May 2013, visited with Larzz
A very hot early summer’s day; somewhere in the industrial depths of Belgium. The furnace towers above us as we stake out the gate and notice way too much activity! This won’t be an easy task…
We decide to check the back of the site, but that means we’ll have to cover a lot of distance before reaching the furnace. If we’ll make at all! While going over the wall Larzz twists his ankle and I hold my breath as he sucks it up and assures me he’s okay. Not a great start! We make our way towards the nearest building to get a good view of the site from higher ground. We spot a brand new fence with even newer razor wire. More bad luck!
As we creep closer toward the hart of the site the noises get louder and more distinct. So far we haven’t spotted anybody. It’s now noon and it’s really hot carrying all that gear around so we decide to take a break and grab some lunch before pushing through the final stage.
A sandwich and some more sprints from cover to cover later we finally made it inside the big furnace. It’s the first time inside one of this metallurgy beasts and the view is pretty overwhelming.
The POV helmet cam footage is a summary of our ‘hike’ which lasted over 4 hours before reaching our objective.
Many thanks to Larzz for letting me use his action cam footage for the overlays
Despite the fact I only took one photograph; this will undoubtedly be one of our most rewarding explores ever just because of the fun we had getting inside.
Like many of the AM sites in this part of Belgium, this one has a history of social upheaval as the company shuts down and restarts the site several times. The end of this story is as predictable as the furnace is high, this site will eventually be shut down for ever; making way for more cost efficient installations elsewhere in the world.
Thanks for reading!