Apogaea - Regional Colorado Burning Man Event

Survival Guide 2015


What is the 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.

THIS IS REQUIRED READING! Please read and fully understand this document.  There will be an exceptionally difficult quiz at the gate.


Help make this document better by participating in its evolution. To volunteer to help with any aspect of the Survival Guide, please contact survivalguide@apogaea.com.

Welcome to Apogaea

Apogaea is a collaborative outdoor arts and music festival held once a year in the mountains of Colorado. In the spirit of the Burning Man event, Apogaea establishes a temporary autonomous zone where radical self-expression, inclusiveness, and self-reliance are the hallmarks of its participants. While Apogaea is a highly entertaining place, it is more than just a diversion. You will proportionately gain what you put into the experience. Play along!  Jump in with both feet! Participation is mandatory while attending. There is as much freedom and acceptance as you require. We look forward to experiencing what you have to offer to the Apogaea community.

Tickets and Liability Waivers

With the exception of children 12 and under, everyone must have a ticket. Everyone under 18 must arrive with a legal guardian and have a liability waiver signed in person at the gate by a legal guardian.  Everyone 18 or over must have a ticket and a signed liability waiver. All participants must read and understand the Ticket Terms and Conditions.


Children of all ages are welcome at Apogaea.  The presence of children creates a wonderful atmosphere at the event, and we encourage them to bring art, volunteer, and otherwise participate.

That said, Apogaea is not a kid-focused event, and anyone considering bringing a child must understand that parts of the event may be inappropriate or uncomfortable for children.  Do not expect the staff or community at large to either supervise your child or manage your child’s experience. If you feel something is inappropriate for your child, it is your responsibility to steer your child away from it.

The child’s legal guardian is responsible for ensuring that the child is supervised at all times by a responsible adult.  Appropriate adult supervision does not necessarily imply that an adult is physically present with and in sight of a child at all times. Depending on age and maturity level, simply checking in with the adult on a regular basis may be sufficient.

It is required that any child at Apogaea be able to find and identify their legal guardian at all times.  This may be done directly (such as via radio) or indirectly (such as awareness that the guardian will be at a fixed location).  If the child is temporarily being supervised by a responsible adult other than the legal guardian, then that adult must be able to find the legal guardian.

If an issue arises with a child, and a legal guardian cannot be found in a reasonable amount of time (or is not sober enough to act as a responsible adult), then both the child and the legal guardian may be removed from the event.  Similarly, if it is determined that a child is engaging in behavior worthy of removal from the event, then the legal guardian will be removed as well.

Please see the Youth section of the Apogaea website for additional information and resources for kids and families.

Photography and Videography

Apogaea is a private event. At Apogaea participants should feel free to express themselves in ways they might not under the eyes of the default world. Redistribution or public display of images, including on the internet, requires the explicit consent of all subject parties. You must ask before photographing, videotaping, or recording anyone.  If you are asked to stop, you must do so immediately. Read more in the “Apogaea Media & Propaganda” section below.

Event Fundamentals

  • Apogaea embraces The Ten Principles of Burning Man.  
  • Apogaea is a Leave No Trace event.
  • Apogaea is a place of sharing and free exchange within a gift economy.  You may not buy or sell anything except ice provided by the event.
  • Apogaea requires you to follow all fire safety guidelines (see Safety->Fire the section in this document).
  • Apogaea does not condone illegal activity.
  • Apogaea requires all participants to purchase a ticket.

Due to increased threat of wildfires, there will be no ember producing fires permitted at Apogaea this year. Unmodified commercial propane or liquid fuel heaters will be allowed. No solid fuels of any kind will be permitted. This includes but is not limited to wood or cardboard.

Event checklist

Remember: if it can happen, it will!

Event checklist:

  • Ticket, Photo ID and a signed liability waiver. Duh!
  • Water: 3 gallons per person, per day.  Piss clear!
  • Enough food for your entire stay and a way to prepare it. You must have enough food and water for the event or you will be turned away until you come back prepared. Don’t be that burner, be prepared!
  • 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 at 7,500 feet? That’s nearly a mile and a half above sea level! 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.


  • Firearms, fireworks, or explosives of any kind. This isn’t the wild west…
  • Burn barrels, fire pits, or any ember-producing fire source.
  • 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 (matter out of place) 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.
  • Bikes. The land owner has requested that bikes not be permitted.
  • Hand-held lasers. They are dangerous. They can blind people. Enough said!


This year, be a participant, NOT a spectator!


Apogaea is an effort made by the community for the community.  Volunteers are an integral part of the Apogaea experience.  Volunteering is also a great way to interact with your community.  

Without volunteers, Apogaea would not exist!

Departments looking for volunteers during the event include: Gate, Greeters, Greeners, Lamplighters, Center Camp, De-Greeters, Floaters, Parking, Placement, DPW, Info Booth, ASS, BAMF, and Rangers.

Before the event, you may sign up for work shifts for a number of different positions by visiting the sign-up sheet at http://volunteer.apogaea.com/ or contact volunteers@apogaea.com for more information.   During the event, you may stop by the Volunteer Booth to see what shifts are available.


Those who come to Apogaea will bring many forms of art to share with other participants.  These may include music, dance, visual arts, crafts, workshops, costumes, or anything else they felt will make the Apogaea experience better.  Whatever your special talent might be, bring it and share it with your community!

Anyone who is interested in bringing any of the following forms of art must register it ahead of time to ensure we can accommodate your needs: large art installations, theme camps, mutant vehicles, performances that require stage facilities, workshops that require the use of shade structures, sound systems, lasers, and anything involving fire.

Register on the Apogaea website: https://apogaea.com/the-event/registration/

Mutant Vehicles

Mutant vehicles must meet certain standards of structural and mechanical integrity.  This standard applies to all Mutant Vehicles at all times.  A violation of public safety could result in immediate eviction from the event. For more information about mutant vehicles, email dmv@apogaea.com.

Due to challenges related to population and permitting process, no mutant vehicles will be allowed to drive during the event and will be placed as stationary art only. Limited exceptions to this policy are solely at the discretion of the Board of Directions.


Handheld lasers:

At Burning Man 2014, a Ranger was permanently blinded in one eye and partially blinded in the other by a handheld laser used in an irresponsible manner. For this reason handheld lasers shall not be used in any capacity at this year’s Apogaea regional event.

Stationary Lasers

Stationary lasers must abide by FDA regulations. These regulations can be found here on pages 18 and 19: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/UCM119257.pdf . Stationary lasers must be registered in advance with placement. Placement will inspect lasers upon installation. Lasers found violating these rules are not permitted.

Getting there


Denver, CO to Bailey, CO

Denver Airport (DIA) to Bailey, CO


The event is located near the town of Bailey, Colorado, one hour southwest of Denver.  Driving directions will be posted on https://apogaea.com shortly before the event. Don’t be worried if you haven’t seen an update with the exact location, even a week before the event. Have faith, we will release it! If you are getting a ride, the location on the map is within just a few miles of the gate.

The Locals

Local law enforcement is aware of our presence and will be actively ticketing speeders coming to and leaving from the event. Do not become a statistic.

Support the Local Economy

Consider supporting the local economy whenever possible! Please help us be the best neighbor we can to all of the communities surrounding Apogaea. Why not grab a meal on your way in or out of Bailey or bolster your beer supplies? How about fueling up and buying supplies at the local hardware store or ice at the local convenience stores? Every purchase we make in the local economy helps build goodwill. Make sure you let everyone you interact with know that you are an Apogaea participant!

Secure your load

Loading your vehicle properly, whether it is a car, truck, motorhome, or anything being towed will make your trip to and from Apogaea more safe and less stressful.

Here are some precautions to help make your load safe:

  • Do not exceed the load or towing capacity of vehicle or trailer.
  • Do not exceed the weight recommendations for the trailer and hitch.
  • Load your vehicle safely.  Heavy items should be located low, centered and over or between the axles. For trailers, load the heaviest items toward the front.
  • Secure your load.
  • Make sure that the brakes and lights work.
  • Always use safety chains.
  • Do not overload the roof.

Arriving at the event

Gate hours

REGISTERED SETUP*, Tuesday 6/9 – 12:00 pm  – 8:00 pm

Wednesday 6/10 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thursday 6/11 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday 6/12 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday 6/13 – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm


*Approval is needed for REGISTERED SETUP. If you are not approved to be on the land during setup, you will not be allowed on site.  If you arrive outside the operational hours for the gate, you will be turned away.  Please prepare accordingly and arrive when the gate is open.

Early entry

Early entry is available to volunteers and members of Ignition. This is intended for pre-event staff and volunteers only. If you are going to Apogaea with your significant other, friends, etc., all must be approved for early entry – i.e.: if your wife has early entry and you don’t, then you don’t get early entry just because your wife does.

Theme camps or art installations requiring extra time for setup might be eligible for early arrival. Contact dpw@apogaea.com for more information.

The Gate

Be prepared before your arrival at the gate:

  • Have your ticket and government issued photo ID.
  • Have enough food, water, and equipment to survive the event.
  • Have a signed liability waiver.

Other considerations:

  • Your vehicle will be searched.
  • Follow the direction of the gate volunteers and move your vehicle when directed.
  • Working gate is a thankless task.  Be nice to your gate personnel and they will be nice to you.  A cold, tasty beverage goes a long way.
  • Drive slowly for safety and to keep down dust.
  • If you need to leave and return DUE TO EMERGENCY, check with the gate when leaving to arrange for your re-entry.

In-and-Out Policy

If you need to leave the event and wish to re-enter, you will need to purchase a $10 in-and-out wristband upon leaving the event (only available during gate hours). This cost is per person. Please also have your ticket on you, as you will need both the ticket and the wristband to re-enter. Unlike previous years, there will be no pre-registration for in-and-out access. All must purchase a pass on-site and exit and re-enter during gate hours.


Greeting is an important part of the Apogaea experience. The Greeters will give you a quiz covering the contents of the Survival Guide. Greeting is also where the fun begins! Contact greeters@apogaea.com for more information.


  • There is limited parking space. Carpooling is highly recommended.
  • All vehicles must park in designated areas.
  • All parking lots require a shuttle ride to the event. You will be given 1/2 hour to unpack your vehicle at your camping site. After your car is unpacked you will need to move your car. If your car is left after the designated unpacking time, you will be responsible for paying the $500 tow-out fee. After parking your car, you will receive a complimentary shuttle ride back into the event. You will not be able to access your vehicle during the event so plan accordingly.
  • Trailers and “pop-up” campers under 20’ in length may be placed in general camping areas or within your theme camp.
  • Participants are required to park vehicles in external lots. Any vehicle remaining on site must meet certain usage requirements such as sleeping, infrastructure, or department vehicles and be registered for a parking pass. Vehicles without a pass and/or impeding the operation of the event are at risk of being towed.
  • RVs and car-campers need to register in advance. Unregistered RVs and car-campers will be parked on a extremely steep hill and filled with weasels on illicit steroids.
  • Your camp needs to be broken down before you get your vehicle for Exodus. Please do not bring your car back up to your camp until you are completely packed. This will reduce the number of cars coming back into event grounds and let you leave quicker.
  • The vehicle policy including vehicles in theme camps, RVs, car-campers, and trailers is located at https://apogaea.com/the-event/venue/parking-camping/.
  • The vehicle policy for mutant vehicles can be found at https://apogaea.com/art-installations/art-cars-mutant-vehicles/

During the event

You are responsible for your own experience.

Law Enforcement

Familiarize yourself with regard to all local, state and federal laws as you would in any municipality. Law enforcement is expected to tour the event in order to inspect compliance with our permit. Please be respectful when you see Local officials of any sort. We wish our interactions with all law enforcement and Park County officials to remain positive, so feel free to say Hello!.


Rangers will be on duty throughout the event. Rangers are trained volunteers who are there to act as non-confrontational community mediators and safety officers. By encouraging and facilitating communication, Rangers promote awareness of potential hazards including everything from sunstroke to tent fires. Rangers can be identified by their tan Ranger shirts, Ranger hats, or Ranger laminates. They are members of our community and you should feel free to request their assistance at any time. Contact rangers@apogaea.com for more information.

Bureau of Apogaea Medical & Fire (BAMF)

BAMF is the all-volunteer organization that oversees fire safety for art burns, and provides the Apogaea

community with emergency fire fighting, medical and mental health services. They are all Apogaea participants and are not part of any law enforcement or outside agencies. BAMF exists to help manage

unplanned emergency situations during the event and is not a substitute for your own planning for safety.

BAMF is here to deal with major medical emergencies, serious injuries and illnesses; not just scrapes and cuts.

It is required you bring a first aid kit (one per vehicle). We recommend purchasing this one at http://burningman.org/event/preparation/health-safety/first-aid-kit to take care of your minor injuries. If you are found not to have a first aid kit in your vehicle during entry at the gate, you will be asked to return to town to purchase one.

If you find yourself or another in a true medical emergency, please contact a Ranger or head up to the BAMF First Aid station for further medical evaluation and treatment. If you are unsure if the condition is a true medical emergency, stop by BAMF or grab a Ranger and we will assist you or your friends!

In order to help you be more self-reliant, a short list of some general health problems you may run into is provided. Ultimately we ask that participants try to care for themselves to ease the burden on the medical staff, however if at any time you are uncertain about your health, please stop by the BAMF tent.

Common Issues Experienced

Trauma – If you can’t take care of it with your first aid kit stop by BAMF for a little help.

Altitude related illnesses – Apogaea happens at a higher altitude (7500 feet). Most of the problems we see are from dehydration so drink at least 1-2 gallons of water per day (along with electrolytes, BAMF does not provide electrolytes nor IV therapy). If you are thirsty, you are behind on hydration and need to drink more (again, 8 oz. of water or electrolytes per hour is recommended – piss clear!)

Some signs and symptoms of altitude sickness include:

  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing these symptoms, come to BAMF to get evaluated. The only treatment for altitude sickness is to descend to a lower altitude (aka leaving the event, so prevention is key!). BAMF cannot give oxygen or medications to help relieve this medical condition. Hydration, and acclimating at a lower altitude for a few days can help prevent altitude sickness.

Gastrointestinal illnesses –  We see them, and neither BAMF nor you like them. Prevent them by:

  • Washing your hands like mom used to say! Remember, hand sanitizer is not a substitute for good old fashion soap and water and scrubbing! After bathroom usage, before meal prep and before consuming that wonderful buffet you prepared, always be sure to wash your hands. An easy way to set this up is use a sprayer bottle and some bio-degradable soap as a handwashing station at your camp. Be sure to dispose of any grey water follow the LNT rules.
  • Be sure to eat on a regular basis. This means real food like proteins and carbohydrates, not snacky cakes and cracker chips.
  • Cut back on drinking alcohol and hydrate with electrolytes if you find yourself sick.

If the illness does not subside, stop by BAMF and we can advise you further.

Acute intoxication –  Watch out for your friends, and yourself. Don’t over indulge – there is a lot of time at Apogaea to have fun, just pace yourself. If your friends are experiencing signs of acute intoxication including unresponsiveness, difficulty breathing, altered mental status, or a gut feeling something is not going right, seek assistance from Rangers or BAMF immediately and we will get you on the right track.

Emergency Transport – Rember, it is your responsibility to cover any costs associated with emergency transport from Apogaea to the nearest hospital. Be a responsible burner and don’t stick your community with the cost of emergency transport and care. Better yet, be a responsible burner and enjoy your event safely!


Apogaea Security Squad (A.S.S.)

A.S.S. is there to make sure that everyone on the property has permission to be there and that you stay within the event boundaries which are marked with colored tape. They will be checking wristbands throughout the event; show them your wristbands with a smile. Help them out and report anyone you see without a wristband. Keep in mind, they’re here to protect you and the event.

Also keep in mind, the land outside of the borders of Apogaea to south and west are US Forest Service land. It is important that we do not encroach on this land. Anyone found camping outside of the boundaries of Apogaea may be subjected to eviction from the event.

Apogaea Media & Propaganda (AMP)

AMP will be roaming the event capturing photos and video and helping to educate about photo and video policies. If at any time the behavior of a photographer or recording device makes you uncomfortable, grab a ranger as you would to help resolve any other form of inappropriate conduct.

If your camp has art that includes photos or video being captured, there will be signs available at info booth which you can post outside your camp or hang on your camera to give other participants a heads up that image capture is taking place. This DOES NOT negate the “ask first” policy, it’s just a friendly warning to those who don’t want their likeness captured to steer clear. Contact photos@apogaea.com for more information.

Info Booth

If you have a question during the event, this is the place to start. Info Booth staffers can help you get answers to a lot of your questions, or at the very least, can get you pointed in the right direction. We will have sound maps, camp maps, WWWW guides, a message board, daily schedules, lost & found, and can help put you in contact with other departments during the event. Contact infobooth@apogaea.com for more information

Keep it clean

Apogaea is a Leave No Trace event!

There are no garbage collection services at Apogaea. Every participant is responsible for their MOOP – matter out of place.  

MOOP INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU BRING TO THE EVENT: tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes, wood debris, orange peels, cigarette butts, pistachio shells, feathers from your fancy boa, rope fibers, sequins, oil leaking from your hippie van, etc.

It is suggested that you spend 10-15 minutes each day walking around your camping area and picking up any MOOP you find.  IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THE MOOP IS YOURS, JUST PICK IT UP!  For more information, visit http://lnt.org. It is also requested that each participant spend 1-2 hours pickin up MOOP after they have cleaned up their camp prior to their departure.


If it isn’t from your body, don’t put it in the potty!

  • DO NOT PUT TAMPONS, TRASH OR HANDI-WIPES IN THE TOILET! Take a ziplock bag into the port-a-pottie with you and pack these items out.
  • Trash in the toilets will prevent us from pumping them and will threaten the viability of the event.
  • Don’t leave stuff lying on the floors or around the outside of the potties.
  • Do not put greywater into the potties.
  • The land is a delicate ecosystem – do not use it as a toilet.
  • Put the lid down when you are done – it stinks in there!
  • Do not duct tape anything to the port-a-potties. Duct tape will leave a residue when removed. Use clear tape!
  • Don’t forget to eat more fiber.

Sound Policy

To ensure that  Apogaea is within compliance of Park County Colorado Ordinance No. 12-01 (addressing noise control) and in compliance with the event permit issued by Park County, sound levels will need to be regulated. Elevated sound is defined as, one that can be measured at a level greater than 3db in reference to the ambient noise floor when the sound source is turned off at a discrete location and time across the frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz.

Sound Classifications

Sound systems and other sound generating sources are classified by the enclosed area in which elevated sound can be measured.

  1. Camp Class Sound – Elevated sound within but not at any point along the camp boundary.
  2. Event Class Sound  – Elevated sound within but not at any point along the event boundary.
  3. Property Class Sound  – Elevated sound within but not at any point along the property boundary.
  4. County Class Sound– Elevated sound at any point along the property boundary.

Personal/Art Project Sound/Camp class sound: These camps can’t be heard outside the perimeter of their camps and within a 50 foot boundary of an art project. The system would consist of a few small powered speakers. No subwoofers or loudspeakers are in this category. If the sound cannot be heard outside your camp there is no need to regulate it.

Daytime Small Sound Camp/ Event class sound: Sound camps consisting of DJ monitors. This level of camp/sound has the intent to have DJ artists and Daytime events only. These camps will have a shut off time from 9:45pm-10am Wednesday and Thursday night and 11:45pm-10am Friday and Saturday night.

Day and Night Small Sound Camp/ Event class sound: Sound camps consisting of DJ monitors. This camps intent is to have DJ’s, daytime and nighttime events. All but a select few of these camps will have a shut off time from 9:45pm-10am Wednesday and Thursday night and 11:45pm-10am Friday and Saturday night. Only a set number of these sound camps will be able to play into the night past these hours. Camps that are chosen to hold nighttime events will be placed in such a manner as to direct sound away from neighbors as to minimize off site impact, please see the attached Map. The volume level of these select few nighttime camps will be closely monitored in and outside of the event and property boundaries to insure compliance with Park County Noise Ordinance.

Large Daytime Sound/County Class Sound: Sound camps consisting of DJ monitors and the least amount of loudspeakers and subwoofers to obtain your artistic vision. This camps intent is to have DJ’s and daytime events only. These camps will have a shut off time from 9:45pm-10am Wednesday and Thursday night and 11:45pm-10am Friday and Saturday night. There will be no County Class Sound allowed outside of these times.

Sound Violations

Due to the current restrictions involving sound in Park County and our desire to be the best neighbors possible, the event cannot accept any rogue or last minute sound camps. If you have not pre-registered for sound or a sound camp you will not have sound at Apogaea. No Exceptions!!! Apogaea will have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on this rule. If you bring rogue sound to Apogaea we will give you the option of handing over your equipment and return it to you when you leave OR remove you and your equipment from the event entirely.

Anyone with a sound system that could create a sound disturbance is jointly and severally responsible for meeting and upholding the provisions of the county sound ordinance.  Sound system owners are required to demonstrate how to properly adjust and power down their equipment as part of the check in process at arrival.  In the event of a sound disturbance Apogaea will request to adjust the sound source to an acceptable level or the sound source will be powered off and the participant may be subjected to eviction from the event. Additionally, any camp found to be in violation of the Park County Sound Ordinance that results in fines to Apogaea Inc., will be held jointly and severally responsible for payment of fines.

No holes / digging

At the request of the landowner, no digging is allowed at the event.

No Moving of Logs/Rocks/Etc.

Apogaea is in a highly wooded area. That being said, you will encounter logs, rocks, and other natural elements of a high alpine environment. Per the stipulations of our permit, and to abide by LNT principles, participants may not move these items. Be creative and set your camp space up around the natural environment.

Generators – Important Requirements

  • All liquid fuel for generators must be stored a minimum of 15 feet from the generator.
  • All generators and any other flame/spark sources must be placed in an open area away from dry vegetation.
  • All generators must have a dry chemical type ABC fire extinguisher within 5 feet and clearly visible from the generator (note – this means not in your tent).
  • All generators must be rated as super quiet (60 decibels or less) or be sound insulated with mufflers or fireproof sound baffling that reduces noise below 60 dB and does not restrict ventilation or cooling. See http://soundproofing.org/infopages/generator.htm for more information.


Vending / Commerce / Corporate logos

The sale of products and services is prohibited within our community. Bring what you need. The display of commercial logos or banners and/or distribution of commercial promotional items or materials is prohibited.  Apogaea is a place of sharing and free exchange within a gift economy.

Although there are no concessions available at the event, for your health and convenience, ice will be available for $2 between 9AM & 8PM, Wednesday – Saturday, at Center Camp. Bring exact change as no change will be given.  All proceeds from the sale of ice are donated to organizations in the local communities.  

Lost and Found

If during the event you find any items who have lost their owners, you may bring them to Lost and Found located at the Info Booth.  Please check here for any items you might have lost during the event.


In case of severe weather, forest fire, or other need for evacuation, please come to Center Camp for more information, and listen for announcements broadcast on the large sound systems. Do NOT attempt to leave in your own vehicle unless instructed to do so – traffic jams or stuck vehicles could endanger lives during an emergency.


Due to increased risk of wildfires and in response to our neighbors’ concerns, the Apogaea board and BAMF have decided to implement a Stage One partial burn ban for the 2015 event. This means no wood, charcoal, or solid-fuel fires will be permitted anywhere at the event. If conditions are favorable, we may burn an effigy under the supervision of local agencies, but no other ember-producing fires are allowed.

The area where the event is held is forested and an uncontrolled fire would have devastating consequences for participants, the environment, the local community, and the future of Apogaea.  ALL PARTICIPANTS SHARE IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENSURING THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN.

  • All propane or liquid fuel fire art installations must be approved prior to the event by the Fire Art Lead by emailing firelead@apogaea.com.
  • Fire performers must take the Uniform Fire Use Guide workshop, and receive a wristband before performing. Please check in at Convergence to have props approved.
  • Fire performances must be conducted in the designated fire performance area ONLY.
  • For more information, contact fireperformer@apogaea.com.

Regardless of fire ban status, all uses of fire must follow these requirements:

  • No in-ground campfires, charcoal barbecues, tiki torches, candles, oil lanterns, fireworks, flares, or explosives are allowed.
  • Cooking stoves must be on a level surface with any dry vegetation within one yard removed.
  • All generators, fuel storage, and potential spark-sources must be placed in areas in which all dry vegetation has been removed.
  • All generators, fuel storage, and potential spark-sources are subject to specific requirements for noise and fire safety. Please see the section about ‘Generators’ in this Survival Guide.
  • Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Butts must be disposed in designated buckets, ashtrays, or personal butt-boxes. LEAVE NO TRACE.
  • Help our community ensure the safe future of Apogaea by practicing radical self-reliance. Help your fellow participants by keeping an eye out for dangerous fire situations. Report any violations to BAMF or an Apogaea Ranger.


Emergency Protocol

If an event wide emergency arises, all attendees are to report to center camp for instructions from rangers on how to proceed. If you are experiencing a personal emergency and able bodied, contact a Ranger or BAMF member. If you can’t personally go, send someone on your behalf.


Apogaea is held in a forested mountain environment at high elevation. Daytime highs in June average in the 80s, but nighttime lows can be anywhere from the 50s to below freezing. Sudden storms producing lightning, rain, snow, and/or hail are all possible.  Bring plenty of warm clothing and a way to keep it dry. Remember that part of being in the forest means there are things like bears, ticks, and other wildlife here. With that in mind, please remember to bring adequate insect repellent. Also, check the Apogaea website for updates relating to best practices on avoiding or deterring insect or animal nuisances.

Personal Boundaries

Recognize and respect people’s personal boundaries.  People have different comfort levels with physical and emotional intimacy.  Before you assume someone wants a big kiss or a new best friend, ask them.  When someone says NO, it means NO. If someone can’t or doesn’t answer, that should be taken as a no. Silence is not consent. It also means that cajoling, pleading, or any form of emotional blackmail is UNACCEPTABLE.

Tips for maintaining your personal safety and well-being:

  • Communicate with those around you about anything making you uncomfortable.
  • You are in charge of your boundaries.  You must be sober enough to be in control.
  • You must ask before photographing, videotaping, or recording anyone on any media.  If you are asked to stop, you must do so immediately.
  • Tolerate and respect your fellow participants by not interfering with their enjoyment, art, or expression.
  • Remember: you are responsible for your own experience.


After the event

Leave no trace

Everything you bring to the event must leave with you. This includes all your garbage, grey water, black water, recycling, equipment, etc. For more information, see http://lnt.org.

What do I do with all this trash?

Do NOT discard your trash along the highway or in neighboring towns.  It is recommended that you carry your trash back to a larger city such as Denver and dispose of it there.  If everyone dumps their trash in the small communities in the immediate vicinity of the event, they will be easily overwhelmed.  If you must secure your trash to the outside of your vehicle, make sure it is double bagged and that it is well secured.  Local law enforcement will be actively ticketing people for littering.  Do not become a statistic.

Food Drive

Upon leaving Apo, please keep aside any un-opened, non-perishable foods that can be donated to the food pantry at the Mountain Resource Center (http://www.mrcco.org/).  The DeGreeters will be collecting food while you wait in the exodus lines as well as along the exit road when you leave.  The Mountain Resource Center (MRC) is a community-based non-profit organization that promotes community involvement and responsibility to foster the optimal welfare of children, youth, adults, and communities in a 1000+ square mile rural mountain area serving a population of over 65,000 in Jefferson and Park counties.

Stay alert!  Too tired?  Rest!

You will be tired when leaving the event.  If you are the driver, make sure you received enough rest before leaving.  If you are tired, find a safe area to pull over and rest.  We want you to get home safely so we can see you again next year! If you feel that you need more time to properly pack and clean your camp and to be rested before leaving, check in at the Info Booth/Center Camp area to get permission to stay on the land until Monday. Nobody will be allowed to stay on the land Sunday night without pre-approval.

Photo & Video Sharing

Sharing those awesome photos and videos ANYWHERE, including online, requires the explicit consent of all subject parties. So be sure to ask before you shoot! If you post photos online and someone requests you remove a photo of them, you must do so immediately. If you want to contribute your awesome photos to the official Apogaea photo library (for use on the website, Survival Guide etc) email  photos@apogaea.com after the event.

How to get kicked out

Apogaea wishes for you to be free to create art and interact with others.  Although we try to have as few rules as possible, we must have some.  If you witness a violation of any of these rules, feel free to correct the situation yourself if possible.  If you do not feel comfortable with that, please inform one of the Rangers (wearing a tan Ranger shirt) or someone in the Info Booth.

The following offenses can get you kicked out of the event:

  • No ticket / wristband
  • Helping someone sneak into the event
  • Photographing another participant without their consent or taking photos/video for commercial purposes.
  • Failing to ensure that a child for which you are responsible has proper adult supervision at all times.
  • Allowing a child for which you are responsible to violate any of the stated rules.
  • Vending or commerce of any kind
  • Failing to respect boundaries
  • Unsafe driving
  • Malicious destruction of property
  • Possession of weapons
  • Possession of alcohol if under 21
  • Serving alcohol to someone under 21
  • Drunken behavior
  • Disrespect of the land such as digging, felling trees or limbs, etc.
  • Violating any of the fire rules