Q: WHAT IS HASHING AND WHO ARE HASHERS?
A: Hashing can be considered as the chase between the Hare(s) (or Fox if you prefer) and the Hounds. Hashers are a group of people who usually meet once or twice a week for the purpose of socializing, singing songs, drinking beer (or the beverage of your choice), and running. Hashers meet at a pre-determined location at a pre-defined time. Once all the hashers are gathered (the Pack), one or more hashers in that pack that have volunteered or were volunteered, start to lay a trail (they are the Hares). After 10 minutes (on average), the Pack will start to follow the laid trail trying to catch the hares (HARE SNARE). The trail is usually cross country, through bushes, water, mud, (SHIGGY) hills and whatever else the Hares can find to run the pack through. <Did I mention hashers are cross country runners /walkers>. The Pack follows marks or signs left by the Hare(s) (TRAIL) to the finish (ON- IN). Now let me add a little twist. The Hares are tricky little wankers who try to deceive the pack. Although the Hares do lay a (TRUE TRAIL) trail to finish, they also lay false trails as well to try and deceive the pack in order not to get snared. Once the pack has reached the ON-IN, the hashers socialize, sing songs and most importantly..... drink BEER , or the beverage of your choice.
Q: DO I HAVE TO RUN ON TRAIL OR CAN I WALK THE TRAIL?
A: Although most Hashers do run the trail, some (for whatever reason) do not. Most Hash groups have shorter trails or give hints to the On-In for those who cannot run, go through shiggy or are pushing the proverbial baby carriage.
Q: IS THERE ANY AGE, WEIGHT, HEIGHT, GENDER REQUIREMENT TO BE A HASHER?
A: NO, hashers come from all walks of life. The only requirements to be a Hasher are a desire to have fun and an open mind. Most hashes are generally for adults (because of the adult themes involved), however, Hashers have to start some place, so children are allowed to Hash. Arrangements are made to provide beverages for the underage crowd and those who prefer the non-spirited drinks. Most trails are 3 to 5 miles, even shorter for the walkers. If you meet the above requirements, come give the Hash a try. Women are especially encouraged to Hash.
Q: HAVE A HASH GROUP IN MY AREA?
A: Hashing is a worldwide phenomena with thousands of groups all over the world in just about every country and in all 50 states. Check my link page for a Hash in your local area.