cryptohex wrote:Howdy all,
I hope this is the correct place to ask, but after scouring the burning man website, I can't seem to find an official starting and ending time for the festival, or any kind of agenda other than the man burns on Saturday night. After my group and I got tickets this year, we need to get time off for the 30 hour drive from Chicago! So here's my questions, mostly to do with how much time off work to get:
Can you arrive at BRC on Sunday afternoon/night, or do you have to wait til Monday Morning? Does that mean that opens 1 min after midnight Sunday night?
I've read that if you arrive after dark, you can't let you drive in until daylight (and you have to camp on the border of the city), Is that true?
Obviously, the man burns Saturday night, what happens Sunday night? More likely than not, we'll be leaving early Sunday morning, what will we miss?
I've read references to the temple burn being Sunday night. Is that the case? Is there a temple every year?
Officially, the gates open one minute after Midnight - on Monday morning (00:01). Some people here will claim that you can get in earlier than that (without an early entry pass), but there is no guarantee. It is best to plan your arrival into BRC (Black Rock City) at midnight. Burning Man ends on Monday a week after opening. (From Monday August 26 to Monday, Sept 2)
If you arrive in the dark, you can certainly drive in BRC after dark. It is more challenging to find a camp spot, but my no means impossible. When you find a spot that you like, check with your neighbors before starting to set your camp up (it sucks, having to move).
In late July or early August - there will be a Who-What-When published online, which will have the plans of some theme camps and some events in it. When you arrive in BRC, after you have gone through the gate, you will end up at the Greeter's station - You will be given a guide at that point which includes a map of BRC
The Man does burn a couple hours after dark on Saturday (no exact time, weather can and does affect when it happens). Sunday night the Temple burns, there is still lots going on Sunday. So far, since I started going in 2007, there has been a Temple. It is safe to assume that there will probably be a temple this year as well.
I understand your concern about driving times and wondering what exactly happens when. Since Burning Man is a participant driven event, things are happening 24/7 from the second the gates open until the Monday after the temple burns. Some things are posted as an event and others are awesome discoveries.
My 1st three burns I drove down from Canada (only a 24 hour highway drive in comparison). I will give you this advice: Your drive to burning man will be pretty easy - the excitement of going, the cross-country adventure, etc... However, your drive home will be exhausting. The desert is extremely hard on one's body. You will not sleep properly, your endurance will be tested to the limits... I suggest you add a driving day to your return trip. Even with multiple drivers, it is a harsh drive. (I am sure other long-distance burners will pipe up in confirmation of what I am saying.) It was the same for me each of the three years I drove!!!
Please read the Survival Guide, make sure your buddies do as well - it may save your life (or at least make your experience lass harsh)..
Carry a dust mask & goggles, some water, a cup, etc - any time you are away from your camp!! Burning Man is a gifting community but one of the principles of Burning Man is Self Reliance. (If you make the effort to be self reliant and it looks like it, you are more likely to get what you need without getting a lecture. ) You will not make lots of friends showing up to random camps begging for water when you are only carrying a cup