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10 December 2017
Small Mountain - "Stairway to Heaven
Hares: Flying Finn, Boozer
Hash Flashers: Shomit
Report: Faulty Brakes, Boozer
We welcomed 21 Hashers to the run starting at the serene Happy Valley Beach Resort, where the sea water was lapping on the beach full of bikini clad swimmers, who were enjoying the warm afternoon sunlight, cool sea breeze and stunning sea views.
Buddha the beer and foodie monitor did a brilliant job cooling the vast array of San Miguel cans of beer and soft drinks, ensuring the eclectic array of cold refreshments and sandwiches were chilled to perfection for the return the intrepid 21 hashers.
After brief but steep walk from the beach to the road all the hashers assembled at Ha Long Bay road for the Chalk talk led by Boozer. The trail was announced as the “Stairway to Heaven Trail”. After the chalk talk we crossed the road to entrance of the steps to the Jesus statue, where we were to ascend 723 steps to first rally point, the turn off at the ridge line of the mountain. To the relief of the Hashers it turned out to be a brisk but steep 603 steps as Boozer had forgotten the true number of steps at the chalk talk.
After a brief but pleasant rest the excited, hot and sweaty Hasher’s setoff round on the ridge line on the Ha Long Bay side of the mountain. To their delight the walk was covered by trees providing plenty of shade as we proceeded down the ridge line to the saddle of the mountain.
On the way we passed the guns of the “Mortar Battery, A & B” where a contingent of eager Russian Hashers climbed over, around and under the guns taking many pictures. After a brief few minutes and a camera full of selfie pictures we set off again on the Phan Chu Trinh ridge line side of the mountain.
With renewed vigour we ascended the ridge line passing the old French Officers quarters climbing higher and higher to the gun emplacement “C”. Upon arrival we explored the tunnels of gun “C”. After am interesting exploration of the tunnels the intrepid Hashers ascended the original steps that led from gun “C” to guns “A & B” and the Jesus statue.
With a huff and puff we arrived at pinnacle of the mountain where with great gusto and relief the intrepid Hashers we descended the 803 steps to Ha Long Bay road; raced to Happy Valley Beach resort to the down down point, to lap up the plentiful supply of cool refreshments and delicious sandwiches with enthusiasm.
After a feast of refreshments, the down down commenced led by Boozer, where we celebrated the Hares thanking them with a rousing 9 out of 10 score for the trail. Hash virgins were welcomed, Ken from America, Jeff from Canada and Archell from the Philippines; who shared it was her first Hash in Vung Tau, she thoroughly enjoyed the trail, the wonderful cool refreshments and tasty array of sandwiches.
To our glee there were no sinners amongst the refreshed Hashers, so we closed the circle and enjoy the beach, the Seaview, and the camaraderie for a few hours.
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 1 pm for 1.30 pm start - in any weather!
VTH3 #815 PHOTO GALLERY
Additional Photos from Flying Finn
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