I'm a Burning Man newbie (virgin seems the more accepted term). I'm male, in my mid-20's, and live west of D.C. I've wanted to Burn for about 6 years now but never had the gumption/time/resources. Finally, though, this year! I make video games for a living. I'm rather unlikely to bite your legs off or otherwise fuel your horror stories for NEXT year's Burning Man.
I have my ticket and I'm looking to join a theme camp. I have no idea where to start shopping.
I don't have any doubts about being able to survive my first burn (and comfortably) but I am looking for a few things:
- - early access to BRC. This is my primary motive in seeking a camp, to be honest; several veterans recommended I do so to acclimate myself to the alkali, temperature, and altitude (4K feet isn't awful, but hey) as well as to participate in the full experience. According to them half the fun is the camaraderie of a setup crew and watching people test their various stuff out.
- collaborating on transport across the country. I have a 2-door Civic and am willing and able to hoof it myself, but I feel like that's not wise, what with all the water, my bicycle, etc.
- a solid microcommunity
What I bring to the table:
- - significant outdoors experience (Boy Scout, did Philmont (read: high-altitude desert backpacking))
- all the equipment I need, plus extra cordage, tarps.
- strong sense of resourcefulness (read: MacGyver complex)
- decent culinary experience (catered for a few years)
- decent handyman experience (nothing huge, but basics in carpentry/wiring/plumbing)
- strong computer know-how (not sure that'll be useful at all, but, hey)
- a pretty positive attitude (generally upbeat and willing to roll with surprises/difficulties)
- height (being 6'4" has to help when building stuff, right?) and a generally fit physique
- the ability & willingness to help clean up (during or after)
- confidence and comfort in/with myself
- strong communication/listening/empathy
- strong backrubbing hands (actually, I could totally dive into a massage camp)
- no major dietary/allergic wants/needs/conscientious objections. I'm an omnivore, drink, don't smoke.
- - Generally small (hopefully around 30 people? perhaps you all can recommend I aim smaller or larger?)
- Nothing TOO wild (hah), but something to push my comfort zone is welcomed.
- A camp that's not screamingly noisy most of the time. I adore music and like it loud, but I'm hoping for camp as more an oasis and less of a nexus. I say this with a grain of salt, as it's, y'know, Burning Man. Maybe this is something I seek in the place I put my personal tent? I'm not sure here; guidance requested.
My possible points of failure:
- - personal space. I'm an introvert who can easily and sustainedly fake extroversion, but at some point I'll need to up and flee to the hills (proverbially) for quiet-time. I doubt it'll be an issue, but, hey.
- sun. I'm a redhead. 'nuff said.
- I tend to geek out over various things; music, technology, games. This weirds some people out, I guess.