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So you're going to burning man this year? (A burgin's guide)

Postby gibson_ » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:33 pm

This is a guide that I wrote after reading the "40% virgins" stat last night.

My fear is that a lot of these people might not know what they're getting themselves into...

http://thingist.com/t/item/23807/
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Postby Elliot » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:13 pm

Good job, Gibson! It certainly takes serious dedication and effort to thrive in Black Rock City. And if the dry winter continues, BRC will be very dusty this year.

Now we'll try to keep this thread near the top.
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Postby Herring » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:25 pm

I think you did good, except for the food. I think long shelf life and proper cooler techniques are more important to emphasize than a stove. And maybe I glossed over it, but there wasn't much mention of the dust aside from causing white-out conditions, like how it's also in your mouth and other orifices all the time. Otherwise, awesome, all around great read, I hope it gets passed around.
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Postby Drucifer303 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:34 pm

bookmarked. very nice. this will be required reading for me, my gf, and any other virgin burners i am attending with.
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Postby Eric » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:50 pm

Gibson- this is a fabulous idea! I'm going to give it a nudge over to "Q & A Tips & Tricks" because it covers more than just the shelter and camping aspect, and hopefully it will get noticed a bit more.
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Postby gibson_ » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:59 pm

Hey Herring,

I'm going to do a part 2 next week that will get a little more in depth about stuff like food, coolers (block ice ftw!), "are there drugs at burning man?", "what do I do", "where do I camp" etc. etc.

Glad you guys like this :)
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Postby Savannah » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:59 pm

Great read. This was my favorite part. :lol:

Let’s put this in perspective: could we set your camp up on a flat bed and drive it down the freeway at 70mph without any problems? Good, you’re ready for Burning Man!


You were a little harsh on the state of the potties (they're cleaned at least daily, not weekly) and last year's were very good (I cannot speak to you of the things I've seen a decade ago :shock:) but you know . . . that's not even a criticism. 'Cause I once met a dreadful sparkle-pony who'd peed between strangers' cars for 4+ days because she was scared of portapotties, and really . . . I don't think any one of us would have minded if she had stayed the hell home.

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Postby junglesmacks » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:09 pm

Well.. ARE there drugs at Burning Man?
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Postby Savannah » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:44 pm

junglesmacks wrote:Well.. ARE there drugs at Burning Man?


GOSH, no.

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Postby jcliff » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:56 pm

Awesome read! I'm sure it will be helpful for the freshmen class. One suggestion as you add to it....maybe a plug for volunteering? A link to the BM Volunteering page?
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Postby tamarakay » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:14 pm

well done.
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Postby bubbavic » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:29 am

Most excellent Gibson! I will share with the burgins I know are going! Thank you!
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Postby knowmad » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:36 am

dang I wish I had been that togeter on my 56th post!
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Postby Mojojita » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:54 pm

Well done Gibson! I suggest maybe some additional things that may be not on the radar:
Ladies may want to have a covered cup for taking to bars,
Remind them the street signs will disappear,
If anyone asks you for/about drugs, its likely a narc,
Don't just have enough water, actually drink it,
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Postby 9ah » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:44 am

Very true, we didn't use a stove (we were 3 folks) and our camp had portopotties so we didn't use the main portopotties as much...

I did something similar, if you will... http://bit.ly/AiCIbF (10 Things You Need On The Playa)
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Postby Lassen Forge » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:46 am

Nice list!!! Spasibo.
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Postby trilobyte » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:55 am

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Postby sassica » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:57 am

gibson_ wrote:This is a guide that I wrote after reading the "40% virgins" stat last night.

My fear is that a lot of these people might not know what they're getting themselves into...

http://thingist.com/t/item/23807/



Really enjoyed this read! thanks for sharing! I found some great tips here, looking forward to Part 2. :idea:
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Postby StevenGoodman » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:39 pm

The one thing I would recommend to virgins; don't stress too much on the food. Bring food you would want to eat at home, but keep it simple. People often decide they need some special food for Burning Man, but if it isn't something you would normally eat, you probably won't want it on the playa.

Tortillas, lunch meat and cheese. Cans of soup. Stuff that will last a week in a cooler (or not). Pre-cook stuff and freeze it.

A small one burner stove and one pot will handle a lot of cooking. Throw in a skillet and have steak a couple of days.

Also, if you don't take showers (or cook spaghetti) you don't really need 3 gallons of water a day. But you do need 1-2 gallons of non-alcoholic fluids. Part of your water allocation can be fruit juice, gatorade, etc. And you need to keep up on your electrolytes and vitamins. Having a glass of OJ or Emergin-C every morning is important, even if you don't want to! The playa is a harsh dry place, it is important to stay hydrated. If you get dehydrated it is almost impossible to get re-hydrated!

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Postby Turtleburp » Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:40 am

Nice work Steve - your picture bears an uncanny likeness to:


Reckon you could carry that off :lol:
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Postby delle » Mon May 28, 2012 4:37 am

Thanks to the spam (which will most certainly be zapped out of here by the time anyone reads this) for bumping this thread. Great choice, spam!!!!!
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon May 28, 2012 5:03 am

1. Anyone wearing a Cowboy Hat and sunglasses is Named Larry.
2. DO NOT use the glory holes behind bruno's, there are three vicious pit bulls on the other side.
3. ALWAYS eat acid on days with with a "A" in it.
4. NEVER EVER EVER hang around comfort and Joy.
5. Center Camp is rife with Disease and Hari Krishnas, don't go.
6. Most Sound Camps are actually run by the Military and are DARPA testing grounds for psychotronic experiments.
7. Cocaine will no longer go up your nose after Thursday if there are Dust Storms during the week.
8. don't fuck with the DPW.
9. don't fuck with the Gate / Permiter
10. don't fuck with the hookers in Carson City....seriously.
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Postby shroom » Mon May 28, 2012 2:08 pm

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