|TIME||WHAT||DATE / TIME / DONE|
|– 180 days||Get on the hare schedule|
|– 30 days||Identify the hash end location|
|– 30 days||Coordinate with hash end location owner|
|– 30 days||Begin scouting the trail|
|– 21 days||Identify the hash start location|
|– 21 days||Identify the meeting location (On-Before)|
|– 21 days||Coordinate with On-Before owner|
|– 14 days||Give information on the hash at the preceding hash|
|– 14 days||Coordinate with the Beer master|
|– 14 days||Coordinate with helpers (beer check, food…)|
|– 7 days||Send out Email publicity info on the hash (via Grandmaster)|
|– 3 days||Send out Email reminder on the hash|
|– 3 days||Final scouting of trail|
|– 3 days||Final coordination with hash end location owner|
|– 3 days||Final coordination with On-Before location owner|
|– 6 hours||Check weather forecast, adjust accordingly|
|– 4 hours||Begin laying trail (in case of Pre-layed Trail)|
|– 90 minutes||Make final logistical preparations|
|– 60 minutes||Go to the On-Before|
|– 30 minutes||Make final coordination with Head, Beer master, Hash Cash, On-Sec, Time-Keeper (in case of a Life Hash)|
|– 15 minutes||Go to the hash start location|
|Hash start||Give chalk talk|
The Hares are the main performers at each Hash! It is up to them to make their hash a success. Of course they will receive help from the “officers” wherever possible, but help should be requested (otherwise they will assume the hares are fine). One hare should be responsible for each hash and work this check-list through! Otherwise, when it’s too late you’re bound to hear: “Did you…, No, I thought you were going to….” Here are some things you shouldn’t forget when haring:
(1) Most importantly, your Trail: Make sure you or one of the hares know what they are doing! Has a hare co-hared with a “professional” and experienced a few hashes? See also Hare Planning List!
(2) Meeting Place: Where and when do we meet? Normal starting time is on Sundays at 4:00 p.m., but you are free to establish other schedule. Will you get everybody out of there as soon as possible?
(3) Transportation: How will everybody get from the meeting place to the start and from the end to the Down Downs?
(4) Do you have Drinks? Please check with the Beermaster!
- Beer (Presidente), minimum two boxes of small and six big bottles) for the (she)men,
- Water for the wimps and the boys and girls,
- Meeting place,
- Beer/Water Check,
- Down Downs?
How does what get where in which Ice Box?
(5) Do you have Food?
- Heavy food which will be charged (by Hash Cash or supplement)?
- Chips and dips for the down-downs?
- If possible, some vegetables and fruit would be much appreciated too!
(6) Who will Collect Money (Hash Cash or supplement)? Are the beer chips available?
- Do you have Flour and/or Chalk and/or spray?
- Who will do the chalk talk and time the hares-walkers-runners?
(8) Do you need a LRB (Last Running Bastard) as sweeper / collector of the lost ones? Who can do it?
(9) Who will be HEAD (Master of Ceremonies) for the Down Downs?
(10) Will the Toilet Seat (for FRB = Front Running Bastard) and the Skirt (for LRB) be at the down-down’s?
(11) Who can scribe? Are pen and paper available?
(12) Who is willing to be Beer bitch during the Down Downs? Are there Pints, Cups and Pitchers?
· Meeting Place, Transport?
· Drinks, Food, Pints/Pitchers/Cups?
· Money-Collector, Chalk-Talker, Time-Keeper, LRB, Scribe, Beer master/Beer bitch?
· Start, Beer check, End, Down-Downs?
SOME ADVICE FOR A GOOD TRAIL
- Maximum distance from the city should be half an hour of driving if it is a normal Run, but could be more in case of a special event such as full-time happenings or up to several days with overnight stay(s) like the AGPU or so.
- Look for interesting spots and some highlights during the run (viewpoints, river crossings, landscapes etc.) and appropriate sites for start, end and down downs.
- Variety of surroundings at your Run are quite important (mix streets with parks / waste land / fields / forests / lakes / rivers etc.) to keep it challenged.
- Avoid areas where streets / roads with heavy traffic have to be crossed frequently.
- A normal Run should be about one hour for the runners and 1 ½ for the walking wimps but it could be a little bit harder once in a while.
- Define first the end location and develop the trail from this point!
- Never do a run in form of an “8” with a crossing of trails! The best hares fizzled with that layout because the pack is getting confused with the marks at the cross. If you are such a daredevil to do it, use at least different colours for the two directions at that point!
Live Run or pre-marking?
- A Live Run (laid out some 10-15 minutes before the departure of the walkers and some 5-10 additional minutes before the runners) is definitely the most exciting kind of a Run – for all hashers participating! Only during a Live Run there are really hounds after the hare(s) with the possibility to catch up with them – with all its consequences as dragged shorts etc. Feel the surge of adrenalin!
- A Live Run requires some special logistics, as temporally splitting of the hares in situation such as marking of false trails, and the hares obviously should be sportive types somehow….. A Live Hash definitely needs more time for its preparation if you have never tried it before.
Laying of trail / marking
- Standard material for the Hash Marks is flour (mazorca, or still better: wheat flour because it is white and easier to identify on any kind of surface), chalk (you can use different colours) or spray cans (expensive and not environmental friendly, but useful at pre-laid trails under difficult weather conditions like storm or rain which would destroy other kinds of marks). Do not use spray colour on any walls and never on private property, the best place for permanent marks are the pavement or other hard surfaces, plants or concrete posts!
- Make always a Chalk Talk before starting the Run, showing on the ground all marks as used on your trail. Use preferably the STANDARD HASH MARKS and explain additional marks in detail.
- Make sure that there are enough marks: especially on a pre-laid trail some marks will get lost by parked cars or so, rain and wind or even by nasty people. The normal distance between hash marks should be within 50 meters (half the length of a football pitch), in case of difficult environmental conditions (underwood, high grass etc.) you should mark more frequently. The trail should always be laid in a manner that the pack does not get lost, frustrated or depressive!
- At checkpoints you should be more tactically: place a mark leading to a false trail more obviously than that showing true trail. Let the hounds loose some time there looking for the right direction! Be aware: Only on Checkpoints / Back Checks you can gain some time as a Live-Hare!
- In case of a difficult street crossing or other difficult sections, always use the Hare Arrow Mark to indicate the right direction. Nothing is more dangerous than hashers looking for the true trail under dangerous conditions!
- As Hare(s) you are responsible for the whole Run but this does not mean that you have to do all by yourself! So you must coordinate with the respective people of the Committee that everything runs smoothly. Start this coordination as early as possible and do not hesitate to ask other hashers for help (see also HARE CHECKLIST and HARE TIMETABLE). Have fun!
STANDARD HASH MARKS
|Hash Mark||A blob of flour or a chalk line indicates a trail. Three consecutive hash marks indicate true trail.|
|Check Point Mark||Indicates that the trail may change direction at this point. Here hounds spread out and look for trail. From the check, true trail will begin again in about 100 meters in any direction. There also may be one or more false trails from the check.|
|False Trail Mark||Two crossed lines on the trail indicate that the trail is false and the hounds should return to the last check to look for the true trail.|
|Hare Arrow Mark||An arrow laid only by hares. A hare arrow always indicates true trail. Hounds may also mark arrows, but hound arrows lack the three hash marks on the shaft and may or may not indicate true trail.|
|Sharp Turn Mark||Indicates, that the trail takes a sharp turn here, this case right. Doesn’t necessarily mean, it’s the true trail.|
|Back Check Mark||Indicates that runners should turn around and retrace their path while looking for true trail. This mark is accompanied by a number indicating the number of marks the pack should go back before looking for true trail. In this case, a check four (4). The numbers will be marked as on a dice.|
|Beer Check Mark
|Indicates that there’s beer within 10 meters or so. When used to indicate a beer check, Front Running Bastards (FRBs) must wait until the Fucking Last In (FLI) hound arrives before proceeding on trail. The beer check’s purpose if twofold, to provide refreshment and to regroup the pack.|