Survival Guide & Event Checklist

Apogaea is a Colorado Burning Man regional event that adheres to Burning Man’s 10 Principles.​

Survival Guide

Attending Apogaea takes planning and preparation in order to keep yourself happy and healthy before, during and after the event. Please become familiar with what it takes to be prepared by reading the Survival Guide. Even if you’ve been to Apogaea before, or if you think you know everything there is to know about Apogaea, read the Survival Guide!

THE SURVIVAL GUIDE IS REQUIRED READING! Feel free to use color-coded highlighters for the most important stuff. There will be a quiz at the gate and they are authorized to punish you for failing to adequately prepare (they are really creative too, so don’t mess with Gate).

Help make this document better by participating in its evolution.  To volunteer to help with any aspect of the Survival Guide, contact [email protected].


Past Survival Guides

Relive the past (or refresh your memory) by reading past Survival Guides. Here, you will be able to view different theme camps, workshops and art installations from years gone by.

20192018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 (event cancelled)
2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2010

Event Checklist

  • Ticket Photo ID and a signed liability waiver. Duh!
  • Water: 1.5 gallons per person, per day. Piss clear!
  • Enough food for your entire stay and a way to prepare it.
  • Weather appropriate clothing. The sun is bright, rain is wet, snow is cold, hail hurts, etc. Apogaea is in the mountains of Colorado – anything can happen.
  • Bedding and shelter. Did we mention this takes place in the mountains in Colorado? You’ll need something to protect you from sun, rain and cold.
  • Garbage bags: this is a Leave No Trace event and no trash services will be provided.
  • Sunscreen/sunblock, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. The sun is more intense in Colorado. You burn more easily here.
  • Flashlights and/or headlamps with spare batteries. It’s dark in the woods. You’ll want to see where you’re going at night.
  • First Aid kit, toiletries and prescriptions: single-ply toilet paper, prescription drugs, soap, insulin, ibuprofen/aspirin, lube, condoms, and anything else you need to maintain your health and comfort.
  • Common sense, an open mind and a positive attitude!

We strongly suggest you bring:

  • A reusable cup or mug. Don’t miss out when someone offers you the best drink at Apogaea because you didn’t have a cup!
  • Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets, canopies, tarps, tents, parachutes, and/or something to break the midday sun.
  • Earplugs. Not everyone will want to sleep when you do.
  • Handi-wipes. Use your imagination here.
  • Watertight protective bags for cameras or electronic gear. You want your camera to work when you see the guy doing back flips on stilts while breathing fire because none of your friends will believe that really happened.
  • Costumes. You can’t be too costumed, too decorated, too body-painted, too weird, too fabulous, or too beautiful!
  • Gifts, toys, trinkets, baubles, magical fabulous-ness and swell stuff to give to your new friends.
  • Something to decorate and light yourself at night.
  • Duct tape, zip ties, and Swiss army knife: the toolkit that can fix pretty much anything.
  • Insect repellent.
  • An extra set of keys that you can leave with a friend. Locksmiths are expensive and hard to find in the forest.
  • Smokers: Carry a portable ashtray (such as a mint tin) with you at all times, or put butts in your pocket.

DO NOT bring:

  • Firearms, fireworks, or explosives of any kind. This isn’t the wild west…
  • Glow sticks. You can find reusable LED lights pretty easily on the internet.
  • Charcoal grills (white gas and propane are okay).
  • Pets. Mr. Pickles and Chairman Meow would rather stay at home and sleep on your couch.
  • Stuff you want to sell – VENDING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
  • Feathers of any kind based on their MOOP tendencies. Try marabou instead.
  • Glass containers of any kind. Guess what? When glass breaks it is sharp!
  • Excess packaging from food (for example, remove outer box from cereals and just bring the bag).
  • Glitter or sequins or anything that will break up and blow away in the wind like confetti, loose paper, etc. It all just ends up as MOOP.
  • Nuts in their shells. Treat yourself and get them shelled so you don’t have to deal with the trash.
  • Styrofoam coolers. Do these things ever not break? No. Then the foam goes all over the place.

BAMF Presents: How Not To Die!

  • Be spark aware this year! No outdoor smoking! There will be several BAMF approved designated smoking tents (they have to be flame retardant to be approved). Cigarette ashes and butts must be contained. No spark creating devices (generators must have spark arrestors, dragons must be sternly talked to). Please be safe, sane, and responsible: we all have a role in preventing wildfires.
  • Do you have a generator? Will you be running a propane stove? Are you just too hot to handle? If the answer is yes to any of the above, bring a fire extinguisher and then bring one more for good luck. Seriously, BAMF wants you to bring two so you have a back up and are radically self-reliant.
  • If you have a generator in your camp, or are running stoves with propane, be aware of your fuel storage location! Keep fuel in an obvious location and far away from sleeping areas. Also clear out one of your extra containers to put your fuel in to meet the requirements for secondary containment.
  • Prepare for hot days and cold nights! Daytime highs are 85-90 degrees with full sun, and nighttime lows are 50-55 degrees. Consider it an excuse to bring even more costume changes and practice your affirmative consent gathering as you make new snuggle friends.
  • BAMF reminds you that bacon grease is not lube, and beer is not water– you need to bring at least a gallon of water per person per day.
  • Bring your own first aid kit. BAMF is your third aid! Practice radical self-reliance and anticipate common camp injuries: we are not here for boo-boos. We do have Band-Aids, but if you would like Band-Aids in any flavor other than vague shame, bring them yourself (you know, in your first aid kit). Additionally, if you know you need prescription or OTC medications daily or occasionally, bring them!
  • BAMF reminds you to know your limits! We love you and want you to experience the event beyond the confines of our tent or the sanctuary trailer.
  • Come out and work with BAMF! We still have shifts for people with all levels of experience. If you want to be part of BAMF sign up now on the Volunteer DB or stop by the BAMF tent. We will find a place where you can help out! If you are a EMT, EMT-P, LPN, RN, LE, social workers, psych folks and potentially any of our other alphabet soup acronym amigos and want to be extra helpful please bring a your certifications for our records.