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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:59 pm

call me an old fart, but i've always preferred walking to riding.

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:01 pm

I'm so fucking doomed...
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:04 pm

We need to get you tank treads. They'd fit with the Apok theme, too.
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby brcprincess » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:30 pm

2008 and 2009 were both hard going bike wise. We hung in there trying to ride across the Playa and early in the week, there were some "slipstreams" (hard packed surfaces) which you could ride on. But by the end of the week, they were chewed up and it was terrible pretty much everywhere. We wound up walking rather than riding, it was faster.

It was kinda quiet traffic wise on the Playa those years with people sticking to the inner circle and camps. Last year the Playa had a firm surface and people were out in force, it was great to see so many people riding around again. I remember in 2008-2009, there was some rain but not much? If reports are correct, this year may be the worst yet as there has been no rain at all.

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:41 pm

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby dragonpilot » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:23 pm

Bob wrote:
dragonpilot wrote:The area within the BRC hexagon is 6.1 sq miles. From the 2011 outer ring road at 9:00 to the outer road at 3:00 is about 2.5 miles...

Leave your bike at home!


Hexagon?


Quite right...pentagon!
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby ygmir » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:25 pm

dragonpilot wrote:
Bob wrote:
dragonpilot wrote:The area within the BRC hexagon is 6.1 sq miles. From the 2011 outer ring road at 9:00 to the outer road at 3:00 is about 2.5 miles...

Leave your bike at home!


Hexagon?


Quite right...pentagon!


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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:43 pm

If you ever mention the super-secret sixth side again, you'll be sent to "re-education" camp. *shudder*
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Elliot » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:51 pm

catinthefunnyhat wrote:If you ever mention the super-secret sixth side again, you'll be sent to "re-education" camp. *shudder*

Is that where the blood sacrifices are held, to initiate all birgins?
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Canoe » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:06 pm

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby BBadger » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:55 pm

The normal construction of BRC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjuEpwuREoQ

This year, however, BRC has moved to the prison-plane of Carceri:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ricd5SOegDA
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Bob » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:46 pm

dragonpilot wrote:
Bob wrote:
dragonpilot wrote:The area within the BRC hexagon is 6.1 sq miles. From the 2011 outer ring road at 9:00 to the outer road at 3:00 is about 2.5 miles...

Leave your bike at home!


Hexagon?


Quite right...pentagon!


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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby pink » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:30 am

In 2008 I gave up on riding my bike. I even tried to stay in tire tread marks, but kept biffing it in dust drifts. The expanded city didn't help either.

Dust, drifts, who cares? Either ya see a lot of the city & art or ya don't. Either way, it's the best week of the year.
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Foxfur » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:14 am

I put on close to 50 miles with my bicycle last year. If unable to ride this year I will not be heartbroken. It will give me more time to spend in my own neighborhood. Besides, I will be busy enough working on splodey stuff to preclude much riding.
I look forward to spending more time at ePlayan's camps.
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Sail Man » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:19 am

Foxfur wrote:I put on close to 50 miles with my bicycle last year. If unable to ride this year I will not be heartbroken. It will give me more time to spend in my own neighborhood. Besides, I will be busy enough working on splodey stuff to preclude much riding.
I look forward to spending more time at ePlayan's camps.


Mine will be in Michigan (or maybe Illinois). Either way I suggest you plan on riding the bike. You just might make it back to BRC in time to see the trash fence come down. :mrgreen:
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby brcprincess » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:52 pm

Foxfur wrote:I put on close to 50 miles with my bicycle last year. If unable to ride this year I will not be heartbroken. It will give me more time to spend in my own neighborhood. Besides, I will be busy enough working on splodey stuff to preclude much riding.
I look forward to spending more time at ePlayan's camps.


I'm also looking forward to spending more time locally this year if I can't ride much. It's a great thing getting to know your neighbors! We camp in the sound camp area because we spend a fair amount of time there. In 2008-2009 we camped around 7 and G and it was a looong ride to the sound stages. This year, we'll be able to walk :)

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:21 am

the most played song of BM 2012...


Darude Rides Again...


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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:41 pm

It may not be walkable this year, but it will once again be swimmable.

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby ygmir » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:51 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:It may not be walkable this year, but it will once again be swimmable.


ok Dougly, go ahead and say "breast stroke"............
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:44 pm

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Canoe » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:39 am

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Clar-i-ty » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:43 am

Was up the weekend before Juplaya. Very windy, but, minus 50K peeps shuffling back to camp after that insane rave, not too dusty.

Its gonna be a dusty one kids.
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Bob » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:41 am

50,000?
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Predicting the Playa

Postby MacGlenver » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:28 am

What factors can one look at prior to getting out on the playa to figure out how the ground will be (hardpacked, ultra dusty, sand dunes, etc)? Last year was my first burn, and I know the playa conditions were nearly ideal (hardpacked earth, minimal wind, etc.). Obviously there probably isnt much you can do to predict the wind conditions beyond checking weather.com, but how can one tell ahead of time what the ground will be like? How far out can you make a realistic prediction? What are the different forms the ground can take?

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I know rain patterns seem to matter, but how soon prior to BM does it need to rain to firm up the ground?

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Re: Predicting the Playa

Postby Sham » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:36 am

In 2011, the surface of the playa was flooded and dried to a hard surface. 2012 was nearly no rain, and therefore it's very dry and powdery. It will be very dusty and windy this year.

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Re: Predicting the Playa

Postby MacGlenver » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:50 am

Good :)
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby MacGlenver » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:52 am

Snowshoes, perhaps?

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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Canoe » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:58 am

MacGlenver wrote:Snowshoes, perhaps?...

Strap on tennis rackets.
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby Sail Man » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:00 am

Y'all may need to take cross country ski's.
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Re: Ready? - Soft playa

Postby MacGlenver » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:10 am

Sail Man wrote:Y'all may need to take cross country ski's.


Brilliant!
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