You may be asking yourself, “Isn’t this just a normal hash? Why should I change the way I’ve been laying trails since the beginning of time?” Well, hashing during quarantine is a bit of a different animal and there are certain things that you might not have considered.
- Private Property: During a normal hash, running through someone’s woods or back yard doesn’t normally pose that big of a problem. The pack runs through and you’re outta there. If an angry homeowner comes out, Moon can talk them down while the rest of the pack is on their way down the road in a matter of minutes. In a quarantine hash, groups of a few hashers will be making their way through their property every half-hour or so for a few days. Because of the timeframe, it is also much more likely that a homeowner will be around at some point during the span of the hash. Make sure to get the property owner’s permission or just avoid private property.
- Checks: The main purpose of a check is to keep the pack together. In a quarantine hash there isn’t really a pack so more checks mean it’s more likely that different quarantine groups will run into each other, defeating the goal of the QH3 style. Not saying to totally forgo them, but less are needed.
- Marking Trail: Since these hashes are spread out over days, there is more chance that rain or nebby neighbors will wash away your marks during that time. To avoid this, mark heavily and mark on telephone poles and trees rather than the ground. Also flagging tape is useful in the woods. Additionally, mark your trails well. It is much easier to get lost in a small group than it is in a large pack.
- Dangerous Terrain and Personal Responsibility: One of the main concerns when hashing solo or in small groups in safety. There won’t be a large pack to come save you when you fall off a cliff and/or a ropes course. So as an individual, don’t take unnecessary risks and as a hare, don’t put the hounds in positions where they are more likely to get hurt and you have to go out and rescue them when they don’t check-in.
- Trail Length: I know some of yinz love to lay/run an 8-mile death march. In these cases, we ask that you provide a WELL MARKED turkey-eagle split so the turkeys can enjoy a shorter trail while the eagles can fulfill the masochistic urges they’ve been deprived of during quarantine. Also, please be honest about trail length/difficulty in your write-up so people can pack the appropriate amount of beer to get through your shitty trail.
- The Upside: You may be bummed right now about all these new things to consider, but wait, there’s an upside! You know all those times you’ve though of an awesome trail but had no bar to start out of or had no good circle spot? Or when you’ve been too broke to provide beer and food for a bunch of ungrateful wankers? Well, this is a perfect time to use that terrain and it will only cost you the price of flour and ribbon!
- Avoid private property or make a point to get the owner’s permission. Groups running through a property every half hour for 2 days is different than a large group running through once.
- Go easy on the checks. There isn’t really a pack to keep together so there’s no need to put a check on every block.
- Mark heavily on telephone poles/trees instead of the ground or use flagging tape to avoid having to re-lay trail due to rain. Also mark trail well if you don’t want to be constantly harassed by lost groups of hashers.
- When you fall off a cliff, there will be less people there to save you. As a hare, don’t put hounds in too precarious of positions. Likewise, as a hound, don’t put yourself in a position where you might need to be saved.
- If you must lay an 8-mile death march, please lay a WELL MARKED Turkey-Eagle split. Also be honest about trail length/difficulty in your write up so we know how much beer to bring.
- THE UPSIDE! This is the time to lay a hash in awesome terrain with no start bar/circle location and you only have to spend money on flour/ribbon!