We all agreed that we hadn’t been seen. But we were extremely lucky to be just within the framework of Cell 1 & 2
and were therefore obscured by the cell’s superstructure to be seen from the car. So, with security left to patrol the perimeter of the inner fence,
we felt safe to push our luck and spend the final hour in the main part of Cell 3.
I gazed down into the open chamber of Cell 3 and finally saw what everyone else had
previously discovered and been busy photographing. The Sahara doors were there; a flimsy set-dressing added to the metal solidity of
the rest of the cell. We’d missed it on our first trip because I’d peered vertically down into the darkened recesses of the cell;
and then passed underneath it as we explored the subterranean tunnels under the cell itself. So we relished the opportunity to spend
time in the cell and move into the diffuser section and exhaust gas cooler.
We left Pyestock as the sun started to set, exhausted but happy. (And no doubt everyone suffered from Pyestock-leg the next morning,
a sudden inability to walk due to the amount of climbing, walking, ducking and stretching involved). I was particularly happy having finally
discovered the Cell 3 cell and explored the confines of the relatively unknown
Battle Test House. I was soon drawing up plans for the next trip, one with a much smaller
group, as I was aware that it was best not to tempt detection from security twice with such a larger group.
I asked Alex what he thought about his first urban exploration trip. He felt it was like a disaster movie; an end-of-the-world
spectacular where civilisation was left to ruin. I fear I’d spoilt him offering Pyestock as his first urban exploration experience
but was glad he enjoyed the trip. The encounter with security was just the nerve shattering icing on the cake that was needed; it’s good to have
your nerve tested once in a while.
"By now our trips were becoming more organised and the blind wonderings from one interesting building
to another were becoming more formalised. It was becoming a matter of targeting one of the decreasing number
of totally unexplored buildings, or finding missed rooms or features in previously explored locations."
"The group was far too large and we almost got busted. Therefore the next trip was just Tom and I as we
attempted to push the boundaries further; which involved more cat-and-mouse with security in his car."
© Simon Cornwell 2007, 2009
Rejected shot from inside Cell 3.
21|04|07 © Simon Cornwell 2007