I went to BM in 2009 and sadly missed it this year, but that's given me extra time to save for 2011. I've saved enough money for the ticket, transportation, shipment of my equipment, and have some left over for gear I'll need on the playa. In 2009 I went with an old friend of mine who'd been many times and I was fortunate enough to be able to camp with him and his group of people who had a great, giant shade structure.
This year however, I'm not planning on camping with that crew and am working on joining a theme camp of people in my area (NYC). If this works out, great... but I'm going to be prepared in case I'm on my own.
All that being said, I'm on my own in finding, bringing then constructing my own shade structure. I've got a decent tent (sadly it does have mesh, and as much I'd like to buy the Springbar, it's just beyond what I can afford) but I'm exploring my options of what to use for the wind/shade protection. I've read through this thread and done other research and wondering what new options have come up since the last conversation on this thread about structures. I've heard of the monkey hut but transporting that from Jersey is not something I can do. (I'm flying to reno and shipping my gear in a shared truck container with other burners from NYC, paid for by the square foot). Another option I'm thinking of is one of those picnic tents with sealed walls and zipper opening. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with these or suggestions on how to secure it best from wind and seal any openings from the dust.
OR- Any other suggestions for a (reasonably) inexpensive shade structure that I can ship from the east coast.
Tanks! And my apologies for the lengthy post. : :)