Lost PeopleEvery year people go to the gathering and their loved ones worry. Just a reminder, there is no cell phone or Internet reception at this year's gathering.
If you haven't heard from your friends and/or family since they went into the gathering, odds are they are still down in the meadow and can't call you. Either way, it's generally safer for people to stay inside the gathering, then to run the cop gauntlet to make a phone call. Even if your loved one promised to call every day, that's a promise they will be unable to keep as that would require them to spend their entire gathering going out to some place with reception and then coming back in again.
Even if there is a place on the top of a nearby mountain where you can get cell reception if you stand on your right foot only with your left arm outstretched and the cell phone positioned exactly on your naval - one 5 minute call will eat up all your charge. Unless your loved one can hike from 9,000 feet to 11,000 feet and brought a solar panel to recharge their phone, the calls aren't going to happen for a bit. NOTE: You may think this situation is made up but I've been to places in the Rocky Mountains where cell reception was this wacky.
Again, on the road where the cars and cops are is the area where problems occur. We strongly recommend that people stay inside the gathering. Going in and out increases a persons risk of a negative experience with law enforcement. Again, people on the land will strongly suggest to your loved one that they stay inside the gathering until it's over.
That being said, if you're going to the gathering, call your Mama or someone else, let them know you are going in and will be out of cell reception until after you leave the gathering.
If something serious happened to your loved one, then they are no longer at the gathering and would be found in a local hospital, jail, or mental health facility. If you check those places and your loved one is not there, then they are probably inside the gathering.
Most people usually surface by July 15th as the clean up crew starts shrinking by then, but some people will be on the land until at least the end of July (and on the land means no or haphazard access to telephones). If after July 10, you still haven't heard, email me a recent photo and include this information:
- How old is he/she?
- Was this her/his first gathering?
- Was he/she planning to camp with any camp in particular?
- Did she/he travel to the gathering with friends who have since left the gathering?
- Did she/he have any mental and/or physical health issues?
- What kind of drugs (if any) does he/she typically use?
- Was there a specific previously agreed on plan for he/she to return home at a certain time or at least check in?