#134 – The Scaffolding Field.

 

I met Flip at twelve o’clock and then we went to pick up some clothing I had previously had printed. While over that side of town Phil suggested checking out an area he knew of, where there was an endless amount of scaffolding in between a long abandoned (ruined) building, that might be worth scoping out for training on. That and it would be cool to have different, fresh set of images from a new location. The t-shirt design I had printed was a barcode one, I had decided to create it after seeing one of Urbanfreeflow’s first generation t-shirts. It followed the same vein as theirs, expect mine was green. I also had some jogging bottoms printed with Parkour down the leg too. As if it wasn’t already obvious what it was we practised, we now had clothing to confirm it. I hadn’t trained the Ice Arena side of town, not since we trained at the BBC building [1] earlier in the year. It was a side of town, that we traipsed too very rarely, that and there wasn’t many places to train at either.

We scouted the outskirts of the abandoned building, seeing if there was any easy way to enter. There wasn’t any way to get in from the Virgin Active side without attracting unwanted attention and it felt far too busy there to try and scale walls for fear of being seen. The logical way to get in would be a different side and so we made the long walk past the Walk Inn Centre. I doubted there would be any better way there, and why waste precious time? Flip suggested we just scaled the fence we were walking past as it would take  few seconds and then walk over to the building. I took a look, it seemed perfect to climb or pop up over as it even had a slight bevel in the fence to stand on to hoist over. There were a few homeless people in the area, sleeping in tents hidden in the foliage. We waited for people walking paste to slow before pop vaulted up and over the fencing. This was the easiest part, even if we were and felt exposed while walking across the open flatland.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Afterwards, we came to another fence, this time it was the sort which was a concrete post with barbedwire going through them. Luckily for us the posts were facing away from us and so we could climb up and along them avoiding the barbs before jumping off to the other side, landing on the loose gravel below. We threw out bags over first and then once below we had a giant pipeline of multiple pipes, with a giant wall and the top had slanted bricks. It looked like we had just wasted our time and wasn’t a way to get over or under the pipes or the wall crap! We did find a way further down where the pipes had a metal frame around them to climb up onto, then we ran across the the pipe trying to find a way up and over the wall. It was too high to scale and the slanted, mossy bricks made it impossible to pop. We had to in the end use a rough, rusty metal bracket hanging out of the wall near the top and with that then we had to try and hoist up to the wall, easier said than done! Flip got a leg up on top of the wall Jackie Chan style and was then on top and had to help myself get up due to my weak upper body and I couldn’t pull myself up.

All this trouble to get to a new location, I really should get stronger and then it would have been easier to scale such things. next time there had to be an easier way. It had been quite the adventure to get to the scaffolding field, was it going to be worth all the hassle we had endeavoured so far? The ruined building was massive and the scaffolding was endless, it was nuts! It was by far the most insane thing I had even seen scaffolding wise. How or why was there so much of it, when the building hadn’t been demolished in all the decades it had been there?! There seemed to be no set plan to do such a thing either and so the scaffolding had just acted as a support and rusted in the process. There were lots of sandbags too, on closer inspection it wasn’t as great as we had envisioned, the scaffolding was too condensed and close there wasn’t room for any movements and the only thing it was good for was scaling up and around and of course taking photos of.

 

Scaffolding Field.

 

Flip had heard stories of the area and how it was dangerous inside due to asbestos and that some prostitutes had been murdered there and it was a haunt for drug deals and the homeless too. I can understand why, with how quiet and eerie it was, though we hadn’t seen anyone currently, likely it would be a different story at night. Seeing as it was the day time, there were no people around the area and I’m sure people like ourselves, weren’t the only ones to explore the area.<!–more–> There was tonnes of graffiti on the walls and so much glass broken everywhere. In parts it was hard to see the floor due to growing shrubbery. We made a game of traversing along the scaffolding in the area, it didn’t half burn the arms and shoulders and wearing our bags didn’t help. I would have to drop something while going around, or slip even. Some of the longer pieces of scaff which weren’t as supported wobbled when moving along them to the next section, having to walk along a single pole, while holding onto one above you.

This same part gave Flip an idea that he wanted to film, a drop down from each section to the next grabbing each bar as he fell down! That looked super high and crazy, I wasn’t sure if he would do it and yet he filmed it and it is featured within a future video [1] which looks amazing, more so in person if you ever visit it. I was astounded by it, I wouldn’t dare try it myself. For fear of my shoulders ripping out of socket with each re-grab *shudder* I just can’t imagine it. We filmed a few things, mainly vaulting the outer scaffolding like the image below, as that was the only place you could use for Parkour. That and there were a few rocks to land on and use too. Other than that, the area was dead for training and it wasn’t long before we decided to climb back up on top of the wall and then jump down near the Virgin Active and made our way to UN for some proper training again after the scaffolding escapades.

 

Zade – Lazy Vault.

 

We arrived back at Urine Nation (UN) and did a few vaults and jumps in the main area to warm up before we scaled up and over the wall to the catleap to the building. I wanted to take a look at the 180 cat there. It looked possible but has always felt scary. After seeing Johnny (Sticky) do it in a recent video, it made me want to do it too. I had recently been getting better at 180s and learnt how to do the two step push off, Prince of Persia style, that was doing the rounds in Parkour due to Daniel Ilabaca. It had unlocked and made 180 cats so much easier, than doing the push off both feet, which limited the distance you could get. I needed some classic Jedi Mind Tricks music to get pumped for this movement. Some of the college students across the road were watching and interested in what we were doing. No doubt they were seeing us jumping to and from the wall, bobbing up and down, not quite sure what it was we were doing.

Man, the 180 cat was scary as well as it being slightly downwards didn’t help. Hanging there, looking behind me I could see the landing where I wanted to be, but it was so difficult to push off. For that split second you wouldn’t see anything, what if I push too hard, even too little. So much could go wrong, I gave it a test and landed close to the wall and it felt easily then, like I had to just push as hard as possible and I’d have it. The impact wasn’t nice, but there was no more testing, it was a do or don’t situation. Phil was the camera man for me getting some artistic shots. He said think of the Parkour clothing, do it to represent for the Notts scene and think of the footage for a new video too! I counted down and then went for it, it was a surprisingly easier than I thought to do and it felt amazing! The buzz from cat was electrifying. I drilled it some more, and I felt at a different level of training, it was scary and I had done it.

 

Zade – 180 Cat.

 

Phil was filming a few scenes for a video later on in the year [2] one of which was a tic tac cat in the same place. Seen in the above image off the wall on the right then catting on the building on the left. I too wanted to do it once I had seen how easily Phil had done it. But it was scary as you had to run towards the wall, but as you did the tic tac you also had a drop of the steps too that you had to jump from before hitting the wall. That was a big off put for myself and I didn’t fancy pushing off the wall and not making the distance or taking the impact over and over again. The strange angle of it also  cricked my knee. If you have been following the blogs, you may recognize some of the spots in Flip’s video from the jams we have had when he had filmed. Phil was now on about maybe he could tic tac 270 it or run more along the wall with more steps!

It had been a great day of training and exploring, even if I hadn’t overly documented the day with images. For anyone that fancies exploring the scaffolding field, I’d go in a group just in case anyone is around. As you can never be sure who might be around there. I’m unsure if it will be a regular spot to visit for training, but I guess we will have to see over time. I’m sure there will be a few more visits once people have seen the images. Speaking of which, once I had uploaded some of them, people instantly wanted to know where it was, how it is for training and that we should visit it the next time the whole community is out. Like anything, new spots get people excited to train, and seeing as it was new and very few knew about it, it made it even more exciting and secretive too.

 

Scaffolding Field.

 

Scaffolding Field.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Scaffolding Field.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Lazy Vault.

 

Flip – Splits Vault

 

Flip – Splits Vault.

 

Zade – Lazy Vault.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – 180 Cat.

 

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