Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

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Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by Canoe » Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:58 pm

For those missing the playa, some glimpses of other uses of the playa.
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by Canoe » Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:59 pm

A scale model of our solar system.

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Post by Thecatman » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:13 pm

That's pretty cool! But what happened to Pluto?

I've heard that to put things in perspectives, using a basketball as the sun, the earth would be the size of a pea, over 300' away.
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by mooserider » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:38 am

Thecatman wrote:That's pretty cool! But what happened to Pluto?

I've heard that to put things in perspectives, using a basketball as the sun, the earth would be the size of a pea, over 300' away.
That's about correct. The city of Ithaca, NY, has a display like that, and Earth is a city block or so away from the Sun in the scale they are using (I never walked far enough to get to Pluto).

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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by some seeing eye » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:10 am

There are many rocketry campouts and meetups. Land sailing. Some land speed vehicle records. Croquet. (Some historical photos - https://sites.google.com/site/blackrockdunes/

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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by Canoe » Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:41 pm

Black Rock Playa - when it's not hot & dusty...
Getting stuck in the mud is seldom noteworthy. But every once in a while someone gets their vehicle so prodigiously stuck, in a place that is so preposterously far from civilization, in the nastiest and slipperiest mud imaginable, that it draws the attention of people from all over. Such is the case for one Toyota 4Runner that spent Christmas in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
“Someone tried to reach me last night from Gerlach side, got stuck there. Not sure if they are out now, but they did not seem keen to continue towards me,”
0330 - it is pretty bad. May need a second team. One jeep is stuck but we can get him out. The Toyota is in bad shape. Need a daisy chain multiple rig with how sloppy this is.”
The worst possible time to get stuck on the lakebed is the beginning of winter when rain is on the way. In that case, it is possible that your vehicle will live on the lakebed for months, slowly sinking. When the summer comes, it will be buried halfway up the doors, and the lake will dry out just in time for the Burning Man setup crew to show up and make your vehicle part of the Orgy Dome.
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Post by Lonesomebri » Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:48 am

Camp THREAT: Dominating the porta potties 4 years running.
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Post by ygmir » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:29 am

cool vid. thanks
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by some seeing eye » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:57 am

+1 Lonesomebri.

The beauty of US culture is its volunteerism to help. It is very strong compared to developed countries and BRIC.

But got to say to the original stuck Toyota, carry sand plates/mud plates. The steel ones are best and they are cheap. Carry as many shovels as passengers, mud boots, many gloves, and enough passengers to handle the plates.

The elephant in the room is a substantial rainstorm stranding BRC. So bring a few days extra of water, food and a poop setup. Sure that's planned for the Bx*, right?
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by Canoe » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:10 am

If they're driving on that ice aftewards, imagine the skate one could have had!
Some long speed blades and away you go.
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by ygmir » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:02 pm

Canoe wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:10 am
If they're driving on that ice aftewards, imagine the skate one could have had!
Some long speed blades and away you go.
I'd pay 6 bits to watch the following drone video of that....
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by Canoe » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:11 pm

ygmir wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:02 pm
Canoe wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:10 am
If they're driving on that ice aftewards, imagine the skate one could have had!
Some long speed blades and away you go.
I'd pay 6 bits to watch the following drone video of that....
Start just as the sun rises. Drone set to follow you around, lagging 50' behind, 10' to 20' up, hills in the background...
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by ygmir » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:44 am

Canoe wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:11 pm
ygmir wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:02 pm
Canoe wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:10 am
If they're driving on that ice aftewards, imagine the skate one could have had!
Some long speed blades and away you go.
I'd pay 6 bits to watch the following drone video of that....
Start just as the sun rises. Drone set to follow you around, lagging 50' behind, 10' to 20' up, hills in the background...
I was more referring to the inevitable antics related to mounds of soil that would still be above the surface, random flotsam and jetsom frozen in the ice, thin patches.......seems it'd be an entertaining "Keystone cops" sort of thing.
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by Canoe » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:50 am

ygmir wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:44 am
I was more referring to the inevitable antics related to mounds of soil that would still be above the surface, random flotsam and jetsom frozen in the ice, thin patches.......seems it'd be an entertaining "Keystone cops" sort of thing.
That's why you need to wait for sunrise. To make sure you're on the ice expanse, not the frozen soil maze. Been there, done that, going cross-country through frozen fields, but not on the playa.
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Re: Other Uses of the Black Rock Playa

Post by TT120 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:40 am

Moto camping is also fun out there. There are Indian Petroglyphs on the hillsides all around as well as abandoned mines and hot springs. Wild Mustangs are out there too.

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