What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by Hope-a-Lope » Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:28 pm

Is it just me, or was sunburn pretty much a non-issue? I'm Irish American with fair skin, and diligent sunscreen application is a way of life. But I found that the dust actually helped as a second skin of sorts. I still used sunscreen, of course, but when I came home and finally had a proper shower, I might have been paler than when I left New York.

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Post by ranger magnum » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:53 am

I wear a Keffiyeh, but usually in the Lebanese style (think Yassir Arafat). But as soon as a dust storm hits, I tie it up military fashion.

I also pour a little water on it, and it works as an evaporative cooler too.
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Post by FlyingMonkey » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:01 am

TexasRick wrote:When I used to work in a steel mill (think running rivers of molten iron) we used to make a bundle of ice cubes in a red rag and put it up in the crown of our hard hats. The ice would keep your dome cool, and the little rivulets of chilled water down the back of the neck were refreshing. On the other hand, I imagine the ice would last less than an hour on the Playa, requiring frequent restocking. I am considering a sombrero (with an anti blow away cord) to supplement my bush hat-but not the straw kind-it won't hold up.
+++ Ice cubes in the hat worked great last time. Almost too good at times.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by Oldguy » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:58 pm

Hydrate in copious amounts before, during, and after your trek. Your sweat will evaporate very quickly, you may not notice it. A wet bandana or cloth will keep your neck cool. A shady hat with a tall crown will protect your brain. Carry emergency first aid cold packs, alcohol swabs, or other evap coolers. Gulp your water, if you can't sip get a grip on that bottle. You will get hot, deal with it.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by nixiebunny » Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:04 am

Hot? I live in Tucson, and go to Burning Man to cool off.

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Post by chaoticntrl » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:01 am

I use this, fill with water and add a few drops of tea tree oil (optional but is good for sun exposure and is also antimicrobial).
http://www.rydoexpress.com/ProductDetai ... Click=3327
Pro tip: look for a model where the rod going down into the jug is metal and not plastic. I bought a plastic one and it broke mid week, while my metal version has lasted since 2006. This is great because it's small enough to carry around (especially in a bike basket) and you can spray lots of people easily. (be sure to ask permission and also tell people what oils you may have added so they can opt out if allergies.)
...you could also theoretically also adjust the nozzle setting and zap any unwanted weekend tourist type photographers, say at critical tits.


I also have a nice cotton sarong type thing that I will dip in ice cold cooler water and plaster it to my upper body for a portable personal swamp cooler. People are going to want to borrow it from you.
Both of these options will make any sunscreen melt away faster.

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Post by unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:15 am

I'm adding a Figjam bucket cooler to the MVtrike
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Post by tatonka » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:20 am

just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
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Post by unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:25 am

tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
:lol: :wink:
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Post by unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:26 am

tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
What?? we all return to the real world as jerky???
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Post by jneilvindy » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:07 am

Rayban sunglasses and an awesome attitude!
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Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:15 pm

unjonharley wrote:
tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
What?? we all return to the real world as jerky???

I thought we arrived jerky, then got better!!! :lol:
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Post by unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:19 pm

FIGJAM wrote:
unjonharley wrote:
tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
What?? we all return to the real world as jerky???

I thought we arrived jerky, then got better!!! :lol:
I have a head start in the jerky department with this parkinson's shit..
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by Burning win34 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:25 am

samhandwich22 wrote:I am trying to decide if I need to bring a parasol or portable shade structure for when I am biking/walking around black rock city. These seem awkward to keep with and have to set up. Will a wide-brimmed hat be enough or should I carry some other portable shade structure with me?

I use this special fabric cloth that cools instantly no matter what temp of water you dip it in. You can order some now at coolaid.com

I reccomend the human size cause you can't drape/wrap/tuck and get creative with it. They stay cool for long hours and the breeze cools them as well.

They also have assorted sizes that are for canines but it's all the same stuff just has a paw on it.

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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by Toe » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:02 pm

My method is to cover up:
Tights,
long sleeved thin hoodie,
abuse-tolerant broad hat,
keffiyeh (wet or dry),
ski goggles over glasses,
respirator.

Riding a bike creates a breeze, so ride and don't stop. Walking is uncomfortably hot.

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Post by lucky420 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:48 pm

Silk sarong dipped in water and draped over shoulders/chest.

Make that a DYED silk sarong :mrgreen: :coffee:

Oh and I usually always carry a parasol/umbrella with me out and about during the day
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Post by Skuzzy61 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:59 am

I don a long sleeve pull-over micro fiber shirt whose primary use is as under garment for snow skiing. Wicks moisture away from my skin. The shirt also has UV blockers built into it.

Over that I wear a cotton t-shirt, which helps contain the moisture.

Also wore a hat with a UV blocking skull cap under it.

Did not worry about my legs so much. Just wore shorts.

As long as there was a little breeze, I stayed nice cool in 2016. Never felt hot at all.

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Post by BurnerBunny » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:01 pm

This year I'm going all out on expression through costumes, so I'm fully expecting to suffer. I normally carry a water spritzer to cool down with.

I have a fair complexion so I usually wear a light long sleeve shirt during the day with a wide brimmed hat, and tons of sun screen on anything exposed. Although the dust tends to act as a bit of a sunscreen by itself. The heat really gets to me, so I just go slow and take breaks. I use it as an excuse to seek out a place to sit in the shade, and hopefully meet people too. I always offer a friendly mist to fellow burners :)

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Post by unjonharley » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:34 am

This year ..Paper coveralls, wet doughnut-under skull cap, large-light hat, face cover, hands cover..
Face cover with zinc .. gloves
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by Token » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:05 pm

Whenever I run into some poor fool passed out on the Playa from heat exhaustion, I do the honorable life saving manouver all Playa denizens should know;

Just unload and piss on them, get in good and tight on the ears and neck, then a good dollop on the face ...

Saves a life!

Surprising how much energy the FKOs have when they chase you for what I can only assume is gratitude...

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Post by Canoe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:04 am

Token wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:05 pm
Whenever I run into some poor fool passed out on the Playa from heat exhaustion, I do the honorable life saving manouver all Playa denizens should know;
Just unload and piss on them, get in good and tight on the ears and neck, then a good dollop on the face ...
Saves a life!
Surprising how much energy the FKOs have when they chase you for what I can only assume is gratitude...
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Post by Sham » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:44 am

Pro tip: Don't pass out on the playa if Token is around.

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Post by Token » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:07 am

Pro tip 2:

If you must pass out and I’m around; do it in the afternoon.

You don’t want that early morning syrupy strong stuff ... may sting a bit.

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Post by pappachuck » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:47 pm

That is how you get cool hahahahha

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Post by gaminwench » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:36 am

Actually, Dicky-in-the-Box found that the water warmed up quite nicely (or not) in the Box. And was very chilly in the night times.
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