Trail Markings


Most Hash Houses uses a set of standard Trail Markings to let the Pack know where to go. Although each Hash House may vary these markings somewhat, the basic ones are pretty constant around the world. Although Trail Markings are reviewed during Chalk Talk before each run, the following pictures are representative of the basic set used by Texas Hares. Click on each to see a larger version. Remember to pay attention during Chalk Talk so you don't get lost!

THE BASICS

 On-On! Hash Small piles of flour called "Hash" are left by the Hares for the Pack to follow. A single pile indicates that the Pack is On-Trail (see also Trail Mark). Upon seeing this mark, the Hounds blow 2 short blasts on their whistles or call "ON-ON!"
 Bad Trail...go back Bad Trail Three dollops of Hash across the Hound's path. Following an intersection where multiple Trails are found, this mark is used to indicate a wrong or Bad Trail. Return to the intersection and try again! An alternative mark can be drawn in chalk.
 Bad Trail Used in the same manner as above. Return to the intersection and try again! Alternatively, if you cannot find more than 2 - 3 piles of Hash after an Intersection/Check, the Trail you are following is Bad Trail.
 On-On! Trail Mark Since September 11th, many Hashes have discontinued or limited the use of flour. This mark made in chalk may be used in place of a single pile Hash. Squares of toilet paper may also be substituted where the terrain inhibits the use of chalk or flour. Upon seeing this mark, the Hounds blow 2 short blasts on their whistles or call "ON-ON!"
 True Trail An arrow with three stripes across it. As the Hares may set multiple Trails, some of which are false, this mark is used by the Hares to indicate the correct or True Trail. Upon seeing this mark, the Hounds blow 3 short blasts on their whistles or call "TRUE TRAIL!"
 Intersection or Check. A circle with an "X" or and "I" in the center. From these marks, a Trail or Trails may be found anywhere in a 359° radius. These marks are only found on the True Trail. Upon seeing this mark, the Hounds blow 3 short blasts on their whistles or call "INTERSECTION!"
 YBF This mark, which literally means "You've Been Fucked," has the same meaning as the Bad Trail mark. It is generally found at the end of a much longer Bad Trail.
 Getting thirsty? Beer Near One of our favorite marks, this indicates that beer, or "Sacred Nectar," is in the vicinity. It may be hidden nearby, or it may be in a bar within a few yards of the mark.
 Beer Here! Beer Here Our favorite mark, this indicates that the Sacred Nectar is right under your nose. The mark may be found in front of a bar or next to concealed Sacred Nectar on Trail.
 The end is here. ON-IN Found at the end of the Trail, this mark lets the Hounds know that the chase is over and the Hares are safe. In racing circles, this would be known as the Finish Line. Holler "On-In!" when you see this mark!

Additional Markings

  Hound Arrow A plain arrow, sometimes with the initials of the Hound who left it. This mark may be left by a Hound to let those behind him know which direction he thinks the Hares went. Follow these marks at your own risk!
  Check Back The "CB" on this mark is followed by a number. The Hounds must turn around and follow Trail back that number of Trail Marks. The last Trail Mark in the count is then circled and becomes an Intersection/Check.
  BVC Literally "Be Very Careful," this mark is used by the Hares to alert the Pack to a potential danger, such as a busy street crossing, a water crossing, or barbed wire.
  Boob Check This mark prohibits a male Hound from proceeding until a female Hound, or "Harriette," catches up to him. At that point, the Harriette displays her bosom, thereby allowing the Hound to proceed. This display is entirely at the discretion of the Harriette, but the Hounds must always wait for a Harriette before proceeding.