GGBY 2017: HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This is the 10th year of GGBY and the first year the festival is being officially organized due to the severe environmental impact of a growing gathering in a sensitive desert ecosystem.
Minimizing human impact on the environment while maintaining the highlining activities and spirit of GGBY is our guiding principle this year. Slackline US and local GGBY facilitators are working with local land managers and officials to keep GGBY going while being great stewards to the Fruit Bowl Highline Area.
1) TOILETS WILL BE ON SITE AND DECORATED.
The digging of holes to deposit feces is severely damaging the soil ecosystem after ten years and will no longer be allowed during the Festival.
Collection of plant debris for burning is unsustainable and has a severe impact on the local ecosystem. We’re going bulk with a community wood pile and negating any need for local wood burning. Wood will be available on site this year, available for free (responsible) use!
3) RIGGING TEAM!
Our volunteer rigging team will set all anchors and check all lines daily. We’ll still have a wide variety of webbings and tensions with gear manufacturers showing off their wares from master point to master point.
4) PARKING & SHUTTLES!
To save the sensitive cryptobiotic soil, we’re organizing shuttles and parking (only about a mile away), and possibly even organizing shuttles from town for people who want to ditch cars all together. We’re working on a gear drop-off plan to make things easier. We’ll help facilitate ride shares through our event page, and maybe even community bicycle / community pedicab options too!
5) MEDICS AND RESCUE KITS!
We all know that highlining is safer than it looks, but just in case, we’ll have volunteer slacker medics on site at all times along with multiple highline rescue kits and medical kits just in case.
We will be posting separately about volunteer roles available and how to apply for them. Volunteer roles will include rigging, clean up, medics, shuttle drivers, and more. If you have already expressed interest, please still follow the application process to make sure we can keep track of everything.
Details coming soon.
We’re applying for insurance and working with the BLM and other land managers to do things right. This way, we’ll have a much smaller footprint and help preserve our incredible desert home that is the Fruit Bowl and protect our access to this land for years to come. And permits, insurance, toilets, and firewood cost money.
It turns out that insurance companies are still a bit wary of insuring highlining, despite the published data on highline safety and the growing number of highline festivals world wide with no major incidents.
We have been working on this for months. However, getting insurance quotes that satisfy the permits has been difficult. Without the insurance quote, we can’t accurately budget the festival and determine a ticket price.
The ticket price for GGBY will be announced in the coming weeks as soon as we can solidify our budget.
We’re doing everything we can to minimize the cost. Currently the event is planned for the 21-25th, because the permits & insurance have a per/day cost. A longer time span would mean a more expensive ticket. However, these dates may change depending upon the resolution of our insurance and permit applications.
*** Please support our Leave No Trace efforts by joining us during the event dates and minimizing the overflow in the week before and after, and practicing Leave No Trace every day of the year. ***
GGBY Highline Festival 2017 will be held from November 21-25.
For a glimpse at what GGBY 2016 was like: