Unless you are very familiar with the area you are planning on laying trail in, start with a mapping program you are familiar with. For instance, using google maps, locate the area you are examining and obtain the coordinates or address.
1. Look for parking, a place where you can lay your beer check, and a place for trail end and circle.
At the start point, we need good and safe parking
Somewhere it is fairly safe to have open containers or beverages in cozies
Somewhere visitors and others might be able to change into hash togs
2. After map-scouting, you will need to have boots on the ground
Examine the start point area, make sure you have trash bags, etc
Examine the beer check site, we don’t need noisy neighbors
Finally, examine the circle site, no one wants to talk to THE MAN!
When giving directions to your start point, always try to provide an address or in the case your trail starts in a park, the full name of the park. This will make it easier for the Hare Raiser, the Geek Sec, and members of the Pack to pinpoint the location using one of the internet map sites or GPS coordinates.
If you provide point-by-point instructions, here are a few guide lines.
For Hashers coming from points North (Dallas, Waco), direct them to the junction of I-35 and US 190. If the start is in the Gatesville area, the junction of I-35 and US 84. Then provide specific directions from those points.
For hashers coming from points South (Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi), direct them to the junction of I-35 and TX 195. If the start is in the Gatesville area, the junction of I35 or TX 84. Then provide specific directions from those points.
The Hares are responsible for:
Providing the trail marking materials (Flour, toilet paper, chalk, billiard balls, acorns).
Providing beer and water for the Beer Check(s), if the trail has any.
Making arrangements for the shag-wagon.
Finding the On-After Venue, if any
The Hare is responsible for (the whole party):
Providing Trail marking material
Beverage check and Circle Beverages
Determining the On After Venue, if any
HOT Humpin’ Hash Trails
The Hare is responsible for:
trail marking material
remaining within the guidelines of the Humpin Hash ‘Rules’ (WHAT IS RULE 4 AND 5?)
(WHAT IS RULE 4 AND 5?)
beer check beer (if any)
Declaring the On-After Venue, if any
and POSSIBLE MARKINGS :
First of all, the trail (live or dead) should be designed to be interesting and somewhat challenging and one that the Pack will enjoy running.
The object of the trail is to keep the pak together, it should not be designed to punish or completely lose the Pack (remember the Hare is responsible for finding lost hounds)
For ‘Dead’ trails, the length of the trail should be no longer than how far the Hares can run it in 60 minutes. In this way, the Pack should be able to negotiate the trail in about one hour and a half.
For ‘Live’ trails, depending on the kennel, trails are usually 3 miles or shorter total, other kennels without the length restrictions, well, remember to get a ride for after circle!
When marking the trail, the flour and markings should be placed about every 30 paces and in plain sight. (The exception to this is after Check Points, Check Backs and YBF’s)
The trail is marked with dollops of flour or True Trail arrows (-|-|-|->).
When the trail goes through areas of tall grass or heavy woods, the marks should be closer together and/or marked with toilet or crape paper.
To keep traffic and wind from removing the marks on streets, the marks should be placed on curbs or other protected places or chalk marking.
When changing directions at a check point (intersection), check-back/back-check, or an arrow will be used
Check Points are indicated with a large circle. At Check Points, the next marking should be between 50 and 60 meters down the trail. The first two or three marks may be hidden from direct view.
Check Backs are indicated with a “CB #”or a circle with number in it, the number indicates the number of markings back down the trail the Pack must go to begin looking for the True Trail.
The back-check is a circle with an X inside, where somewhere between the bac-check and last check, one of the hash marks is the point of trail. As with Check Points, the next marking should be between 50 and 60 meters down the trail and the first two or three marks may be hidden from direct view.
Fs & YBFs are used in conjunction with Check Points and indicate that the trail being followed is false and Pack must return to the last Check Point or CB and continue searching for the True Trail. True Trail arrows may not be used with YBF’s.
After a Check Point or CB, three dollops of flour or a True Trail Arrow indicate the True Trail. The exception to this is, if the trail leads to a YBF, an arrow can be used but not a True Trail Mark
At Traffic Crossings you can use one of four warning marks:
BC, “BE CAREFUL”, indicates a minor obstacle
BVC “BE VERY CAREFUL”, indicates something a lot more important, ie. Traffic intersection or pedestrian crossing
BVVC “BE VERY VERY CAREFUL”, you get the idea
BIFC “BE IFNITELY FUCKING CAREFUL”, et. al
Other marks will need to be explained at chalk talk if they fall outside the local kennel marks
Fish hooks, song stop, naughty stop, boob/package stops……
Insure that the area is well marked so not to lose the pak
If trail is not A to A but A to A’ or B, then make sure there is parking available
Car Backs are the Hare’s responsibility so plan accordingly