Behind the scenes … in pictures

Staging, setting up and starting to load the truck.

Staging, setting up and starting to load the truck.

While many of the photos you’ve probably seen of Burning Man may capture the stunning art, the artful outfits people where or moments of intensity and action, a lot of what happens is, of course, day in and day out activities of planning, prep, building, maintenance and tear down. Here are some photos of our camp that will show the non-glamorous, yet camaraderie-building work we do to make our camp happen.

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Prep time in Reno (click for more pics)

In a group rental home the weekend before the burn, here we are unpacking our storage unit, fixing and cleaning gear; prepping our food for the farmers market, personal provisioning and shopping, meals together and, of course, packing the truck.

One of our many delicious and nutritious group meals in Reno.Setting up and early arrival (click for more pics)

A subset of our whole camp goes in early to lay the base of the camp. Here we are unloading the truck; and doing our best to sort what came off the truck; planning out the space; saying “hi” to neighbors and friends; setting up the kitchen, yurt, dome and other structures; un-dusting a dusty carpet from last year and more.

Around camp (click for more pics)

Some photos of our dome, yurt and kitchen … plus photos from the Carrot Cargo Club dance floor. Here are some more.

Our shipping container. Our farmers market (click for more pics)

Behind the scenes, interacting with our “customers” and having fun at our farmers market.

Our Countless Carrots March (click for more pics)

Photos of the pre-party at our camp and our march out to meet the Billion Bunnies.


Lots more photos on our Facebook page. And more on our blog (scroll through).


At our storage unit outside of Reno, packing -- or may unpacking -- the truck.

At our storage unit outside of Reno, packing — or may unpacking — the truck.


We have some spaces open for 2015

Hi there, If you’re interested in our camp, poke around on this blog, check us out on Facebook and send us an email with the words “I want More Carrots” in the email subject line, if you’d please. And answer these three questions for us: 1) Who are you and why do you want to come to Burning Man?, 2) Why do you want to camp with The More Carrots?, and 3) What specific skills, resources, attributes will your bring to our camp? We consciously and with choice keep our camp numbers in the 30-40-person range. This choice means there is more work, more farmers market shifts and more engagement and participation per person. It also means you’ll have ample opportunities to connect with every person in the camp, as we keep our group relatively intimate and knowable.

To learn a bit more about what’s asked of our camp mates, read below. Our camp has a range of people and demographics with campmates’ ages typically ranging from the early twenties to the high fifties. Our campmates come from a number of countries (and many of them from Australia). We welcome virgins and aim to keep a ratio of about one-third virgins and two-thirds experienced campmates. Mainly, we look for a fit and a match more than a type. We provide an excellent environment for a full-on, engaged, participatory Burning Man experience. If you’re just looking to party, we’re not a good match. If you want to give, participate and relish in the team work, individual effort and sweetness of a tight, well-organized camp — especially if you know a current Carrot — let’s talk.

Thanks, and peas be with you! ***

What makes a great Carrot —

  • A great attitude: knowing when to work, when to play, when to serve and when to chill;
  • Doing your best to live the 10 Principles;
  • A general wholesomeness, physical strength to participate in the camp build out and other functions, and a general tech savviness to collaborate and communicate in the camp’s planning; and
  • Team orientation plus the ability to take responsibility for your self, your actions and your commitments.
  • (Rock star orange and green attire doesn’t hurt.)

Our preference is to camp with people with whom we have connections or people who live near other campmates so that we can do projects and get-togethers before and after the burn. For 2015, there are a lot of people from the DC-Balto area; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Ann Arbor, Mich.

What we ask of our Carrots —

  • Arriving and staying for at least a specific range of time (see below for options);
  • Participating in both our camp build and our pack down (We can be negotiable on the days, though not on the function);
  • Paying our per-person camp contribution;
  • Having a PayPal account or ability to transfer money without fees;
  • Having (and using) a Facebook account, as much of our chatting and connecting as a camp is done in a private Facebook group;
  • Having a Gmail account and participating in our Google Hangouts, adding info to and using Google Docs and Spreadsheets and being relatively able to navigate information online;
  • Participating on one or more team(s) and/or taking on special projects;
  • Doing farmers market shifts and other on-playa camp-support tasks as needed;
  • Participating in one evening’s cooking team meal prep;
  • Supporting any fundraising projects we do and reaching out to your network;
  • Being physically able to carry your own gear and help with camp set up and support;and
  • Being awesome in your own way!

Arrival and departure time frames required for our campmates

We have a high-amenities camp with lots of camp infrastructure and supplies. We also aim to keep our numbers relatively intimate (30-40 people), and as such we need everyone to help out and build, maintain and packdown our camp. This year, we have three arrive/depart options and to camp with us, your travel plans need to fall within one of these ranges.

  • Arriving in Reno by Sunday, 8/23 for Super Early Arrival and Build Week on the playa; depart any time;
  • Arriving in Reno by Thursday, 8/27 for our camp’s truck load and provisioning; depart any time;
  • Arriving in Reno Saturday, 8/29 (preferred) or 8/30 early in the day; you *must* be on the road to the playa by Sunday afternoon; and you *must* stay for full camp pack down of our Reno storage unit on Monday, 9/7, which means you’ll be departing Reno no earlier than Monday evening.