DECEMBER 13 2020
NUI CHUA CHAN
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Mr. T, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Secs, Mr. T, Chippy
Report: Faulty Brakes
After alighting from the cable car on base camp we waited patiently for our instructions for today’s assault on the second highest mountain in south Vietnam. Taking two long draws from his vape with the exotic chocolate banana flavor…. Listen up, Listen up and pointing to a communication mast which seemed to be in another country that’s where we are heading today, take it slowly it should take about an hour. I could feel the cold sweat running down my back, Secs was serious, this was it. No turning back. “Cometh the hour, cometh the man (and women and children)”, this was to be the highest trail in the long history of Vung Tau Hash. The trail which was discovered the previous Friday by our trail finding team, of Mr T ,Anagram, Chippy, Secs and Bull Ant. The trail started with a gentle climb up some concrete steps and followed a meandering path to the summit all the time taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Vietnamese countryside and bumping into people who had camped the previous night on the mountain who were now on the descent from this behemoth trail.
The day called for an early start from Tommy’s Bar, the usual cargo was loaded and the beer (which had an overnight icing) to guarantee the chilled nectar would be ideal for our post climb down-down. Docker done the dough, shekels were collected, some even partook in the breakfast in Tommy’s Bar and with eight bells approaching it was time to board the juggernaut for Nui Chua Chan in Dong Nai. Stopping briefly to replenish the ice on Truong Cong Dinh Street it was onwards to Ba Ria and through the Vietnamese countryside with its rubber plantations farms and villages. Two hours later we stopped for refreshments at a roadside service halt near our destination and 30 minutes later we were in the car park for today’s climb.
On reaching the final few steps of the trail the 55 successful Hashers had achieved the goal of climbing the 837 meters above sea level haul, a refreshing shower couldn’t dampen the spirits and enabled people to cool down and enjoy the panoramic views. Photos taken ensured they could authenticate the validity of their climb. The descent to Base camp proved tricky with the recent shower making conditions slippery under foot, however everyone made it without any problems.
So that was the end of today’s adventure - think again, the next stage was the descent down 1300 steps through a village selling local delicacies, fried bananas and Banh Xao and many market stalls selling their wares. The Down-Down took place in the car park with the usual food and drink available to quench the thirst and appetite of hashers. Docker was the master of ceremonies today,and welcomed our new Hashers to VTH3. Hash names were conferred on Ms Thuy (Office Bar) her choice being ‘Banh Xao”, Mrs Chom Chom,”Smiley”.
The long haul back to Vung Tau was lightened by the now customary sing along and frequent pit stops. The remaining super chilled beers were savaged and on arrival in Tommy’s nothing was required but to empty the eskies and place them in the store along with soft drinks. Run 963 was a special day for VTH3 with the early start, the highest climb and will live long in the memory of many Hashers who support the “Old Lady of Vung Tau” a.k.a, Vung Tau Hash house harriers.
RUN 963 GALLERY