Car use for the camp — our policy

We need cars to make our camp happen. We need cars when we’re in Reno pre-playa to run errands, pick people up at airports, provision for ourselves and for camp projects. We just need cars (and trucks).

Please note that the More Carrot camp does *not* reimburse any campmates for their cars, gas, rental car fees or any other expenses related to your car use, regardless of whether you use it for camp purposes. When we are in Reno and preparing, we’re on. We do what we need to do to get ready for the playa.

Drivers who drive people into and out of the playa are encouraged to negotiate a per-seat fee with passengers, and that is usually $50-$60 per way. Your call. Your responsibility to ask for it and collect the money. And we will do our best as a camp to communicate to the whole camp that everyone should expect to pay for their rides into and out of the playa.

Getting into — and out of — the playa

So you think you drive and drive out of the playa, easy peasy and all like that? What happens if you and your friend drive to Reno together but one of you is on the early entry crew and the other isn’t? What about all the folks flying in from other states and countries who don’t have cars? Who pays for the rental car that sits for a whole week on the playa? What if it’s your friend’s car you’re in? Wouldn’t you want to pitch in to pay for more than gas, such as a thorough post-playa interior, exterior and engine cleaning? What if you need to leave the playa a day early but came in with someone else who rented a car? What if you’re not heading back to Reno after the playa but drove a load of people in to the playa?

Yep. Many factors to consider. Our camp helps coordinate rides for those who need them. Your job: Help us out by providing as quickly and as accurately as possible your travel plans, dates and what you have to offer and what you need. We don’t guarantee rides, per se; but so far we’ve managed to get (or help get) everyone in and everyone out.

Please know that transportation to and from the playa is not included in camp fees. Costs associated with travel to the playa are your personal expense, and if you’re hitching a ride with someone, you’ll probably want to budget $100-120 for transportation into and out of the playa.

Packing to get your gear on the truck

It is important that you get onto our truck as much of your personal gear as possible. This means suitcases, tent/camping gear and non-perishable food and alcohol. It’s much better for you that the truck carry your gear versus transporting it in the car, SUV or van carrying you into the playa.

Why? You might ask. I’ve been on the late entry team twice and it can be a sight to see when all the miscellaneous stuff each person plans on taking to the playa suddenly adds up and needs to fit into a car. As you know, coolers and suitcases and the shape of most cars aren’t the best match when it comes to fit. Imagine three coolers, three suitcases and tons and tons of personal shopping, bags, and drinks being shoved into a car along with three people who are headed off for a six- or seven-hour ride. Even if you think you’re a master packer — and you may be — there is a point at which physics takes over and only so much stuff can go into so much space.

Sooo, what’s the solution?

  • Pack wisely.
  • Distinguish between what you need in Reno vs what you need on the playa.
  • Pack a smaller day pack or suitcase for your Reno-only needs.

  • For the late arrival people, buy non-perishable items (canned food, drinks, dry food) earlier in your shopping trips so that they can be put on the truck.
  • Keep your ticket (or will call confirmation number), ID and, if needed, Early Arrival pass in your day pack that will be with you when you arrive at the gate.  

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 3.24.22 PMAlso, please remember to —

  • Label the heck out of everything. Everything! Your tent. Your suitcase. Your cooking team’s dry goods supplies. Your liquor. Grab some extra cardboard boxes from liquor stores or when you’re out and about and get your newly purchased provisions into labeled boxes.
  • Condense your bags and purchases into hard-case containers. All loose personal items packed on the truck MUST go into a hard container (something that is stackable and durable). In other words, we do not accept a grocery store bag stuffed with your possessions as something that can be ferried on the truck. The camp has some  cheap plastic bins for people to use. If you have a choice and can accomodate it, pack your gear in a durable hard plastic container. Label it with your name.
  • De-MOOP as much as you can in Reno. Do it in the car when your caravan of people are moving from one store or errand to the next.  Remove all plastic, packaging, cardboard. And do so with a diligence that amazes and surprises yourself and your fellow carrots.

Bikes

Most people have a bike at Burning Man, and we encourage you to as well.  

For many people who need to rent a bike and don’t want the hassle of trying to arrange for bike transport, we do a group bike rental from from Hammer & Cyclerya service that allows for on-playa pick-up. Hammer & Cyclery is a group of burners thatuses the bike rentals to fund a bike repair camp benefiting hundreds (or more) Burners.

Cost: Bikes are $100 for the week, plus a $100 security deposit (paid by the camp and reimbursable by you if you lose your bike.) Bikes do not include locks, lights, baskets or any other goodies. (These are 2013 prices and prices may have gone up.)

Reserving a bike: Please reserve your own bike, though tell them that you’re with More Carrot, the farmers market people.

Repairs: The camp owns a bike pump and a few spare inner tubes. If you have a bike repair kit and/or extra supplies, it’d be great if you could bring them along.

Keeping (or Not Losing) Your Bike:

 Three simple tips

  1. We highly encourage you to create a durable bike tag with your name, our camp name (More Carrot) and our address (Update for 2014: The 3:00 Plaza).
  2. You need to bring your own lock, especially if you are renting it. Last year, one camp member lost her bike early on (hassle) and had to forfeit the $100 security deposit she’d put down (double hassle).
  3. On playa, our camp provides bike racks where you can lock your bike when you’re back at camp. While we have a defined and “private” camp, we’re also located close to a lot of action with thousands of people passing nearby our camp daily. You may want to lock your bike even when at camp.
Able to transport a bike? 

If you are bringing your own bike to the playa, that’s great. If you have space for a bike in or on your van/truck/vehicle or have arranged with another campmate to carry a bike in to the playa for you, you may want to buy a bike from the Reno Kiwanis Club. There rates are cheaper than Hammer & Cyclery.

(2013 data) Hammer And Cyclery will be at the 3:00 Service Plaza this year and will be open from 11am to 7pm daily.