|Himalayan Hash House Harriers Digital Archive|
The Hash History Project
"The inaugural run for the Himalayan Hash House Harriers took place on Monday 15 October at 4.30 pm. The trail was laid by Roger Binks and Keith Robinson." These are the very first words of the very first trash reporting Nepal's first hash run. The year was 1979 and there was a turnout of eight for what was described as "a gentlemen's run". These hashes took place on a Monday night sometimes starting as early as 4pm. It seems that the pressure of work was much less in those days for Kathmandu ex-pats, The hash was closely associated with the British Gurkha officers in the early days and much beer was guzzled.
There have been many changes since then. The Himalayan Hash is now much more of a family affair with soft drinkers in the ascendancy. The rapid urbanisation of the Kathmandu Valley means that we have to look further and further out beyond the Ring Road to find the open spaces and wild nooks and crannies that make for a good hash.
The first hash was in fact the first Himalayan Men's Hash. According to our longest standing -- and sometimes falling over hasher -- The Fox, these runs continued on Monday evenings with the occasional Saturday special. About 1985 ladies broke in and it became the fast hash. This continued until the early 1990s when it faded out due to 'dreadful mismanagement'. The first Himalayan mixed hash run was in early 1980. These runs took place on Thursday evenings and were kept to a maximum of 45 minutes. The mixed hash started to run on a Saturday after the collapse of the Monday fast runs. The two hashes were completely separate with separate mismanagements. The Monday hash was the Himalayan Hash House Harriers and the Thursday hash was the Himalayan Mixed Hash, which continues today.
The current hash mismanagement have decided to compile the Himalayan Hash House Harriers Digital Archive. This Hash History Project aims to publish all Hash trashes ever written!! As the reigns of power are handed over to each subsequent Grandmaster, so are several foul smelling cardboard boxes containing the hash archive. We have not yet delved to the bottom of this stack of rotting paper but we have found a compilation of trashes 1 to 134 dating from October 1979 to May 1982. We will proceed with posting these trashes in groups of 25 on to the webshite. Each tranche of 25 goes out with an appeal for photos to accompany the words. So if you know of anyone who ran on these early hashes (or even walked), please pass on this appeal to them.
The trashes have been reproduced largely as they were typed out on A4 sheets for handing out at the following hash. A few notes have been added and some of the spelling mistakes that clouded the meaning have been corrected, sometimes with square brackets to indicate this. However, as readers of current scribe Towed's trashes will know well, clouding the meaning has never been much of a hindrance to many Hash scribes. Going through all the early trashes, it is noticeable that different hash scribes had quite varying grasps of the fundamentals of English grammar and spelling. There is one early scribe who did not know the "i before e except after c" rule. Misspelled place names have been left as they were.
Enjoy reading about the golden age of Nepalese hashing and we would like to hear from any old hashers who have any anecdotes associated with the published trashes. And don't forget about the photos.
N.B. The fact that there were two hashes - the Monday men's/fast and the Thursday mixed - means that there are two series of hash runs both starting from 0001. This of course means that the numbering of trashes on the webshite is completely cocked up as men's hash 0001 does not run on into the already posted mixed hash ones from 2001 onwards. Anyway logic and consistency have not always been one of the strong points of the hash!
Rotter (GM David Potter) and Keeled Over (Stephen Keeling), December 2003