I've driven from here (vancouver) to Coachella, which is pretty well equivalent plus about 3 hours. It took me 24 hours once and 27 the other. I would bank on it taking about 20-24 depending on how often and how long your breaks are.
Yeah, this is pretty much what I was thinking. I didn't actually drive from LA to Sasquatch, rather was driving LA to Vancouver, so when I said about 24 hours I was kinda ball parking it with the knowledge that it took me 26 hours for that drive. You're probably looking at a drive that's still over 20 hours if you stick to short breaks when you stop to gas up. For my drive we never stopped for more than 20 minutes, plus I drove 90mph for the majority of the drive (and got a giant speeding ticket). It's certainly doable if you leave Wednesday night, you just might need to take it kinda easy Thursday night so you can be in full party mode the rest of the weekend.
You do realize it's about a 24 hour drive from LA to Sasquatch? So if you leave early Thursday morning, at best, barely making any stops, you won't get to the fest 'til Friday. You'll have missed the Thursday night campground party (one of the best parts of the fest, in my opinion) and will probably be really rushed to set up camp and may even end up missing some or most of the bands that day. Not the best way to start the fest, if you can help it. Plus, you'll probably be pretty drained from the roadtrip itself. I've done that drive, in a straight shot like that too, and let me tell you, I was I no shape to do anything for a couple days, let alone jump into a music fest where I'd be partying and dancing for four days. My legs were all cramped up and swollen from being stuck in a car for over 24 hours, and I was exhausted as the few hours of sleep I managed to grab when it wasn't my turn at the wheel were not restorative in any way.
Anyway, the tl;dr of it is: fly! Get a cheap flight into Seattle or Bellingham, and find someone to catch a ride with from there. Driving there and/or back is just not worth it unless you have a couple days on each side of the fest to devote to driving. Hell, a flight to Bellingham is probably about the same amount as your share of gas would be anyway.
Last Edit: May 4, 2015 2:12:13 GMT -8 by kymess_jr
I feel like the breaks between music would be enough to remind you that you haven't peed all day. Unless you are going to pee in the bottles? Don't mix those up once it gets dark...
This is apparently a really common practice at UK festivals like Reading and Leeds or T in the Park, but with a bit of a twist. People will camp out on the front rail all day, pissing in cups, and then throw them back into the crowd. The guy I crashed with in London had been hit a couple times with these cups during his years of festivaling.
It's also completely waterproof, so your son can shower daily until the fest if he wants.
Disclaimer: no one here has ever worn their wristband for a whole month prior to the fest, so that much showering could potentially have an affect. However, four straight days of showering with my wristband on at Coachella didn't harm it in any way.
The way they've worded the part about the processing fee makes it sound like it's deducted after the fest is over when they refund any remaining funds. So does that mean if you use all the money added to the wristband, they won't be able to deduct anything? Or are they charging the fee to the account you attach (your bank or credit card) after? Say you were to use a prepaid credit card as your method of payment for loading the thing up, then they wouldn't have any means to charge you a fee after...
And yes, their fee system is slightly better than Squamish's, which has a fee for activating and a fee for getting the remaining balance, coming to a total of like $5.50. I think these cashless wristband systems are absolute crap if it means I have to pay "convenience" fees to spend my own money. Normally at least once per Sasquatch, I'd get drunk enough/it would get hot enough that I'd buy one of those overpriced slushie margaritas. No better encouragement than this stupid cashless system to get me to drink only crotch vodka!
What is the alcohol policy for the campsite? Is there any limit on the amount of beers/alcohol you can bring in per individual or car? Is hard liquor allowed? Lastly, are glass bottles allowed or only cans?
There is no limit that I've ever found, other than the physical limit of how much I can consume in one weekend. "Binge drinking apparatuses" (i.e. Beer bongs) are, howver, prohibited and they will confiscate it if they see you using one. Having said that, though, in the 22 years I've been going to the Gorge, I've never personally seen security in the campground confiscate anything. But that's just me.
I think they took our Who's Bad? Party Time! beer bong the same year davers bag got stolen. Other than that, security barely ever looks at your stuff. There aren't any car searches upon entry (not to say that couldn't change at any point), so there's no enforcing of any limits on alcohol or glass. In fact, I think we almost always end up bringing way too much alcohol for fear of running out and then have to give it away to the Americans since we can't bring it all back.
I have not been in 2 years. Have they started accepting cards in the venue? If not, I would recommend to the virgin squatchers that they take out ample cash for the weekend. The ATMs inside have unholy fees.
To add to that, don't keep all your cash in one place! Divide it up among a few spots. Detinitely hide some locked away in the car, and keep other valuables there too. While theft hasn't been a problem most of the years I've gone, a couple years ago davers and our neigbours did have bags stolen on the first night. The best tip I got was from the Glasto boards before I'd ever even been to Sasquatch, which said as soon as your tent is up, throw your bag in there and pull your shit out all over. Make it messy! The last thing thieves want to do is search through your stuff, they just want to quickly grab a bag and go.
Anyone who used the lockers last year: worth it or no? Fifty bucks is a lot to me, but having blanket at night without carrying it around all day would be the tits.
Best money I ever spent. Having everything I needed handy without having to carry a pack was great, but the "cellphone charging area" was a fucking oasis. I never used the chargers all weekend, but having a couch to sit and chill on for a minute while grabbing a snack from the locker was just what I needed to keep my old body going all weekend.
I agree with all this. The hangout area was a nice touch (though I barely used it) and it was great not having to lug anything around while still having a change of clothes for when it got cold. Also, they were a combination lock so everyone in our group just wrote the combo on our bodies and then we could all share it. Get a few people in your group to chip in and the locker will end up costing less than a beer each.