Special Note on Tickets for Burning Man
According to the Burning Man website, an additional 1,000 tickets (at $390 each) will be available for sale on a first come basis starting at 12 noon PST on Friday, August 3. The sale will be one ticket per person. This is possible because the permit for Burning Man 2012 allows a maximum population of 60,900, making a few more tickets available that wouldn't have been with a smaller number of Burners. It's not quite as simple as getting online and buying tickets, though. If you want a shot at these tickets, you must "request access to the private sale during a 12-hour sign up period between 10am PST and 10pm PST on Wednesday, August 1." If you want to give this a shot, get online at Burning Man 2012 Ticket Information for the details.
Prep for Burning Man 2012
Burning Man 2012, with the art theme of Fertility 2.0, is from August 27 through September 3. If you plan on going or are just thinking about becoming a burner (resident of Black Rock City), it isn't too early to start getting ready. This is especially true if you've never been to Burning Man. The Black Rock Desert playa is harsh and remote; don't show up without reading through the Burning Man website to get an understanding of what's involved. I say this not to discourage you, but to help you enjoy the unique experience Burning Man has to offer.
Read the Burning Blog, Get the Burning Man Newsletter, Connect on Facebook
A good source for information from those who have been there is The Burning Blog. You can talk to veteran burners, ask questions, or just lurk and see what you find.
The Jack Rabbit Speaks is the official Burning Man newsletter. I think it's a good idea to subscribe so you can keep up on any Burning Man news without much effort. Get on the mailing list at The Jack Rabbit Speaks email list page.
Burning Man on Facebook is another way to hook up with Burners and learn more about the Burning Man festival.
About Burning Man Tickets
See the Special Note on Tickets for Burning Man above. There will be no ticket sales on the playa at Black Rock City and no ticket sales at walk-in outlets. It's real simple - if you don't have a ticket when you get to Burning Man, you won't get in.
Ticket scalpers and outright fraudsters have emerged in great numbers in 2012. Don't get ripped off with counterfeit tickets or when dealing with third-party ticket sellers. Protect yourself - read the Fraud Prevention & Third Party Buyer Info from Burning Man before getting involved with ticket sellers outside the official Burning Man ticket process.
If You Are A Virgin, Read This
In Burning Man lingo, virgins are first-time burners, and burners are those who have been there before. However, virgin status seems to go away almost as soon as you enter Black Rock City, at which time you become a burner. At least I think that's how it works. As I recall, my rite of passage occured the first time I passed through the portal from the real world into Black Rock City. I rang the bell as directed by the greeter, yelled "I'm not a virgin!" and became a burner right there. Anyone can do it.
You've got to plan ahead to make Burning Man work for you and everyone else. Read and heed everything on the First Timer's Guide and you will arrive ready as you're goint to be to make the leap from virgin to Burner.
Learn More - Get the Burning Book, A Visual History of Burning Man
The Burning Book, A Visual History of Burning Man by Jessica Bruder, is a great source for learning about Burning Man. The book covers the story in text and pictures from the beginning in 1986.
About the Burning Man Location
Burning Man creates Black Rock City a few miles north of the town of Gerlach, on the playa of the Black Rock Desert. This is over 100 miles north of Reno and gives tangible meaning to the phrase "middle of nowhere." During Burning Man, Black Rock City magically emerges from the playa dust to become Nevada's 7th largest city for a week with a population approaching 60,000. It continues to amaze me how this appears and disappears in such a harsh and remote place. Get a grip on just where it is with Burning Man Nevada Maps.
Burning Man is held on public land under a permit from the Bureau of Land Management. The area is officially called the Black Rock Desert / High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. For obvious reasons, local desert rats just call it the NCA or the Black Rock. Learn more about this unique and beautiful area from the Friends of Black Rock / High Rock.
Want to see what Gerlach looks like? Check out the Burning Man Gerlach Live Webcam. Sometimes it's inside the office and sometimes it's on top of the building. If the wind hasn't blown it askew, you'll get a view of beautiful downtown Gerlach and the Black Rock playa beyond.
After the Burn - Recycling in Reno and Sparks
After a week on the playa, you will accumulate a ton of trash, much of which can and should be recycled. Aluminum cans (nothing else) can be easily disposed of at Recycle Camp at Center Camp in the middle of Black Rock City. These are donated to Gerlach School. Recycle Camp does not collect foil, glass, plastic, tin, paper, cardboard, or any garbage.
Back in Reno and Sparks, there are a number of free places to leave recycleables, and some low-cost sites for depositing the real garbage. Go to the Burning Man website for a list of recycling centers, dumps, and greywater disposal sites. If you hauled it out to the playa, it's your responsibility to take it with you on leaving and to dispose of it properly.
Sources: Burning Man, Nevada Bureau of Land Management.