How to set the Hash Trail
The trail is usually indicated by a series of hash "marks" laid down in flour, chalk, or toilet paper. There are some fairly standard marks but hashers do on occasion interpret or embellish these at will.
A blob of flour or an arrow
This mark indicates that you are on trail (maybe). It does depend on how many you see, and who has set the trail. The hare will normally inform the pack that after 3 or 4 marks you are definitely "on".
Yell "ON-ON” and call the pack on through.
Check (Circle by itself)
The check mark indicates that the trail has come to an abrupt halt. Where does it go? To find out you must run around at random looking for trail marks and hoping they don't end in false marks or no marks.
Back Check or False Trail (Cross or X or Circle with X)
This mark indicates you are on a false trail. You must have been using your brain: don't! Go back to the last time you saw a check mark and start looking for marks in a different direction. You poor BASTARD! It may be a mile since your last check, but this mark means you go back and look for the true trail.
Nothing at all
This mark, or lack thereof, indicates that you are not on trail. You may be lost or you may be short-cutting or you just may be long-cutting. Just don't yell "On-On!", cos you ain't.
Drink Stop (XXXX or DS)
Time for refreshments
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