Elorrum wrote:Shade, I used a kelty tripod shelter for two years before I got a northpole. Alps and Abo gear make one as well. Tie it out from every possible point put a chair in the windward corner. Adjust as needed. Costumes: there are camps that will dress you up and that can be lots of fun.
gyre wrote:Costumes aren't really needed.
The Haight in San Francisco has a wide range of shops with sizes that fit men.
I don't know how much time you will have.
You might do better finding things to wear in Berlin, with an emphasis on weight and compressibility.
The springbar is an excellent tent, but if you are flying with it, you might want something in dacron.
Refugee tents appear to be the most applicable and after that, mountaineering and expeditionary.
Even shade mounted close to a tent can help with heat, in direct sun.
Comfortable dust goggles is the most important thing.
Minxy wrote:If this is your first year, I wouldn't worry too much about the costumes, IMO. If you can, maybe score some fun make-up (that can dress up any clothes you're wearing) and make-up is light weight for travel. You can definitely hit up the costume give away theme camps on playa. Shoot, a few funky necklaces, a great shade hat, comfy shoes and a flowy lightweight skirt is a great outfit for a girl or guy.
I personally go for comfort more than extreme style. I find that if I bring a bunch of brightly colored sarongs, shemagh (middle eastern head square head scarves) and a pile of long swathes of cloth plus some great jewelery and make up I feel dressed up just right. YMMV!
Make sure to bring something warm for nights/mornings. I generally wear furry or fleecy jammies or a long fur coat.
Savannah wrote:The packing process has gone much more smoothly since I've become accepting of my eccentricities.
dragonpilot wrote:Another thing about bikes...if you are not able to find a bike to call your own, there are BRC Yellow Bikes available for anyone to use on the playa. They are not intended to be used as personal bikes, but rather to run an errand or two, or even to go on a playa art tour...but when you're done with it, you park it allowing someone else to use it. Don't put a lock on it!
gyre wrote:I recommend solid shade over a tent.
They do make variants of solid aluminet. 100%
Silvicool may be the same thing.
It is rare in the usa now.
Note on their sites that 70% aluminet, is not a 70% block, but much less.
It does work well for what it is.
It is also a dust catcher.
I think the mesh has most value when rain may be an issue.
There are some wind advantages, of course.
If I used it, and I may in the default world in a flat shade, I would get 80% and layer it.
I hope this helps.
berlinchameleon wrote:Thanks a lot.
I was thinking about going with the mesh aluminet to benefit from the wind advantages, you are talking about and saving me the need to think about an easy to handle yet solid structure to create the gap Cryptofishist is referring to . The aluminet mesh does not seem to absorb / keep too much heat, but to reflect it. So I thought it might be a good compromise to go with mesh compared to the solid one to have some heat reflection and still a breeze going through... But perhaps we will rethink construction plans to keep a small distance between shade and tent and go for the solid solution.
graidawg wrote:There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.
all of these things i actually like quite a lot........
You might look into the maximum baggage the Green Tortoise can take.