I think I knew before I went.
I treated my first year as recon. Me and SmAshly camped with some experienced burner friends that we had not seen since high school. That was its own mistake, turns out 4 years of college changes people, and the direction they changed compared to the direction we changed didn't work well for a 24 hour drive. Thank god, we camped with them though, had they not been there to tell me what I wouldn't need I would have brought all the wrong gear. I would have prepared for it like mountain camping being prepared for wild animals, floods, fallen trees during storms, brought fire wood, and all the skills of mountain camping.
I was overly prepared for BRC, but being over prepared helped me get past the anxiety of the monumental adventure.
I didn't 'get it' the first few days. I had culture shock. Logistically we were more prepared than the people we came with- mentally I had no idea!
I went at it with the idea "This year I'll camp with these folks and see how its done. Next year I'll bring my own friends and show them how its done" And thats what we did. 2009 we camped with our friends, 2010 we brought 2 virgins with us. This year the 4 of us are bring 7 virgins.
Who knows maybe next year the 11 of us will bring 20 more virgins.
But with the recon idea I spent the entire time figuring out HOW TO DO IT, instead of DOING IT. For me year 2 was a lot more fun than year 1.
Why don't ya stick your head in that hole and find out? ~piehole
Plan for the worst, expect the best. Make the most out of it under any conditions. If you cannot do that you will never enjoy yourself. ~CrispyDave