Recommendations for virgin Burners (and a review/recap for veteran Burners):
Note: This is a long post. I’ve put headings in ALL CAPS so you can easily scroll to the sections of interest to you.
Below is my response to a query within the HBGB group from a virgin Burner who wanted advice from veterans. Below is my supposed ‘wisdom’ from 4 prior Burns.
WHAT TO DO AT BURNING MAN
LEARN ABOUT THE ART
OFFICIAL BURNING MAN SURVIVAL GUIDE:
Recommendation #1 (and always #1): Read the official Burning Man survival guide, like 5-10x, no joke. That thing is pure gold to ensure you won’t get yourself accidentally injured, sick, or severely dehydrated (which happens). https://burningman.org/event/preparation/
WHAT TO BRING/PACK:
RISKY BEHAVIOR AND CONSENT:
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
MEDICAL EVACUATION INSURANCE
EMERGENCY HYDRATION DRINK.
This saved the life of at least one person in the 2010 burn:
Definition: Bright things that alert art cars and other Burners to your presence so you aren’t accidently run over. This is real. When biking on the desert at night, it’s hard to see someone also on a bike unless they have blinkies.
BLINKIES Definition: Bright things that alert art cars and other Burners to your presence so you aren’t accidently run over. This is real. When biking on the desert at night, it’s hard to see someone also on a bike unless they have blinkies.
Recommended Blinkies: Here is an image of what I got from Extremeglow.com – I strongly recommend the ‘chasers’ because they can be woven into your bicycle spokes for super high visibility. I use 2 chasers per wheel.
Here is an image of what I got from Extremeglow.com – I strongly recommend the ‘chasers’ because they can be woven into your bicycle spokes for super high visibility. I use 2 chasers per wheel.
If you want good gift ideas, get the “red-green-yellow-body-lights” as small cheap gifts to give “blinky-less burners” who wander around the playa at night who are at risk of being run over. If you want fancier gift ideas, get leg warmer blinkies. This can double not only as a gift, but if the temperature drops suddenly at night and they need some extra insulation on top of being visible.
Just be sure to get backup batteries for the chasers as they run out after 3-5 days. They need the “LR44/AG13” batteries. The rings use these too. TheLR44/AG13 button batteries can be gotten here: https://www.amazon.com/…/B00I…/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage…
For most other blinkies, you’ll need CR2032 batteries: (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2…).
Pro-tip: only get blinkies that use one of 2 types of batteries (e.g. LR44/AG13 + CR2032). If you get too many blinkies requiring more than 2 types of batteries to power all of them, it can get real frustrating juggling different battery types.
ExtremeGlow do free shipping if you get $69 worth of stuff, and if you sign up for their newsletter they give you 10% off. I do not work for them nor do I do any affiliate deals with them. I just think they have some good stuff and are relatively inexpensive and are very Burner friendly.
Don’t underestimate the ‘rainbow lightstick”. It’s very visible and useful to carry in one’s back pocket or stickout out of a backpack. It has a small ribbon to hang it from things as well, at least it did when I got one years ago.
The Medallions are *super* bright. They are very useful to have in a mesh pocket in the back of your backpack so you have a clear blinkie on your backside, especially while walking at night.
When looking at Blinkies, think of aiming at multi-color lights that shift between colors and change brightness of light. This will draw the eye better to ensure people see you because the eye is hardwired to target any object that rapidly changes movement, color, or brightness (think walking in the jungle and seeing an orange object move out of the corner of your eye, and your eye automatically will target it thinking it might be a tiger). For the neuro nerds out there, it’s the tectospinal reflex. Hurray for neurology!
Don’t skimp on blinkies because they can prevent you from being run over.
DRIVING INTO AND OUT OF BURNING MAN:
[This section on driving was written by a fellow HeeBeeGeeBee Healer: Eric “Papa Bear”]
First, never bring anything to the playa you can’t afford to lose or have damaged. While rare, hazards include winds hard enough to strip paint, and poorly anchored shade structures from other camps breaking free and landing on the vehicle.
That said, here’s absolutely everything I can think of in terms of cars:
********END PLAY SAFE (and drive safe) SECTION********
COMIC RELIEF about Burning Man:
YOUR “PLAYA NAME”:
Burning Man means different things to different people. It’s really whatever you make of it and experience of it. Some people find it’s the first time they can be authentic, that they can drop all masks and pre-conceptions…and sometimes that is a scary place to be.
With all one’s identities stripped away by the alkali dust, we are left with the eternal question: “Who am I?”
BrotherWolf first went to Burning Man from 2007-2009 as HBGB, then again in 2011 with the Contact Dance camp and was a Temple Guardian. He’s now returning in 2018 to the HBGBs.
You’ll find BrotherWolf at the HBGB camp either cooking for his beloved Heebee family or teaching in the HBGB classroom on biohacking, stopping sugar addiction, unplugging from tech/video games, or identifying one’s unique diet.
If you run into BrotherWolf on the playa, you’ll notice he usually carries an oversized backpack and will most likely ask you if you need a spare dust mask or blinky (and hand you either or both if you’re in need).