In May of last year I wrote about hash runs (hashing) and I’m surprised – nay disappointed – that no one told me about mountain bike hashing. For the uninitiated, a hash is a bit like a game of hounds and hares. The hare(s) start out ahead laying a course using some kind of marking device (usually flour sprinkled on the ground). The “hounds” attempt to follow the trail to catch the hares before the end of the game. Hares will often lay down false tracks at intersections to slow the hounds from following the correct trail.
At the end of the trail the hounds meet up with the hares for a good old celebration with beer and cold beverages for everyone. There are a few details I may have left out regarding rules and regulations but needless to say it’s all in fun and an experience I highly recommend.
Anyway, I’ve done a few hash runs myself but never a mountain bike hash. Last night I found out there is a group right here in Atlanta called the Wheelhopper H3 (Hash House Harriers) that hosts hash rides all over North Georgia. Mudhunny and I were wondering what kind of MTB course would work for a hash and the best we could determine was that you’d need a place with a network of trails or perhaps an urban environment to make this exciting – location selection seems key.
So if you’re in the ATL area check out the Wheelhopper calendar for the next ride (looks like there’s one this weekend!) or find a group of mountain bike hashers in your ‘hood. Sounds like a blast!