Hare GuideHaring Checklist
- Send directions to the Hareraiser as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
- When sending directions, only send the start address with a zip code, the Hare Raiser will use Google Map to generate directions from MO and IL. If your trail is starting near a Metro Link stop, include this information as well. It's also a good idea to let people know if your trail is stroller friendly, dog friendly. Maybe there's a lot of shiggy and you want to warn hashers to bring flashlights. Maybe there's a separate walkers trail. These are all good things to include in the directions.
- If you know where you are starting trail well in advance go ahead and send the directions. They'll be posted on the upcoming runs page. If you know the venue but not the exact location let us know and we'll post that info. This *will* help increase the attendance at your hash. But then again, maybe you only want 4 or 5 people to show up.
- If you are a first-time hare, it is imperative that you find an experienced hare to co-hare with. They can advise you on trail layout and hash logistics. Don't be afraid to ask someone to hare with you who you don't know well. What better way to get to know someone. Who are the experienced hares? Check the Run Stats page.
- See how late the on-after location serves food (and how late they are open). If you need a short circle in order to get to the food, inform the R.A.
- It is preferred that the start be within walking distance of the On In, so that people can walk back to their vehicles (referred to as an A-to-A prime run). If this is not possible, plan on providing transportation back to the start (known as an A-to-B run)
- Please make sure the parking lot to meet in is suitable to fit anywhere from 20-50 vehicles. In the summer we get a lot of people and they dont always car pool.
- Beerstops and Hash Cash...
- During the summer months, outdoor beerstops are preferred.
- Hares are responsible for getting beer to the Beer Stop. Either purchase cheap beer to be reimbursed OR make arrangements with the Beer Meisters to get there before circle to make the drop. Don't make the pack wait.
- The Big-Hump pays for 1 Beer Stop only, the cheapest one and preferably Hash Beer in cans. Any additional stops are at the courtesy and expense of the hares. If you plan on more than one, please provide money or beer for alternate stops. Or let hashers know ahead of time that they need to bring their own money on trail.
- Hares should count before they are away the number of craniums for purchasing beer at a bar Beer Stop, *please give information to the Hash Cash* so they can purchase the beer (1 per hasher).
- The pack (even if there are walkers) should arrive at the Beer Stop at roughly the same time; please plan trail accordingly.
- One hare runs for free. On big events (Green Dress, etc.) no hare runs for free.
- Parks are always questionable for starts or beer stops. Make sure there are not posted rules about being there after dark or punishment (no need for jail!) for alcohol. If needed you can check with rangers.
- If you have idea(s) for ways to make your trail unique (beer stop in a bar, shot stop, food stop, giveaways, etc), please discuss with Hare Raiser well in advance so arrangements can be made.
- Be generous with true trail arrows if you don't have many check points, don't keep the pack guessing.
- Circle jerks: Very easy to setup on city streets and wooded trails, keeps the pack together.
- GMaps Pedometer is useful, it lets you know how long your trail is.
- Once BN has been found, there are usually no more check points until after the beer check.
Some useful Tips for setting a successful trail
|Standard Trail Marks: Trail typically starts with standard marks such as these. A dot of flour means the same as a plain arrow. An arrow can be drawn in chalk or in flour. Either means that you are on a trail. It may not be true trail. It could be a false trail. Incidentally, toilet paper on trail means the same thing as a standard mark. They don't have to be put in easy to see areas: behind trees, power poles, tops of mail boxes, are good places. When marking city streets try not to mark in areas where something may get parked.|
|Check: Eventually trail should lead to a check. A check means that trail can split off in any direction and the pack must check to see which direction trail leads. Checks should be plentiful. They not only serve to slow down the front runners; they also help to keep the pack together. The hare has done a good job if he/she has laid a trail such that the slower runners catch up to the faster ones.|
|Chick Check A chick check means the same as a regular check except that it should be checked by the chicks on trail. To avoid checking, chicks can show a previously hidden body part.|
|BJ or False Trail: A BJ or false trail means that you followed the wrong trail and you should go back to the check to see which way the trail leads.|
|Two Dotter: When you see two dots next to each other, it means go back to the previous mark or check and find trail from there. Trail can go in any direction from that previous mark.|
|True Trail: Only the hare can lay this arrow. It means that you are definitely on the real trail.|
|Whichy Way: Trail can go in either direction. One way is usually marked with a Blow Job, but doesn't have to be. Just pick a direction and find out if you're on trail.|
|Turkey Eagle Split: Turkey Eagle Splits are marked with two opposite directional arrows with the initials T and E. And no, these do not stand for Tough and Easy! Turkey trails are usually shorter while Eagle trails tend to be harder and longer (that's what she said!). This doesn't have to be the case as the hare can switch them up or make each path of trail equally difficult or easy. A good rule of thumb when you come to a Turkey Eagle Split is if you feel like running, take the Eagle. If you feel like drinking, take the Turkey.|
|CB (Check Back) : Occasionally on trail you will come across the initials CB with a number and a dot. This means that you will return backwards the number of marks indicated by the number, starting from the dot next to the CB. So for example, a CB 69 with a dot means that you have to count back 69 marks with the mark next to the CB being #1. Don't forget that arrows and TP count the same as a flour dot. When you've successfully counted back 69 marks, the trail can go in any direction from that mark.|
|Pack Arrow: A half arrow with initials by it: Usually seen off of a check. This means that someone has found true trail and has marked the correct trail with an arrow and his/her initials. A more common way of marking the correct trail off of a check is to drag the dots in that direction with your foot.|
|Hash Halt: The pack has to stop and wait for all the other members of the pack to catch up before proceeding. These marks are usually laid by live hares as a way to gain some ground on the pursuing pack.|
|BN (Beer Near): This mark means that beer is near. You should always sprint when you see the BN initials as you will soon be rewarded with shitty beer. Shitty beer is better than no beer right?|
|BS (Beer Stop): A beer stop is a break for the pack to rest and refuel with delicious beer. A beer stop can either take place in a bar, in which case the BS will be placed just outside the bar entrance or anywhere else outside that the hare wants to have it. There can be more than one beer stop on a given trail, but the hash is only responsible for providing beer for one stop. The hare is responsible for providing the cost of any additional stops. So be sure to thank your hare for the case of Dirt Cheap at the second stop.|
|On In, On Home, Series of Dots: These indicate that the end of trail is near. Trail should not turn from here.|