Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Hash #161 - The Full Moonshine Hash!

This week's hash falls on the 225th anniversary of Elijah Craig first distilling Bourbon from corn (in 1789 for the math-averse). It also falls perilously close to a full moon. Let's celebrate, as always, with a run/walk and a bit of a picnic.
 You can almost see the preacher's Virginia drawl!

We're celebrating this 161st Hash with a (not very) diabolical trail conceived by the evil Sir Turtle Head, assisted by your trusty Grand Master, Multiple Entry. 
...Here's the deets:
  • What: Hash #161-The Full Moonshine Hash 
  • When: Saturday, November 8, 2014. 2:00PM
  • Where: End of Camino La Dehesa
  • How Much: $4.000 gets you in, gets you beer and a couple of hot-dogs.
  • What to Bring:
    - food (that doesn't need cooking, or can be boiled)
    - extra libations (why not some Elijah Craig Cask Barrel Proof?)
    - extra carrying capacity, as in room in a backpack or what have you. Getting up the hill will be a cooperative effort. Each person will need to carry the equivalent of about 4lb of stuff (or, if you prefer, 4lb=2000cc=8 beers worth - a better hashing unit of weight)
    - sunblock
    - water
    - spare socks? (lots of stickers on trail)
  • How to find it: Take the C16 bus to the end of the line. We will assemble at the bus stop, corner of La Dehesa & Paseo Pie Andino, at 2pm sharp and walk up from there carrying beers & everything. It's a 3.5km walk from the bus stop to the site, so be prepared to haul some stuff and bring a backpack with room for a six-pack or two, please. We're counting on you, hashers!

We go to the site here:

Here we can see the evil Sir Turtle Head in his natural habitat...
…circle up, and start our trail, ending up right here once again. It's about 4k for the wankers and 8k for the runners. It's a beautiful, pastoral trail:

Here's a fine, high-quality walk-through, with some mighty fine pictures of my fingers thrown in for good measure:

...and a proper Strava walk-through.  Note that hovering over segments on the right will show specific sections of the trail on the map. The route goes roughly like this:
  • We meet at the bus-stop, and walk up all together, going from 0 to 3.6km on the lower graph, or sections 1, 2, and 3.
  • Circle up, introductions, and we're off...
  • Wankers go from 3.6 to 7.3km, or sections 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • Runners on the graph below go 3.5km to 2.2, then 10.8km to 7.3, or sections 4, 3, 11, 10, 9, 8. 
  • The real circle then happens.
There's details on Meetup, if you need to direct folks there..

Please remember it's imperative to be on time. The trailhead has many possible paths, so finding the right one requires a little experience, and the walk up is a freaking mountain-bike freeway, so all markings are liable to get erased. Luckily, amateur sherpa Sir Turtle Head will be there to guide us.

Your faithful GM,
Multiple Entry

** For the uninitiated:
We are a drinking group with a running problem. If that sounds a little de trop, don't worry. It is. We follow hashing traditions, singing songs, drinking beer, and following silly rules. We start with a ~7k run / 4k walk (your choice), then do our circly ritual, sing some ribald songs, and finally we relax, and eat a little. This time we're expecting 10-25 hashers. Come check it out, or join us next time, in 2 weeks.