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Burning Man: My Complete Gear List, Virgin & Photo Guides

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

~ Scott Adams

 

So it’s been awhile since I did my original virgin and photography guides part 1 and part 2 for Burning Man.  However, one of the things that I didn’t include with those guides was a really complete gear list, and let’s face it, getting your gear together is one of the bigger tasks at hand before heading to the playa.  So here you go, my complete gear list compiled over 6 burns, items are not listed in order of importance.  Two disclaimers, first I’m sure I’ve overlooked some things, feel free to add to the comments.  Secondly, my list has evolved every year, feel free to hit the comments section with questions and I’ll reply snark free. 🙂

First couple of things should be incredibly obvious, ticket, parking pass, directions to Black Rock City and DON”T bring things on the prohibited list, GATE people will turn your ass around and send you home.  Please leave your pets at home, the playa is a nightmare for them and dogs are prohibited.  Bring your schedules for any volunteering you’re doing, you are volunteering right? 🙂

 

Infrastructure

shade structure (2) – 11 foot metal poles, with T connectors, tarp 8 x 12 & 6 x 10, rebar, old tennis balls to cap the rebar, 100 ft of clothing line rope.  This is a simple and basic structure, keep it tight so that it doesn’t flap and it’s damn near indestructible.  The picture below is a similar design with a better view of the structure from one of the Alternative Energy Zone folks, mine uses steel instead of wood and I also hang camping clothesline wire around the side and have sewn fabric panels I hang for decoration and privacy, punch holes in them so the wind doesn’t catch in them.

burning man, shade structure

Here’s an external shot of my set up:

burning man, shade structure

 

work gloves

surveyor tape to mark out camp and flag camp lines

coolers

water jug cooler – fill with ice and let it melt for cold drinking water and ice for drinks

electric fans

home made AC for tent

Music source w/radio function – BMIR 94.5 is funny and gives good info, there are usually a couple of small radio signals on the playa.  I bring an old boom box with a CD player but you can get much fancier.

Tools (vice grips (not cheap ones, you use this to pull rebar that has become cemented in the playa by twisting and wiggling it out, have a veteran show you how), hammer, screw drivers, wire cutters, duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties (various sizes), pliers, staple gun, nails, screws, 5 pound sledgehammer, 3 in 1 oil, tie downs, bungees, knife, scissors, etc…

tent stakes – but supplement them with rebar on your tent and no dinky stakes, at least 8 inch metal.  I have seen a tent airborne in a dust storm

bucket and rebar – bucket for holding rebar, tools etc… bring extra rebar various lengths

ground cover – I look all year for cheap old carpets, however, if the edges are frayed they can be a huge MOOP problem, I’ve duct taped the edges before going out, works ok.  This year an experiment I’m using a canvas drop cloth, I’ve also seen artificial turf used.

lighting – camp lantern, flashlights, head lamps are essential, I also use cheap solar ground lights and some decorative hanging solar lights as well

Folding table

Sun shades for the inside of the car to keep it from getting super hot inside

camp chairs

small camp table

Shower, evaporation pool – 1 metal pole with hook, solar shower bag, thick black plastic .6 mil (not garbage bags), wood for frame, small platform to stand on, shower chair

Below is a picture of a similar set up from a shot on the web, don’t have a pic of mine, but do some research there are a million shower designs out there, mine is the most basic

burning man, shower

 

Dr. Bronners soap – can use it to wash dishes, teeth, body whatever

Big bowl and wash cloth – alternatives to showering, bowl (sponge bath) and baby wipes are the most basic alternative

towels

 

Tent

Sleeping tent – and years when camping with others I’ve brought a garage tent for storage, including a stand up mirror, usually use the garage for costumes, food other things I want access to that don’t involve sleeping

plastic painters tarp – put over your mattress, sleeping bag, pillow to keep dust off during the day

sleeping bag

pillow

air mattress

sheets

small hand broom to sleep out tent

 

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Dr. Megavolt

 

Cooking

lighter

can opener

pots, pans, glasses, plates, utensils, etc… – if you go environmentally friendly, bring a bucket for dish washing and remember to evap the grey water, DON’T dump it on the playa

camp cup – if you want a drink at most camps you’ll need to have your own cup

ziplocks – they are great to protect everything from dust

stove – I go minimalistic Mountain House camp food (Beef Stroganoff is awesome) and a pocket rocket or other way to cook off of propane.  However the options are unlimited, camp grills or even full sized propane grills.

extra cooking fuel

 

burning man

 

Water

A minimum of 1.5 gallons per person per day, I bring 2.0 to be safe, it allows me to share and lets face it, you don’t want to be short on water.  Don’t forget you do get to buy ice, I fill one drinking cooler just with ice and let it melt for cold drinking water and ice for drinks.

 

spnonge bob, burning man

 

Food

This list is utterly personal, I like having my main meals as dehydrated camp food and lots of easy food.  Some fresh stuff for the first day or so, but I avoid things like bananas that leave green waste that will end up stinking.

 

fix a1 sunrise

 

Camera

I bring my by good cameras but that’s a choice, the photo guide will give you more info.  Using your phone for photos will open up your phone to a lot of dust.  I recommend cheap digital cameras or even the temporary digitals if you’re just recording fun shots.  If you’re shooting more seriously take a look at my photo guides part 1  and part 2 for more info.  One warning I have had cameras die after being on the playa for one burn.

 

burning man, temple

 

Bike

basket

seat post rack – particularly good for carrying ice but if a bigger camp bring a little kids wagon

tie downs, bungees – to hold ice on the bike rack

bike pump

extra tubes, patch kit

bike lock

items to decorate your bike with

 

burning man, bliss

 

Clothing

backpack – I bring both a small backpack and my camelback that has a bladder a small amount of storage space

goggles – really, sunglasses just don’t cut it in a dust storm

dust mask & bandanas

crocs, sandles or other shoes for late night porta potty runs

personal lighting – EL wire is best, glow sticks are MOOPey, but don’t be a darkwad on the playa

cold weather gear – layers to warm up, gloves, warm hat, sweat pants to wear in your sleeping bag if need be

hats – for sun protection, warmth and decoration

 

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Costumes

Completely personalized but remember to have costumes for all the potential temperatures, something for sunny hot, warm evenings or freakin cold nights.  I’ve seen every temperature from 115 to 35 on the playa.

 

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Miscellaneous

1st aid kit

Emergen-C, aspirin, ibuprofen any other meds you ordinarily use

vinegar – helps with playa foot (the acid counterbalances the alkalai)

baby wipes

hand sanitizer

car battery charger – this is a stand alone car battery charger I bring to be able to jump other cars or mine 🙂

garbage bags – for your trash and MOOP pick up, don’t throw your bags on the side of the road on the way out, there are lots of trash drop options on the way back to the default world

batteries, bring extra

sun screen

skin lotion – your skin will dry out on the playa

chap stick

toiletries and toilet paper – the porta potties usually have some but be safe and remember nothing but toilet paper and your bodily products in the porta potties, NO BABY WIPES in the porta pottie.

personal items – anything from sanitary products, to condoms to whatever you might need

journal, pens – I’m a writer so I spend some time on the playa writing

List of locations where people told you they are camping.

extra car key to hide in your camp

night time potty alternative if you don’t want to walk to the porta potties, here’s a final image for you

 

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Art Project – if you are doing a project you know what you need

 

Gifts – bring something to gift people who have been helpful or nice or just because you want to.

 

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Burning Man: The Dissolution of Normal

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I love Burning Man and I’m able to say that almost all of the time.  I don’t love it as much watching some of the comments I see by Burner’s online, or watching them transition from peaceful, loving desert dwellers to maniacal default world drivers 10 feet outside the gate.  I really can’t say it during Exodus.  However I love Burning Man in the middle of 70 mile an hour winds, I loved it in the rain after a brief meltdown over my obliterated tent was washed away with a double rainbow and a tub of homemade chocolate chip cookies I remembered I had.  I’ve love Burning Man in the well over 100 degree heat and at 34 degrees shivering in my tent all in the same 24 hour period.

Dr. Megavolt

Dr. Megavolt

I love Burners on the playa, amazing creatures who exude love and light and snark all at the same time.  A glorious cacophony of colorful freaks who will give until it hurts, take care of those who sometimes don’t deserve it and teach virgins the ways of the dust.  Burners contain a higher than imaginable number of insane geniuses, spectacular artists, and folks who create and burn in ways I never thought possible nor practicable.  A place and a people who can eat the focus of your life so intently for a week that you blissfully forget the other life you had mere days before.

I’ll seek the dust again this year for perhaps my last time, I’ve spent a number of years on the playa and I’m seeking new adventures, new stimuli, a new collection of freaks to expand my mind.  Seems appropriate as I will turn 50 on the playa this year, my own unofficial theme this year, my playa name is The Dean, will be Deanapocalypse 2014.  You are all invited to the party!

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The thing that I find most amazing about Burning Man however is not the art, the insanity, the relaxation or even the Playa Magic.  No what I love the most is something I call the dissolution of normal.  You see I think one of the problems we all face in the default world is that we have been fed the idea that there is something called normal.  Given that the actual reality of normal is nothing but an artifice of statistics, we all, in so many ways are not normal.  We constantly find ourselves falling above or below the line, not normal and conventional wisdom tells us normal good, not normal freak.  This paints freak in a negative connotation which I refuse to accept, some of us have found ways to embrace our inner and outer freaks even in the default world.  What did this for me was the dissolution of normal.

freak flag

At Burning Man, stop wherever you are, slowly rotate 360 degrees, carefully take in the crowd around you and I promise you, within that view, you are not the biggest freak, never.  Do it every day, five times a day, you will never be the biggest freak and if you are, find me because I want to know you and I’m sure as hell buying.  This realization is incredibly freeing and truly allows you to let your freak flag fly.  This is why I love Burning Man because if you embrace it, merge with it, normal dissolves and the real you can emerge, is accepted by the community and if you’re lucky you can carry the real you back into the default world.

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See you in the dust ~ ZDBlue aka The Dean

Burning Man Photo Galleries 2012

Stolen from the Baltimore Sun

So tonight I decided to surf around on the web a bit and pull together a bunch of galleries from this year’s burn, enjoy:

First up Patrick Roddie,(150+) he shoots primarily faces and body parts and does a wonderful job, the link is to his set of galleries from each year and btw, in the 2012 gallery 12_57 is one the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.    http://webbery.com/galleries/burningman/index.html

Rolling Stone magazine’s Burning Man photo gallery (11), on the cover Loadie Camp’s Shark Car  http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/pictures/more-photos-from-burning-man-2012-20120911/the-shark-car-0699596

11 photos by Eric Brown, the first pic is really special flaming Octopus car  http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/379903/20120902/burning-man-2012-pictures-photos-nevada.htm#page0

From Yahoo News starting with full flaming Burn Wall Street, some good photos (50) here but some repeats from other galleries  http://news.yahoo.com/photos/burning-man-festival-2012-slideshow/

Photos by Neil Girling (7)  http://laughingsquid.com/photos-of-burning-man-2012-fertility-2-0-by-the-blights-neil-girling/

Huffington Posts’ annual shameless grab for free content (210) photos  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/burning-man-photos_n_1853436.html

2012 BMORG Gallery  (a lot) http://galleries.burningman.com/browse?b=true&text=&year=2012&category=&mediatype=photo

6 great photos  http://www.stuckincustoms.com/category/travel/nevada/burning-man/

A set of really good photos (108) by someone named Christopher http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmichel67/sets/72157631376410550/with/7919047112/

Galleries from Tumblr with the Burning Man 2012 tag  http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/burning-man-2012

About 20 but some unique and really good shots  http://fuckyeahburningman.tumblr.com/

All Pinterest images with a Burning Man 2012 tag  http://pinterest.com/search/?q=burning+man+2012

Great photo blog from the SF Chronicle, huge gallery and these aren’t professional photos but a really great perspective  http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2012/09/04/burning-man-2012/#7170101-70

30 great instagram pics a little warning site is pretty slow  http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/09/04/thirty-awesome-burning-man-instagram-photos/

David LeClair’s fairly comprehensive set of installation shots  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100659820541159.2601994.1804170&type=3

And finally the largest damn gallery I’ve ever seen from one person (1000) Dustin Kerschtein  https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10151200998012139.496010.577187138&type=1

30 Days of Burning Man, Day 30 Have a great burn!

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

For Day 30, a simple wish that everyone has a safe and fabulous burn and all 30 links from the last 30 days, ~ ZD Blue

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/30-days-of-burning-man-day-1-the-basics/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/30-days-of-burning-man-day-2-links/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/30-days-of-burning-man-day-3-virgin-guide-part-1/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/30-days-of-burning-man-virgin-guide-part-2/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/30-days-of-burning-man-day-5-virgin-guide-part-iii/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/30-days-of-burning-man-day-6-playa-magic/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/30-days-of-burning-man-day-7-photographs/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/30-days-of-burning-man-day-8-the-10-principles/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/30-days-of-burning-man-day-9-costumes/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/30-days-of-burning-man-day-10-art/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/30-days-of-burning-man-day-11-the-heart-of-burning-man/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/30-days-of-burning-man-day-12-should-i-bring-my-children/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/30-days-of-burning-man-day-13-supporting-playa-art-projects/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/30-days-of-burning-man-day-14-photographs-links/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/30-days-of-burning-man-day-15-photography-guide/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/30-days-of-burning-man-day-16-photography-guide-part-2/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/30-days-of-burning-man-day-17-links-links-and-more-links/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/30-days-of-burning-man-day-18-burning-man-in-the-news/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/30-days-of-burning-man-day-19-get-involved/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/30-days-day-1/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/30-days-of-burning-man-day-20-theme-camps/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/30-days-of-burning-man-day-21-the-faces-of-burning-man/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/30-days-of-burning-man-day-22-fire/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/30-days-of-burning-man-day-23-the-art/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/30-days-of-burning-man-day-24-sex-on-the-playa/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/30-days-of-burning-man-day-25-dont-go/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/30-days-of-burning-man-day-26-live-on-the-playa/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/30-days-of-burning-man-day-27-three-questions/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/30-days-of-burning-man-day-28-photos-photos-more-photos/

https://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/30-days-of-burning-man-day-29-the-thank-yous/

30 Days of Burning Man – Day 28 photos, photos & more photos

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

The last pure photo day of the 30 days of Burning Man, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

30 Days of Burning Man – Day 23, The Art

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

Whenever people talk about Burning Man they talk about the art.  Let me first talk about what “art” means because it is a pretty broad definition.  You see art can take many, many forms there are the things we always think of paintings and sculptures, we sometimes broaden that to include performance art and if we think about it music and dance and a lot of other things come under the umbrella of “art”.  One of the things I love about Burning Man is that all of these forms and more show up on the Playa on steroids, not only from a size perspective but from a thought perspective as well.  One of my favorite camps in BRC is the wholly politically incorrect Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro.  There is something at the same time horrific, beautiful and utterly snarky about the display they create each year and to me art has to make you feel and the death camp certainly does that.

There is a lot of random performance art or as the principles call it, radical self-expression in BRC.  One of my all-time favorite moments occurred while I was walking the Esplanade one night and I stumbled upon three women doing a performance, or a ritual but they were reading from an old book and dropping roses into a fire the whole thing had a very Pagan feel to it.  What made it utterly spectacular was that included in the circle of people who had stumbled upon this little show was Jesus Christ, crown of thorns, full sized cross and all.  Where else in the world could a good Christian like Jesus Christ enjoy a good Pagan performance?

Finally, I get a lot of questions from people who ask me, do people really burn their art?  Yes Virginia, people really do burn their art.  I think this is done for a lot of reasons and each artist probably has his or her own reason for why they create something so beautiful only to see it go up in flames.  For me, I love the idea that it represents the impermanence of everything, the art, BRC and even our lives.  Like flowers, the impermanence of the work makes it even more beautiful for its fleeting existence.  As always, some images of art on the Playa and sorry, I don’t have a picture of Jesus at the Pagan ceremony it was one of those moments that I was too swept up in what was happening to shoot.

 

30 Days of Burning Man – Day 21, the faces of Burning Man

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

Tonight, just shots of some of the beautiful people who make Burning Man what it is, enjoy ~ ZD Blue