A Guide to Hash Marks
Below are the hash marks used most on PCH3 trails, but you may see others Different kennels use a variety of different marks. “Chalk Talk” is held before trail start to explain any marks you may see on trail. Although the history of hashing is long and fascinating, you don’t have to know any of that to take part. If you’re thinking these marks look at bit tricky, don’t worry you’ll pick it up soon enough. There are plenty of people to help out at PCH3 and much like poker where people go to sites like www.Poker.de to bone up, you’ll find plenty of Internet resources to help you out. Of course, you could always print off the symbols and carry them in your pocket.
Shiggy is thick vegetation, wooded areas, canals or other water crossings, etc, usually muddy and dirty. Some hashers love shiggy, others prefer city streets. Hares will generally advise what type of shiggy will be found on trail. Other kennels may use different definitions and a scale of 1-10 but PCH3 uses the same Shiggy Meter as JaxH3 (Jacksonville Hash House Harriers).
|1||Town trail, city streets, maybe some stairs and city squares.|
|2||Urban with some off road but you should not need a dry bag.|
|3||Some ready-made paths and some trailblazing; could get your feet wet.|
|4||Mostly wooded trailblazing; could be fences, walls, homeless camps, garbage dumps, mud, much, broken glass, snakes, spiders, little funny animals, swamp & water could be knee-high.|
|5||Anything goes; briars, stinky mud that could steal your shoes, water crossings over your head. Beware of animals, especially snakes & gators. Would be best to have a trail buddy with you at all times.|
There are hundreds of websites for the Hash House Harriers, but if you are a “new boot” we suggest you start with Wikipedia for more information on history, terms, trails, etc. See you on trail!