• OMG bad wind at Burning Man this year (2007, sorry guys)

    by  • August 21, 2007 • Hexayurt • 0 Comments

    WIND WARNING. . . Reposted from Arcana in LA Burners….

    Greetings from the playa where I am happy and well and holded up in my car. I dont want this to deter anyone from coming, as it’s still a blast – but..batten down the hatches kids, cause the wind is the worst I’ve seen in the 12 years I have been coming here.

    For those of you around when the big wind hit last year and took our camp down, that is the way it has been the bulk of the time – really that windy, mostly non stop. The airstream is shaking and rocking and my tent is tied to every rack and bumper and hitch the truck & airstream have, and I’m still unsure if it’s going to hold up (one pole already snapped). The whiteouts are lasting a long time, some well over 5 hours.

    I hear it has been like this for weeks, dont know if it will continue through the event. but the green man is about nature, so be prepared for the force of nature to remind us how small we are! The good news is that it’s warm thus far, even in the middle of the night.

    The garage tents around here seem to be holding up when they have no walls & are tied down every few feet – so if you feel like grabbing one from costco, that could work. I suggest that if you are debating between a tent or a van/suv, you pick the car. be sure to put everything in bins that have locking lids, and in ziplocks inside those. if your tent has any open netting areas that do not zip closed with a solid fabric, i suggest glue gunning a fabric onto them, closing them up permanently, before you come here (fabric on the outside of the tent, so it’s between the tent & the rainfly).you can always cut it off later. mine has a few open ones and theres a good 1/8 inch layer of dust inside, on top of the bed, the floors, everywhere. had to sleep with dust mask last night. too much to keep up with & too late to close them off.

    the wind/dust is coming from the same direction as always so be sure to park your cars in a way that blocks it from anything you put up. and lots of bungees, ive been through 20 just for my tent. phil – great decision in sleeping in the rider truck. i think that is all to tell – just a whole lot of wind. will update you if it stops. am still having a total blast, the wind is part of the fun for sure, and look forward to seeing you’ll in a week! cma, please bring glue gun so i can seal up my tent.

    PS – wind reminders -fully enclosed goggles for day & night (not only dark ones), things that light up so u can be seen, bungees, rope, 2 ft long reebar – more than you think you need, heavy lotion, lip stuff, babywipes, giant sheet or tarp or something to cover all the stuff in your tent (to stop dust from getting into your bed), and lots of soft towels – more than you think you need. xx

    For god’s sake, use filament tape, that’s all I’m saying.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


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