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How To Orient Yourself Pre-Burning Man: Use This Incredible Black Rock City Map

August 19, 2009 have been prowling all over the internet to find the best, most useful info about this year’s Black Rock Arts Festival aka Burning Man to share with you. my readers, and possibly my new neighbors in Black Rock City. There’s a lot of info out there, so once I find it, I try to distill it down to the most important points.

Now I admit: useful and important points to me and my burn! That’s right, I’m putting on this blog what I find that I want to remember and keep track of for ME!

And I figure if it’s useful to ME, a person who has been going to Burning Man since 1992, and who’s been out there 12 times now, that it might be helpful to YOU.

Because, secondarily, I am trying to help YOUR burn be better! Honestly, the better YOUR burn and YOURS, the better everybody’s burn will be! The more prepared and happy we are as individual, the better for all of us!

Now I am about to share with you something that so far may be the best piece of Burning Man information I’ve presented–This amazing map with the theme camps laid out which you can find here: You can click on points on the map and find out what camp is there, read a blurb about it and often there’s a link to learn more! Get to know your neighbors now!

Why Burning Man doesn’t do this for us now so we can prepare, I don’t know. But fortunately, we have Jess.

All hail Jess!

So now you can reference the map pictured above but in greater detail here as you’re trying to plan ahead and figure out where you’re going to camp or what you want to do when and where.

There are also 130 theme camps that DID NOT get placed in the “What Where When Guide” (printed) and that Jess will likely not have a chance to add. If you’re one of those camps, here’s what to do:

A MESSAGE FROM THE BLACK ROCK BEACON: With BRC in 2009 returning to the 2007 footprint, 130 camps were not able to be placed this year, due to the limited space available for registered theme camps.

These camps are now at a disadvantage with no listings in the official What Where When, so we wanted to do something to assist non-placed camps: the Black Rock Beacon, the Playa’s daily independent newspaper, has offered to help in producing an Alternative What Where When for those not listed in the official guide.

The AWWW will be printed on-playa @ The Beacon. It will be open ONLY to camps who are not placed and events that are not listed in the official print WWW. This means if you are a rejected camp, a camp who’s chosen not to be placed, or have decided last minute to hold an event  or never thought you could get on-playa promotion because of the lack of address until after land grab – this publication is for you to help get the word out about your thang!

To submit a listing, please email before 26 August with your camp / event details. Then simply make sure to head down to PlayaInfo or the Beacon before 6pm Monday 31st  to list your camp location, and you’ll be listed in the AWWW with your camp address! We will have distribution of the AWWW in many camps on-Playa from Tuesday, directly from The Beacon, as well as on the Nowhere Omnibus. And a launch for the AWWW, the “Displacement Party”, will be held on Wednesday evening around sundown @ Rathskellar, so you can grab a copy there too.

Donations are welcomed to defray costs of the AWWW, too. These are tax deductible and can be made at: – even $5 or $10 would help!

For more information and discussion, please visit the Tribe:

Jess, if you’re reading this, I look forward to meeting you, thanking you in person, and giving you one of the tie-dyed bandanas we made! Thank you for your gift to our community!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2009 6:21 pm

    Wow, thank you for the writeup.

    I’d be happy to put anything else on the map that people need – I’m not constrained by “official” listings …. but unless people plan on emailing me from the desert, it doesn’t seem like AWWW camps are going to make it (but I’ll add them *after* the burn, for sure, for nostalgia purposes)

    I’ll make a point to say “hello” on the playa!


  2. August 19, 2009 8:23 pm

    You’re welcome Jess!

    So readers, take Jess up on his offer–make his map even more up-to-date and more useful than anything else on the net!

    Leave a comment here with your camp’s URL and/or leave an email for Jess to contact you. (I also have Jess’s email–Jess, do you want me to put it here?)

    And hey, Burners, leave your address regardless so we can visit each other! We’re in Kidsville on DNA about 5:10 with some really rad tie-dyed banners and lots of bandanas with Lord Ganesha on a bike flying like prayer flags!

  3. August 20, 2009 3:54 am

    thanks for the awesome map and for listing the hammock hangout/rvip lounge at 4:30/Generate. we’ve merged with the roarax lounge and it’s epic roarshack karaoke-mobile. you can email us at if ya need to, otherwise, we’ll see you out in the desert!



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