Burning Man 2016 may be seven months away but already ‘burners’ (those who’ve attended Burning Man in the past) are starting to prepare for the next weeklong countercultural event at Black Rock City. It’s not just burners preparing for this massive gathering - the organizers are hard at work behind the scenes getting ready as well. This is an event that is close to the hearts of many RV adventurers, so to keep you in the loop with how things are shaping up we have a quick round up of the latest Burning Man developments.
The Burning Man gate opens in 220 days. The man burns in 226 days. )'( #burningman— Days To Burning Man (@DaysToTheBurn) January 21, 2016
Although the organisers hoped to have ticket information available to eager burners by December, things are a little more complicated this year. This is because a new tax has been instituted by the State of Nevada which impacts directly on Burning Man and would likely raise ticket prices above the $400 mark. Organisers believe that this new tax should not apply to Burning Man and have sent a letter to the Nevada Department of Taxation to this effect, but to date they’ve not received a response. However, it looks like there will almost certainly be more information on this front before the end of January, so keep your ear to the ground!
New Zealand’s version of Burning Man, held on a farm near Hunterville and dubbed ‘Kiwiburn’, has sold out for the first time ever. The 2016 Kiwiburn will mark its 13th year running, and rather than a dry desert environment, those gathering for Burning Man’s New Zealand incarnation will find themselves in a makeshift town among paddocks. The event, which like Burning Man encourages radical self-reliance and participation, will kick off on the 27th of January.
There are a host of workers and volunteers scurrying around behind the scenes to make this radical temporary community possible - one of the most instrumental of whom is Heather “CameraGirl” Gallagher. As Burning Man’s director of technology, Heather oversees a startlingly complex array of technical needs and says that the best kind of technology is the kind you never see. “It’s good when people don’t know how much technology goes into making Burning Man happen,” said Gallagher when speaking to IEEE Spectrum. “It’s great that people think there’s just tents, but this is a city with amazingly complex business needs and operations happening all the time.”
If you’re planning to take an RV out to Black Rock City for the big week, it would be wise to start thinking about your booking as soon as possible before the best models start selling out. It may seem early but with as many as 67,000 burners attending (many of whom will be picking up an RV rental), models in the most convenient locations will quickly begin to sell out. Be sure to price and compare RVs from a range of different suppliers to make sure you’re getting the best model possible - remember, the Burning Man 2016 dates are August 28 to September 5, so start planning your week-of-a-lifetime experience today!