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information for first time hashers
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Guide for cycling at a mountain bike hash v1.pdf
A - Guide for cycling at a
mountain bike hash
prepared by Dirk Limann
in January 2003
The purpose of this guideline is to give information to
Newcomers and Hashers, which are not familiar with the Hash
rules. What they have to expect at the rides, for what are
the paper marks for, what is the meaning of the Hash
and what to bring along at the ride.
The Two Rides
Due to different levels of capabilities, preferences and
expectations of hashers, two rides are normally set.
The Long/Rambo Ride covers approximately 25-30 km, in varied
terrain with interesting river or swamp crossings, hills,
down hills, single track, speed section, etc. Be also aware
that at parts of the track you have to push or even to carry
your bike and it can get sometimes very dirty and wet.
Ride time is 2 to 4 hrs. depend on terrain and Hash setting.
The Short/Scenic Ride, covers approximately 15-20 km, ride
time is 1-2 hrs. Terrain as above but avoids excessive hill
climbs, dangerous descents or carrying of bike. The track is
either on a different circuit or largely the same as the
long one with short cuts for the Short/Scenic Ride. The
branch off is marked or paper of differing shape or colour
is used for each ride.
The trail marking
The riding trail is marked with shredded or in shape cut
paper. The marking appears regularly every 10 to 20 m. If
you can not see any marking for 50 to 100 m, you have run
off the track. Ride back to the last paper mark and look for
the continuing paper. Mostly the trail has taken a sudden
turn, which you have missed.
If there would be a continues track the faster ones will be
in the lead and the rest depend on capabilities will lack
behind. This will stretch the pack for several kilometres.
It will be pure racing and there will be a winner and
losers. If you are looking for such a challenge please do
not join us.
In order to keep the group together and to solve obstacles
in team spirit, the Hashing comes in. The principle is to
slow down the fast riders and give opportunities for the
slower ones to catch up with the pack.
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The On On call
A carefully plant trail will zick zack or loop around. All
riders on paper should call loud “On on”, especially after a
change of direction. If the terrain permits try to short cut
towards the on on calling riders until you hit paper again.
At a long loop e.g. you can save half a kilometre of trek
and you are suddenly in front!
A check terminates the trail for a while and is marked by
dumping a pile of paper. The theory is that the front riders
will arrive at a check and start looking for the new route,
allowing the slower riders to catch up-thus a complete pack
rides away as once the check is broken. Well, not at all
really but that’s roughly the idea.
While checking for the trail the call is “Checking”.
Normally the faster front riders will do the search. The new
paper will start in a radius of 100 to 300 m from the check.
It can be also a “Back Check” . The slower ones stay at the
check until it is broken with the call “on on”. If you are
waiting at the checkpoint firstly transmit the “on on” call
to the directions of all the checkers which may be searching
half a kilometre away from the caller and can not hear his
call. Then take paper from the pile and join the trail from
the check to the new trail. This helps those who have not
arrived yet (and also the other checkers) to carry on the
ride without delay.
To prolong the checking time there is also the possibility
of a false trail. That means a trail starts after a check
but the paper stops after about 100 m. The false trail is
terminated by a cross in form of brunches, long leaves or
chalk. The call is “False Trail”. In this case return to the
check and search again for the real trek. Pick up the joint
paper from the false trail around the check and join clearly
the correct trail.
Bashers should respond to the call “Are You?” by replying
“Checking”, Back Check” or of course “On-On” when they are
on the marked trail.
To prevent that you get lost keep to paper and stay in
groups. If you are left alone and no calling can be heard,
follow the advice given above under “The trail marking”. Do
not simply carry on if you ran out of paper for more as 100
m. Go back where you last saw paper. If you are unsuccessful
to locate the forwarding trail return back at the old trail
to the starting point.
If you search out at checks, memories where the check is, in
order to come back to paper in case your search failed. Do
not exceed more as 300 m from the check.
The trail sweeper or the rescue team can only find you when
you are on the paper marked trail or in calling distance.
Call regularly and loud “Are you?”
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What to bring along on the ride
First thing is plenty of water. Take at least a 750-ml
bottle, ore two 500-ml bottles or a 1,5-lt. Camel back along
with you on the long trail. During the cooler season of
December to February you may be carry less. Constant
drinking prevents you for sudden performance break down
(dehydration) and muscle cramps.
On the short trail one bottle of water will do.
A spare tube and a pump are essential for the long ride.
It’s no fun to push your bike back for 15 km if you have a
tire puncture halfway the track. Be sure you know how to
change a tube and check your tire inside carefully for
thorns or nails before inserting the new tube.
Advisable is also to bring along a tool set inclusive a
chain cutter. Loos branches can have a devastator’s impact
on your gear or breaks.
A brain bucket (bike helmet) and padded cycling gloves
prevents you from nasty injuries in case of a fall in rough
terrain or extreme down hill tracks.
Last but not least, bring a hand phone along in case you are
injured or lost. But be sure you have exchanged your phone
no. with the hare or other persons you know before the ride.
Sign in and sign out
When you come to the Bash side get your self-registered.
Logically please sign out when your are back. It is not nice
for the hare to search for hours in the jungle or elsewhere
and after a phone call home it is known that you have left
early and just have been holding your afternoon nap!!!
Enjoy your mountain bike hash ride
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