Maybe you weren’t able to make it out to the Playa this year, or maybe you’re heading out soon but would like a peek at the weather first. Or, maybe you just heard about this amazing thing called Burning Man and would like to see what all the excitement is about. Whatever the reason, here’s a live view from Black Rock City!
Creating a city with 68,000+ citizens takes some prepping… even if it’s temporary. Here are some tips for good times on the playa for Burning Man 2013 from burningman.com!
Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.
Your Survival in BRC
- At least 1.5 gallons of water per person per day – hydrating, washing, and cooking etc.
- A reusable water bottle to keep with you at all times – it’s hot!
- Hearty meals, at least 3 per day, and perhaps a 4th meal – you’ll need the energy through the night, it’s one of the best times to explore!
- First-aid kit – accidents happen.
- Warm clothing for evenings—this is a desert at 4,000 feet elevation and it can get cold at night, like beanies are often warn cold.
- A good camp tent or other shelter and warm sleeping bags and bedding. It’s your home. Don’t end up homeless. The winds can exceed 75 mph , and the midday temperature can exceed 100°F. Evening temperatures can be in the 40s
- Particle/dust mask (dust storms are common, breathing dust is not fun)
- Goggles to protect eyes during dust storms – get funky ones at a local store in Reno like the Melting Pot
- Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp site ( rakes, magnets, gloves, etc.)
- Rope or tie-down straps—one way or another, you’ll need them.
- Duct tape—you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed.
- Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), or anything else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services
- Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful) so as to see and be seen at night
- Sunscreen/sunblock & sunglasses
- Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, and if you plan to burn your art
- Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude
- Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the midday sun
- A bicycle (mountain bike or cruisers with balloon tires are best)
- Lights for your bike and your person for safe nighttime travel
- more items…
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It could be you aren’t making it out to the playa this year, or perhaps you want to take a peep at the current weather conditions in Black Rock City, perchance you’re an avid people watcher, or maybe its 2:30, you’re in need a distraction, and cat videos are getting old (psh, unlikely). Doesn’t really matter what you’re situation is. This video stream is awesome! Watch Burning Man live.
Direct from Black Rock City:
Free live streaming by Ustream
Big thanks to the hard-working Burning Man technology team for making it happen.
A note to first-time burners: First moments on the playa.
In less than a week, burners will return “home” after a year away from their temporary address in temporary Black Rock City, population: 60,000+. Playa neighbors will embrace as if they’ve known one other for a lifetime, hugging notably tighter if meeting for the first time. As a newbie, the friendliness and sincerity of the Burning Man community will push all your expectations off balance. Succumb to falling flat on your butt, un-grounding the dry desert dust that’s now clouding your body and mind. As the puff of dust slowly unveils the world around you, surrender to its clearness, its normalities… if there is such a thing. Regain balance, release the shame that has built up from being so taken back by no-strings-attached kindness, drop any persona you uphold in your everyday workweek, and let your Burning Man virginity shatter at your feet.
A hug from a burner will be undoubtedly the warmest embrace you’ll ever experience; it’s endearing, welcoming… real. Without hesitation, burners lend a hand to help set up their new friends’ camps, not expecting or wanting anything in return, just sharing a heart-warming smile. Burners are more than friends. They get to see the real you. Whether “you” is skipping through the dust singing aloud and proud that song stuck in your head, passing out thousands of hand-crafted necklaces tired fingers have been stringing for months, or admiring world-class art, bare-bum naked… nothing is ordinary or unordinary on the playa, it is truth.