There was a lot of controversy about this last year. My own
view is that Burning Man is all about freedom, so I will not be trying
to impose rules. However, we will be asking you all to look hard at
what you bring to the playa and how so that we keep impact and cleanup
as minimal as possible - and to ensure that everyone is responsible for
their own stuff as far as possible.
If you're bringing an RV, let us know asap and we'll start a
separate discussion amongst RV-ers re. the best way to minimize
inconvenience to campers and to use them as sensitively and efficiently
as possible. It'd be great if last year's convoy could shrink
significantly, and a key part of that will be space sharing: if you
have an RV, fill it up with your crew and others. Clay and his
demoiselle took us in last year, and it made for an infinitely better
BM. Fill your RV with co-SOUL-ers, and we can do away with several
Car and RV-pooling and airport co-ordination: Key to keeping
impact low. Paul's website will help make this easier.
We've heard multiple requests now for us to keep
truck space super limited to avoid the issues souring previous years.
The goal for this year, then, is to take one truck only - and to keep
that truck as small as we can. It should hold only common stuff - SOUL
infrastructure, DJ equipment. Everyone else should take their own
belongings in their cars and RVs, or arrange for SOULmates to take it
Those wishing to rent their own truck might find Colin's truck rental research useful.
Noise, smell, maintenance, size, rental, cost, gas, explosions, fires,
... Previous years have seen generators cause no end of trouble and
stress. This year we have a strong
emphasis on reducing impact
both in noise, gas usage and camp hassle.
Last year we scored one of the cute, quiet and reliable Honda generators
that we will be using again this year. Tony Parisi has kindly offered to
rent of sell an identical model he owns. So we have at the moment two
(totally 2KW power), maybe buying an additional 2KW unit.
They retail around $750-$1000 (1KW and 2KW models) which is less than
the cost of 2000's generator hire(!).
a handy spec list; check at the bottom of their list for the quiet ones
(about 12dB quieter than industrial, which is to say over 15x quieter:
'quite a bit' :-). Also check out Honda's own
site which also has specifications
& comparisons. Northwest Powertools seem to be the cheapest at
$885 including shipping for the 2KW generator.
In addition, many Spirals own marine deep-cycle batteries which in
combination with a standard 110V inverter can run substantial appliances
for a long period of time. More info on how, what and where to buy in Paul's solar sound system
Chris Connor (Scruzer, renowned lighting jockey, and electronics wizard)
& I are also investigating solar for real this year.
Last year one of Spiral's sub-camps, Moonbase-Nevada operated an
entirely solar powered 200W sound system made from some cheap PA
speakers, a basic car amp, a marine battery and a 40W solar panel bought
from Parts on
Sale. Check out Paul's
solar sound system.
Other suggestions for places to buy solar are at Southern
California Solar and Jade
Some things to think about when choosing solar:
- Price per watt
- Resilience: there are essentially two types of solar, flexible
and not. The flexible type is quite a bit more expensive but generally
- Materials: glass or some less breakable material
None of our camp has used wind power yet but having spent some time with
the Alternative Energy I learnt that the AIR 403
from Southwest Windpower
kicks some serious turbine ass.