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What next?
Getting ready for BM? Here's all you need to know

After getting approval to become a member of PBR and paying your dues to guarantee your spot, here are the next steps:

  1. Join our Facebook groups

Playa Bike Repair 2019 Campmates for present campmates 
Play Bike Repair Pangaea for past and present campmates.

  1. Join our Google Group

We use the google group to broadcast important announcements. 
Please subscribe here.

  1. Sign up for PBR work shifts

All camp members work four shifts, four hours each (16 hours total).
Read the worksheet descriptions here
Register for Shift Board, and schedule your shifts here 

  1. Start planning your burn!

As a PBR camp member, you will be part of either the camp set up, or strike (dismantle).  Start thinking about which one you can commit to. 

  1. Departure Party

 Departure Party will be hosted in San Francisco on Saturday 18 August. This is a great opportunity to meet other camp mates and drop off supplies you would like us to transported for you to the burn.

Please also check the information below:

 

Getting there 
Getting there

Decide how you are getting to and from the burn

  • Drive: You will need a vehicle pass as well as a burning man ticket. Wait times to get in and out of the burn are known to be variable and sometimes, extensive! Keep this in mind when deciding.
  • Camp car pool: We also help coordinate a car pool for camp mates. Speak to our member coordinator for more information camp@playabikerepair.com
  • Public Ride Share: If you would like to find your own ride share, you can do so here.
  • Burner bus: There is a burner bus that departs from either Reno or San Francisco. More information here.
  • Plane: There is an airport in Black Rock City, and you can fly from SF, LA, or Reno.  More information here.

See you in the dust!

Arriving at BRC 
Arriving in Camp

When you arrive at camp:  Helene is our lovely greeter and is there to help you figure out where to set your tent, and give you your name badge. 

Each camp member will be given a PBR name badge. This will help your camp mates and the public know your name and that you are a part of our camp. When you're in PBR, make sure to wear your name badge.  (If you wear it out of camp, random people may ask you to fix their bike, offer you a drink, or tell you they love you.)

Once you are settled in, please help others who have just arrived.

There will be four zones for campmates this year based on when you plan to depart Black Rock City (BRC). Before pitching up your tent, make sure you check with Helene.  If you put your tent in the wrong spot, you'll probably have to move it.

Here are the four zones within the tent area:

  1. Leaving Monday or after (YELLOW)
  2. Sunday (RED)
  3. Saturday (BLUE)
  4. Friday or before (GREEN)
  5. Late arrivals (PURPLE)

Here's a map to better visualize the zones. Ribbons will be tied to the poles of the shade structures to help you see where these designated areas are. If you don't see them, ask someone.

When setting up your tent, please be sure to get the sides of your tent as close as you can to the next tent. Walkways should be behind or front of your tent door. Please ensure there is 2 ft of walkway in front of your tent.

Bikes 
Bikes for campmates

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Food 
Food

Catered dinner starts on Wednesday and runs to Saturday night.  We have a pre-dinner meeting at 7:00 PM, and dinner starts at 7:30 PM.  

If you stayed in camp a full day, this is what it would look like:

  • 10 am:  Earliest shifts start
  • 11am - 6 pm:  Bike Repair and Bike Distribution open.
  • 6 pm - 7 pm: Clean up of mech and distribution area.
  • 7 pm - 7:30 pm:  Pre-Dinner meeting.
  • 7:30 pm:  Dinner.  Make your evening plans.
  • 9:00 pm: Head out for the night.

Bring food high in minerals and salt. Your body does risk the opportunity to become chronically dehydrated. Help replenish your minerals and electrolytes by bringing along bananas, coconut water, cabbage, jicama, peanuts, and seaweed.

Amenities 
Amenities
  • Several art bikes
  • 12,000 square feet of shade with mesh floor (to catch MOOP).
  • Commercial kitchen with 10 burners, 3 ovens, 3-basin dish sink, 2-basin prep sink, hand wash sink, 3-door fridge, 2-door freezer.
  • All equipment to cook, including pots, pans, utensils, microwave, and toaster; 3-basin sink for washing dishes, with washing supplies. 
  • Catered Dinners (Wednesday thru Saturday)
  • Two refreshing showers available for use by camp mates
  • 4000 gallons of fresh water
  • 4000 gallon gray water tank
  • Professional audio (rivals a night club)
  • Arguably the best music on the Playa
  • Electricity (25 Kw Diesel Generator running 3-phase)
  • Two onsite portable toilets, for campmates only.  (DO NOT use the Medical Tent's toilets!)
  • A camp full of awesome camp mates!
Water & Power 
Water & Power

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Shifts 
Shifts

If you're new to our camp you're probably wondering what you need to do once you've signed up for a work shift. At the start of your workshift, meet your shift manager in the region where your work is designated:

  1. Mechanic or bike repair duties - meet at the bike repair area near the bar 10 minutes prior to shift start.
  2. Bike Distribution - scanning or loading bikes, meet in the bike distribution area 10 minutes prior to when your shift starts.
  3. Everything Else - MOOP cleanup, gas & propane, kitchen clean, etc. Meet in the lounge area 10 minutes prior to shift start. 
Bike Mechanics 101 
Bike Mechanics 101

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Packing & Shipping 
Packing & Shipping

All items must be put in 27 gallon black and yellow tubs labelled clearly on at least 3 sides with blue painters tape in black ink with your name and contact details. You can buy these tubs from here and we will supply blue tape and markers at the party.

More... 
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More questions? Contact us 
More questions? Contact Us

Feel free to post any questions to the Facebook group. Your campmates will answer any questions.

If you need to contact any of the administrators of the camp, here are the email addresse:

Workshifts
Amy Lam
volunteer@playabikerepair.com

Dues, tickets, vehicle passes, early arrival passes
Sonia, Heather
camp@playabikerepair.com

Everything else:
Loren@playabikerepair.com