Look on the RH3 Hareline for trails in the future listed with “Need a Hare.” Sometimes they are a few months in advance, so be sure you can take on the responsibility. Then email the Trail Master, PBNJ, to reserve the trail.
- This will make you the lead hare who is responsible for coordinating the details for the trail with the Trail Master. (Location, shiggy level, theme, etc.)
- Be sure to exchange email information, and contact information with the Trail Master. Feel free to ask for any help or ideas.
Choose a co-hare/ co-hares
This is important. Make sure you recruit co-hares who are trustworthy and will be good to work with. If you are inexperienced as a hare, choose a co-hare who has experience. It is recommended to have 2 co-hares.
In the RH3 kennel, Hash Cash will reimburse you for up to $1.50 per hound WITH YOUR RECEIPTS! Be sure to hang on to your receipts! Otherwise you will be reimbursed up to $1 per hound.
- Keep in mind, the hares are in charge of providing the BN/BH beers and WATER. General math is: 1 beer per Meetup wanker signed up, some glutard option (6 pack of cider split between stops generally covers) and some waters (more in hot weather than cold, between 4-10 per stop).
- OTF is an optional offering for the chasing hounds. Recommendation is no more than a fifth for the pack. Again, OTF is optional, but a great way to keep the pack lubed and slow them down a bit.
Find a place to start your trail. Must have adequate (legal) parking and enough room for people to gather safely. There will be beer consumption, so be smart about choosing where to start. (No Private Property unless you have permission!) Keep in mind the relationship of your trail to the On In. Most of the time here in RH3, we do the start and the On In at the same location.
- A to A: The start location is the same as the On In. (or within a block or two)
- A to B: The start location and the On In is not the same place. If you do this, you need to provide transportation from the On In back to the start location. More work.
Choose the On In and On After
To make it easier on yourself do an A to A trail. Otherwise, choose a B location that will be appropriate for circle with beer consumption and general debauchery. Remember, if it is an A to B trail you are required to have transportation from the On In back to the start. The On After (either a bar or someone’s house) should be close to the On In, and have food and beer for the Wankers. Must be hasher friendly!
Google maps is your friend
Satellite view will help/give you ideas for your trail before you scout. It will also offer you an accurate indication of the length of trail.
Walk or run the trail with your co-hares. Then you can adjust your trail as you see fit, make sure you note the changes. The more times you scout, the easier it will be to lay your trail.
- Be aware of time! If the trail is very shiggy, it will take the pack longer to trudge thru than a pavement/ low shiggy trail.
- Try to scout trail around the same time that your trail will be. (Evening, daytime, week day, etc.)
- Keep in mind where you want to leave checks, YBFs, circle jerks, etc. on your trail. Anything you can do to make the day of trail easier the better!
- Please stay away from Private Property and No Trespassing areas. This can cause problems for the pack and should be avoided without permission.
BN or BH
The hares are in charge of all the Beer Nears and Beer Heres. Whether you want to provide zero stops or many stops is up to you. If you do have Beer stops, be sure to choose areas that can handle large groups of people with drinks and singing. (in the middle of a playground isn’t suggested) RH3 trails normally have 1 to 2 Beer Stops.
- Zero stops should be noted on the write-up as an extremely racist trail.
- More than 2 on a weekday evening isn’t suggested.
- Don’t stash the beer out in the open where a mortal might find and take it.
- Don’t stash the beer somewhere dangerous, like in poison ivy or traffic.
Finalize a plan
Be sure to have a plan, including a schedule for the day, who is bringing what and pre-laying versus haring live. Who is bringing the beer, ice and water for the BN/BH? Are you stashing the BN/BH in a black garbage bag or in a cooler? Who is bringing the flour, chalk, toilet paper? Are we laying a dead trail (trail laid in advance) or a live trail (hares are given a head start and is pursued by the pack)? It is a good idea to have a little extra time so all bases are covered.
This is the most important step! A well marked trail can still be tricky with lots of check backs, YBFs (You’ve Been F*cked), and general nonsense. You can never have too many marks!
- It is better to have more flour, chalk, TP (whatever you are using to mark trail), then to run out in the middle of trail.
- While you are marking trail, the next mark should be visible from the previous mark.
- Turns and intersection crossings should be marked with an arrow.
- You can never mark the trail TOO well.
- Be sure to check out the Trail Marks under the Hareline tab at Richmondhash.com for marking details.
Send the Trail Master your trail detes
the sooner you know the better! A week or more before the trail is preferable. See below for what needs to be included!
- Trail title. You don’t need to have one, but many hares like to specify their trail name especially if the trail has a theme!
- Location! Give an address and please be detailed about where to park and where circle will be.
- General Overview. This is up to the hares, you are not required to provide an overview, but many hares choose to. What would you like the hounds to know about your trail? Is there a theme? Anything exciting on trail you would like to tell us about?
- Shiggy Level. This describes the level of shiggy, so wankers know what to be prepared for. Try not to list a trail incorrectly. Hounds need to know what to bring and how to dress properly for trail. (Shiggy Meter is listed below)
- Dry Bag. Do the hounds need a change of clothes for after? Let the Wankers know!
- Length. This is the length of true trail. If you are including a Turkey/Eagle split, please include details for both.
- Bring. Is there anything the group needs to be sure to bring? Headlamp? Dry bag? Bug spray?
- Dogs and Strollers. Can a dog handle the trail? Can a stroller make it through trail?
- On After. Name and location.
Other General Tips
- Trails can be laid with all different kinds of materials. Flour, chalk, and biodegradable toilet paper is commonly used. If you throw a tennis ball in your bag of flour, you can use that to help lay the marks. If you are laying trail through snow, add Kool aid to your flour. Trail Masters personal favorite material for laying trail is drywall, draws just like chalk but won’t rinse away as easily in rain.
- An OTF (On The Foot) is a good way to slow down a pack on a live trail, and it is easy to stash a bottle of liquor.
- If trail is not A to A, the hares are responsible for marking the start location with the On In location after the pack takes off. This way if any hounds are lost, they can return to the start and find where everyone will end up.
- The R.A. (Wiffle Suck for Food) needs to be informed of what marks and materials you use on trail.
- Shiggy trails should be shorter in length because it takes longer to complete, suggestion…less than 3 miles.
- Just so you know, each BN/BH will add around 20/30 minutes to the trail.
- If you have any questions or need any help, contact the Trail Master (She Likes It In The Benjamin). Anyone in Mismanagement is more than willing to lend a hand, that’s what we are here for!
- In Urban areas, it is recommended to use chalk or dry wall and avoid flour.
WTF is shiggy? It’s anything that makes your path more difficult. Here is what the shiggy rating means.
- In town trail- city streets, maybe some stairs and city squares.
- Urban with some off road, should not need a dry bag.
- Some readymade paths and some trail blazing, could get your feet wet.
- Mostly wooded trail blazing, could be fences, walls, homeless camps, garbage dumps, mud, muck, broken glass, snakes, spiders, little furry animals, swamp and water you can wade through.
- Anything goes: briars, stinky mud that could keep your shoes, plenty of water-some possibly over your head, beware of animals including snakes, possibly bears, over all one that you should have a trail buddy with you.