Here's the latest news letter from HepKitten:::::::::
We thought we 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
*** 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? Did you also know that
when you are leaving the city that BMIR will give you information about
how long the current line is? And how long it will most likely take you
to get to the highway? Cool stuff that, especially if you have a vehicle
that's not so good idling...
*** 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 25th
at 6 pm it will not cost you anything. After 6 pm 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 6 pm 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
they allow 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 will cost you $3 a
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 sales will begin on Thursday August 22nd (yes that is the
Thursday BEFORE the event opens!) Pre event only the Arctica station in
Center Camp will be open. Hours will be 9 am - 3 pm, however they asked
that everyone 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 Arctica while they are open for business.
Regular hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday after the
burn they are open 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 and
they are open from 9 am to noon only. Ice is still $3 for a 7# bag of
crushed ice or a 10# block of ice -- or -- $15 for 6 bags (buy 5 get your
6th for free)
*** Porta Potties
They are generally located between Consumer and Desiderata & Holy and
Interstellar on most radial streets - so they should be fairly easy to
find if/ when you are in need. The exception is of course at 3:00, 6:00, &
9:00. At 3 & 9 the front banks are pushed back to between
Extraterrestrial & False Idol, the back banks are in the standard place.
At 6:00 the only banks are between False Idol & GDP.
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 would you want to do that?
If you need to pick up your tags for you mutant vehicle - they are located
off the center camp portal at the esplanade, at 12:30 and Rod's Road
(where 12:00 points to the man) They will be open starting Saturday
August 24th from 11 am - 10:30 pm daily - except on Burn Day where they
will only be open from 11 am - 2 pm. DMV close on Thursday for the CORE
*** 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 super hard working helpful volunteers who
are there to try to help you. Playa info is located at the center camp
portal, on the inner ring, at 12:30 (where 12:00 points to the man) - just
look for the big blue "i". They are open from 9 am - 6 pm Wednesday
August 21 - Monday September 3rd with limited services available Monday
8/26 - Friday 08/30 from 6 pm - 9pm.
*** 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 will 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. There are plenty of ways to volunteer and trust me it's more fun
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 12:45, and have outposts at both 3:00 and 9:00 at Consumer. You
can also flag down anyone with a radio and ask them to call a BRC Ranger
*** Family Unification Network(FUN)
Are you bringing your kids with you this year? Do both of you a favor and
get registered. Just head on over to Ranger HQ in Center Camp during the
hours of 8am-11am and 1pm-5pm and fill out a simple form including your
camps address. Your child gets a cool wristband to wear and keep as a
souvenir and you get a little extra peace of mind.
In the event that your child (or you) gets lost/separated our friendly
neighborhood Black Rock Rangers will be able to reconnect you a whole lot
easier and faster. If you have lost your child or if you have come across
a lost child please escort them to the nearest Ranger outpost or find a
ranger to help you out.
Located at Esplanade and 5:15 and on Consumer at 3:00 and 9:00. Again if
it's a medical emergency anyone with a radio can get in touch with the
Emergency Services Department (or ESD for short) for you.
*** Recycle Camp
Recycle camp is located in the Center Camp inner circle at 5:55. They
only accept aluminum cans and are open from Monday - Sunday of event week
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 & Whatsit