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What is it and how do you do it?

What is Hash - A simple (but brilliant) YouTube video explaining Hash to a non-Hasher. Click on the following link to view a short animated YouTube video explaining: What is Hash ,or this one

If you have half a mind to join the Hash, that's all it takes, and let me tell you, some of us are way overqualified! If you have Hashed before you will know the format but for the newcomers and those with to few remaing brain cells, here's a quick rundown on what you can expect to happen.

On the designated evening the Hashers will usually gather at a local Pub, a park, in the bush or the home of a Hasher somewhere in the greater Port Stephens area. Hopefully you would have been previously notified of the venue by checking out the website, receiving a flyer, email, by word of mouth or desperately phoning someone minutes before. As everyone arrives it is a good time to chat to friends or meet new ones and perhaps even have a steadying ale. The "ON ON" is given by the Grand Master at approximately 6:00 p.m. so it is a good idea to arrive about 20 mins early to change and prepare for the worst.

The Hounds will gather in a pathetic milling group at the front of the venue as the Grand Master welcomes them and has the Hare/s provide you with guidance on the upcumming run.

A well set run will keep the pack close together but often this does not occur. Front runners should be calling "ON , ON" for the benefit of the slower runners and latecomers catching up. Every so often a Check will be held to allow the pack to regroup and the new direction of the trail to be found.

Typical runs are usually around 7-8 kilometres long and are designed to last about a full hour. However the pack have been known to be barely out of sight before they return or to arive home after a couple of hours on trail and many complaints. However these sort of runs are the exception. If a walkers' trail has been set it will generally be around 4-6 km long and designed to get the walking hashers back to the On-In at the same time as the runners.

As everyone starts arriving back at the On-In, revelries will commence with much socialising and testing of beverages. On occasion there might even be some snacks or sweets brought by errant hashers as 'Fines'.

The Circle
The main ceremonies will occur during the circle which usually commences around 7.30 PM. This is where the Hare/s are congratulated/punished for laying such a clean, mud-free and interesting trail - or not. It is also customary for the Grand Master to lead a session of community singing before awarding Down Downs for anyone deemed to have sinned, such as the heinous crime of turning up for a run with brand spanking new runners, defying Darwin's theory of natural selection by having yet another birthday, being a competitive bastard, further diluting the gene pool by having offspring and any trumped up charge that can be found etc etc!.
Catering / Hash Mash $$
An important part of setting a run is providing food for the runners. Catering typically will have to be provided in the bush, at a park with BBQs, at someones home, or at a pub. To assist with the costs, see the Hash Cash who will give the hare up to $90.00 towards providing the meal. This can be increased by arrangement for special occasions. The Hash Mash you provide only needs to be tasty and filling. Spaghetti Bolognese, stews, curries, hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs, etc all bulked out with bread, rice, pasta, salads, prawns, caviar, fillet steak etc can feed everyone and cost should be within the $90 budget. Some Hares don't mind spending a bit of their own cash to provide snacks, dessert, fuit etc but that is a personal choice.

Setting a Run from Home
This is a great option if you don't mind cars parked everywhere and a noisy mob of Hashers jammed into your garage / pergola / lounge room. Catering should be much easier - just cook your normal dinner and multiply by 25 - 40. If you have cranky neighbours it might be worth warning the GM or putting a sold sign out the front of your place.

More about Running a Trail
Hashing was invented in Malaysia in 1938 ago by a rather brilliant chap called Gispert, and spread like a crazy religion or new STD throughout the uncivilised world. The military and diplomatic corps were the primary culprits of this rapid spread.

People from all walks of life, drawn together by a passion for the outdoors and for drinking, ran together along a pre-laid trail, which ultimately led to the welcoming door of a pub, or the very least a venue or esky (chilli bin, cooler) with adequate supplies of thirst quenching beer. 

The trail is laid by people called Hares. Now all hares are Hashers but Hashers are not always Hares, though sometimes they might be. Got that? The trail is laid in such a way that those more able, ambitious, fit or just plain stupid people who storm ahead, are waylaid by false trails and check backs. These athletes often find themselves trailing the slower, more ovoid, lazier or just plain sensible people that were bringing up the rear, but now find themselves juxtaposed into the very position of leader they sought to avoid.

The trail can be marked in dots, except when it is marked in crosses, circles, arrows etc which are made from chalk, flour, paper, tape or all manner of other strange materials and hieroglyphs, and those that follow it keep a strict code of conduct, those that stray are punished by down-downs. Down-downs are speedily quaffed drinks and are very much at the heart of hashing, indeed many do not consider it a punishment at all.

Hash Terminology

Hash Term 
Meaning (Sometimes)
Are You? A plea for help. A Hound who is not on the trail and wants to know if anyone else is. The reply should be either CHECKING, LOOKING or ON ON. 

A cunning trap to put the hounds off the trail and slow them down, it also enables back runners to catch up. 
Down Down

The act of consuming a full tankard of beer in one or less gulps. If you do not get it down the balance should be poured over your head - or down your pants. Newcomers, leavers, celebrators, and anyone else who deserves it can be invited to do a down down.

Usually found after a check. A false trail can be of any length, depending on the level of nastiness of the hare. If you find it, go back to the check and look in another direction. Note: Falsies are seldom or never come across by the back runners, and are employed mainly to keep the FRBs from not getting to the beer too early.
Also known as front running bastards, they are those silly people who r*n on a hash.

The person who lays the trail. They are totally responsible for any cock-ups which occur and is therefore eligible to receive the hash-shit award.
The Hash treasurer who is usually BUSY financing his mistress, new car, next holiday etc etc ect with misappropriated Hash funds.
It’s usually an old hunting horn or military bugle used to rally the pack, also as directional pointer for the back markers. It may also be a rare occurrence for most Hashmen.
Hash MismanagementThe complete group of incompetents who are responsible for the order or disorder of the Hash.
Master (GM)
The senior member of the loud mouthed bunch of idiots who call themselves Hash mismanagement. In NBH3 the GM runs the Circle.
Also known as the Beer Meister. The person responsible for keeping the Hash supplied with ice cold piss every week.
This is the food that the Hare has arranged to go with your beer. This can vary from a veritable gastronomic feast to victuals that could not readily be described as animal, mineral or vegetable.
A good smash-up party, held as often as possible and up to 365 times a year.

Anyone who follows the Hash. They pay their weekly tithe - If they don’t - they have Hash Cash chasing them.
HWOD The term for Hashmen Without Dicks - our female Hashers, sometimes also referred to as Non Blokes or Harriettes
Looking A call that is made when the trail has been lost and the pack is searching for it. This is not used when you are on a check and are looking for new trail.
Called during the run when you are on the trail. The call assists the rear runners who may not be able to see the front runners but at least can hear them.
The venue where all the crates of amber throat charmer are consumed, and where the Grand Master comes into his own.
Religious Advisor (RA) The person who calls the circle to order and meets out punishments as appeals to his/her sense of humour/cruelty. 
SCB Short Cutting Bastard. To be a successful SCB requires great skill and cunning. A SCB has to try to make it appear that they have run the whole trail when in fact they have only done about half of it.
A weekly award made for some particularly nasty effort. It could be either good or bad. In NBH3, a bell known as the Prick Of The Week (POW)
A member of the mismanagement who tries to organise the hares and inform the other members of the date, venue and hare/s of upcumming runs.
A member of the mismanagement who keeps you abreast of the info you need to attend hash runs.  Sends out emails to neanderthals and compiles the NBH3 web site and updates. Also known as the Web Master.

Hash Trail Symbols, Markers and other Strange Hieroglyphics

Below are some of the marks that are often used by a Hare when laying a trail. Trail marks if used, are applied using various materials such as blackboard chalk of various types and colours, flour, toilet paper, tape, shredded paper and everybody's favourite, Gyprock.



This is a helpful mark, a definite trail, no checking required. May also consist of a blob of flour, shredded paper or tissue paper on bush trails, etc.



This is usually a Check - time to look for a new trail. Scout around in any direction, about 50 m at night or up to 100 m during daylight.


Circle With Arrows

Two or Three Way Check.
Just like a check but limited to the directions suggested by the arrows. Usually used when the Hare is feeling kind.



The end of a false trail. You've just run all this way for nothing. Go back to the last check and try again to find the real trail. False trails are used to wear out the fit and fast runners and allow the slower ones to catch up.


Line With Arrow(s) Facing Back

Check Back - look for a turn off between here and the last check.
A little bit like a false trail but not quite as mean.


Circle With H

Hash Halt - the Front Running Bastards (FRBs) should halt at this marker and allow the majority of slow runners to catch up. Sometime laid when the Hare knows the pack could really spread out or even get lost and he doesn't want to bother leaving his beer to go looking for them.

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