Hare Guide

Basics of

Laying Your Happy Trail

Laying trail is easy once you've done it a few times. The amount of effort it takes to lay a trail decreases every time you do it but the first time you try can seem daunting. The easiest thing to do is have a more experienced hasher go with you but here is some guidelines we follow for our trails.

Preparing

Planning out your trail makes all the difference in how it turns out. Before laying a trail there's a few things you should always do:
- Scout your trail. Have an idea in mind of where you want to do it. Websites like google maps and Mapmyrun.com can help you in planning out your trail. The more experienced hashers can run a trail without scouting more than once, but for more complicated trails, expect to run it entirely at least two or three times to make sure you know it. It's a good idea to also walk/drive most of your trail the day of to make sure you remember it (can be done while laying beer checks). This can also help you plan out your intersections.
- Know who you are haring with. Are they new also? If so, get some help from a more experienced hasher/hare-raiser. Are they slower? Plan out ways to allow yourselves to stay ahead of the pack. Are they stupid/retarded? Give them something easy to do like hide in a corner while you run the trail. And make sure you find time to meet up with your co-hare(s) to run the trail together so you both have the same idea of what's going to happen. If you are running the trail by yourself, take that into account when laying intersections. You should start scouting your trail more than a week in advance if possible.
- Figure out where you want to lay your beer checks and how many you want to lay. A rule of thumb some use is a beer check a little over every mile (can get pretty excessive for longer trails). You get 40$ for the beer checks so realize that if you want to lay more than two or three beer checks, its coming out of your own pocket (and people will complain when there's no beer for them at the beer checks). Speak with the beer meister in order to plan your beer and get receipts for what you buy. Make sure the beer check area is appropriate, somewhere the beer won't get stolen and somewhere where the hashers won't be seen or get in trouble drinking at. If it's a more public area, consider leaving small disposable cups to drink out of. You can also have someone drive out there to man the beer check if you need to.
- Know the distance of your trail and about how long it takes to run it. The distance can be approximate, Mapmyrun.com is very useful for this. An ideal length for a normal trail is about 3.5 to 5.5 miles. This can be shorter depending on the amount of shiggy/swimming or longer if there's a lot of road running. Knowing how long it takes to run means you should bring a watch or something to keep track of time while you are scouting. You should warn people if the trail is longer than 6 miles or is longer than about an hour and half to run.
- Keeping track of time when you scout also lets you gauge where you think the hashers will be when you are at certain points on your trail.
- Avoid running through private property at all times (now if there's no obvious way to know its private property then it's up to you to decide).
- Remember to bring chalk with you on your trail for writing marks.
- Know where you want to start the trail. You do not want it to be out in the open. Pay attention to what others have done before to get a good idea of what a place to start is like. Once you know your start point, let mismanagement know so they can let everyone else know as soon as possible (don't wait a day before a fucking trail to figure that shit out, it pisses people off). Make sure there is parking at the start location.
- Know where you are going to end and do down-downs. A place to do down-downs is important because you know that you are probably going to be there for a couple hours and making a lot of noise and or doing things that could upset people who are not part of the group. The last thing anyone wants is to do is deal with the police at the end of a trail. If your plan is to end at a bar, let the beer meister know (and everyone else). Don't just show up at a bar and expect the bar to be alright with it. Also, if your trail is an A to B trail, provide a way for the hashers to get back to their cars or offer rides. The hashers should know where the trail is going to end and where the down-downs will be before you start the trail.

Intersections


There are lots of different types of intersections. The tit/dick/song checks are useful if you want to slow down the pack (but don't use them everywhere, that's fucking annoying). Here's a couple tips for intersections since they can fuck with the hashers the most if you do them right (OR they can get the hashers lost/pissed off if you do them wrong):
- Don't place intersections so close to each other that you can see the next intersection from the one you are standing at. Intersections are ONLY laid on the true trail so it gives away where the hashers need to go.

- You can go around corners without laying an intersection but be aware that the trail has to be obviously going that direction. If you think it's going to confuse people to go around a corner but you don't want to lay an intersection, lay an arrow or true trail arrow so that people know where to go. In general, lay intersections if you are going to make a turn on the trail.
- Remember for false trails you can only lay up to two dollops of flour without having to also leave a mark (such as BT) to let people know that they are on the wrong trail.
- In forest/shiggy lay extremely obvious intersections (aka use a lot of flour and in places where they can be somewhat seen).

Other Basic Marks


Dollops - These should be laid with enough flour that you don't mistake them for bird shit. There's tons of tricks to laying the right amount, it shouldn't be a question for a hasher of whether what they are looking at is a mark or not. In forested areas, it's a good idea to use toilet paper (lots of it, in visible places) instead of flour for the dollops (unless you are going to throw the flour in big obvious marks on the trees).
On road runs, you can space out your dollops. One rule of thumb some use is that you should be able to make out your last mark from where your next mark is. The further you space them out, the more confusing the trail is (you want confusing, not impossible). In shiggy/forest areas, lay your marks closer together (you definitely want to be able to see your last mark easily). Marks should follow a relatively straight line, road, or trail.
Laying your dollops in less obvious places helps to make your trail harder to find. Pay attention to what others do on their trails and use a more experienced hasher to show you how to do this effectively.

True trail - Outside of the intersection, this is the most useful mark for a hare. It lets the pack know with confidence that they are on trail.



Beer Near - Lets people know that the beer is close. Therefore, lay it somewhat close to your beer check.

Beer Check/Stop - Lay it close or next to the beer (at least within sight).

Back-check - Useful to make a trail much more confusing, but make sure you do it right. Count should start from the first dollop before the back-check to whatever mark is the new intersection.

Chicken/Eagle (or Walker/Runner) splits - You can split a trail into two true trails (or more if you want) in order to break up the pansies from the real fast wankers. If the trail is really long, consider doing a walker trail with the runner trail in order to cut down on the amount of time you have to wait at the end for the walkers. Eagle trails are usually reserved for longer and/or more dangerous parts of the trail. You can split up beer checks in the different trails also, there's nothing saying you have to put a beer check on one trail or the other or both.
Bad trail, You've been fucked (YBF) - There's a bunch of ways to mark a bad trail, make sure you use them if you've laid three or more dollops on a false trail and make sure they can be seen. Bad trails can go on for as long as you need them to.
On-In - Write this when you are getting close to finishing the trail.
Sign-in - Write this down at the end of the trail and don't forget to write your name down underneath it because this is used for the list and the list never lies.

Tips/tricks

- On false trails, placing the two marks right close to each other usually gives away that it's a bad trail, especially if they can be seen from the intersection.
- Hiding your marks on the true trail at an intersection will help make it harder to find. Again, it should be confusing, not impossible to find.
- If you have a slower partner, consider making them do a walker trail. Or consider making them run the true trail while you lay the false trails. Or consider letting them short cut parts of the trail while you run the whole trail. Or consider pre-laying parts of the trail, there's almost always some pre-lay on most trails (don't ever admit to this you pussy). Or consider auto-hashing if you are a lazy ass (you're going to get caught doing this if you do).
- Intersections, when done right, are the best way to slow down the hashers. If you are by yourself, you are going to be doing tons more running in order to lay good intersections. Sometimes it is enough to lay an intersection without any false trails if it comes down to it. Beer checks are also an effective way to slow down the hashers, use them to your advantage.
- Lay your beer checks before the trail, the day of (or have someone man them for you). Make sure to leave yourself extra flower or toilet paper at the beer checks if you are going to need it, it also keeps you from having to lug around tons of heavy flower. A five pound bag is usually enough for most trails but buy ten pounds just in case. Always leave some water at the beer checks. You SHOULD come back and pick up the trash after the hash is over.
- Trails have no real limit on how fucked up they are. Running through actual human shit has been done. Swimming in possible sewage and chemicals has happened. Army crawling through stagnant warm piss filled swamps is a regular thing in some places. Expect these things if you go to some of the other hashes but don't do something disgusting if you think no one will actually do it when it comes to the day of.
- Warn people about things such as poison ivy or stinging nettles on trail.
- If you are planning on doing something dangerous, let people know and give them a way to avoid it if possible (chicken eagle split is one way). Swimming or deep water crossings should also be something you always warn people about.
- Plan your trail for the time of the year. Don't make people swim in the freezing cold winter months. If you are hashing in snow, find a way to make your marks obvious.
- Special marks should be discussed before the trail starts.
- Try to provide food (i.e. chips) at the down-downs (this comes out of your pocket).
- Eventually, everyone gets snared on one of their trails, it's not that big of a deal. You should occasionally be looking over your shoulder to see if the hashers are catching up to you. Be mindful that long open straight-a-ways are an easy way to get caught. You can always modify your trail as you run it (but make sure your co-hare(s) know). Be wary of short cutting hashers, making a trail with an obvious destination usually leads to short cutting. Also be wary of the hashers that don't follow trail at all (aka Zen hashers), feel free to kick them in the vag/nuts when they snare you.
- People are going to complain about the trail no matter what happens so don't worry about that too much. Fuck with the hashers; it's fun, it's what they want and deserve. But don't piss the hashers off too badly because people will avoid your trails if you do.
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