER to a certain degree. It has created a dangerous area of competition among groups of explorers which ultimately has led to the endangering of locations.
With all that said, I DO shoot photos! Maybe only 5-10% of the time I explore, and mostly by myself. Motivation matters, and I shoot primarily for myself ( it's therapeutic), but I also like sharing with other close friends now and then too.
Exploring is really what you make of it, and everyone does it for their own personal reasons. But let's not all forget that exploring is the reason we are all here.
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