[Sick Britain] I'd like to say thanks to Gibbo for the interview and wherever you live I definitely recommend you check out Northwest Exploration as it's probably the friendliest Urbex community out there.
Q1: Who are you?
Gibbo (real name Andy). A Yorkshire born but North-West based fella who now co-administers WWW.NWEX.CO.UK
Q2: Why do you do Urban Exploration?
Like every young lad, I was fascinated by empty and abandoned buildings, probably for the thrill / ghost aspect I was lucky enough to see the old Victoria Station, and parts of the old Orgreave Coking Plant (scene of the bloody miners battle on June 18th, 1984). The complex was huge and had it’s own sidings and an engine shed full of coal wagons and a couple of diesel engines. I just wish cameras weren’t so expensive to operate back then.
Q3: What's the best explore you've been on?
Without a doubt, St Joseph’s Seminary near Wigan.
Q4: What's worst explore you've been on?
Burtonwood Services. An interesting building, pretty much intact inside, but we stupidly lingered after the explore and got arrested in an extremely heavy-handed two police force operation.
Q5: If you could explore any site/facility in the world, what would it be?
It would be nice to see if Area 51 is actually everything it’s hyped up to be. In the UK it would have to be the Fun Ship the Duke of Lancaster over at Flint, North Wales.
Q6: Are there any pieces of kit that you'd recommend to others?
The trusty Maglite with an LED conversion. You lose the warm incandescence when light painting, but it gives an amazing throw. I’m also a big fan of clockwork torches. They’re cheap and always worth carrying as an emergency spare.
Q7: If you could give any tips to newbies or experienced explorers, what would they be?
For noobs: Don’t hang around a site after an explore!
For experienced explorers: Never forget your beginnings. You were a noob once and probably left in the cold and shunned by those more experienced. So give the noobs a chance. Over at NWEX that’s our philosophy and have certainly reaped the rewards – trips underground to some fantastic mines that you would never otherwise see, they’re not even listed on the internet and you’d never find the access! We even have a member who gives us trips in his plane!
Urbex isn’t a way of life, it’s a hobby – albeit a very unusual one. It’s also a hobby that is forever changing.
Q8: What would win in a fight: 1,000 chickens or 1 giant chicken the size of a thousand chickens?
1 giant chicken. It would just stand on the 1000 chickens.