Hints for Hares and Caterers

Here are some links, in the Ulsan vicinity & slightly further afield, for all of you intrepid trekkers  to investigate, so let us see how you fare as a hare!

It is said that "If you have half a mind to join the Hash, that's all it takes"

Hashing is a form of non-competitive cross-country running/walking with the main objective of working up a decent thirst. Great emphasis is placed on the social aspects - particularly the refreshment session at the aprés-hash. It's a fun activity and must not be taken at all seriously.

We are always looking for Hares, especially with the regular R&R patterns of some hashers. Sharing the Haring brings variety to the hashes and allows other regular hares to be hashers for a change.

If you have Hared before you will know the format, but the following was cobbled together from some internet hash sites plus some hints particular for Ulsan Hash.



Hints for Hares

  1. There are 3 basic types of Hash.
    • An A-A starts and finishes at the same place.
    • An A-B doesn’t finish where it starts. This means that the pack will not be able to guess the route in but requires you to get drivers back to their cars somehow. An alternative would be for the walkers to be A-B and the runners A-A providing there are some drivers amongst the runners.
    • A Live hash has the hare laying the trail ahead of the pack. This can be done if you don’t have time to lay the trail ahead of the day but you need to know the area and be fit enough not to be caught before the end. If short of time, you could lay the runners trail beforehand and the walkers trail Live.
  2. Don’t volunteer for the next hash but choose a later date so you are not under pressure to find somewhere within 2 weeks.
  3. Take someone with you, either voluntarily or by force. They will come in useful when trying to link 2 paths together and can carry the flour. If you are a first-time hare then take an experienced hare – if you can’t find one then Harimau will help you.
  4. Choose a location - preferably one with a reasonable car park and within an hour’s drive away from Seobu Clubhouse. Drive/bike around somewhere that looks promising or look at Google Earth for inspiration. If you see some hikers about then chances are there is a walking trail somewhere nearby. There is no shame in using somewhere you went to on a previous hash so long as you lay a different trail.
  5. The trail does not always have to be up a mountain – we have done hashes in town and the local parks. If you go through a farm, beware of trespassing. Roads can be used but beware of traffic.
  6. Unless you know the area well, be prepared to get lost first time. Walk around your proposed area a couple of times trying several paths and noting suitable points for checks and false trails. Seek out the muddy bits, known as Shiggy - Hashers love it. Use the geography to confuse the pack's sense of direction and always ensure the pack can't see the car park from any point on the trail otherwise they'll just head straight for it and the greater part of your hard work will be lost.
  7. Remember what you didn’t like about other hares’ trails and try not to repeat it on your’s.
  8. If the location is far from the Clubhouse then a ‘bongo’ bus can be arranged through Flik if we have enough notice. Let the foodies know if you think it is better to eat at the finish rather than return to the Clubhouse. If it is more convenient for those living downtown to go direct the start rather than meet at the Clubhouse then we can e-mail everyone in advance.
  9. If the location is hard to find then sketch a map for the drivers. We can email to everyone before the day or hand it out at the Clubhouse.
  10. 2kg of flour should be ample to lay the trail.
  11. Lay the trail preferably on the day before the run. Plan on taking 2 - 2½ hours over it, more if you are going to use lots of falsies and you have no help. Lay flour every 25 metres or so on easy clear ground – on rough or overgrown terrain try to make the next marker visible from the last. Still lay flour on paths with no branches – the pack may not be able to deviate but it is reassuring to know you are going the right way. Ask yourself whether you could follow it if you were as blind as Mr McGoo.
  12. The ideal Hash has everyone finishing at the same time. Ulsan is a family hash with a wide range of ages and abilities, which makes this hard to achieve. Use Checks (circle with a cross in it) to help slow the front runners down but don’t overdo it. A Check can have any number of routes leading from it but only one will be right. Mark the wrong routes from a Check with 3 bars.
  13. Also use False Trails marked with an “F”, which will require hashers to go back up to 100m to a track junction and find an alternative route.
  14. If you want the runners to ignore the 3 bars or the “F” then also put down an “R” with an arrow. Similarly, if you want the walkers to ignore, then put a “W” with an arrow.
  15. Mark a split in runners and walkers trails with both “R” and “W”, each with arrows. Use an arrow where the trails meet up again or you want to make the route obvious.
  16. If you can get a car to it then consider a Beer Check, requiring the front runners to stop for a beer/water while the walkers catch up.
  17. If you are lucky enough to find some open space then lay the trail around 3 sides so that the short-cutters can catch up by cutting across the 4th side or the middle.
  18. Don't be tempted to make your trail TOO long. A long run makes for a spaced out pack and you won't be thanked for making everyone completely knackered. 1-1½ hours on the day should be fine – you can go up to 2 hours but let everyone know it is a long one before they start and provide an escape route for those who get tired. Generally, if you are still laying it after 2½ hours consider cutting it short.
  19. On the Big Day itself, brief the pack on any unusual hazards and whether dogs should be kept on a lead.
  20. A well laid trail means that the hares can stay behind and guard the beer. However, be prepared after the run to organise a search party for any lost hashers. Otherwise follow the pack around with the tail-enders and give them hints to short-cuts if you have any.

Hints for Caterers

  1. Ulsan Hash will reimburse you for all food expenses
  2. Keep it simple – most hashers are not fussy
  3. Keep it cheap – about half of the registration fees is for food with the other half used for the drinks (you do not need to buy the drinks)
  4. Soup is a traditional favourite – Ulsan Hash has a couple of large cooking pots for you to use.
  5. The Hash knows some good bakeries so if you need the Hash to buy the bread then please ask.
  6. National dishes make for a good variety.
  7. If you want to do a spicy dish then please do a second milder option.
  8. Please remember the vegetarians.
  9. Ulsan Hash can provide hotdogs for the Horrors if required.
  10. Try to gauge the numbers from recent previous hashes – depending on the time of year and proximity of public holidays we can get between 30 and 60 hashers.
  11. The Hares will let you know if the food is required at the hash site instead of the clubhouse. Ulsan Hash has a gas burner should you need it.

Recommended shops:

    You can get nice fresh Baguettes in these Bakeries:
·         Tres Bien (near to Seobu Foreigner’s Compound, open Sunday)  Tel 052-283236
·         Sim Sang Yeol (Bangeo-dong) Tel 052-2337704
·         Paran-Pung-Cha Café & Bakery (near Exordium, Downtown. Open Sunday)
 Tel 052-2420404

·         Hotdog sausages and buns from Costco