Hey there sports fans, MOOP maniacs and line sweepers extraordinaire! The Hun here, reporting from Gerlach with your first set of SCORES!

And what a great start your DPW Playa Restoration team is off to. The front line kicked off at 10:00 and Liminal, and marched through block after dusty block — passing through the entire area of Liminal, Kindergarten and Journey! Talk about a “rite of passage” for our intrepid DPW team.

Now I’m proud to announce the results of that march:

Click to enlarge!

DA, our DPW Playa Restoration Manager, had this recap:

It was a great first day of Playa Restoration with the Line Sweeps completing 50 blocks, starting at 10:00 J-K and K-L. We had 88 players on the field today, with about 75 of them on Line Sweeps.

We traditionally start the Line Sweeps on the back blocks, which are usually less MOOPy, as a warm-up to get them up to speed and give them a chance to get into their rhythm.

There are a lot of moving parts to this game, so it’s really important for the team to get in synch with each other and remember how the game is played before we tackle the dense double-wide blocks of Esplanade.

Initial estimates project that the MOOP Map for Day 1 is approximately 95% Green, 4% Yellow and 1% Red.

Line Sweeps are essentially a MOOP marathon in the blazing hot sun. The greenest of the green blocks were averaging about 8 minutes, which is about as fast as it gets. There were a few long stretches of Yellow that slowed us down a bit but nothing too terrible.

Yes, we had some minor missteps in the 10:00 corner — but as a whole, you J-K-L folks, you knocked it out of the park. Way to support the Leave No Trace ethic! Let’s have a round of applause.

MOOP How-To: Rebar and Tent Stakes

This one nearly busted my tire.

Now, let’s talk about something our Restoration MOOPers find all the time: tent stakes and rebar. They sure are useful for keeping your tent in one spot — but when the event is over, how do you get them out of hard-packed ground?

Here’s an informational video, created by DPW’s own Patches the Jew, that addresses this very question. The solution is simple: a pair of vise grips and a steady twist-and-pull motion. Why, I myself have pulled up scores of rebar posts with this technique, and I never so much as broke a nail!

Watch and learn:

That’s all for today, sports fans. The BLM inspection is just two weeks away, so keep on cheering for your brave and hardworking Restoration team.

Tune in tomorrow for the results of Day Two! ‘Til then, this is The Hun signing off.

About the author: The Hun

The Hun

The Hun, also known as J.H. Fearless, has been blogging for Burning Man (and many other outlets) since 2005, which is also the year she joined the BRC DPW on a whim that turned out to be a ten-year commitment. Since then she's won some awards for blogging, built her own creative business, and produced some of the Burning Blog's most popular stories and series. She co-created a grant-funded art piece, "Refoliation," in 2007, and stood next to it watching the Man burn on Monday night during a full lunar eclipse. She considers that, in many ways, to have been the symbolic end of Burning Man that was. The Hun lives in Reno with DPW Shade King, Quiet Earp. You may address her as "The Hun" or "Hun". If you call her "Honey" she reserves the right to cut you.

10 Comments on “MOOP MAP LIVE: Results!

  • Andrew MacLachlan says:

    Yeah all green at 5:K, actually someone stole the only moop we had on the playa, before we had chance to bag it up, it was a pegged down tarp with the remnants of a little grey water on it.

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  • 666isMONEY says:

    Great idea using vice-grip for removing rebar. (Small pipe wrench with cheater-bar would work good too.) I found an inch of rebar sticking out deep playa and fortunately a backhoe was working nearby. He scraped it out with the clamshell front end.

    Found another one-inch piece sticking out on the playa side of 10:00 and D about 100-feet from that intersection, flagged it and went back to find the flags gone. Hope the rebar is too.

    Nice map, wish I saw it before choosing my first camping spot in a reserved area where there was no one else around.

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  • affinity says:

    This is such an amazing idea to give us a play by play. I have always been amazed at how much work restoration is and that people are willing to do. I try to be a never let it touch the ground person.

    I think these posts will change the consciousness of Leave No Trace as Curley has done for building the city.

    Thanks to DA and the Hun for blogging it and all of you that are out there gettin it done.

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  • The Hun says:

    Andrew – Nice work getting all green, and how funny that someone “stole” your MOOP. Thanks, neighbors! ;)

    666isMONEY – Yep, the vise grip trick changes everything. Totally worth buying the tool, especially because you can lend it to neighbors. As far as choosing a camp spot… the map is always available ahead of time, and you can check with Playa Info too. Sorry you lost your spot.

    Affinity – All I gotta say is thank YOU. For your kind comment, and for everything you do. Glad you approve!

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  • Diablo says:

    Is there a MOOP Map for the open playa where all the Art was?

    Any chance of posting a higher Rez version of the MOOP Map this year so I can zoom down closer on my camp?

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  • simoneski says:

    Way cool, we were at 7 and K, and the whole block is green! So happy we did a good job.

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  • Dear Moop Army,

    Thank you sooo much for your restorative work! Our little two person camp was on J and 10:50 – right where it starts to turn yellow, then there’s that ghastly red dot approaching 9:00 – We had a “neighbor” (read, um, douche), right behind and toward 9:00 with a huge ass trailer, truck, art car, generators, garbage, etc. that he deserted Fri or Sat morning (talk about a flame out – he just hopped into his second truck and split!)- it was still there, with all it’s crap, Tuesday, when we left -together with our nice neighbors we tried to moop around his pile as best we could…If that was dot was us, I will be sooo ashamed! We mooped, swept, scrubbed, you name it, so…all I can say at this point – is GO MOOP TEAM – you are so appreciated – love the map – it’s a really important aspect of BM – a learning tool for sure – -I check it every year as I do follow the leave no trace ethic!

    Thank you so much for all your work!!!

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  • g says:

    thanks Hun !

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  • The Hun says:

    Diablo – Yes and yes! We check all of the art sites as well, but only mark them on the map if they’re very messy. And we will be publishing a hi-res version of the map when the Restoration season is all done.

    Simoneski – CONGRATULATIONS! :)

    Rocket Kitten – Thank YOU my dear! It’s really tough to have neighbors like that. I had a similar experience a few years back and it really made me ANGRY. However, sometimes those people surprise us all by coming back to collect their mess. Hopefully he did… I definitely didn’t hear anything about generators being abandoned, so odds are good that your neighbor came back and collected all the big stuff. Thank you for doing what you could to clean up the area!

    g – I’m just the reporter but you’re welcome ;)

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