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Let's go to Burning Man 2013 (or in the future)

  • Aug 25, 2013 · 11:45 PM
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This event posting is for people that have tickets to go to Burning man in 2013, are still trying to get tickets for 2013 or who want to go in the future and just want to find out more about the event.

I will be announcing workshops I will be putting on.   I will announce other workshops in the community I hear of.  I will be emailing the people signed up on this page, about other events going on in the local burning man community.  So you need to sign up for this event if you want to get future communications about Burning Man and local Burner community events and my workshops related to the event.

Tickets:  The main ticket sale took place.  See details at:

  • Pre-registration is from 12pm (noon) PDT on August 2, 2013 to 12pm (noon) PDT on August 5, 2013.

There will be one more small ticket sale in August: 1000+ ticket are available at $380 each, plus applicable fees. This First-come, first-served sale starts August 7, 2013 at 12pm (noon) PDT.

(Above the 2012 burning man structure which is blown up and burnt on the last Saturday night of the event.  There is a new design every year and during the event you can visit it and enter it if that's part of the design.  Volunteers are always wanted to help with the building and security of the Man and the Temple.)

Here are links where you can get more info on Burning Man Tickets:

There are usually local people that decide at the last minute not to go and sell their tickets and participating in local burning man events will increase your chances of knowing someone that has an extra ticket.

I will be holding workshops before this years burn which will be posted in the future.  The sessions will be primarily for people who have purchased tickets to help with trip planning and to help them find others to camp with. I will also be talking about ways to volunteer and make the experience as a first timer easier and more integrated.  I am not planning to start a camp for our meetup group but there may be space for a few people with my camp.  I can help you find a camp to stay with.  It is highly recommended that you associate with a camp your first time at Burning Man.   At some point you will need some type of help even something simple like a tent lost tent stake can make or break your vacation. Your camp is your family and they usually can come up with ideas how to solve a problem.

I plan to volunteer again this year, probably will work with the DMV.  We can talk about other volunteer opportunities but if this is your first time you may want to keep things simple.  There are always opportunities to volunteer on the playa after you have a chance to get your bearings and acclimate to the desert environment.

Burning Man will take place this year from August 26 to September 2 in the Black Rock Desert (a designated wilderness area and also part of the historically designated Emigrant Trail.)

This fragile desert environment is managed by the Federal BLM.  It is in the Northern End of Nevada, about 10 miles from the closest town, Gerlach Nevada.  It is about 100 miles North Northeast of Cedarville California.  It is 70 miles north of Reno Nevada on a highway that passes through the Pyramid Lake Indian reservation.  It is about 500 miles from Portland Oregon with several routes to get there.

(Photo is a typical picture of the main Esplanade during the day lined with camps and traversed with bikes.)

Burning Man is probably one of the most intense and at the same time rewarding outdoor experiences you will ever have. It is also a type of family, a welcoming home to a special place.  Well it becomes a home and a family after you go once.

(Photo - the man at this camp walks all over burning man pulling this wagon train of teddy bears as his original creative contribution to the event.  Everyone that attends is as much a participant as a spectator.)

The harsh desert climate gives preparedness and self sufficiency a whole new meaning.  Dust storms are to be expected and embraced as part of the outdoor challenge.  But it is much more than that.  It is the gathering together of over 50,000 people from all over the world to create a temporary city, an experimental community, where the core values of gifting and creative expression are practiced, where money is almost non-existent,  where self-expression and self-discovery are the emphasis - well there is really no one word to adequately describe it.

Burning Man is also about learning how to protect a fragile environment.  Every item you bringing in the gate other than the food you consume must leave with you.  This includes any water you use to wash yourself or cook with.  Leaving the Playa pristine and spotless is required to continue to receive the BLM permit to hold the event.  I have learned a much higher degree of awareness for keeping the environment clean then ever before. (Photo below is a tongue in check reference to invasive species)

Never heard of Burning Man?  Need more info?  Please read the core principles pasted below in this post.  Then read about it on the Burning Man web page also Google "burning man" and check YouTube for tons of web pages, photos and videos that are there for you to view on the internet.  Most importantly read the survival guides for first time attendees.

(Photo above is one of the art pieces, an entire ocean dock which in 2012 incorporated a 19th century sailing vessel replica shipwrecked against the dock.  The piece includes ocean sound effects, a bait shack, fishing poles, hammocks hanging under the docks and small a boats around the dock.  The shipwreck was loaded with artifacts, old maps, sextants, canons, and even a a few skeletons.)

Why is your organizer posting this?  Because your organizer has gone now for 4 years in a row.  Now with a lot of experience at this event, your organizer is going to be hosting information sessions to help and inform people who are interested in going. It is really important to know what to expect, what to bring, what you need for basic desert survival and comfort, and to know how to connect with a more established camp so you have a home base and some support especially if this is your first time.  So you must first overcome the biggest challenge in the process - buy a ticket.  Then I will help you find your way into the Burning Man world.

(Photo above, hundreds of on duty BLM officers pause to enjoy the shipwreck and take a commemorative group photo.)

Heard that this is a big hippy party, drug and alcohol fest with nudity?   While clothing is optional the emphasis is on costumes and body decorations more than out and out nudity.  But each individual is free to interpret that in their own way.  The place is crawling with law enforcement, so other than the fact that nudity is legal on federal land (it is legal) there is a lot of law enforcement going on.  The event is patrolled heavily by Sheriffs from three Nevada Counties, BLM federal rangers with drug sniffing dogs, under cover agents, and Federal DEA agents.   So yeah, you might run into people using drugs or who are drinking - but all drugs even medical marijuana are illegal in Nevada and this is enforced.   Drinking is limited to people over age 21.  Drunk drivers are arrested, camps or individuals caught furnishing alcohol to minors are cited citations with fines of about $1,000.00.    Burning Man has their own peacekeepers - the highly trained Black Rock rangers, veteran Burners that undertake special training sessions, who are located throughout the festival and try to prevent clashes with local law enforcement and try to calmly mediate any friction in the community. These rangers are roaming noticeably 24/7 during the event and there are ranger outposts and first aid stations strategically placed throughout the encampment and also open 24/7.  There is an airport with it's own landing strip and control tower.  In emergencies people can be airlifted to a hospital in Reno or taken by ambulance (it's about 70 miles.)

As to the party aspect - there is that but it doesn't have to be your focus.  There are people that attend like attending a conference.  There are alcohol free camps.  There are people that prefer to watch the sun rise and do yoga in the morning over late nights and parties.  Some people plan their day based on the many events that are going on.  There are literary events, art events, theatrical events, music events, food events, philosophical events, teaching events, alternative health events (yoga, mediation, sweat lodges) and themed events.  The center camp hosts the only concession that takes money - selling coffee, hot chocolate lemonade and electrolyte hydrating drinks.  Center Camp is set up like a circus big top - people gather from all parts of the city.  There are multiple stages which host events all day and night.  Sculpture and artwork are on display.  Artists appearing range from musicians, singers, actors, poets, speakers, comedians, fashionistas and more.

There are hosted walks to explore the adjacent desert with naturalists.   Probably the most popular event is visiting as many art exhibits as you can before the event is over.  There are always spectacles especially at night when everyone and everything is lit up, an amazing feat since there is no local source of electricity.   There are the mutant vehicles that range from small to monstrous and serve as public taxis of sorts - you can hope on and off catching rides but you can't always tell where the ride is going.  Then there is fire and pyrotechnics of all sorts. (Photo is the Serpent Queen an art car that doubles as a traveling theater.  The car stops and the riders get off, set up a stage and perform plays all over the playa.)

There is the overall culture of gifting.  So many many different themed camps that all bring to the Playa their own special gift.   It might be a free spaghetti dinner.  It might be a morning coffee bar every day.  It might be massages.  It might be hair care.  It might be music.  You just never know.

One camp actually builds a two story structure the replicates the French Quarter in New Orleans (photo left) - complete with a bakery and an outdoor cafe serving coffee and Beignets.   A week is never enough to see and do everything.

You will be using a bicycle as your main means of transportation.  You will get plenty of exercise. You will necessarily learn how to not only survive but how to thrive and enjoy a desert environment where temperatures can range from 110 degrees in the day to 40 degrees at night.  (It's a very dry environment to the temperatures don't tend to penetrate you as they would in a damp environment.)

(Photo left is a bowling alley with the Big Lebowski playing on the monitor endlessly.  It works but you have to reset the pins by hand.)

You will learn how to deal with the fine silica dust that is so easily blown into dust storms at any time mother natures decides to stir things up.  At first you will think this is horrible but then you will embrace it like we embrace the misty rain in Oregon.  It will become a private blanket that wraps you into a smaller part of the world that you explore with your fellow burners often with long lasting friendships as a result.

The last two years have had disastrous problems with ticket sales and scalping as the Burning Man event rapidly gains momentum as a globally popular event.   A brand new plan for issuing tickets and a much higher capacity this year are designed to avoid the problems experienced in previous years.  (First photo below is a night lite art sculpture.(

(Second Photo below is the famous Black Rock Roller Disco - this is a roller skating rink complete with roller skates for anyone that wants to skate and runs 24/7. There is always a DJ spinning music to skate by that can be heard at some distance from the rink.)

Burningman is guided by 10 core principles so read and learn:

Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Did you know that Burning Man has a working radio station, airport, public works department, DMV (all mutant vehicles and handicapped vehicles must get a DMV license to drive on the Playa during the event), a working newspaper and a working post office recognized but the United States Postal Service!   Letters can be mailed and received through the United States Postal Service during the event and incoming packages will be delivered to you at your camp if properly addressed.

As with any big city there can be crime.  It is not hard to avoid being a victim so as part of the orientation I will try to cover what steps to take to avoid problems.  Most crimes are petty thefts based on opportunity - don't leave your IPAD laying out in the open. (Leave your expensive jewelry and electronics at home)  Young women dressed in sexy clothing may want to avoid being in situations alone with intoxicated men they have just met for the first time.    Don't accept food or drink from just anyone.  Most of this is common sense.

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  • Elise

    I have always wanted to attend a burning man show

    August 19, 2013

  • Dani M.

    Just wanted to be sure the Mobility impaired (or their friends ) know that there is a camp there to provide some mobility services.
    our website is brcdoa(dot)com and email is brcaccessibility(at) We still have some spaces in camp available and are always looking for volunteers out on the playa!

    If you come by our Camp look for me, "The Rat Lady"!

    July 18, 2013

  • Joanne

    Go to these links to find out more about the local Portland/Oregon Burning Man Community and how to connect: Main page:

    Social media links:

    June 17, 2013

  • Joanne

    Here is a link to some of theme camps applying for placement on the playa for 2013. These are very short descriptions and some may sound pretty outrageous. The really outrageous stuff isn't as blatant as it may sound. It pretty much looks like people camping in the desert so don't let your imagination get too wild. Yes there are adult themed camps and spaces - but you have to go looking for them if that's what you want. There are also plenty G and PG events and some are just beautiful art and there are family themed camps for families with children.

    June 16, 2013

  • Joanne

    Here are some other links:

    The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your hometown:

    Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:

    The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:

    Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:

    Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:

    March 22, 2013

  • Joanne

    Welcome new burners. Here is your first informational tip - subscribe to the email lists that relate to burning man and any subgroup that is of interest to you. For Portland Burners I suggest you subscribe to the newsletter "Jack Rabbit Speaks" which will contain important announcements all year about Burning Man, Art opportunities, and events to look for on the playa. So sign up for this main list at:

    Also sign up for the Portland Burners local list:

    There are many lists for camps and work groups related to Burning man as well as other regional groups. These two lists are good places to start.

    March 22, 2013

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