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Sharla Kew
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All lodging is first-come, first-served with the caveat that all can change according to the whim of the dictator or the needs of the community.
The first-come, first-served is for gappers, ants, workshop participants, or those doing other jobs or bounty work around here, otherwise rent will be charged.

You will be expected to keep your lodging tour-ready if you are staying in one of the provided structures rent-free.
If you are paying rent, you cannot be shuffled out of your lodging, and you will not have to keep the space tour-ready because tours will not be taken through spaces that are being currently rented.

"Wait, tours?" you say. Yes, tours. We want to be able to show off the cool stuff we have here! If you have a sweet rmh in your bunk, or if you're kipping in a wofati, or the tipi, these are a big deal and people want to see them. Unsurprisingly, this also means that there is a minimum level of tidiness we expect you to maintain.

Without further ado, here be the latest on the lodging availability at both base camp and up on the lab. If you're thinking about coming out to gap or to ant, etc. this is information that you want to know. Note that the following information is subject to sudden and capricious change.

Everyone is responsible for purchasing their own food and feeding themselves. On Feast Days Jocelyn cooks a delicious dinner for everybody, and everybody tries to help as much as possible without becoming a nuisance. Feast Days are also the day when people can shower in the house if they want. There are outdoor showers, but they do not function in the winter.

As of this writing (Jan 5 2016) there are 3 gappers likely to show up soon, so expect to see the “currently unclaimed” space diminish rapidly.

Base camp

Amenities
  • good well water
  • on-grid electricity
  • wifi
  • outdoor willow feeder (like an outhouse)


  • Red Cabin
  • bedroom only (no kitchen, no bathroom)
  • newly insulated
  • minnie mouse rmh newly installed
  • limited electric power
  • WiFi access
  • claimed from February on


  • Porta-cabin “The Loveshack”
  • bedroom only (no kitchen, no bathroom)
  • partly/mostly insulated (needs work)
  • will have the waterbug rmh installed soon (currently no heat)
  • has solar panel for light & device charging (somewhat spotty in dark winter times)
  • currently unclaimed after February




  • The Lab
    The lab is two miles from base camp up a paved-then-gravel-then-steep-dirt-sometimes-mud-or-snow-adventure road.

    Amenities
  • as yet no water source, so water must be brought up from base camp
  • one willow feeder (like an outhouse) between the Abbey and tipi
  • solar off-grid power at the Abbey and wofati 0.8


  • Wofati 0.7 “Allerton Abbey”
  • powered by the solar voltswagon
  • small propane oven and 3 burner propane cooktop
  • batch-style rmh
  • also used as community space/kitchen due to its proximity to the ant plots
  • a couple bunks - claimed from February on


  • Wofati 0.8 “Point Eight”
  • powered by solar leviathan
  • has full size gas range running on propane
  • double sink (though water is hauled in)
  • nice rmh and bench
  • one bed
  • Several cots
  • Could house 5-10 depending on arrangements
  • One spot taken from March on



  • Tipi “The Tipi”
  • rmh bed/bench
  • currently unclaimed



  • In the winter time, most of these places are pretty rough living. Paul and Jocelyn used to share their house more than the weekly feast and shower nights, but that didn't work out so well, so for now the extra beds in the house are reserved for special and short term guests.

    The winter is not a fun time for tent or camper living, but in the other seasons people are very welcome to bring their own habitations.

    This post will be updated as things change.
     
    Jocelyn Campbell
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    Thanks Sharla for getting this all shiny and up to date!

    Other relevant info:
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    Brett Hammond
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    Hi Sharla,

    I'm a bit confused. I read that accomodations are first-come-first-served, but also see that some are reserved. So if somone wanted accomodations, do they make reservations, or come there first?

    Thanks!
     
    Brett Hammond
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    Also, how long does it take to get there from Missoula by car?
     
    paul wheaton
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    I think all of everything has to have a big "it depends" combined with a lot of "and crazy could happen".

    In the past, most people tell us which bunk they want and then they show up a week after four other people show up. Or somebody is keen on something and a vip arrives ... so the gapper gets moved. Or it turns out that somebody has been here a while but doesn't do much, and somebody new arrives and is getting a lot done. The Newby could get the premium bunk. I think the key is that we have lots of bunks, so everybody gets a bunk.
     
    paul wheaton
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    Brett Hammond wrote:Hi Sharla,

    I'm a bit confused. I read that accomodations are first-come-first-served, but also see that some are reserved. So if somone wanted accomodations, do they make reservations, or come there first?

    Thanks!


    You gotta get here first.

    People who rent stuff, get a date and get what they rented for sure.

    Gappers get a bunk, but we figure out which bunk when they get here. Mostly because things change and a lot of gappers don't show up when they say they are going to show up.

     
    paul wheaton
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    Brett Hammond wrote:Also, how long does it take to get there from Missoula by car?


    Less than an hour.
     
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