- Every August, tens of thousands head to Nevada to enjoy the Burning Man festival, which begins on Monday
- Money is banned, so party-goers have to provide their own food, shelter, transportation, and light source
- Revelers must barter for anything they need
Becky Pemberton For Mailonline
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18:38 EST, 26 August 2015
05:28 EST, 27 August 2015
Burning Man festival does not start until next week, but eager festival-goers are already making their way into the heart of the Nevada desert to prepare for the start of the week-long music event – and are busy posting their preparation and survival tips for the festival on Instagram.
Every August, tens of thousands of fans flock to the site and look for tips on how to navigate the brutal heat and barren conditions; since the entire festival site is temporary and will be taken down at the end of the week, revelers have to bring everything from food and tent supplies to light sources, transportation and – of course – the right outfits.
The Burning Man website offers tips on how to prepare for the festival that covers everything from having a wedding to getting rid of human waste.
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Give me shelter: Thousands of revelers have begun arriving in the Nevada desert in anticipation of Burning Man, including these two men who have already started constructing their temporary tent
Getting there: This RV is fully loaded and the owner’s bikes are ready to hit the scorching sand
The arts festival begins every year on the last Monday of August and ends on the first day of September, luring around 65,000 so-called ‘Burners’ from around the country to gather in the desert for a week of revelling.
Since money is practically outlawed on the site, guests are urged to barter for commodities and many fans have already taken to social media offering to swap items such as crystals for festival tickets.
Every year, several ‘temples’ are built according to a theme, and on the last day, they are burned down in a ritualistic ceremony.
This year’s theme is titled Carnival of Mirrors, and will likely involve mirrors and masks, according to the event’s website.
Powered up: Lights for bikes are an essential accessory, and many revelers opt to customize or make their own
Party preparation: Another photo using hashtag #burningmanprep has captioned this image: ‘Just your typical lazy Sunday taking down a giant tower int eh hot 97 degree sun’
Preparing transportation is essential: Fans have already taken to social media to show off the customized bikes, some using leopard fur and neon signs, that will survive on the scorching sand. Since the desert is dark at night, light sources are another essential.
While many battle through the desert by car, the festival’s Black Rock Municipal Airport is constructed to include two mile-long runways roughly outlined in the desert especially for the event.
The airport is non-towered and pilots communicate via a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency to relay safety information and critical landing pattern details.
The hub officially holds the airport number 88NV, although all traces of it disappear into the sandy landscape mere days after being opened to the public.
Up, up, and away: While many arrive by car, the festival’s Black Rock Municipal Airport is constructed to include two mile-long runways roughly outlined in the desert during the event
The airport was first registered with the FAA in 1997 with only a few brave pilots attempting the tricky dusty landings.
In 2013, the airport saw two unrelated crashes, but despite this, a few hundred aircraft are expected to descend on the festival airport this month.
For the first time, a new airline called Burner Air is set to fly festival goers out to the famous desert playground, on its three planes, a Cessna, a Pilatus and a Beechking.
Ironically for a festival that markets itself as anti-capitalist, Burning Man it is now patronised by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Google mastermind Sergey Brin have all attended the desert shenanigans in the past.
Packing up: Burning Man provides a survival guide for everyone attending that explains the rules of the festival
Furry friend: Some people choose to customize their bicycles by dressing them up as animals or adding lights and padded seats
Some, like Zuckerberg, can even retreat to their own company’s dedicated camp within the site.
The Black Rock Desert site has reportedly been inundated with biting bugs, it emerged last week ahead of this month’s festivities. Several photos uploaded to Twitter showed swarms of bugs, both on the ground and in the air.
User @khloestarr shared one such photograph, writing: ‘Bugs on the playa this year. Not normal. Shouldn’t a dust storm knock them out? Like Burningman [sic] wasn’t gross enough.’
Last Tuesday, a blog post on the page for Voices of Burning Man reported on the insects’ presence.
Biking it: Part of Burning Man preparation includes having a light source, and a way to get around
Tough times: @Daniraushi works on a mini dirt beetle artcar with a friend and her own power tools
Getting there: This image was taken at the gates of burning man, before the madness begins
Blogger John Curley wrote: ‘You may have seen the bug rumors on the internet.
‘We are here to tell you that they are all true.
‘Well maybe not all of the rumors, but the bugs are real.
‘They’re everywhere. They bite. They crawl all over you. They get up and in you.’
However the challenge of surviving the festival in the inhospitable desert conditions are considered a core part of the Burning Man experience, which is officially running this year from August 30 – September 7, and the bugs could be seen as just an extra part of the outlandish experience.
Fashion fun: @wes_bro and @buckpeggy have a pre-Burning Man show off snaps of their tie die party using hashtag #burningmanprep
Going out: Revelers are already headed to the site, including this fan who has captioned an image ‘Getting close to the playa!’
Getting ready: One festival-goer has already gotten his vehicle pass, and says that he will be posting some ‘ridiculous crystals’ to trade for Burning Man tickets
Coming in for landing: The airport is non-towered and pilots communicate via a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency to relay safety information and critical landing pattern details
Survival of the fittest: The challenge of making it through the festival in the inhospitable desert conditions are considered a core part of the Burning Man experience
Come on baby light my fire: Throughout the week-long festival, straw sculptures are set on fire while revelers gather round to watch on
Paying tribute: Several themed ‘temples’ feature at the event, and on the last day, they are burnt down in a ritualistic ceremony
On a mission: Every August, tens of thousands descent on Nevada to enjoy the Burning Man festival, but arriving at the desert location proves a little tricky
Creepy crawlies: The Black Rock Desert, Nevada site for this year’s Burning Man has been inundated with biting bugs, it emerged this week. User @khloestarr tweeted regarding this photo: ‘Bugs on the playa this year’ (left) and @CLoungebrc tweeted the creatures on a tyre
Burn, baby, burn: The arts festival begins every year on the last Monday of August and ends on the first day of September, luring around 65,000 so-called ‘Burners’ from around the country to gather on the playa for a week of reveling
Gentrification: Despite the festival’s claims to be anti-materialistic – money is practically outlawed on the site so you have to barter for commodities – it is now patronized by some of the world’s biggest capitalists
What a view: An art installation featuring a series of archways on the playa at the annual Burning Man festival in the desert
Pimp my ride: An incredible dragon art car on display during the annual Burning Man festival from last year