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Report - The Black Tower, London September/October 2015

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by RobAllard, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. RobAllard

    RobAllard 28DL Full Member
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    During late September me and a good friend of mine did something we had always wanted to.

    We scaled the local ''skyscraper''. No, it really isn't a sky scraper... At 16 stories The Black Tower has always been an ominous building but is considered to be the ugliest building in London.

    I won't say how old we are exactly but we are both under 18 and I can't legally get married, that's an indicator of my age. So, earlier this year I fantasized about venturing up the building and presented my plan to a friend who wasn't interested for his reasons so I regretfully put it out of my mind. About 2 months ago I got back into contact with a childhood friend of mine whom after little discussion seemed just as exhilarated by the idea of climbing The Black Tower as I was!

    So, for whatever reason we simply decided to pluck up the nerve and climb the damn thing, I still consider it a great feat for a first roof-topping adventure especially considering our age and the limitations. There isn't a lot to say about the climb itself, we were both really nervous and the building itself has truly feels dangerous as it was abandoned for around a decade which of course would have been ideal for us to climb but now it is under construction which we tactically avoided, we were simply too young to take the opportunity at the time. As you will see in some of the photos there is also a crane working on the site because it is under construction (an apartment complex is due to be completed by the end of 2016) and we looked at the base of the crane and it seems to be virtually inaccessible and is extremely obvious as the building itself i slap bang in the middle of a small community high-street with a tube station and all. This doesn't mean that I will never climb the crane but I will put it on hold until I am more comfortable with the Jibs. P1050231.JPG P1050244.JPG P1050246.JPG P1050248.JPG P1050261.JPG P1050268.JPG P1050269.JPG P1050270.JPG ENTER.JPG ENTER.JPG ENTER2 RESIZE.jpg ENTER.JPG ENTER2 RESIZE.jpg ENTER5.JPG entered.JPG IMAG0574.JPG P1050223.JPG P1050230.JPG P1050231.JPG P1050244.JPG P1050246.JPG

    To conclude, I will upload the best photos of our adventure and will link my YouTube channel, before you complain yes I am aware the video would be easy to trace but considering the insignificance of the climb I doubt it will be noticed by anyone and I want to make it clear that we by no means intended on damaging anything or vandalizing the building, I simply consider us to be the next generation of urban explorers. I have since climbed the building again and will be uploading a second video tomorrow, be sure to check them out. I intend to continue roof topping in my home city, London, and will continue to VLOG and photograph all my climbs and hopefully when I'm old enough I will move on to bigger and better things, Dubai, America and Tokyo are the dreams.

    Hope you enjoyed my first post and the pictures too, YouTube link :
     
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  2. Adders

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    I'm not sure if they're photos or dirty smears on my screen.
     
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  3. RobAllard

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    That isn't a nice thing to say, so why say it? I prefer constructive criticism
     
  4. Ojay

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    It's not a bad effort fella, some of the pics are a bit under exposed, are you using a camera capable of aperture and exposure control, if so have play with the settings

    If you're not using a tripod then that will help also, just a few of the pics are a bit blurry like th camera has moved ?

    Other than that, thanks for sharing and keep at it :thumb
     
  5. RobAllard

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    Thanks a lot
     
  6. sirjonnyp

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    Your report features an unnecessary amount of photos, several of which are the same view, while others are simply bad photos. Quality not quantity etc.
     
  7. WildBoyz

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    A decent first effort I'd say. Keep exploring. The photos are a bit naff, but most people's are when they first post on here.

    Look forward to seeing what else you have a crack at :thumb
     
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    Good effort :thumb

    I prefer seeing people getting out and doing stuff rather than National Geographic quality photographs. It is worth though checking what you put in a report so there aren't duplicates and probably just use less photos if it doesn't add anything to the overall report. Look forward to your next report.
     
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