The Burners Are All Right

What’s a tropical storm to those whack jobs?

Remington Write
5 min readAug 23, 2023


Photo Credit — AleXander Hirka / Burning Man 2014

The weather will never be truly predictable, but our reactions always are and that goes triple for any weather out in The Black Rock Desert. In a word: hysteria.

The photo above is not from this morning. We took it from our tent on the morning of Monday, August 25, 2014. That was the year the Mighty Burning Man Organization (aka the Borg) decreed that the Gate could open at 10AM on Sunday, the day before the actual event started.

Foolishly, I tried to convince my partner — a full-bore Burner since 2005 — that it would be smarter to wait until Monday. Let the crazy ones crowd in on Sunday and we’d be able to waltz on in Monday with none of the usual crazy long waits at Gate.

The man was not having it.

Photo Credit — AleXander Hirka / The Biggest Man EVER!

Roughly nine hours after leaving Reno at 5am Sunday, we rolled into camp and were able to get the tent up and everything stowed inside in time for the traditional first bike ride out to the man.

That was one impressive Man, that year. 105 feet tall and no pedestal for the first time.