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The act of going places you're not supposed to go. "Urban exploration" acts as an umbrella phrase for other terms like infiltration, draining, buildering and other actions which take place in an urban setting.
Often the act of urban exploration is illegal, as trespassing is usually necessary. However, the majority of urban explorers do not intend to vandalize property. One of the cardinal rules of urban exploration is "Take only photographs, leave only footprints".
Also known as "urban adventure" and "ue".
"There's an abandoned factory. Are you up for some urban exploration?"

"I trespass on abandoned properties to take photographs of decaying buildings. I am an urban explorer."
by Crossfire September 24, 2003
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The act of exploring abandoned buildings, storm drains, machine rooms, and other places in cities where people do not normally go. Usually illegal, always fun. Possibly considered a terrorist act by post-democracy unelected governmental goons.
Where were you?
"I was doing some urban exploration down at the abandoned steel mill."
by Bob McFillius April 08, 2003
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The act or pastime of exploring abandoned (and often derelict) structures, in order to gain an appreciation of urban decay, and to personally experience asbestosis.
"My man Drex did an urban exploration of the power station and posted some cool pics on his blog! Anyway, he's dead now."
by Urban Keith July 03, 2019
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The act of trespassing on condemned or otherwise dangerous buildings or areas. Urban explorers don't usually have a malicious motive as they are only trying to explore the unknown.

Most urban exploration is recorded on video, but only exciting or dangerous encounters are uploaded to YouTube. Many examples of urban exploration gone wrong can be found on YouTube. These types of videos are often showcased by channels that review these videos. Good examples of these showcasing channels are Chills, Nuke's Top 5, Slapped Ham, etc.

Urban exploring is illegal and potentially dangerous. Before trekking out, research the area you wish to explore. Beware of the dangers such as homeless people, environmental hazards, supernatural entities, mysterious creatures, cults/crazy people, etc. Be sure to bring water, warm clothes, flashlights and batteries, a camera, a self-defense weapon, and most importantly, several friends. NEVER GO ANYWHERE ALONE. Make sure you don't go so far that you can't remember the way back. If you hear a strange noise, don't investigate it. If you hear a demonic scream, follow your instincts and run. If something starts chasing you, run. If you see something running from you, don't follow it. If something feels off, then leave. Follow your gut, and don't try anything stupid.
I've always wondered what's inside that abandoned factory. Are you down for some urban exploration? The answers we seek are just beyond our grasp.
by The Xenomorph September 03, 2019
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Like hiking, but in other people's buildings. Most urban adventures take place in derelict buildings, but also includes any location you can access without forcing entry.

Remember a joint and a camera to celebrate reaching the summit of your local really tall building.

Probably started by students living in halls in really big old universities who liked to explore all the tunnels and hatchs. Has even been featured on shows like Buffy and X-Files, firmly locating it in the "not cool, but fun" section of modern culture.
When urban exploring you should carry ID and consider if you have any suspicious articles on you, even a penknife can constitute a weapon if you manage to really make a dick out of yourself.
by dj_monged August 28, 2004
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