The label Hippie is pretty misunderstood by the general public and is as varied as the term climber, Christian or democrat. I have been to a couple of Rainbow Gatherings albeit a long time ago. I think that anytime a big happening is free there is an opportunity for degeneration. That's probably why Burning Man is not exactly the same. But has its share of problems.
What would happen if Camp Four was free? There are thieves and losers in every society. You don't have to wear tye-dye, have long hair, be unkempt or a freeloader to be a hippie. Stereotypes are just that. I am even sure some of the haters here are nice guys too. Minds are like parachutes.
Hmmm, right on my way to Montana. I might have to stop in for a visit.
Where the Gathering will be in 2013
The 2013 Rainbow Gathering will be in Montana, Spring Council is June 7 to 9.
Racetrack Creek/Racetrack Campground (20 miles south of Deer Lodge, Montana) From Interstate 90: Exit 197 Galen. Take Left onto 273 South (Galen RD), go 3 miles on paved road to Willow Road (NO SIGN and be aware -- as 273 bears left, Willow.
Road goes straight, it is the gravel on right). Go 1 mile to Bowman Road at the four corners. Take left onto Bowman which becomes Modesty Creek Road (you will see a Forest Service sign for Racetrack Campground 6 miles). Watch for cows on road and immature Golden Eagles on fence posts! Keep following signs for Racetrack CG. Please respect signs for private property.
Once inside the Forest, FS road 169, welcome home! There is ample parking, bus village, and handicamp on the north side (right) after the cattleguard just into the forest (only two tenths of a mile from FS boundary) with some tree line camping off the south (left). There is a piece of private property inside the spring council area; this stretch is about a Â½ -mile long and is well-marked along the road. There is a FS Campground where there is an anticipated fee early June. Beyond the campground, FS Road 169 diminishes so be aware of poor road conditions and it may be difficult for big rigs to turn around.
OR take Racetrack Exit 195 Roads are less paved but it gets you there -- Follow signs to Racetrack Campground. Avoid Dempsey Lake Road -- there is a bridge out over this creek.