Workshop: Earthship Addition - Buena Vista, CO / Hughes Hacienda

  • July 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Help With A Build
Hughes Hacienda

Hosted by: Keith

Game Plan: Help fabricate an Earthship already under construction in Futurity Colorado near Salida. This will be a weekend camping retreat; stay the weekend to camp and build or you can always spend the day and depart early evening. Sleep under the stars or inside the Earthship on flagstone floors... (space is limited to a few inside locations) Also be aware of snoring individuals inside the Earthship. Solar oven, propane grill and gas stove on site to share. If you have extra tires - bring them along! Size preferred is 225/75/R15.

Materials to bring: Work gloves, clothes that can be stressed, safety glasses and/or shades, sunscreen, a sleeping bag and pad, tent if spending the night & 4x4 if available.

Amenities to bring: If planning to stay the weekend please bring enough food supplies and plenty of water for yourself. Also feel free to bring foods to share as we could easily turn this into a pot luck around the campfire!

Location: Futurity Colorado is near the end of County Road 185C. The location is 1.5 miles southeast from there.  Only 4x4 vehicles can make it to the property.

Carpooling: When the date gets closer we will organize carpooling

Weather: Should be nice and sunny this time of year, but given the altitude you can bet on cold nights and morning dew from clouds.

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  • Carolina

    July 20, 2013

  • Carolina

    Great seeing you all! What a wonderful concept and home. Thank you Keith - it was awesome and will definitely be going up again. JP - I'll post those photos a bit later on today. I also uploaded them onto FB and tried adding all of you to tag you in em! Cheers :)

    July 15, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    This was a fantastic experience! Thanks Kieth for the hospitality and the opportunity. Thanks Justin for organizing this. I look forward to more!

    July 15, 2013

  • keith

    Exceptional

    July 15, 2013

    • JPaul

      Tons of work left to do on that thing, but we'll get some more people up there to speed up the process. It was definitely a fun time and the view you have from that place is pretty incredible. I enjoyed waking up to unzip the tent with a view of the valley; pictures don't do justice.

      July 15, 2013

  • Tama

    Forgot I'd need the 4x4. Can't make it. :( have fun everyone!

    July 13, 2013

    • keith

      You didn't need a 4x4 vehicle. Cars can make it to Futurity. Was and am picking people up at Futurity. If you want to come up anytime during August you and any one else welcome to come up. More the better. Have a meet up in suggesting section for any time in August.

      July 14, 2013

    • JPaul

      Surprisingly you can easily get a car up there most of the way rather well. But the last two miles 4x4 is certainly required. It's a pretty fun drive, though!

      July 15, 2013

  • keith

    Love to see some photos. Thanks for coming had an awesome time. Don't be afraid to visit again always need the help

    July 14, 2013

  • JPaul

    Good to go for tomorrow! Hope to see you all there!

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Carolina

    Hi all! I just joined this group and I am trying to get more involved in sustainability and would absolutely LOVE to join this weekend. However, I do not have a car - would any one be willing to let join in their car? I am more than happy to contribute as well! Thank you!

    July 8, 2013

    • Ryan A.

      Thanks!

      July 10, 2013

    • Chelsea

      Hi Andrew, I'm Ryan's friend chelsea, I live on south broadway, if I could get a ride that would be amazing!

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing this; I would be interested in helping on future dates but not available 'til 07/20. Have fun, and be safe! :)

    July 8, 2013

    • Heather F.

      I'm in a similar sort of situation. I would love to come at another date in August!

      July 8, 2013

    • keith

      Anytime, just give a heads up when you you want come up. Seven two zero four two five seven five one one. Leave a message if no answer.

      July 8, 2013

  • keith

    One week to go!

    July 6, 2013

  • keith

    9 am July 13th, I will be at Futurity to guide and or pick people up. Can hold 4 in my truck and their stuff. Multiple trips if no one else has 4x4. If you want to come Friday night just let me know and I can come down to Futurity. Three options on sleeping is one in a tent at Futurity. Two, in the Earthship on flagstone floor. Three outside house in rough terrain camping. My number is seven two zero four two five seven five one one for any questions.

    June 30, 2013

  • keith

    I guess no more posting on Earthship.com. Profile deleted and i wondering why?

    June 24, 2013

    • JPaul

      Not sure why your profile would be deleted, but mine is still active at Earthship.com. The forum is currently offline for archiving purposes. Did you try logging in under the "Home" tab? If you go strait to their forum it indicates they're offline, but you should still be able to log in under the "Home" tab. If you cannot log in and they did not send you a prior email indicating your account was to be deleted, I would email them directly to ask them about it. See you next month!

      June 24, 2013

  • sapna

    Hello am from India unable to attend workshop ,am seeking help from all who know how to build an earthship ,will u all help me?

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • JPaul

      Sapna take a look at Earthship.com for potential assistance for your Earthship :) Unfortunately this group is for volunteering and I believe most of us would have difficulty making our way to India to help you. It would cost each person a lot of money to fly out there.

      June 24, 2013

  • keith

    OK earthlings. We are going forward with July 13 @ 9am. I hope to see you all there. Any questions give me a call @ seven two zero four two five seven five one one. Peace

    June 10, 2013

  • sapna

    very far from my place.

    June 9, 2013

  • Joanna

    I am going to Moffat tomorrow - but I won't be able to go back again for this build unfortunately because I cannot afford the gas...

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Ryan H

    By July I will either have enough vacation time from work or be able to just call in with out repercussion from the internet sweatshop in which I am currently employed.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for considering the overall experience and rescheduling. I hope to make it in July!

    May 31, 2013

  • keith

    Bad news, talked to Justin and we agreed. That due to the high wind that have been going on for a few weeks. And should be for another week. That this meet up will be postponed. I apologize for any inconvenience but being at 10,400 has its drawbacks sometimes.

    May 30, 2013

    • JPaul

      Good to speak with you last evening Keith. Total bummer on the wind being so strong it nearly knocks you off your feet while trying to work. I've set the future date for July 20th, but we really didn't establish a future date over the phone so what dates work in late June or July-ish? We should also run the workshop for a week in addition to the weekend to give more options for attendees. We can shoot for the end of June onward, though I chose July 20th to push the date out a little further. You can also consider getting HelpX volunteers to join for a broader work force! Any ideas on future dates?

      May 31, 2013

  • Joanna

    coming from Longmont - prob will arrive at 10am

    May 30, 2013

  • Lorena A.

    looking forward to give a hand

    1 · May 27, 2013

    • Lorena A.

      Keith - something came out with the family and we won't be able to attend ( :( ) i was really looking forward - please keep me updated and I will plan it for next week - have fun :)

      May 30, 2013

  • Emily W.

    Wish I could make it to this one. Maybe in the future if there are more to come.

    May 26, 2013

    • keith

      See you on the next one.

      May 29, 2013

    • keith

      I am trying to have them on the 15th and 30th also in other meet up groups. If your available let me know. K

      May 29, 2013

  • keith

    Weather is supposed to be high of 69, low 39. It has been windy, really windy, as of lately. Snow finally melted two week ago.

    May 29, 2013

  • Lorena A.

    9:00 at your place....at what time do you suggest to leave Denver? I am coming from DTC

    May 27, 2013

    • JPaul

      I will try and get a hole of Keith to discuss further logistics. I'm still somewhat in the shadow with this one not knowing exactly what we will be doing. From the photos I've seen of the job site, it appears we will have some tires to pound as well as a little masonry work to accomplish.

      May 27, 2013

    • keith

      2 and half hour to three hour drive from Denver, depending on the traffic. You need to get a good print out of a map to Futurity before you leave. No internet last 15 miles until you get to Futurity. Just pounding tires, a little mud for corner blocks, trying to get a tree or two so people can learn to peel Vigas. Plus learn what I did wrong on my Earthship.

      May 29, 2013

  • Ryan H

    Working sucks, but I need to work and save up for the academy and after.....

    May 27, 2013

    • JPaul

      See you next time Ryan!

      May 27, 2013

    • keith

      I hate work also, gets in the way of my life.

      May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up & I have to cancel. Sorry, y'all.

    May 28, 2013

    • keith

      Sorry to hear that. Best wishes.

      May 29, 2013

  • JPaul

    KEITH - I sent you private emails twice with my contact info months ago and again one yesterday to touch base with you on this workshop. I have not heard back from you at all except general comments you've posted on the page. Please contact me asap so we can talk about this workshop. I still need details on the type of work we will be doing on your Earthship since it appears it has been under construction for quite some time and looks largely complete.

    Since I haven't heard from you other than comments you've posted on here I would like to make this final versus sending a bunch of people out to your property without knowing what we're getting into. If I do not hear from you by Friday afternoon I am canceling this meetup as I do not feel comfortable sending my members to the middle of nowhere lacking necessary communication. As the primary organizer of this group, I am in some ways responsible for the people attending events I post and prefer to have things properly organized.

    May 29, 2013

    • keith

      Sorry Justin, recent email was in junk mail. Will call you Thursday.

      May 29, 2013

  • keith

    Any questions about the meet up, give me a call at 720 four two five seven five one one. Leave a message if I do not answer. Get back to you soon as possible. Keith

    May 29, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    I can fit 3 in my SUV from Capitol Hill for car-pooling.

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Joanna

    I would like to drive with someone if possible

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • JPaul

      Hi Joanna, in your email to me you said you're from Longmont correct? Is there anyone traveling from that area that is interested in carpooling with Joanna? Please reply to this comment so we can all help her out.

      1 · May 2, 2013

    • JPaul

      Hey Joanna, good to speak with you yesterday over the phone talking Earthships and properties. Hopefully we'll get to see you this weekend!

      May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't see a cost on this one. Is there any?

    May 1, 2013

    • JPaul

      Hey Kerry, there is no cost for this workshop. We're helping Keith work on his Earthship home so he's only asking for volunteers, essentially.

      May 2, 2013

  • keith

    Wondering if everyone wanted to do potluck for meals. If so what would you like to bring? I have refrigeration, BBQ, gas cook top, and a solar oven. Keith

    1 · April 26, 2013

    • Ryan H

      Sounds good!

      April 26, 2013

    • JPaul

      I plan on bringing a ton of veggies and meat; maybe some eggs for breakfast. I will make enough for others to munch on my stuff, but unless we all considerably plan to potluck it might be a free for all. I'm comfortable with either.

      April 27, 2013

  • Ryan H

    I'll will need a ride, but I'm definitely all aboard!

    April 19, 2013

    • JPaul

      No worries my friend, we will figure out how to get you there.

      April 27, 2013

  • keith

    Also get a detailed map before you come to Futurity, Colorado. For their is no phone service from trout creek pass to Futurity. But their is phone service with Verizon from Futurity and my place. I think team mobile works too.

    March 25, 2013

  • keith

    I just want to clarify a few things. My place is off the beaten path. It is more than a hours drive to the nearest hospital in Salida. It is at 10,400 feet in altitude. So if not accustomed to altitude or out of shape. Might not be advisable to participate. On bringing kids. This is not a kid proof place to bring them. I have many ways to get hurt on this build. Not to mention the wild life. So i am not responsible for anyone's welfare, financially, or well being. I will try to make this the best meetup ever. But I am only human. I am not politically correct. You will need camping gear. Such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, food, water, warm clothing for it gets cold at night, if you ever camp outside in the rocky mountains you know what i am talking about. Unsure if its going to really windy(gusts are high up here), lightening (remind me to show you all the lightening strikes on my property), hail, or really hot out or even snow. It snowed in July a few times. KH

    March 25, 2013

  • keith

    Their is some pictures of my place on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/haciendaearthship.hugheshaven

    March 18, 2013

  • keith

    You could park it 2 miles from the site at Futurit. Park for 10 days without a permit and no hookups. National forest does not come up their too often on see who is camping.

    March 9, 2013

  • keith

    If you like the idea and can not work or join a group donate to the cause. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hacienda-earthship-hughes-haven

    March 9, 2013

  • keith

    Having another meetup on the June 29th on another group if interested. http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Denver-Urban-Homesteaders/events/107574232/

    March 9, 2013

  • JPaul

    Keith I believe many of our members would possibly be interested in helping you on the Geodesic dome build as well. Suggest the meetup time and day and we'll see what we can set up :)

    February 12, 2013

  • keith

    If this one goes good i will be holding more events like this one. Might start one a monthly meeting in the summer. Also have an Idea of building a Geodesic greenhouse dome with hydroponic and aquaponics. Be a while for that one. Any takers?

    February 10, 2013

  • Melinda P.

    I want to attend, but it's hard to know my schedule that far out...

    January 25, 2013

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