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Best Camp Marker

Postby viajera80 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:58 am

This year we will have camp members coming in later in the week. What do you all find is the best way to mark your camp? Weather balloon? Flag?
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Postby AntiM » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:29 am

Um, yeah. Once you have your camp set up and a physical address, then go to playa information near center camp, and leave a note for them. You can enter it into the computer I think. If they arrive after dark, they should park anywhere they can until daylight. Finding your own camp at night is hard enough. Use their bikes to try to locate camp so they aren't driving around.

Because there are five hundred weather balloons, and many, many thousands of flags. And kites. And giant pink beavers, and purple bunnies, and about a hundred naked mannequins wearing goggles, Mardi Gras beads and a dildo. A sign or a mailbox out front with your names and fanciful camp name helps. If you have Verizon, you might be able to get a cellphone call through. Maybe.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:31 am

How about a purple beaver weather balloon wearing a dildo?
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Postby AntiM » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:31 am

theCryptofishist wrote:How about a purple beaver weather balloon wearing a dildo?


There's at least six of those.
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Postby ygmir » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:35 am

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Postby lucky420 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:36 am

After you arrive and set up camp go to the Playa Info/Directory located by Center Camp. You can register where your camp is and then when your friends arrive later in the week they can find where your camp is at.

This worked really well for me last year when my son came to BRC a day later than us. I didn't have cell service to tell him where we were but he found us with no problems...
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Re: Best Camp Marker

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:39 am

viajera80 wrote:This year we will have camp members coming in later in the week. What do you all find is the best way to mark your camp? Weather balloon? Flag?


Are you thinking of a theme camp?

If you can, select an intersection. Much easier to find that way.
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Postby ygmir » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:41 am

when people want to find me, I tell them to look for the circling buzzards..........
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Postby FIGJAM » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:05 am

Buzzards? I thought those were valkyries. :oops:
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Postby sputnik » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:12 am

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Postby viajera80 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:12 pm

:) I know, I know. I'm not a virgin, but this will be our first year with a marker. Anyone had any luck with weather balloons?

I don't want to depend on just the playa info computer bank. The marker will also be for the people in our camp who are virgins.
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Postby Turnip » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:22 pm

"Hey Bob, what day you planning on arriving?"

"Well Joe, I think I'll be coming in on Wednesday morning."

"Okay, Bob. That makes it easier. Lets meet at Center Camp, at CONVENIENT TIME, right by the cafe."

"Rightio, Joe. But what if we miss each other?"

"Good thinking, Bob. Well, we'll just have to set up a few other meeting times, spaced apart, to fall back on."
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Postby peachandpapa » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:37 pm

Though I do like the beaver and dildo themes, we use a 25' flag pole. Before leaving for the playa give your campmates a general location of your camp and also a picture of your flag. Over the years, not one campmate has gotten lost...even at night.

The Wonder Pole http://www.wonderpole.com/ is a great telescoping pole that can withstand any amount of wind. We attach the pole to a T-Stake. Make sure you use a high grade flag. The elements will take a toll on it.
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Postby Mojojita » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:55 pm

Just gotta love anything called a WonderPole......
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Postby ygmir » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:00 pm

Mojojita wrote:Just gotta love anything called a WonderPole......


".......when Lech Walesa gets confused:........"............
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Postby Mojojita » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:35 pm

ygmir wrote:
Mojojita wrote:Just gotta love anything called a WonderPole......


".......when Lech Walesa gets confused:........"............


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Postby C.f.M. » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:41 pm

/inhales deeply

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Postby Lassen Forge » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:43 pm

That's only when he's been kneaded and baked to a golden brown, and wrapped in cellophane.

(Then again, I think the KGB may have done that already...)
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Postby Bounce530 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:48 pm

C.f.M. wrote:/inhales deeply


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Postby HandJamMasterC » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:21 pm

We have people coming to find us all week. I give the ones most likely to get lost a Motorola 2 way radio to call us after they get inside the greeters area ( and they usually have and idea where we will be anyway ) .
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Postby Sic Pup » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:34 pm

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:35 pm

HandJamMasterC wrote:We have people coming to find us all week. I give the ones most likely to get lost a Motorola 2 way radio to call us after they get inside the greeters area ( and they usually have and idea where we will be anyway ) .


Yeah, those are usually pretty good for early entry, but the more people come in, the more chatter arises. So if you get in early, then you can coordinate.

Problem with a blinky light on top of a tower is, everyone has one. :D

I'm assuming you're talking about non-official theme camps. You can always agree to pitch camp in a general area on the map (say a particular intersection), that's a good start. If you both have a theme camp that interests you, then you can check in there regularly.

No experience with weather balloons; likely you'll have a tussle with the wind. How if the winds pick up while you're away? Will it carry the balloon into oblivion?
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:36 pm

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Postby HandJamMasterC » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:44 pm

Yeah, those are usually pretty good for early entry, but the more people come in, the more chatter arises. So if you get in early, then you can coordinate.


Good point, but ours have channels and sub-channels, so I pre-set them for an obscure channel ( with written instructions on which channel in case of battery problems ).
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Postby HandJamMasterC » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:53 pm

The Wonder Pole http://www.wonderpole.com/ is a great telescoping pole that can withstand any amount of wind.


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Postby DoctorIknow » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:05 pm

A great flagpole are those polls used by pool cleaning people. I've found three of them on the side of the road over the years. (You ever see one in any manner secured in a pickup truck?) The poles look weak in their extended position, but, no, they are high quality aluminum and not weak at all.

Secure it to the tallest upright you have in your structure and the flag will be high enough to see from blocks away.

If you don't feel the need for an exotic flag, just get some cheap rip-stop nylon at a fabric store and make something identifiable to your friends. In the flag below, the seams are glued.

My ripstop flag has been attached to the pool pole with Duct tape for years. The pole has never bent.

As was said, send a pic of the flag to all your group.
And, as a bonus, your neighbors will love you for your flag.

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:32 pm

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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:08 pm

Sic Pup wrote:Mushroom cloud.

Really, that works for you? I find that I can't tell my fused former campmate from my fused former neighbor. And I call them by the wrong name and generally act unburnerly. Quite embarrassing.
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Postby Elorrum » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:19 pm

general street location, and look for the gnome.
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Postby FIGJAM » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:28 pm

There's so many amazing inflatable pool toy's or even an inflatable pool.

Add helium, teather and launch.
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