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Old 06-28-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hey guys, how is everyone. It's been a while since I've posted on here. I hope everyone is well.

I wanted to know if anybody is going to Burning Man this year? I am going with a friend that has gone for the last five years (at least). I am looking forward to the trip. It will be the first trip with one of the busses. Just wondering if any others will be there?
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:14 AM   #2
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this will be the first time i have not been there in 5 years.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:33 PM   #3
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I have received my ticket and will be there. Hopefully will be there in the bus. Last years was my first time and it was unreal. I am hoping to meet some fellow burning bus folks in person. I really want to check out Elliot's bus and his kinetic creations.

My partner in crime may end having a shoulder rebuilt in the next month, if I end up driving by myself I'll may have to take my truck. We will be camping near center camp, last year our camp was placed at just off 6:00 and E. Do you know where you're camping or are camping with a theme camp we can find?

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Old 06-30-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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I have never been. My friend knows where we will set up camp. I will let you know when I find out.
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:54 PM   #5
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This will be my 14th straight year. Helps to live 90 miles away!! The wife and I will be arriving on Playa on Aug 7, start working on the 8th. We will be camping in a center camp staff camp named "American Style", I think it'll be on the alley (new this year) to the 3 0'clock side of 6 o'clock. Look for a white Gillig 35' pusher, tinted windows, A/C and solar on the roof. Looks like a prison bus. Ask for Sweetthang and WD. We'll probably be out working, so leave a note!!
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:29 AM   #6
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Any pointers from a vet to a virgin would be mucho appreciated. I've been putting together a list of stuff that I think I might need, but I'm sure there's plenty that I'm forgetting. I am trying to go through all the mechanicals and make sure everything is ok.
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bring blinkies for you and your bicycle to wear! very very important. nothing brings out the wrath in your fellow burners like walking around at night without any lights on.

drink lots of water

that reflective stuff they make "space blankets" out of is great to put on the outside of your tent. lets you sleep in an extra couple hours

bacon! you can't bring too much bacon. i don't know what it is about hte playa, but even some vegetarians will cave in and decide to partake in some of your yummy bacon

bring lots of socks, lots of extra batteries to run your blinki thingies as well as yoru flashlight, , participate instead of spectate, backpacks are your friend, so are camelbacks, bring a bike if you can, remember to watch out for rebar....remember to mark your own rebar so it's plainly visible at nite, and add some safety protectors to the rebar. Remember, safety 3rd! warm clothes for night time, don't miss the critical tits parade. i like to eat simply most of the time, like sandwiches and chips.

always remember to wear sunscreen. i especially like the kind that sprays on, kind of like hairspray.

if you're coming from a long ways away....here's what i like to do. Drive non-stop for 2,025 miles from detroit to winnemucca nevada. Spend the nite in a hotel so i can take a shower and go swimming. then buy all my groceries, water, etc and head out to the playa. I find this little stop really helps to make all of us feel relaxed before we head to the burn.
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Cool stuff. I definately would have forgotten the bacon. My trip is only 325 miles. Not bad at all. Just wondering how you get your spots. Is it like the OK land rush when they open the gates?
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for first timers, i think the best thing to do is to visit the eplaya, you can find the link on the bm website.

a bunch of the land that is near the inner part of black rock city is already spoken for. the plots of land are given to theme camps. there are "open" places to camp, usually further out. Anyone can start a theme camp, and you can pick any theme, or have no theme at all...but i think it's too late to have your own this year. My suggestion for first timers is to log onto the eplaya and find a theme camp to join. Some are free, others require a donation to help cover the cost of infrastructure. as an example, i camped with a theme camp called the black rock international burner hostel the first year i went.....(and the 2nd and the 4th.) These guys set up cooking, shade, shower facilities, and brought like 50 bicycles for us to use as well as generators. cost was like $50 bucks or something. Another advantage of a theme camp is the really cool people you meet.
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I spent a lot of time studying up on Eplaya and the Burning Virgins Tribe at tribe.net. Trying to get a better idea of what to bring.

We kept our food really simple- lots of canned/foil packed(retort) that was ready to eat. We ate less than a third of what we brought. When we tumbled back in to camp we usually were tired and would not have want to try to cook any thing complicated.

If you a bring a tent or shade structure(car port) you will need rebar stakes. Some folks candy cane the tops, others put empty water bottles on top of them to protect your feet after dark. I welded a pair of washers on to mine to place them inside the carport poles and pull the carport straight down with ratchet straps. My 49.99 carports handled the wind as well as the nicer costco ones only because they were firmly secured to the ground.

Pacing yourself is important- The vibe can turn you into a veritable ferret on crack(with the chemicals not needed at all)- 7 days of continuous over stimulation

Make a possibles/daily survival bag with water,sunscreen, power bar etc never leave camp with out it- it is not uncommon to walk over to the porta potties and not come back to camp for several hours
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