The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Burn is a comprehensive event guide to Burning Man, detailing everything from the history and evolution of the event to traveling to and from (and around in) Black Rock City to building a camp (wiring said camp for solar power, grey water disposal, etc.) and surviving the Black Rock Desert (what to bring, the culture, how to change a bicycle tire, etc.) for a week. More
This event guide was developed in collaboration with, edited by, and is published with full permission from Burning Man.
The first thing one needs to know about Burning Man is how the event came to be. From bonfires at Baker Beach to the current week-long event in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Burning Man has evolved into a spectacle that must be seen to be believed. Now that Burning Man has been the subject of so much public scrutiny, it is important that the culture of Burning Man is both understood and preserved. This is especially true for the new generation of event attendees, also known as "Burners".
If you are planning on going to "the Burn", you must be adequately prepared to travel to and from, and be able to survive in, Nevada's Black Rock Desert for as long as you plan to be there. Travel options to and from the "Burning Man Playa" (the area of the Black Rock Desert reserved for Burning Man) are numerous, ranging from ride sharing to taking your private plane to the Black Rock City Airport. Travel on the Playa is typically limited to walking, bicycling, and obtaining a permit for a Mutant Vehicle (commonly called an "art car"). Disabled transportation is fully permissible (with proper permits).
In order to survive Burning Man, you must be adequately prepared. Building a camp in a dried out prehistoric lake bed is no small task. The right food, water, clothing, and equipment will insure that you will survive in style.
One must also be adequately prepared for the culture of Burning Man. Gifting Economy, the Leave No Trace effort, controlled burning, and all manners of Playa Etiquette are required knowledge in order to fully enjoy Burning Man. You must also know your rights in order to better stay out of trouble.
This guide is a repository for all this knowledge. There are step-by-step guides on everything from building a camp (including wiring it for solar power, building a bike rack, anchoring tents against desert winds, disposing of grey water, etc.) to changing a bicycle tire. Burning Man is waiting, and this guide will take you there.