Wait times at the Gate?

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Wait times at the Gate?

Postby pink » Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:27 pm

Ok, my only time not as EA was in 2005 & Monday at noon wasn't more than an hour or so. My newbie friend has eschewed my advice to leave Reno at 8am Sunday morning, and was told by another burner to expect the trip in later on Sunday to be in the range of 10-12 hours minimum. So is this likely to be correct? I've no idea.

Now this is the same friend who freaked when someone else told her there was no way she'd find our camp even though I told her repeatedly we were placed and will have a fixed address. This was solved by showing her and her less excitable copilot the map & how to get to 7 & B. damn, I really should be packing!
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby asr9754 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:34 pm

No one knows since it's a new gate opening situation this year, but yes ,last year for example the lines on Sunday were quite long, several hours for sure. 10-12 might be an extreme but who knows? Brace for it.

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby Chowski » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:11 pm

I don't think 10-12 is that crazy. Last year, we left Sacramento at 3:00PM on Sunday, and got to our campsite at 3:00AM. Considering Sacto to Reno is 2 hours, it took ten hours to get from Reno to camp on opening day, almost all of that sitting in traffic the last 30 miles. Bring your patience.

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby pink » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:13 pm

They're now thinking of leaving Reno between 4-6 am Monday. Better idea?
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby winterdream28 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:14 pm

Last year....we left Reno at 7:30pm we got to camp at 6:30am........
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby MrBeardy » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:06 pm

pink wrote:They're now thinking of leaving Reno between 4-6 am Monday. Better idea?


Regardless of when you leave on Sunday/Monday I would plan for 10-12 hours as these are peak times. Can't really predict the future this year since the gate changed its opening, but it could take anywhere from a few hours to many. Just be prepared for the wait or come after Tuesday if you don't as bad of traffic.

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby tatonka » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:26 pm

I was thinking of arriving at 2:00 am Monday morn , last year I got there 10:00 mon morn and had a 4 hour wait.
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby Eric » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:41 pm

I don't think it's going to be quick anytime Sunday or Monday, but Monday AM will almost certainly be better than anytime on Sunday. I would let them know it's a completely new situation for everyone, the Gate is opening 8 hours earlier than last year (and 14 hours early than historically), so we're in uncharted water. I suggest really good music to listen to, and lots of it.
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby troubleinwonderland » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:57 pm

Aiming to arrive Tuesday AM - you think there's a long wait around then?

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby pink » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:17 pm

Ok, it's fucking Wednesday early, and I've been sitting at Apex again for over 45 minutes. They won't let my will call passenger just go over & pick up a ticket. Every 5 or 10 minutes they let a car move. WTF?
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby pink » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:18 pm

But I do have a phone signal & wifi. WTF?
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby maladroit » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:21 pm

The early entry line last year was weird too. Same congestion...waited 3-4 hours on early Thursday. It looked like a lot of Apex people standing around twiddling whatever was handy, then suddenly realizing they should let a car through.

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby Bounce530 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:04 pm

Same stories are currently popping up on FB. Long ass line barely moving, if at all.
I understand limiting or slowing the number of vehicles leaving the dirt, but what could be the reason for slowing the line down entering the city?? Wasn't the $40 VP suppose to fix this?
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:29 pm

Not enough staff on gate? :?
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby TT120 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:17 pm

Seems to be some confusion about the vehicle passes as well as short staff. I don't have any more details.
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby pink » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:28 am

Yeah, we got the answer of short staff. Think I'm gonna come up Tuesday next year. And yeah, I was stuck in the same shit last year. Took about 2 hours from Apex to camp, and when I pulled up I had about 4 or 5 vehicles in front of me at Apex.
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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby DrYes » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:02 am

pink wrote:Yeah, we got the answer of short staff. Think I'm gonna come up Tuesday next year. And yeah, I was stuck in the same shit last year. Took about 2 hours from Apex to camp, and when I pulled up I had about 4 or 5 vehicles in front of me at Apex.


Same. The disorganization at entry is pretty pathetic.

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby Fan C » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:12 am

DrYes wrote:
pink wrote:Yeah, we got the answer of short staff. Think I'm gonna come up Tuesday next year. And yeah, I was stuck in the same shit last year. Took about 2 hours from Apex to camp, and when I pulled up I had about 4 or 5 vehicles in front of me at Apex.


Same. The disorganization at entry is pretty pathetic.



Go ahead and help them out then?

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Re: Wait times at the Gate?

Postby DrYes » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:59 pm

Fan C wrote:
DrYes wrote:
pink wrote:Yeah, we got the answer of short staff. Think I'm gonna come up Tuesday next year. And yeah, I was stuck in the same shit last year. Took about 2 hours from Apex to camp, and when I pulled up I had about 4 or 5 vehicles in front of me at Apex.


Same. The disorganization at entry is pretty pathetic.

Go ahead and help them out then?


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