We spent a lot of time debating whether or not create this website. On one side of the argument there are those who say these places should be kept secret. They believe that sharing them with others will just lead to more degradation. On the other side are those who say that it is only by sharing these places, and their significance, that they can be preserved.
In the end we decided to develop this website as the resource we wished existed when we started. Without the people who have written about these places, we would have completely missed out. There will probably be exceptions along the way. For example, if we find The Golden Tunnel, we aren't going to be publishing any maps on how to get to it!
#1 Safety First
Always, always, think of your safety first. You really don't want to become famous for dying on an adventure.
#2 Plan & Prepare
Be ready in every way for your adventure, and prepare for the possibility that it all goes wrong.
#3 Don't Be a Taker
It's tempting to grab a cool bottle or hunk of metal, but don't do it. Once an artifact is removed from it's place in history, it just becomes a piece of junk. Eventually it will collect dust on a shelf or end up in a drawer. Next stop landfill. Then no one else gets to enjoy that piece of history. These places have already lost enough over time anyway. Take pictures as your souvenirs instead.
#4 Bury your $#%!
As the book says, everybody poops. If you have to do it while you're out there, make a hole and bury it. Toilet paper takes longer to decompose than you think, so even if you use it to pee, bury that too. We can't believe we even need to say that, but after seeing it enough times, we aren't taking it for granted.
#5 Quietness Counts
You may or may not be the only humans for miles around on your adventure. Those who venture into wilderness usually want to find peace in solitude, so keep it quiet. The quieter you are, the more likely you are to hear through the walls of time.
#6 Respect the Residents
Where human enterprise and dramas once held sway, wild animals now play. This is their home now and you are guest. Act like it.
#7 Private Property
Many of these adventures take you to the edges of public/private property boundaries. If it's posted, honor the sign, even if no one is looking.
#8 Take out the Trash
Ironically, the stuff we hike miles to see was often left 100 years ago as trash. Sadly a lot of the people who go to these places now leave their own trash behind. We carry extra bags to haul it out. Follow the Golden Rule and leave a place better than you found it.