How to Hare a Trail in the Greater Seattle Area
- Look at the upcoming trail schedule ("Hareline") for the kennel you'd like to hare for and contact that kennel's Hareraiser to sign up.
- The sooner, the better. Popular trail dates get filled fast, especially in the warmer months.
Scouting a Trail
- Each kennel in the area lends itself to a different type of hasher and style of trail:
- Puget Sound: Men-only kennel usually hashing in BFE outside Seattle (south King County is pretty common). This group lays “dead” trail through often-times deep, dark shiggy with 2-4 miles before the first, and only, beer-only check. Short circle with the rest of the day at the On-After nearby.
- Rain City: Usually the greater King County area, shying away from pavement and urban areas. They love longer (4-8 miles) “shiggy” (off-road) trails and tend to have smaller, more intimate packs that enjoy running. One or two beer checks and “drink what you want” at Circle.
- Seattle: Trails tend to stay inside Seattle city limits with some shiggy, but also plenty of pavement. Mix gender and varying levels of athletic ability. This kennel gets thirsty and doesn’t mind getting liquor involved. Bar stops are also welcome.
- No Balls: No Balls trails are Bimbos only, but exceptions are made for visiting Wankers. Trails are on the last Wednesday of each month and usually start around 6:30 within the Seattle city limits, they’re short, sweet, and drunk, just like their harriettes.
- wGASH: Got started as a Wednesday night hash during warmer months. Currently a year-round weeknight hash with no regular schedule. Trails vary in length, but typically involve a lot of booze and staying out late because, honestly, who gives a sh*t?
- Seattle Bikers: Night time bike hash! Solo hares prefer “cajun” style trail. These can be many many miles long, but physical ability/bike prowess of the pack varies.
- Tacoma: Co-ed kennel in Pierce County, usually north of the Highway 512 interchange with I-5. Trails range from Tacoma to Spanaway to Puyallup to DuPont. Trails can be either really heavy shiggy to pavement pounding. 3-5 miles is standard, but longer is acceptable. Trails tend to have at least two beer stops, either in bars or in bushes. Trails are typically laid live. Dead lays are accepted.
- South Sound: Co-ed kennel in Thurston County and Pierce County, usually south of the Highway 512 interchange with I-5. Trails range from Lakewood to Spanaway to Olympia to Centralia. Trails can be either really heavy shiggy to pavement pounding. 3-5 miles is standard, but longer is acceptable. Trails tend to have at least two beer stops, either in bars or in bushes. Trails are typically laid live. Dead lays are accepted.
- South Sound Screaming Hormones: Family-friendly kennel that runs from Pierce County to Thurston County. Trails tend to be no more than 4 miles. The level of shiggy tends to be low, but the trails need not be stroller-friendly. 1 to 3 beverage stops is typical. Part dead lay/part live lay is typical.
- SeaMon H3: Co-ed Monday evening trail inside Seattle city limits (AKA car2go home area). They like to "get in, get out, no fucking about". Typically live-lay, pavement-pounding, one beer check, 4-6 miles to burn off the weekend hangover and get you back home in bed by 10:00.
- DFLH3: Co-ed walker-oriented evening trails in the Seattle area, schedule still TBD.
- It's good to have one or two major things to base your trail ideas on, like an awesome viewpoint, cool bar for a beer check, theme of some sort, super shiggy spot, or great off-road trail system.
- Do not make your trail rely on these things to make it awesome, it should be awesome even if we have shitty weather, that cool bar is closed, or the super shiggy is on private land.
- Do plenty of Google Maps/Earth (we don't encourage Bing Maps here...) scouting ahead of time to ensure you're not accidentally taking the pack into private land, a secret government facility, or other such nonsense. If you’re unsure who owns a portion of land, use the county plat map viewer (King, Snohomish).
- Allow yourself time to do at least two walkthroughs of the entire trail, including false trails, back checks, beer checks. This gives you a good idea of trail length, both in distance and in time.
- Be wary of trail crossing itself or even getting close to itself at any point; the pack does weird things after a couple beers and don’t always do what you expect them to. You don’t want them skipping whole sections of trail entirely.
- Send an announcement to the Yahoo! Group list. Once this is received, the web geek or hare raiser from that kennel will take further action (for South Sound and Tacoma trails, send your trail details directly to the hareraiser, who will then create an event description and will send it to Yahoo Groups list.). Include the following information:
- Trail number/name
- Start location
- Start time
- Hares away time
- Trail length
- A-A? A-A'? A-B?
- Shiggy level
- Hash cash
- What to bring
- On-after location
- After a few days, check that your trail got to the web calendars. If you are haring for a major kennel (Seattle, Rain City) or think that you will need a cranium count for your event, make sure the hareraiser from that kennel also makes an event on our Facebook group.
Planning Your Drink Checks
Know the beverage preference of your kennel-in-question: some prefer beer only and others don’t mind getting loaded on gas cans full of booze. If you’re pre-laying beer checks, be clever about hiding the beverages as well as being seen doing it; the worst thing, besides sobriety, on trail is a stolen beer check!
- Handy info for knowing how much mixer to add to your booze!
Trail Marking Symbols
Each kennel has its own traditions regarding marks. You should ask for guidance on which marks a kennel uses before you hare your first trail. Standard marks in the greater Seattle area include the following marks:
Boob check: ⚇ or ⊙⊙
Single trail mark using chalk: ╳
Single trail mark using flour: ⚫
Bad trail ≡
You’ve been fucked (similar to bad trail) YBF
Directional (not necessarily on) ➜ or ⤻ or ╰
Beer near: BN
Beer check: B✔
End of trail: ↑ or ON-IN
Buying Supplies & Getting Reimbursed
- Kegs vs cans (no bottles!)
- Deal at Georgetown Brewing ($100 keg deposit + $50 tap deposit not included):
Manny's, Roger's, Porter
Lucille, Johnny Utah
Dick in a Box
- Receipts, receipts, receipts!
- Hash Cash
- SH3: $1/hasher, including hares, surplus to kennel or on-after.
- Rain City: $1/hasher, including hares, surplus to buy beer at on-after.
- Puget Sound: $1/hasher, including hares, surplus to buy beer at on-after.
- South Sound and Tacoma: $7/hasher; hare is reimbursed for trail beer and circle beer only.
- SeaMon: No cranium tax, surplus goes to kennel or on-after.
- Scout, scout, scout!
- First time? Adult supervision (an experienced co-hare) is recommended. Most kennels will not allow you to hare without an experienced co-hare if you have never hared before.
- Don't go too crazy on your virgin lay: making it too long and complicated can lead to a very bad first trail.
- A common mistake is to hide the marks. This can cause hounds to get lost or off trail. Try laying more falses instead of trying to make your marks hard to find. This will help you when there are multiple FRBs.
- Orange food and other chips are always appreciated after a trail.
- Circle Location
- Secluded areas of parks
- Private property with the owner’s permission
- Bars (with permission, and if you clean up after yourselves!)
- Within sight or sound of public areas
- Common areas of public parks, especially near residential areas
- Did the cops show up to circle?
- On-After location
- If going to a bar, warn them beforehand.
- If a weeknight or late evening, check to see if their kitchen is open.
- Important personnel for your trail
- Hash cash
- Beer bitch: Appointed by RA during circle to keep the vessels full.
- Hash flash
- Hash trash
- We're hashers, not trashers. Leave it cleaner than you found it. This includes cigarette butts and doobies too!
- Make sure your trail survives in the annals (heh, anal) of hashing history by finding someone in the pack that might remember, or at least make up a good story about, all the cool and stupid shit that happened out there. Before they forget, make sure they write all that stuff down and email it to the group within a few days, so the rest of us don’t forget either. Photographic proof or GPS tracks are fun to include as well.