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1 May 2008

It’s a Crampy Experience!

Category: Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 10:46 am

It’s Sunday (28/04) we started hashing at 16.00. We’re trying to take Long (L) route this time as nobody as far as I could see were taking the short route. OK, maybe it’s time to try! Strolling, shots some pictures, accompanied by 2 eldery couple. We left them as they’re relaxing themselves in the nearby stream. Following the trail, we’re led to a confusing intersection. Lots of hashers from different hash club were also dealing the same problem. This is the first time for me to get a “cross” (sharing a small portion of path with other hash club). Few experienced hashers were exploring few meters away trying to get some trail. My wife and I decided to return to the last trail and track our way to exit. Luckily we found middle-age couple from the same club and on we go, following them. “To boldy go where no one has gone before ™”. Exploring woods, crossing several muddy-rocky streams and slippery slopes.

Long story short, we’re stuck! No one to be seen except the 4 of us. It was 17.10 and we’re still unable to find any trail. OMG, we’re screwed this time! It’s time to panic (or at least I thought so). I dashed uncontrollably, consuming too much energy and fell several times. With time against us, all I can think of was to get the hell out as fast as possible. We’re walking 30 minutes trial-and-error for the right path, hoping for another trail to follow. Soon after that as we’re climbing back to an open and higher area, hoping to find someone, my calf ached and stiffened! Cramp! (Perfect time, isn’t it). I fell down in pain with my wife help bending my foot to ease and relax the muscle. It took us 5 minutes for this.

Into the woods brother! The eldery couple were leading. They are fully experienced hashers! This is the trail left by the hare (triangular paper for Nusantara Hash). Showing you’re on the right path. Losing this as I did and You’re screwed! We’re close enough to climb the first hill
Corn field! Can’t resist to capture the sky. So beautiful! Across the river and into the woods (again).
Stopping by, capturing some air and shot a beautiful rice field. Closer look of this beautiful rice field Last shot before we’re lost. Yes, we’re going through that muddy stream!

And finally we’re able to find someone of the same club. He’s lost too and following the trail of other hash club to exit. Had little chat and he took different way afterwards. So we’re taking the path lying ahead of us, out of the woods and into the kampoong. Another 10 minutes walk to the base camp. We’re out by 18:00. The great part is my wife. She didn’t experience any injury, walk calmly, no whinning and fix my cramped leg too. She sprained her ankle last 2 weeks in the beginning and I had to get her back. Guess like it’s payback time :)

Lessons learned:

  1. Long (L) route is not just long and winding. It’s accompanied by trial-and-error path. The hare is allowed to put the trail as long as 100 metres away from the last. The hare is also allowed to put a circle at intersection in which signals “now you try finding the right path out of 4 directions!”
  2. If you’re short on time. Be focus! Find the trail, look for clue (ie. shoeprints, wet dry leaves etc.) conserve energy and walk normally. You’re not saving time by cramping your legs.
  3. If you’re lost, return back to the last trail you saw and stay put. Someone will get you out easily.
  4. You can follow the trail of the other hash club to exit if you’re an experienced hasher.
  5. Find someone and follow them safely to exit.
  6. On the safe side, take the Short (S) route :D

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