A new note from HepKitten::::
I thought I would use this vehicle to give you some information that you
may or may not know - some of it is new some of it is old but all of it is
useful. And yeah I know this one is long but there's some questions
answered that I know your camp mates are wondering about right now.
*** GARS (95.1 FM)
GARS is the spanky new Gate Advisory Radio Station. If you tune in you
will find pre-recorded messages about what is going on at the gate for
both your arrival and your departure from the city. The basic info will
include such topics as: how long IS the line currently? And how long it
will most likely take you to get from/to the highway? This station will
also be used to broadcast up to date or emergency information (such as a
gate closure). Since the info is going to be on a loop you will be able
to tune in and get the information you need without having to wait through
long periods of listening to music that you may not like. Cool stuff that,
especially if you have a vehicle that's not so good idling..
*** BMIR (94.5 FM)
Do you all know about Burning Man Information Radio? Do you know that
this is the official radio station of Burning Man? OK did you know that in
case of an emergency (including inclement weather) that important
information will be broadcast on this channel?
*** In & Outs at Black Rock City?
Do you have all your stuff in storage in Empire? Did you not bring that
special "whatever" that you can't build your theme camp without? EEP!
There is a solution if you are leaving the city before Sunday August 26th
at 12 noon it will not cost you anything. After noon on Sunday it will
cost each person in the vehicle $20.00 to leave and return. The Gate has
requested that if you do need to make multiple trips you try to do so
before Sunday as the Gate (and the line/wait) is ridiculously busy then.
How does it work? Before you leave camp make sure that every person in
the vehicle has their ticket stub. On your way out of the city there will
be an exit lane on the far right. Stop at the kiosks and wait for the
Gate staff to come up to help you. They will ask to see everyone's
tickets (just to make sure you'll be able to get back in) and then will
give a wristband to each of the folks leaving who plan to return. If it is
after Sunday at noon they will also need to collect $20 from each person
in the vehicle. When you come back through the gate on the way back into
the city you will be asked to show your ticket stub and they will cut off
the wristband. They will still need to search the vehicle.
Are you one of those Center Camp Coffee fiends? If so did you know that a
few years ago they began allowing participants to bring your own cup?
They even have a special line for folks with a cup in hand - I'm not sure
if it's shorter but it's definitely more earth friendly - so bring your
own CLEAN cup to fill with coffee and make your burn a little cleaner.
Coffee prices will be $3 a cup.
I know the question floating around your camps at the moment how much is
it again? Everyone wants to know so they can bring the correct amount of
cash onto the playa. Ice will be sold at 3:00, 6:00 & 9:00 again this
year. Ice is still $3 for a 7# bag of crushed ice or a 10# block of ice --
or -- $15 for 6 bags of crushed (buy 5 get your 6th for free).
Ice sales will begin on Thursday August 23rd this year (yes that is the
Thursday BEFORE the event opens!) Pre event only the Artica station in
Center Camp will be open. Hours will be 12:00 - 3:00, however they said
to please be patient if they aren't open on time, it's likely because they
are working on some important infrastructure as they will be building
Artica while they are open for business. Regular hours for all 3 stations
begin after the event opens on August 27th. Regular hours are Monday -
Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday after the burn from Noon - 6 pm. If
you are looking to buy ice on Labor Day the only ice sales that will open
will be Arctica in center camp.
*** Porta Potties
There will be more banks than ever this year - YAY! And they are generally
located between Columbine and Dandelion & Hyacinth and Iris on every
radial street - so they should be fairly easy to find if/ when you are in
need. The exception to this are the close banks at 3:00, 6:00, & 9:00.
The banks at 3:00 & 9:00 are between Edelweiss & Foxglove and the only
banks on 6:00 are between Foxglove & Geranium. And remember - If it
wasn't made in your body it doesn't go into the potty. I know we all know
this phrase by heart - but did you know the folks who throw things in
there that don't belong actually threaten the event? Because the only way
to clear that stuff is more or less to reach in there and pull it out and
would you want to do that?
If you need to pick up your tags for you mutant vehicle - they are located
on the center camp portal, on the outer ring, at 12:30 and Ring Road
(where 12:00 points to the man) They will be open starting Saturday
August 25th through Friday August 31 from 11 am - 10:30 pm daily - Open on
Burn Day from 11 am - 2 pm only.
*** Playa Info
You all know about playa info and how useful it is - you can look for
lost friends, items and camps here. There are computers that you can look
up information here as well as hard working helpful volunteers who are
there to try to help you. Playa info is located at the corner of the
center camp portal and the inner ring, at 1:00 (where 12:00 points to the
man) - just look for the big blue "i". They are open from 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday August 25 - Sunday September 2nd. Please note that if you see
'staff' manning this station outside of those hours that you may or may
not receive accurate information from the participants who are having fun
playing the 'oracle'.
*** Volunteer on Playa!
Yes I know you've got a lot to do for your camp - but if you finish faster
than you expected or would like to give a little bit more back to the city
we all love there are many opportunities. Just head over to Playa Info
and check out the "V Spot". Any one that needs more hands to complete
their tasks can post here, so it's your opportunity to help out an artist
who's a bit overwhelmed or perhaps to help the temple crew get things
done. If you find yourself behind in your tasks you also have the
opportunity to post here and ask for some help. In any case there are
plenty of ways to volunteer and trust me it's more fun than work!
We all know and love them - but how to find them in an emergency? They
are located in Center camp just off the portal on the outer ring (ring
road) at 1:00, and have outposts at both 3:00 and 9:00 at Columbine. You
can also flag down anyone with a radio and ask them to call a ranger for
Located at Esplanade and 5:15 and on 9:00 and 3:00 between Columbine.
Again if it's a medical emergency anyone with a radio can get in touch
with ESD for you.
*** Recycle Camp
Recycle camp is located in the Center Camp inner circle at 5:50 (where
12:00 points to the man). They only accept aluminum cans (no glass) and
are open from Monday - Sunday from 9 am - 5 pm
I think that is most of the most relevant information that you need
besides the standard, drive slow into the city to prevent dusting anyone,
when you get to your camp park your car and leave it, be respectful of
your neighbors and don't blast your music, etc, etc... - BUT you guys KNOW
and live by these already, right?
HepKitten & Bravo
PS - a little later this week we'll be sending out an email detailing the
procedure for your first arrivers.