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Report - The Impossible City - Sept '08

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by ImmortalOwl, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. ImmortalOwl

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    The Fort Ord MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain)Training Center, aka The Impossible City, is an urban warfare training area, built in the late '80s.

    It is currently leased by the FBI and is also used by the military for training in urban assault tactics.

    It's nickname comes from the difficulty of navigating the site. As it's built on a hillside each building is overlooked by another and each window represents a possible sniping position. Most doors open to a central area which for some reason also makes it more difficult to navigate.

    This was one portion of a much bigger explore of the abandoned Fort Ord military base in California. I was not sure how exciting exploring a breeze block city was going to be but this place had a unique post nuclear war vibe. The roads beyond it were closed off leaving it in a very remote location and there were no furnishings or fittings giving it a timeless feel.


    Lonely road: The city can be seen in the hills above the car
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    The city sits amid hundreds of acres of wilderness, off-limits due to unexploded ordnance - there would be no "sneaking round the back"...
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    The center features mock-ups of buildings found in a normal city including city hall, a gas station, and so on...
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    The date on the water read Sept '07...the last time the site was used?
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    View from the roof of the tallest building
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    Building in the middle is city hall. Green bordered windows indicated rappelling points
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    Dead tango's
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    On the roof of one of the buildings...looks like some navy guys got bored waiting for the ambush
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    Where's the sniper?
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    Gas station
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    Spent brass
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    A few pics of the place in action can be found here:
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    #1 ImmortalOwl, Nov 1, 2008
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2008

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