BREAKING: Burning Man Now For 10 Days

Gates open at 10am Sunday, and close Tuesday. Thanks to Rockstar Librarian for this:

bm line2014 Gate opens at 10AM Sunday and exodus Gate closes at 12PM Tuesday. This is a BLM one year experiment. Heard it straight from Topless Deb on the greeters announce email list. 

Here’s the full email message I received moments ago: 
*When Does the Black Rock City Gate Open? The Answer May Shock You!*

In 2014, through coordination with the BLM, we will be opening the Black Rock City Gate to participants earlier and closing it later in order to maximize use of daylight hours, minimize traffic impacts on local roads, smooth out traffic flow, and create a safer travel situation for everybody. This is a one-year experiment, and if it goes well, it could mean we continue it in the future.

This year we have approval from BLM to open the Black Rock City Gate for Burning Man participants at 10am on Sunday, August 24. NO early arrivals are allowed before that time without an Early Arrival Pass!

The event itself officially starts at 6pm Sunday, August 24, and it’s expected that participants use the earlier arrival time as opportunity to set up their camp infrastructure during the day. The event officially ends at 6pm on Monday, September 1, 2014, after which people are expected to start breaking down their camps, conduct Leave No Trace efforts, and prepare to depart the city.

This year we have authorization from BLM to allow Exodus to extend through Tuesday, September 2 at noon, allowing for a safe and smooth egress period. So if the line of cars in Exodus is too long, and your schedule allows, you may want to wait in your camp. Use the extra time to rest for the drive, secure your vehicle loads, MOOP your campsite, or your block. Plan accordingly so that you’re out of the city by Tuesday at noon.

Remember, this is one-year experiment by the BLM and Burning Man to help ease the traffic backups on entry and Exodus. If everyone works together and is off the playa by noon Tuesday, we will look at continuing the extended opening and departure in future years. Help us smooth out the traffic flow!

23 comments on “BREAKING: Burning Man Now For 10 Days

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  6. I agree with Lady GoGo. Opening early will just make everyone arrive earlier, I doubt it spread arrivals out much. They should have more early arrival passes and have them for different days.

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  9. As long as the Man burns on Saturday night, nothing else matters. The Man must burn on Saturday night. Saturday night.

  10. I think what they should do is sell a certain amount of tickets that allow Sunday entry and a certain amount of tickets that allow Monday entry and the balance that allow Tuesday entry and later. This way only so many people could come in on Sunday. And the same applies for Monday and Tuesday.

    • and who gets to decide who gets the full week? so much time, money and effort goes into it already. i really don’t see the problem with the ingress / egress. it’s part of it. it used to a party. now it’s mostly people whining while a few of us dance around. being out there a week or more is what it’s about. wouldn’t bother for four days.

  11. I’d wait in line for 24 hours if I had to, it the most epic week of the year and sitting in a car for several hours is minor in the grand picture and some would even say an extra adventure. Plan on being in a car for a while and if you get through sooner all the better. Life could be worse waiting in a line with 70,000 burners from all over the world…

  12. Awesome plan, in particular, the entrance in the morning. We would heart viewing the 28,000 newbies that will be on the playa, rise midday after the man burn, and query the dusty veterans, tearing down the camps, as to where the parties will occur on Sunday night.

  13. I agree, stay home. But if you do come. I think it will make a Hard Out for the stragglers easy to enforce.

  14. In the past years I have stayed for an extra couple days mainly so I don’t have to wait in line to get to the pavement. People always start leaving before the Man burns and by Tuesday morning there is hardly a soul to be seen in my neighborhood. Only a few times in the past ten years have the DPW come to harass me to leave. Usually a bottle or two of booze and an extra case of PBR seems to appease them.
    I understand they need everyone gone so as to commence deconstruction of the city and cleanup but I remember a few times just not being ready to leave by tues afternoon.
    I think opening early is just gonna make it more chaotic and making people leave by a certain time in Tuesday is gonna get heated.
    Someone once told me about exodus by saying “try draining a bathtub using a drinking straw” it takes a long fucking time!

    • How is opening earlier making it more chaotic? I didn’t think it could get more chaotic than it already is.

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