Burning Man is a community experiment that has been held in the deserts of the American West for a couple of decades now. It is truly a one of a kind event that can give you new insight into what it means to be human and a creative being. Here you will have the opportunity to dawn a creative guise, demonstrate creative installation art, perform music and collaborate with other creative individuals. This is a family event, but the conditions here are rustic, meaning if you don’t bring it in you are not going to have access to it. If you are interested in a unique vacation opportunity this year then make plans to attend the Burning Man Festival.
Burning Man Festival – the Basics
TheBurning Man Festival is an annual event that is held in various desert locations throughout the American West. In 2009 it is scheduled to be held in the Black Rock Desert, which is less than a half hour to the north of Reno, Nevada. The event lasts nine days and starts the Saturday one week before the Labor Day weekend and continues through Labor Day. You need to buy your ticket prior to arriving at the festival, and the earlier you buy your tickets the better the deal you will get on your tickets.
Packing for Burning Man
The Burning Man Festival is a survival event. You have to bring in everything that you will need during the festival include water, food, shelter, entertainment, medical supplies chairs and personal hygiene items. The weather in the Black Rock Desert is erratic throughout the year, but during late August and early September if can be really biopolar. You can experience temperatures that soar above 100 degrees during the day and drop below freezing at night. The wind here is also severe with normal wind speeds ranging between 20 and 30 mph, and wind speeds will then pick up to up to 70 mph during storms. These conditions make packing for this festival tricky. You will need to bring clothes that will keep you warm, that will protect you from the sun and heat and that will also help minimize wind chill. You will also need to bring special equipment to secure your shelter to keep it from blowing away. Many people use rebar to secure their tents to the desert floor.
Commerce and the Burning Man Festival
Vendors are not allowed at this festival so don’t plan on buying what you need at the festival. You can purchase a bus shuttle ticket at the gate if you need to get back to town, however, this is generally discouraged if you want the full Burning Man experience. Also, don’t plan on selling anything at Burning Man as this is also prohibited. You can, on the other hand, trade, share or give gifts.