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Social climber
Lida Junction
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 12, 2019 - 08:22am PT
Looks like the gubment wants to shut it down.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 12, 2019 - 08:33am PT
Build a frickin' wall around the entire playa.

4 Corners Area
Apr 12, 2019 - 09:12am PT
Burning Man: So alternative, it's mainstream . . .

Nor Cal
Apr 12, 2019 - 09:13am PT
good riddance

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 12, 2019 - 09:17am PT
I'm sure there's another side to this story aside from the 'freethoughtproject', which doesn't sound biased at all. (ahem.)

Shut it down. No loss.

Trad climber
Apr 12, 2019 - 09:29am PT
I am surprised the govt would want to risk shutting it down. It has become such a cash cow that local law enforcement, BLM, Health and Food Safety, etc probably depend on the revenue.

Social climber
The Deli
Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01am PT


Released into general population, Idaho
Apr 12, 2019 - 10:28am PT
I'm going. I'll meet y'alls at the Bud Light tent.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 12, 2019 - 12:24pm PT
I'd like to experience it, but too pricey for this gal.....

4 Corners Area
Apr 12, 2019 - 01:06pm PT
"The Bud Light Tent" So alternative, so New Age . . .
D Murph

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:29pm PT
FWIW I regret not going a long time ago when it was smaller. I had many friends, climbers and normals, who waxed poetic about it in the late 90s. Many of them still love it in spite of the demographic shift. so I guess it's me who's missing out.

Trad climber
Apr 13, 2019 - 06:09am PT
I went 9 times from 2005-2015. Some of my buddies started in 96 or 97.
We are now into BM version 3. I caught BM vers 2 and the transition into BM3.
Like climbing it was more fun before it went mainstream. Now it is too big for my taste

Social climber
Apr 13, 2019 - 07:35am PT
I always thought it was free- Well, i looked it up and it definitely aint. Easy choice though: One month road trip fishing in Idaho or a weekend at BM with 10,000 of my new best friends

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 13, 2019 - 07:46am PT
I went in ‘99, 2000, & ‘04. It was a blast, thought provoking the whole deal. My first ticket cost $65. There are more people there now in any given year than all of my trips put together. And the cost is astronomical.

I’m sure that anyone who goes now will still see things that they have never seen before, do things they’ve never done before, get their mind blown, etc.

but yeah I’ve moved on, you can go to China cheaper, there’s just other things I want to do more.

Edit more like 70,000, hobo 😎
Mike Honcho

Trad climber
Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 13, 2019 - 07:53am PT
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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 13, 2019 - 08:41am PT
^^^. +1

However, in a month I’ll be with 90,000 of my closest friends in Wembley Stadium. 🤪
At least there will be proper beer and bangers.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 13, 2019 - 08:47am PT
Ha ha! That was funny Hank!

Trad climber
Apr 13, 2019 - 05:14pm PT
It is still an amazing event full of magic, beauty, fun, inspiration, and human expression.

It will indeed be a huge loss if it goes away.

I wish some of you crusty old armchair climbers could come experience it.

See you in the dust in 2019!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 13, 2019 - 05:40pm PT
Figures that VividSeats would be scalping this. They are such useless parasites!

I'm not into the crowds any more (but I was among 600,000 at Watkin's Glen in '73).

When I want beer and bangers I can just go to Vegas, but,....... are we talking about the same thing?

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 13, 2019 - 07:15pm PT
A little more background on what's going on here....

Burning Man Readies for War with the Federal Government
The annual festival, roughly 100 miles outside of Reno, has locked horns with the Bureau of Land Management over environmental proposals, including, of all things, a big concrete wall.
APRIL 12, 2019 11:34 AM


The Nevada division of the Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) manages and protects the Black Rock Desert Wilderness, public land on which Burning Man is held every year—specifically on the dried-up lake bed referred to as “the playa.” After the organizers filed their request for a 10-year permit, the B.L.M. responded in March with the requisite Draft Environmental Impact Statement: nearly 400 pages split into two volumes that attempt to assess the environmental impact of the growing festival—from air quality, to light pollution, to weeds, to the safety of migratory birds, to trash build-up—and propose a number of potential solutions.

One suggestion—and a major focal point of contention for reasons that will be immediately clear—is a 9.5-mile concrete wall around the perimeter. The B.L.M. stated in the proposal it will prevent vehicles from going through it, and have said that it will block trash from escaping. The Burners argue that it’s “logistically onerous, environmentally irresponsible, unnecessarily redundant, [and] prohibitively expensive.” The proposed trash wall would replace a trash fence that currently exists, a fence that Burners contend already gets the job done.

Other B.L.M. proposals include an increase in car searches, adding dumpsters and trash cans around the camps and along the one road into the event, and requiring the Burning Man organization to hire more security. The event’s organizers have estimated that, all told, the measures would put a nearly $20 million burden on the festival, which they say will force them to raise ticket prices $286 over the current price—awkward for an event that relies on the currency of gifting while on the playa.

A DEIS is a pretty standard expectation for any significant use of a public lands resource. This doesn't seem like an unreasonable expectation for an event of this scale and magnitude.

This 'wall' has pretty bad optics, but the fact that any kind of barrier has been constructed on a yearly basis by BM attests to the fact that blowing trash is a problem. I doubt that a 'wall' is the best solution, but this is most definitely a problem.

Dumpsters seem to be a very reasonable expectation. BM doesn't like the aesthetics? I'm sure there are some very skilled, artistic people out there who could dress them up in creative ways.

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