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Report - Battersea Power Station - August to October 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sirjonnyp, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. sirjonnyp

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    Before I start my report proper, allow me to take you back in time briefly.

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    Enough of talking in the third person, the point of my above ramble was just a little explanation of why this site is so very special to me. Not only was I mildly obsessed by it for years, but it was what led me to discover urban exploring and this forum :) (group hug)

    I've visited BPS four times now, so these photos are a mix of those four visits.

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    Visit I - August - with RW, JB, Gabe, Elliott, Keitei, 2wid, Seffy and the Bristol lot

    After being mentioned as an after party for the London I knew I couldn't turn the opportunity down despite needing to be at The Oval for the final day of The Ashes with my dad in the morning. It didn't help that it was pissing down, which made for a bit of a miserable bus journey. However, soon enough we were inside and I was as giddy as a kipper. Most of my photos didn't come out as a result of this, but there were a few decent ones in there. It seemed to wet for A side, so we settled for B control and roof. I was able to meet my dad for the cricket on no sleep in soaked clothes. He was not impressed.

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    Visit II - September - with most of the above lot, with the addition of Tumbles and his friend Charlotte

    After our first proper visit left us wanting more we hastily arranged a return trip for two weeks later. Unfortunately I was at a gig when most people went in, so was left to show the new guys the way in. A control was like a wet dream for me, although I was smashed... This visit I cleverly decided to leave my tripod quick release plate at home, so a lot of A side photos didn't come out as I tried to use a bean bag on top of my tripod. We made our way up to the roof.

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    Visit III - September - with non-member George

    After hearing of my first two visits my oldest and be.st friend George wanted in, so on the following wet Friday night I offered to take him as he'd done a few sites with me before. Our plan to hit A hit a snag, so we hit B instead. Having been before, and with less people too, my shots of B came out a lot better this time, and then we headed for the roof. Soaking we, but worth it for the chimney.

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    Visit IV - With Maniac, Frosty, Adam, and a few other Kent boys whose forum names I can't remember

    This was perhaps the most interesting visit in a way as it really showed off what a maze the place is, despite having been three times already.

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    We resolved to do B side, although our group of 8 split in to two, with our half stopping off at the white room first, which was pretty chilled out. We made our way over to B, but for some reason this time, perhaps with my foot fault in mind from earlier. Leaving Maniac at the top, the three of us took the stairs instead, then spent ages trying to negotiate our way to B control from there. I barely took any photos this time, before our group split again with my lot doing B chimney (well, some of it - bit windy) and the others doing A.

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    So that concludes my report. A huge thank you to everyone I went with, especially those who have laid the way for the rest of us to be able to do some bits of the site that otherwise may not have been possible. My photos are mainly 'touristy' so sorry about adding much of the same to the ever-increasing amounts of BPS reports on here.

    Oh, and if anyone was wondering whatever happened to Sausage, I guess pigs can fly :)

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    Thanks for reading.

    SJP

     

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