Reading through the hippie posts
Disclaimer: I do not know the area in question for this years gathering, just relating my experiences from previous events. Some of the details related below are based on my limited contact with "Hippies" and the Rainbow Family. Since I have located myself from any major urban areas, I do not have to deal with the more urbanized versions of these creatures that may reside in the Rocky Mountain High state.
FYI: I proudly display my NRA sticker right next to my Dancing Bears sticker on the back of my van. The rest of this ramble makes no more sense than that.
I went to one of these things years back down in the Jarbidge ( Northern Nevada) drainage and I had a good time. I was pretty young at the time but there are some images of dancing naked women that I will never get out of my mind. ( Or want to ), either I didn't notice or they were clothed, but no images of dancing naked dudes were captured or uploaded to the organic hard drive.
Besides that, I got smoked out as many times a day as I wanted, got dosed with some excellent vitamin A a couple of times - once I traded an orange the other for free. Alcohol was definitely frowned upon, but since not many people handle it as well as I do, I can understand that.
No skinheads (this was '88 or '89 maybe they had not been invented), but I do remember a cymbal playing Tibetan looking dude who quieted down over a 1,000 people before a dinner one night with his dual harmonizing, cymbals.
I volunteered at one of the kitchens one night and hand wash was set up and mandatory for everyone entering the area.
The poop trenches were far from water sources, creeks etc and had simple directions on cardboard, describing how to layer in dirt to reduce smell - improve composting.
As far as those f**kers in the government and there response to it. I too heard some astronomical numbers about how much this thing cost to "police" and think they are full of shit. I saw two Forest Service cops the whole time and they were up on the canyon rim driving around in new 4WDrives peering down at the encampment with binoculars, and oh yeah the 5 or 6 overflights by a helicopter every day for some reason. Maybe just to piss the "hippies" off. And for this they claimed it cost 500K in "enforcement".
Other than one very pissed off and cantankerous dude who could not get his horse and wagon to cross a small stream, I saw no altercations off any kind. Heard of three deaths and two births, so the anti-Rainbow coalition came out with a net gain of one. I did hear of an orgy tent but as hard as I looked I could not find one. This was before the era of the fear of unprotected sex, and while not proud I was not afraid and the girsl I saw were hot. Mostly. Except for a couple of older members of the tribe being partially clothed, who reminded me of my Grandma the time she got sprayed by the skunk and stripped on a dead run on her way to the house - and this was at 80 years old. There are some things that a person is just not supposed to see.
Long term damage: Several years ago the tribe descended on the upper stretch of Bear Valley (one of the two major tribs to the MF Salmon). Since this is holy ground to me I was none too pleased with this location and did not attend. Besides I have my wife to dance naked for me now and did not need to see any more liberal arts major college girls on summer break dancing under the moon and stars, tossing their firm little titties around under the moon by the glow of a campfire.
The evidence of the encampment was reduced to a couple of wheel tracks at one of the major parking areas with no other signs that I could see. I do know that 40-80 people stayed for almost a month, filling in toilets, dismantling water transport lines from the springs and other assorted things that one might have to do to rehab an area after camping there with 10K people.
There were also no leaders, no enforcers, no pits of fire that I saw.
In general I had a good experience, but I have not found the need to camp out with that many people again. In fact sometimes even 20 people on a river trip seems like about 8 too many.
BTW Remoteproductions, that is one of the sickest shuttle rigs ever.