Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cairo Hash: Running through the desert.

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Life is all about trying new things, you know. So I decided to try this hashing in the desert thing.  What's hashing? Well, it's not drugs but this:


Variously described as "the lunatic fringe of running" and "the drinking club with a running problem," the Hash House Harriers are a worldwide loosely organized collection of individual clubs. The Cairo Hash kennel welcomes all people - and well behaved pets - of any age, class, size, shape, sex, religion, philosophy (or not), and running or walking ability (or not).
Our premise is simple, a couple of  harriers (the Hares) lay a trail of flour, lentils or paper over a course (the Trail) they choose. The other harriers (thehounds) try to find and follow the trail. It stops a few times in the next 45 to 75 minutes at regroup stops (the Checkpoints) to allow back markers to catch up. And finally returns to the starting point.
There is a a parallel trail just for walkers.


Check out their website here:http://www.cairohash.com/about-the-hash-p5.html

Kinda stupid that I decided to run in the desert on the first day that I decided to try fasting for Ramadan. But I survived.

I went with a couple of new friends, Susana who is from Spain and Mark from Canada.  We decided to walk since it was first time. It was a wonderful experience, this running in the desert thing. I've always thought of myself us a beach person but I realize that I love the desert just as much. It is amazing how quiet and beautiful it could be.  I might just do this again before I leave in 2 weeks. 

Here's what happened:


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This is the starting to point. I love the rock formations.


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Mark and Susana!


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Susana brought cookies. 


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Here are the participants. The ones in yellow are sort of the leaders we follow through the desert.


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There was a bunch of expats from different countries such as Switzerland, Germany and France.


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Immediately we started climbing up the side of this hill.


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Look at this view! Yes, I was taking pictures while walking.  How can you not stop to admire this view!


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For walkers, we followed the orange lentils.


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Those are the runners.


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And here are the walkers.


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Hola Susana!


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Lovely.


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Walking, walking, walking


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MArk doing a superman pose.


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I might do the running, but we'll see.


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Here's the check point where we make sure that no one's left behind.


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Some more walking.


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There was a point where my fear of heights kicked in and I was holding on to dear life on some rocks. 


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The best thing about the hash is that I made some new friends:)

More pictures to come.

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