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19 April 2015
BIG MOUNTAIN - "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"!
As forecast, the weather was hot - not a good sign as we'd all seen the email saying one of today's trail choices would be "extremely difficult". But that hadn't deterred anyone, with 31 Hashers prepared to face the day's challenges.
Taxis to Ganh Hao, then co-Hare Basil began the first chalk-talk as Mother Teresa headed uphill to get a headstart on the pack! Second chalk-talk would be at the coffee shop - a good place for everyone to catch their breath!
Little Yu Bok lost a shoe inside the thick layer of fallen leaves, but it was luckily spotted by one of today's Hash Virgins as everyone struggled uphill.
We eventually made it to the coffee shop and second chalk-talk, with Basil showing the "easy" route, before those who decided to follow the medium or difficult trails headed further up the broken track towards the mountain top - with co-Hare SamSon doing his best to remind everyone not to over-estimate their ability to conquer the almost vertical climb ahead!
Some Hashers found the going on the "difficult" trail very tough, with a combination of slippery dirt and leaves, thorny vines, steep climb and hot weather all sapping the stamina.
Finally, the trail levelled out around the mountainside, signalling the end of the steep, tortuous climb - much to everyone's relief! In fact, some were so happy they forgot to follow the red marker tape and instead wandered down Vi Ba road and on to Lam Son Park where the sparkling red eskies awaited: "A hard-earned thirst needs an ice cold San Miguel"!
Duty Ringmaster SamSon announced a special "Liberation Day" run next week at the Minh Dam Secret Zone, then the three trails were rated 9/10, 8/10 and 10/10 respectively for easy, medium and difficult by Super Teen, Titanic and Nic - giving a total of 27/30 for proud Hares Samson and Basil!
We welcomed Hash Virgins Alex and Nic from Germany, Mr Duy from Vung Tau, introduced by Viking, and Australian Sam who had discovered the Hash on Trip Advisor (don't forget to give us a review, Sam!).
Ever-present Ms Ngoc is a pretty young lady who is quietly enthusiastic - attributes which earned her the endearing Hashtag "Moon Face"; Mountain Goat's son Nic has been a willing translator every week, which earned him "Snowden" (yes, the American spy - Hashtags are always irreverent...); and his daughter Liuba, who has shown that she possesses Grandma Mountain Goat's genes, was appropriately named "Little Goat". And then came the "Lion" - a Hashtag chosen by Mr Khoa to try and stop being confused with "Tiger".
SamSon said there could be no sinners this week because everyone who finished any of the three trails could not possibly be accused of committing any sins! But that didn't stop The Gardener charging Monsieur 'Arry for wearing new shoes. Nor Super Teen charging Ms Banana and Ms Nga for wearing sexy Hash outfits (or "nearly not wearing them"?).
Also a Down Down for "returnee" Live Wire, and a unanimous "Thank you" to "Foodies" Mountain Goat, Tiny Tim, Chippy, D&G, Ice Water, Mother Teresa and Ms Uyen for sharing their delicious snacks with everyone.
STOP PRESS (Thursday): SamSon and Basil are setting Sunday's trail in Minh Dam Base (aka Minh Dam Secret Zone) to celebrate forthcoming Liberation Day. As many "old hands" know, the area is rich with interesting, low-medium difficulty trails and superb views over the Ba Ria-Vung Tau countryside and the East Sea. See NEXT RUN box for more details. Also some "whispers" about a party after the run - you'll have to be there on Sunday to find out more!
We’ll meet 2 pm for 2.30 pm start, as usual, at Sao Bien 4 Restaurant – please see map on our home page if unsure of the way in.
And don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, covering clothes and water - it's still very hot out there!
Hares: SamSon, Basil
Hash Flash: The Gardener, Mr Smiley, Tiny Tim, Anatoly
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