Hi there! My name is Viktor Pachenko (you can call me Vik). I’m a blogger & urban explorer who’s been exploring the world for over 9 years now.
Welcome to my blog! This is where I share all my knowledge, tips, advice, and entertaining stories about urban exploration.
This blog is a place for people like you who may be new to urbex and want to learn everything about this cool and exciting hobby and how to partake in it.
On my blog, I want to show you everything there is to know about urban exploration so you can go out and do it yourself and not just sit back and watch youtube videos about it. I want you to go out of your comfort zone and seek out experiences that will make your life more exciting.
And to visit places you didn’t even know existed! Places that you only get to see in photos or videos and that you would like to experience in person.
That is what my blog is about. I hope you find all the information on this website useful and entertaining.
What is Urban Exploration And How Long Have I Been Doing It?
Urban Exploration, or Urbex for short, is a hobby that involves going into abandoned man-made structures such as hospitals, schools, factories, sewers, tunnels, and any other building that society has left behind, with the intention of exploring them.
Since 2011 I have been an urban explorer. I have visited and explored over 100+ different abandoned locations all over the United States. And also a handful of locations in South America when I visited some friends there a couple of years ago.
From abandoned asylums, factories, shipyards, hospitals, mansions, theme parks, hotels, houses, churches, to entire neighborhoods. You name it and I’ve probably already explored it.
The beauty of the old and the decaying fascinates me. You’re probably also intrigued by it as well.
I remember the first time I went exploring. I was with two friends and we visited a prison that had been abandoned for many years. We went at night with nothing but a couple of flashlights and a pocket knife to use as protection.
That night changed my entire life. From that night on I was hooked to exploring abandoned buildings. In the short summer vacation I had, my friends and I explored several other abandoned buildings in our city.
We started exploring before we even know what urban exploration was!
My first exploration was almost 10 years ago. Over that period of time, I have explored soooo many different places, met so many cool people and learned so much about urban exploration.
I, like you, also like to watch urban exploration videos on YouTube. I often scroll through the comment section of the videos that I watch and I see comments of people who are interested in exploring themselves. But what’s stopping them is that they don’t know how to get started.
The reason I decided to start this blog was to teach those people everything there is to know about urbex. So they themselves can go out and explore.
On my blog, I write about everything there is to know about urbex. Every week I’m adding new content and sharing new tips and advice with as many people as I can reach.
I hope you find the information on my website useful and you actually put it into practice. Stop watching so many urbex videos and actually go out and explore yourself!
F.A.Q – Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that I often get asked on a regular basis. I’ll answer them here so I don’t have to answer them every time someone new to my blog, or urbex, ask’s about them.
How Do I Start Urban Exploring?
Follow this easy 3 step process to start urban exploring.
- Find an abandoned building to explore
- Get a friend to go with you
- Go there and explore
That’s pretty much all there is to it. You don’t have to complicate it.
You want to explore. Then go out and explore. Seriously, you don’t need much to get started with urban exploration. Yes, it helps to take some gear with you too. What gear do you need? Read below.
What Gear Do I Need For Urban Exploring?
When you’re out exploring you’re going to need certain equipment. It’s important to remember that all abandoned buildings are different.
Some places will require you to wear a respirator mask, others will not. Some places will be dark and you’ll need a flashlight to get around, others will not.
I recommend you get yourself a backpack and fill it with things that would be useful to use when you’re out exploring. Things such as:
- Respirator Mask
- First aid kit
- Pepper Spray
- Hand gloves
- Water / Snacks
- A camera ***
This is just an example of gear that you can keep in your backpack to pull out whenever the need to use it arises. You don’t know what you’ll come across in your explorations.
It’s better to have something and not need it than to need something a not have it.
*** Having a camera on you while you’re exploring can potentially help you get out of trouble if you were to be caught exploring. I explain why on this post.
How Do I Find Abandoned Places Near Me To Explore?
This is by far the question I most often get asked from new urban explorers. It’s understandable why so many ask this question.
Lucky for you, I have written what can be considered the ‘Ultimate Guide’ on finding places to explore. In the post titled 7 Methods I Use To Find Places Near Me To Explore, I share the methods I have used and still to this day use to find places to explore.
Do yourself a favor and go read it! It will help you find your first, or next, abandoned place to explore. 🙂
Have You Ever Been Caught Exploring?
Yes! I have been caught exploring a handful of times. Thankfully the times it has happened I have been lucky enough to not get in serious trouble.
I did have one run-in with the police. Two cop cars pulled up in front of us as my friends and I were exiting a building we were exploring. Apparently some locals had called the cops on us because they saw “suspicious” people go into an abandoned building.
We managed to get out of trouble by saying we were taking photos for a school project and showed them the photos we took on my camera. They were cool about it and just told us to leave. That was a close one!
Have You Ever Explored Alone?
Yes, I have. Even though I advise against it, I have done it myself about two times. There have been times where my friends didn’t feel like going out exploring. So I went out myself.
The two times I’ve done it, I’ve carried a knife and pepper spray with me. I also told my friends where I was going and what time I’ll be coming back. So they knew where I was in case something had happened to me.
I don’t recommend you go exploring alone unless you know what you’re doing. Urban exploration is pretty dangerous. It’s double dangerous if you’re doing it alone.
What’s The Most Dangerous Location You’ve Explored?
I explored an abandoned Coca-Cola factory with some friends about 3 years ago. We ran into what appeared to be a gang fight or initiation ritual.
We entered through an open loading dock behind the building. As we made our way further in, we started hearing some loud voices. As we got closer to the middle of the building, we spotted over 15 guys forming a circle around two other guys. They were fighting.
One guy from the group spotted us and screamed. To this day I’m not sure what he said but my friends and I sure as hell didn’t stick around to hear what he had to say. We saw them starting to run in our directions and got the hell out of that place.
Thankfully we had parked not too far from the building and were able to get away. You never know what you’ll come across inside of abandoned buildings. This is why it’s important to never explore alone.
Are The Photos On Your Blog Yours?
Not all of them. I don’t always use my own photos because I don’t want to give my location away.
I also don’t want to post my own photos of places I’ve explored because most of the time the photos were taken while trespassing. Which is illegal.
If the owner of the location were to see the photos I could possibly get sued. I don’t want to risk that happening. So I often use stock-free photos instead.
Can I Post On Your Blog?
At this moment I’m not looking for guest posts. But that might change in the near future.