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BYO lock system: how it works

This visual guide follows Pat Participant, who is shipping two boxes round-trip.  Note: CRiSP will protect locks from playa dust with small bags, not pictured in these diagrams.
  1. Pat arrives at Chicago drop-off with their two boxes and two locks unlocked.  Pat makes sure to save the combination/keys/etc to the lock.

  2. Pat checks in with CRiSP volunteers, who provide a special color-coded ticket.  For each box, Pat locks together the ticket, box, and box lid, making sure that the locks won't interfere with stacking.


  3. CRiSP volunteers stack Pat's boxes inside the semi-trailer and they are shipped to the playa.


  4. After the semi-trailer arrives on-playa, CRiSP volunteers unload the boxes into a dedicated area within the Melon of Troy camp (approx 3:45 and A).

  5. Once all boxes are unloaded, CRiSP volunteers thread the end of a steel cable through each boxes' lock, then crimp the steel cable and lock it to the semi-trailer.

  6. Pat picks up their boxes by opening the locks, removing the boxes, then re-locking the locks and tickets onto the cable.


  7. When it's time for drop-off for return to Chicago, Pat brings the boxes back to the CRiSP area and locks together the ticket, box, box lid, and steel cable, once again making sure that the locks won't interfere with stacking.


  8. Shortly before the semi-trailer departs the playa, CRiSP volunteers cut and un-thread the steel cable from the boxes.

  9. CRiSP volunteers stack Pat's boxes inside the semi-trailer and they are shipped back to Chicago


  10. CRiSP volunteers unload the boxes in Chicago


  11. During Chicago pick up, Pat proves the boxes are theirs by unlocking the locks and returning the ticket to the CRiSP volunteers.  Pat brings home their boxes and locks.