BRB: A History of Deaths

The Black Rock Beacon has published this history:

Compiled by Mitch, Rockstar and Brandon

Before this year, there were at least six deaths in Black Rock City. An additional number of Burners passed away after being evacuated.

The known deaths, reported by the Black Rock Beacon and other media or the Burning Man organization:

  • 2011 – Erika Kupfersberger, cerebral hemorrhage.
  • 2007 – Jermaine “Jerm” Barley, suicide by hanging.
  • 2006 – Adam Goldstone, a DJ with a known heart condition, died in RV after fainting.
  • 2005 – Sam Rich, a member of the fire-dancing group Controlled Burn, heart attack. Rich had sustained a head injury for which he was given stitches on Wednesday, the day before he died.
  • 2003 – Katherine Lampman, run over by art car she was exiting.
  • 2001 – A participant chose to run into a fire, according to the Afterburn probably the burning of Amazing Larry’s Lucky Seven Ages, the casino built into two large dice in the Deep Playa.

Among other event-related fatalities, an unidentified 52-year-old female Burner died in a Reno hospital after being transported from the Playa in 2010 because of an “unknown” medical condition, according to the Afterburn.

In 2005, a second Burner suffered cardiac arrest on the Playa and died that October after slipping into a coma in the hospital.

One fatality occurred from one of the two aircraft crashes in 2003. Barry Jacobs, the pilot of one of the planes, died after being hospitalized.

Two additional deaths in 2001 associated with the event included a Department of Public Works volunteer who died in a motor vehicle accident on the highway before the event and a second traffic fatality on Highway 447 during Exodus.

Michael Furey died in a motorcycle accident as the event was being set up in 1996.

The last edition of their newspaper was published on Thursday:

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Fresh Bakin Update: the Reno After Party Situation

Fresh Bakin has an update on the After Parties in Reno. Check out Mark Farina at the GSR, and Brass Tax 4pm Monday by the pool


 

Re-blogged from Freshbakin.com:

31 AUG 2014

WELCOME BACK BURNERS: THE HOTEL SITUATION IN RENO POST-BURN

Posted By freshbakin

Tags: Black Rock City Burning Man Lodging Reno

WELCOME BACK BURNERS!

 

I’m sure your time out in Black Rock City was nothing short of stupendous. Having the Burners from around the world all congregate in Reno afterwards to cooldown before they head back to the default world is almost as fun as Burning Man itself! Here is rundown of the hotel situation in Reno right now (as of 5:00pm, August 31st), so you don’t have to run around, get frustrated and end up sleeping spread over two porch chairs

In case you missed it, we put this together for the stranded Burners last Monday about restaurants, bars, shopping, etc isHERE

If you didn’t hear, there is a giant rib festival in Sparks (which you drive right through heading west as you come into Reno on Sunday and Monday. The Best in The West Rib Cook-Off is a huge street festival featuring BBQ fanatics and connoisseurs from around the United States squaring off the the title “Best in The West.” The food and people watching is normally top-notch. At the very least, go buy a ton of BBQ sauce  you won’t find in your hometown stores to take home with you.

TUESDAY: Thievery Corporation is playing with a full band at the Grand Sierra Resort with Mark Farina and Dirtwire as part of the 5th Annual Great Depressurization Chamber. Grand Sierra is without question always the spot for post-BRC. It’s definitely a great “last hurrah” to gather everyone in one spot to dance to one of the most incredible and influential musical acts of all time.  Tickets available HERE. Afterparty features Rob Garza of Thievery, jackLNDN, Miss Cooper and Her Pet Craigslist Hookup and more at the stunning new LEX Nightclub. Plus five four-star restaurants, cafe, spa, driving range and 24 hour bowling, to name a few things.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: LACEY TERRELL

 

Here’s a little rundown on the hotel room situation in Reno for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Wednesday all hotels have availability). Please remember though….people cancel rooms, so always worth it to call even if we say it’s sold out here. (this was compiled on August 31st, at 5:00pm)

 SUN, AUGUST 31ST

Grand Sierra Resort is sold out

El Dorado Casino  has rooms starting at $59.99

Whitney Peak Hotel: Rooms starting at $249.00

Silver Legacy is sold out

Sands Regency is sold out

Circus Circus is sold out

Harrah’s: Rooms starting at $179.00

• Wildflower Village: Check availability

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Starting at $195.00

 

 MON, SEPTEMBER 1ST

Grand Sierra Resort has the beautiful Summit Rooms available still. Use code BURN14 for rooms starting at $200.00. This includes free access to the pool party. DJ Dan and more play at LEX Nightclub at 10pm for small cover and no dress code.  Standard Rooms are sold out.

• El Dorado Casino has rooms starting at $59.99

Whitney Peak Hotel: has rooms starting at $109.00

Silver Legacy: Rooms starting at $59.00

Sands Regency is sold out.

Circus Circus rooms starting at $49.00

Harrah’s: Rooms starting at $79.00

• Wildflower Village: Check availability

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Starting at $39.00

 

 TUES, SEPTEMBER 2ND

Grand Sierra Resort has their beautiful Summit Rooms available still, as well as Summit Rooms. Use code BURN14 for rooms starting at $109.00. This includes free access to the pool party. Line-up HERE, and Thievery Corporation, Mark Farina and Dirtwire are in the Summit Pavilion. Rob Garza, jackLNDN and more play the after party in LEX. TICKETS AND INFO HERE

• El Dorado Casino: Rooms starting at $59.99

Whitney Peak Hotel: Rooms starting at $109.00

Silver Legacy: Rooms starting at $80.00

Sands Regency rooms starting at $30.00. Includes access to pool party.

Circus Circus rooms starting at $39.00

Harrah’s: Rooms starting at $45.00

• Wildflower Village: Check availability

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Starting at $35.00

 

 WEDS, SEPTEMBER 3RD

 All hotels and casinos have availability. The Grand Sierra has a pool party with a big LINE-UP and Desert Hearts and Sabo send people off in style at LEX Nightclub.

 

NOTE: There is the new Morris Burner Hotel/Hostel, but it seems you need a membership (only $20) and so we can’t really check on availability. Call for availability.

 

 

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Cosmo: Burning Man Erection Contests Are Really Hard

Tom Anderson at Cosmopolitan brings us a “deep behind the scenes” look at what goes on at Burning Man’s Slut Garden camp.

From Cosmopolitan:

Cosmo: Too irrelevant to make fun of since the '70sThe first boner to rise gets the prize,” says Brad McCray at the start of the event.

McCray is a beast of a man who leads the Burning Man theme camp Slut Garden with his wife of 10 years, Tammy. In front of him, five men stand exposed from the waist down with their scantily clad female partners dancing around them, encircled by a cheering, dust-covered crowd of hundreds. Every man is trying to produce an erection as fast as he can without touching himself. Their partners can encourage the sexletes but not by using their hands.

This is the Speed Boner challenge, the finale to McCray’s fourth annual Slut Olympics. Other events include Deep Throat (a pretty self-explanatory contest that involves a 13-inch dildo), Guess-A-Willy (a blindfolded woman has to identify her partner’s penis out of a lineup of naked men), and a Best Balls beauty contest. Speed Boner is still the biggest draw.

 
 …Slut Gardeners are strictly swingers, married couples who range from their late twenties to early forties and want to experiment. Of the 54 campers staying at the garden, women slightly outnumber men. “There is a lot of cross pollination,” McCray says, but to be clear, they are not polyamorous. “Swingers are looking for sex, and the polyamorous are looking for a relationship.” One year, Burning Man organizers put Slut Garden next to a polyamorous camp. They did not get along. Slut Garden campers were looking to hook up while the polys were working out the complicated geometry of triads, quads, and other romantic shapes.
….McCray made a new rule that contestants “cannot come to Speed Boner with a boner.” 

…Since its inception, the Speed Boner competition has been plagued with difficulties. The first year, no sexlete got an erection. So the second year, McCray decided to let the contestants use their hands. The competition quickly turned into an ejaculation blast, which McCray describes as “grotesque.” Last year, a man came to Speed Boner packing wood. McCray made a new rule that contestants “cannot come to Speed Boner with a boner.”…”it ain’t a bone if it doesn’t stand on its own.” McCray explains the rules to the contestants from Slut Garden’s DJ sound booth: No touching your penis with your hands. Partners can rub on each other but no touching with the hands. And no “insertion,” he adds.

…The dancing turns to grinding as the crowd grows impatient. The women rub their breasts on their partners’ penises to move things along. Perhaps out of frustration, perhaps misunderstanding of what McCray meant by “insertion,” or maybe because they were carried away in the heat of the moment, four of the five women start fellating their partners. A referee disqualifies all of them as Graham taunts them for breaking the rules. The last man standing by default is “Shylar,” a porn producer from Los Angeles. He gets a gold medal for his partial stiffy.

…machismo aside, the pressure of a large stage may make the difficult task even harder, and fewer boners is the last thing Slut Garden needs in 2015.

 

Read the full story here. Congratulations to Shylar for his boner accomplishments.