Q: Where do I camp, how do I find a place to camp, what do I do with my vehicle? How do I join a theme camp or a village?
Real life question:
Q: Or are there assigned camps and such... some clarification would be awesome!
A: In response to the above Badger wrote:
When you get to the gate you'll probably receive a packet which gives a map of the city complete with notations showing where the theme camp areas are located, various neighborhoods, open space and other info. Short of setting up right on the Esplanade or parking butt in the middle of Death Guild's turf you'll be OK. Also, you'll probably receive a summer mailing that may spell this out as well - assuming you purchase your ticket before arriving at the gate.
Another real life question:
Q: Newbies here......... we got tickets.. then .. how to get a camp site? do we need to pay for that or??
... we not getting a RV..so we just drive our suv and park outside then ride bicycle in, or walk in... bring our camping gear and food water............... ( is it possible?? )
A: Dork wrote:
You give the nice gate crew member your ticket, talk to the perky greeter, then drive to where you want to camp. If you really want to camp away from your car there is a walk-in camping area, but most people set up where they park. Some areas are set aside for theme camps and such, the rest is first-come first-serve. Find an open spot, talk to the people already set up nearby to make sure they weren't hoping to save that spot for a friend and that they aren't complete psychos, then set up. If you look through the pictures of the Burning Man site you'll get an idea for how this works.
You have plenty of time to start reading and figure out the rest.
Now for my response:
Well before the event there will be a map of the city on the Web showing the theme camp areas and listing what camps and villages are where. By and large if you have not made arrangements before the event with a theme camp or village you cannot camp there. Some groups definitely require pre-registration (Hushville for example) others are highly organized with expectations of monetary and/or labor contributions to support their activities and living arrangements; monetary contributions need to be made before the event to buy food, water, booze and equipment. Many theme camps are always looking for new members to contribute to the theme (check ePlaya and last year's list of theme camps and their contacts), villages tend to be open to whoever wants to come along and are willing to accept whatever rules the village has, Hushville, Kidsville, and the Hostel are examples of this. Some theme camps are more closed and will accept only friends of friends in an effort to keep down the yahoo factor. Note: If you make arragements with a theme camp or village make sure you know 1. the rules and 2. what you are expected to bring. I want to stress this because in ’04 a young man showed up in Hushville thinking that there was a communal kitchen (there is not, and why he thought so I have no clue) and almost no food. After looking over his supplies I sent him back to Reno with a list which, by the way, included an air mattress, more water and a pot. I let him use my cooker, cooking equipment and shower, among other things.
OK, you are free camping and you have looked at the map and listings of theme camps. Now what you can do is think about what kinds of theme camps you most want to be near, locate them on your map, and pick a street in that general vicinity and you are home.
Things to consider, the further out towards the edge of the city will be less crowded and maybe quieter it will be but you will have to go further to get to the action and potties. If potential neighbors invite you to their ‘greet the sun’ drum circle you might want to find someplace else.
I like playing with fire.