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What is hashing?

A DRINKING CLUB WITH A RUNNING PROBLEM

The Hash House Harrier roots extend back to the old English schoolboy game of "Hares and Hounds," in which some players, called "hounds," chase others, called "hares," who have left a trail of paper scraps along their route across fields, hedges, streams, bogs, and hills. One of the earliest Hares and Hounds events on record was the "Crick Run" at Rugby School in Warwickshire, England, first held in 1837.

Hare and Hounds as an adult sport began in the fall of 1867 with a group of London oarsmen who wanted to keep fit during the winter. Also called "Paper Chasing" or the "Paper Chase," the game became very popular after its introduction on Wimbledon Common in 1868 by the Thames Hare and Hounds. Early clubs called themselves "Hare and Hounds" or simply "Harriers."

THE HASH IS BORN

A.S.I., "G" Gispert (1903-1942) As far as we know, the only hasher to ever wear a tie.

The Hash House Harriers as we know it today was founded in Malaya (now Malaysia) by Albert Stephen Ignatius Gispert, an English chartered accountant.

It was sometime during 1937 when Gispert (or simply "G" as he was known to his friends) acquired a taste for the paper chase with the Springgit Harriers in Malacca (also in Malaya). Shortly after being transferred by his accounting firm to Kuala Lumpur he gathered together a number of fellow expatriate businessmen to form a harrier group. The first run was held in in December 1938 and the founding members included Cecil H. Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Eric Galvin, H.M. Doig, and Ronald "Torch" Bennet.

The group's name came about primarily because local authorities required legal registration of the club. While the "Kuala Lumpur Harriers" would have appeared a logical choice, "G" decided instead to use the nickname for the Selangor Club where a number of the local harriers both lived and took their meals. It seems that due to its lackluster food, the dining room was commonly referred to as the "Hash House."

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What to expect?

Basically a hash consists of three main parts, none of which have anything to do with the marijuana or hashish:

The Run (aka Trail)

One or two hashers, called the hare(s), lay a trail. They mark their trail with chalk arrows, shredded paper, flour, or pieces of toilet paper hanging in the bush, depending on local tradition or terrain. They might pre-lay trail a day or a few hours before the hash, or they might lay the trail as "live hares," running ahead of the pack with only a short (15 minutes is typical) head start. At a given signal, the rest of the hash (the Harriers, Harriettes, hounds, or pack) set off in pursuit of the trail. The idea is to keep the pack somewhat together and this is achieved by setting false trails, cunning checks, and sneaky loops. The fitter front runners will often run twice as far as the more slothful members, yet still finish the run at the same time as the rest of the pack. The length and difficulty of the run depends on the hare and the terrain but will typically be between four and eight kilometers, or about 45 minutes to an hour of running with checks, false trails, and shortcutting.

The Circle (aka Religion)

At trail's end hashers gather to drink beer and observe religious ceremonies . . . which consist of drinking more beer, this time ritualistically. Circles may be led by the hash Grandmaster, the Religious Adviser, or by a committee of mismanagement. Traditions (and the degree of rowdiness) vary from hash to hash, but in general the Circle consists of awarding "Down-Downs" for misdemeanors real, imagined, or blatantly made up, and the recipients will most likely have been dobbed in by their fellow hashers. Visitors are always given a Visitors Down-Down as are Virgins (first-time hash runners) and anyone else who comes to the attention of the Circle. The Circle can last a couple of minutes or half the night depending on the level of religious fervor of the hash. With changing times drinking has lost some of its importance and most clubs now modify their ceremonies to cater to non-drinkers and those stupid enough to think that hashing can improve their health.

The On-On (aka On-On-On, On-Afters, or Après)

Some hashes suspend ceremonies for awhile to consume food provided by the hare(s). Other hashes, at the conclusion of the Circle, repair to a nearby restaurant or pub. This is the social part of the hash, and the party usually breaks up afterward. In some hashes, however, religion may continue during or after On-Ons, with the telling of jokes and singing of songs, and all members, visitors, and virgins should come armed with at least one joke or song lest they be called upon.

bulletThe above article written by Steve "Modess" Trinka and stolen from the Hunter HHH page
 
bulletAdditional information on starting and conducting hashes can be found at Harrier Net

 

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What to bring?

Advice for the First Timer...

Well congratulations! You're ready to try your first hash. We've all been there before, so here are some simple tips to help you prepare for your first hash.

You should be in decent shape - if you can't WALK at least five miles you need to get in shape before trying a hash. These can be pretty exhausting to the unprepared!

Always bring a gym bag with a change of clothes - warm DRY shoes and DRY socks are worth their weight in gold after a couple of November river crossings. Sweats, gloves, sandals etc. - these are all gonna be your buddy and/or pal, dependant upon the weather. Not to worry, we always have a bag car that will bring your gear to the ending spot. Expect an outdoor ending - although we sometimes head inside a warm bar - only silly folk expect things to go their way.

Oh, in the Summer, bring rubbing alcohol to get rid of poison ivy. Also bring a small towel to apply it without making a mess. In Winter, sweats and/or tights will be your pal. But don't wear new running shoes. Trust us. If you don't believe us, just read the next paragraph....

DO NOT HASH IN NEW RUNNING SHOES - if you do, you'll be chugging a beer out of them.

Speaking of which, after your 1st and, if you come back, your 5th hash(es), you can expect to take part in the down-down ceremony. Here you'll be introduced to the pack, we'll sing a raunchy song to ya, and then you'll be expected to chug a 12 ounce beer. You can take as long as you like, but if that cup parts from your lips before you finish your beer, it gets dumped over your head. Ya got that? OVER YOUR HEAD. That means you go home smelling like a brewery.

Don't wear road r*cing tee shirts and expect us to be impressed - you're just asking for a down-down.

Expect profanity - lots of it. We all have to be nice and polite at work - this is when we make fun of one another and fart in each other's general direction. If this sort of behavior disgusts or offends you, tough titty - we ain't changin'.

Expect to get muddy, cut by briars and understand that you can get hurt doing this. Bones will get broken, ankles will get sprained, fingers get dislocated all of the time and egos can get bruised. If you get hurt, it is your own damn fault, but we'll do everything we can to help each other out.

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Trail markings?

So, you've decided you want to give hashing a try, but you have no idea what all of our silly markings mean. Don't feel badly, we've gotten strange looks from virtually everyone who has seen any of us set these marks.

In a nutshell, most of our trails are set in flour, chalk, Toilet Paper or other ways by one or two volunteers, which we call "hares". The runners, those of us who will be following this trail to the end, are called "hounds." Get it? The Hounds chase the Hare's trail. and at the end, all that great beer and food that you've heard about is waiting for ya....

Hash Marks - Almost all trail marks will be set with the same flour your Grandma used to make her cookies. It is cheap, bio-degradable, and not a whole lot of folks are using it to set running trails, so chances are good, if you see a pile of flour on a hash, the hare put it there. Ideally, you'll be able to see one mark from the next. On the left, you'll see three marks. Imagine that they are about 25 yards apart.
 
Check Marks - Of course, just running and following blobs of flour would be almost as dull as regular running. So, to spice things up, and to make the trail mentally as well as physically challenging, the hare will occasionally leave a mark like the one on the left. The three dots mean that you have reached a "check-point" which means the trail can go in any of 3 or four different directions, only one of which is the true trail. Your job is to find the proper trail...
 
Back Tracks - So, how are you supposed to figure our which trail is the right trail? When you get to a check mark, look for a blob of flour nearby, and keep following until either you have reached the fourth mark AFTER the check, which means you are a smart puppy who found true trail, or you'll run into three parallel lines like those on the left. This is called a back track, and means you picked the wrong mark. Head back to the check mark and try again! D'ohhh!
 
On-Over - Some times the trail will take you to a fairly congested area or a body of water, which may make it impossible for the hares to lay a trail in that particular area, but that is the direction you're supposed to go. In these cases, the hare will mark the trail with an arrow with two "o"s at the base. This means you are to go "on-over" the obstacle, and run (or swim!) in the direction of the arrow until you see trail again
Whichy-Way - Only used occasionally, some hares like to offer you two ways to the end of the trail. Usually, one is much more challenging than the other. Will the hare tell you which is easy and which is hard? Maybe. Maybe not. Life can be that way. Try to be strong, pick a direction, and live with the results....
Water-Stop - Okay. Sometimes it gets pretty hot , so your more compassionate hares will set a water stop about halfway through the trail. Usually this will be a couple of jugs of water, and some dixie cups. Don't be a pig, as there may be other folks behind you.
Beer-Stop - Again, this isn't something you'll see on every trail, but some hares are such great folks that in addition to, or instead of a water stop, they will have a beer stop. Again, these are generally about halfway through the trail. so don't drink too much. Remember, there's plenty of beer at the end of the trail!
You've Been Fucked - You NEVER want to see this mark. Trust us. Generally this will hurt those who decide to try to short-cut a trail. After you've hashed for a while, you will notice that some hares tend to set trails in the same areas,and sometime even using the same ending point on multiple trails. As this happens, and people short-cut to the end, the wily hare may change the end point, and leave a 'YBF' mark for the short-cutters. Hah hah, sucks to be them!!!!
Count Back "X"- A count back on trail means that you have to count back the number of marks indicated (in this case, "Count Back Six" Marks). Once you get to the mark indicated, it acts just like a check mark, so read the description for a checkmark to see what to do next...
Beer Near - Everyone's favorite mark, even for those who don't drink beer. This mean that the trail is just about finished (you might have another 1/4 mile to go), and the beer, food and your hash bag full of all the warm clothes you brought with you is just a few yards away.... HOORAY !!!!
Boob check- You want to see theses, at this check mark all male hashers must stop and wait for the ladies to show up. Only a Harriett can move on and find trail. How ever the ladies must grace us with a flashing of their BOOBS, Alright it is not a must but hey we are a hash and we really do love it very much, so PLEASE!! show 'em.

 

Package check- A package check is the same as a boob check except the ladies have to stop and wait for a guy to come and show his package and the the guy goes and finds trail. if a guy get there first the guy has to wait for a girl to show up and he must prove he is a man. Alright it is not a must but hey we are a hash and fair is fair, so PLEASE!! show
DFL check- EVERYONE, I MEAN EVERYONE Must wait at this mark until the last person arrives and steps inside the circle!!!
SONG check- A Song check a group of 5 hashers must stand around the circle and sing a song.
Whistle Check - simple you have to blow your whistle. this give the hares a chance to know how fucked they are!!
Clothing Check - simple you have to swap an item of clothing with another hasher, shirt, pants, Underwear is very encouraged!! hats sun glasses are not counted and you will be punished in the circle!
Naughty Check - You stand in the circle and bend over the hasher behind you will smack your behind and then take your place, the last person smacks themselves.

 

 

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When is the hash?

We will be hashing one weekend a month at 1630, 4:30.

One weekday a month at 1900, 7:00.

Times, dates, and directions will be posted on here as well as the yahoo group.

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Hash Traditions?

bulletHash Names are given on the completion of 5th Hash.
bulletThere will be a circle before every hash conducted by a member of mismanagement
bulletThere will be a circle after every hash conducted by a member of mismanagement
bulletThere will be a beer check. Hopefully several!
bulletThere will be a Religious Ceremony after completion of every run.
bulletHats are required to be off of head when taking down down.
bulletPersons blowing thru boob, song, package, whistle, clothing, naughty, DFL, checks. will be punished!!!! Severely!!!
bulletSevere violators can be sent to the spanking machine.
bulletEach hash member is expected to set a hash periodically. Runs should change geographical locations regularly to avoid overlapping previous trail
bulletThe rule of the pack is called the "Whim of the Pack".  Basically, if enough of the Pack desire something to be so, it will be!
bulletIf you do not follow true trail you can not snare the hare(s). Short cutting/ zenning is allowed but you must be on true trail to snare. If you are found guilty of zenning that would mean you blew through CHECKS. See tradition 7.
bulletNo arguing, fighting, being an ass, dominating the hash, whining, bitching, etc.. if found guilty you may be asked to leave. FOR GOOD.
bulletevery named hasher must have a whistle.
bulletAll named hashers will have a drinking vessel.
bulletAll named hasher will have there longevity.
bulletDead trails are allowed, discouraged but allowed

 

The Run

The hares are given a head start of twelve (12) minutes prior to the pack starting. The pack will walk three (3) minutes and then start running. The pack can work together to make the run an easy fun run for all involved. Each person in the pack may carry chalk to mark the trail (see " Pack Arrow"). When a mark made by the hare(s) is spotted (distance between marks should be no more than 50-100 meters) the individual can either say "on-on" or give two short blasts on his/her whistle. This alerts the pack that they are on trail.

When a "CHECK point" (or intersection ) is discovered, the front runner's/ walker's mark their direction from the "CHECK point." If a "BT" (Back Track, or Bad Trail) is spotted, the individual will give one long blast on their whistle and wave his/her hands in an X pattern over their head and shout "BT" or "Bad Trail," alerting the pack to return to the last decision point and mark the BT. If a  Check back  is discovered the finder returns to the decision point and marks the direction with "ON CB".  This procedure is followed until a true trail is found.  Harriers should mark a "?" at a check point if they searched a direction but gave up on it without proof of it being a good or bad trail.

Thus from a decision point, hares can lay four types of trails:
    1.  Three hash marks or fewer - this means it is a Bad Trail;
    2.  FOUR hash marks or greater - this means it is the true trail;
    3.  Any number of hash marks followed by a bad trail mark;
    4.  Any number of hash marks followed by a check back.

Beware of marks; they can be made with powder or chalk, etc. and can be on sand or gravel, or on the road, sidewalk, telephone poles, curbs, trees, signs, building, fences, under vehicles, on walls and on other structures. Also the trail does not necessarily have to go straight, and the hares can use a "turn on powder".  That is, the trail can take off at any angle from a hash mark.

Hares may also draw a map or write a message to indicate the trail (normally to change directions or cross open areas or roads). For example, "Go to the third building and go left."

Remember that members of the pack can mark the trail with an arrow for the slower runners if there is doubt of the trail direction. No one except the hares can mark true trail arrows.

Short-cutting is leaving the trail and trying to find the trail by a shorter distance -- taking a short cut. These individuals usually get lost or return to the start because they were outsmarted by the hares. However, if a hare is spotted still marking trail he or she may be tagged and the spot marked by a sign indicating

Hare Snare: Time: _____ by: ____.

The hare will be totally embarrassed, degraded, verbally abused and lose his or her hare license. However, the hare must be released and given a ten minute head start to finish the trail.

When the finish is found by the pack they can expect to see the proud hares waiting and with refreshments for the ceremony.

 

Use of Whistles

Every Harrier, after his or her first run, is required to have a whistle at all hashes (except hares.) Also everyone is encouraged to use their whistle.

bulletHarriers will give two short blasts on their whistle as they spot a mark on the trail.
bulletHarriers will give two long blasts on their whistle when they see a "decision point" or a                  " true trail arrow " Additionally,  either CHECK or TRUE TRAIL is shouted after the                   whistle blast.
bulletHarriers will give one long blast when they find a  back track  or  bad trail .
bulletHarriers are required to blast their whistle when a whistle check is conducted after the           "Down-Down Ceremony."
bulletHarriers will use their whistles to assist fellow Harriers.

Down-Down Ceremony

After the last runner has come in, not to include those who are Dead on Trail (D.O.T.), the Hash Master will signal the beginning of the Down-Down Ceremony. A down-down is the chug-a-lugging of a twelve ounce beer, soda, or water. Once the signal is given to begin, the Hasher may drink until the mug leaves the lips or the beer, soda or water is depleted. Either way, the mug immediately goes upside down over the head (who said Head?) to demonstrate to the Pack which is the case. Down-Down's are normally given in the following order for the following reasons:

bulletFirst run.
bulletFifth run (for the Hash name)
bulletLast run.
bulletHares who get caught
bulletNo whistle (for second run or thereafter)
bulletNo hash attire for a named hasher
bulletNew shoes, color coordinated clothes
bulletFRB, DFL
bulletAny assorted hash violations at the whim of the pack.

Hash Awards?

bulletAny run divisible by 10, hash streamers
bulletHaring 10 times, consecutive awards for 20, 30, 40 is that possible.
bullet69 hashes A mug.
bullet100 hashes you achieve the title HASH GOD. You only get to proxy a down down.                       you can wear head gear and you don't have to wear you whistle, longevity,                                   have a drinking vessel. However you are not in charge and you don't run the hash Mismanagement does. And the pack votes on rules you don't get to make them                              up at your leisure

 

 

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