Island Earthship Build: Setting Up Camp

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‘My Survivor, Island Earthship’ Build with Michael Reynolds

In BC, Canada

A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy

Pathway to my Camp site, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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Pitching a tent sounds easy, but not after a 12 hour journey of Planes Trains and Automobiles to get to this remote Island location for an Earthship build with Michael Reynold’s crew. Light is starting to wane, and it looks like rain. Not uncommon for these ‘Rain Forest’ Gulf Islands. I’ll do what I can to get myself a dry night’s sleep, and try to keep the rampant moisture out of all my gear.

First night camping set up, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

I’ve arrived with the Sunshine, but I hear that’s just a decoy. It’s all I have time for tonight to get my tent up, and I sleep with one eye open waiting  for that potential incessant drip from my tent roof to land with a thud in the middle of my forehead. My wonderful Mountain Hardware Hammerhead 3 comes through, and despite the drizzle during the night, I’m dry and so is my gear upon waking.

Battoning down the hatches, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Saturday is a dark grey, and the locals are whispering of ‘The Rains’ to come for what they call ‘Jun-uary’. I realize I need to batten down the hatches and do the best I can with my second attempt now that it’s a new day and I have more time. The massive 28 x 20 foot tarp is too gargantuan for me to muscle on my own, so I opt for a smaller tarp, and keep my fingers crossed it will hold.

After a night of thudding rain and whooshing every time my tarp drained itself of the pools that were collecting, I knew it was time to reassess things. My neighboring intern woke up to an indoor swimming pool while floating on her air mattress. I hear the weather forecast for the next few days- 10 times the amount of rain we got last night. Time to recruit some help from the newly arrived interns and prep ourselves so we can be happy, dry, rested, and productive volunteer interns on this 5 week Earthship build starting on Monday.

Bill and Tyler helping re-tarp the intern campsite, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Help arrives in the form of Bill, a former Telephone Repair Man, and Tyler, both from Winnipeg aka ‘Winter-peg’. Trees and heights were not a problem for these two enthusiastic interns, up for the challenge.

Re-tarping the campsite, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

It may look like overkill, but I keep hearing those Islanders talk with ‘just wait…’, with a knowing grin on their faces.

Tarping the campsite, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

There’s rumor you can get mold in two weeks in a tent under these weather conditions. Peachy. Can we double tie all those guide lines men?

My Survivor Island Earthship camp is ready, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The Sun’s come out to taunt us, but we know better, and I feel better knowing my @$$ is covered. Now about those winds… with those giant tarps I may not get wet, however I might find myself somewhere in Kansas in the middle of the night. ‘Engineer as you go’ is the expression ’round here. Time will tell. Tarps and rope are a hot commodity here. Tomorrow is Monday, the first official work day for the build, and we have a long way to go to the finish line!

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6 comments on “Island Earthship Build: Setting Up Camp

  1. Bill and Tyler look like a hoot! I see you’re in good hands kiddo so I won’t have to worry (too much) about you. Keep high-Keep dry-and keep the posts coming. I miss you already :) Learn lots n’ lots n’ lots n’ loads.

  2. Very exciting, look forward to seeing if you arrive in Kansas or stay put…

  3. Nicole on said:

    Enjoy the build – our MB Earthship hearts are there with you all… looking forward to more blogs.

  4. sigrid lannuzel on said:

    Poor Jenn! The pictures and explanations are great !!! Really look forward to seeing more. Would love to drop by and see the progress but will most likely take a bike ride around the Island later in the summer and hopefully get a peek then. Hope things are drier now. It usually is nicer by now. July ,August and Sept are usually our summer out here. Take care, please say hi to Jenn! :) )

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