Active Trail walking in the mountains
The co-principality of Andorra, snuggling in the eastern Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, is probably unique in having a population of which the majority are ex-patriates. However, most of these are Spanish or French, who do not have a hashing tradition, so it was not until the mid-eighties that there were enough British around for the idea of setting up a Hash to surface.
The first run of the Andorra chapter of the Hash took place on the 6th, September 1986 and was set by the founder, Paul Bruton and his wife, Terry, who have since moved on to pastures new. There have been 786 more since then with an average pack of 27. Membership is open to anyone but, because of the altitude and terrain, a certain degree of fitness is recommended. Currently, as well as Brits, the pack has representatives from Scandinavian, North American, and Western European countries and even a few locals!
The Hash meets on Saturdays between April and the end of December. During the rest of the year the country is mostly covered in snow and the hashers take to the ski slopes. The current start time is 3:00 pm but it varies with the season and some Bashes exhibit idiosyncrasies in this respect. As it occurs during our Hash Hibernation we do not have a dedicated Gispert Memorial Run but we feel that because G’s family roots are in Catalunya (thus making a link, albeit tenuous, with Andorra) every hash we run is a fitting tribute to him.
For more information and the location of upcoming walks please
Contact the HASH master GrahamS: gs.andorra(at)gmail.com
Sprout and Doggy, from the Barcelona Hash Harres came to visit us, excellent. If you’re interested in finding hashes near BCN, check their page.
The HASH, – 1992 article
In 1938, in Kuala Lumpur, a group of people used to meet for Saturday lunch at a restaurant called Hash House. They decided that in order to to earn this lunch they should walk or run for an hour or two beforehand. They called themselves “ The Hash House Harriers”. Their Idea – although modified- has now spread to many other countries throughout the world and our Andorran Hash House Harriers started up in 1986.
The Andorran Hash House Harriers celebrated their 200th < hash> a couple of Months ago. After the Hash that Saturday there was a picnic-cum-bar-beque at La Rabassh, attended by some 60 Hashers. On other Saturdays, however, the hashers just meet and walk or run and afterwards refresh themselves with a soft drink or a beer.
The Hash season in now drawing to an end and the last Hash will probably be at the end of November or early December, depending on the weather. Traditionally the hashes begin again after the winter on the first Saturday in April.
So if you would like to join the Hashers this year there is still time. Anyone is welcome, whatever nationality or age. The hashers meet on Saturday afternoons and the meeting place and time are posted at the tourist information hut in La Massana and often announced on the English language programme.
So come and join the Andorran Hash House Harriers! On-On
First published in the Inter-Comm 2-2 Winter 1992
In Salute of the 200th Andorran HASH – Sept. 1992
The path was narrow.
Cliffs above and cliffs below. Not a tree about.
The hot sun was beating on our heads.
Sweat was running down our foreheads.
Starting at 1500 meter above sea level and going up, we walked one after the other, in shorts and hats, from the young in age to the young at heart.
Or am I?
My 60 odd years are only a drop in MY span of life!
Being from the plains and from near oceans, this mountain climbing became a real challenge;
Below, I saw the depth of the valley and my heart sank to its level.
It was a l-o-n-g way down. “ will I slip? or will I make it? “.
“ Don’t look down ” I encouraged myself.
“ Will some stones slip right on to me?! “.
“ Don’t look up “, I dispensed advise, “ Just look where to put your foot. Make sure it grips” .
Clinging my body to the rocks beside me, I took a big breath, my heart was thumping;
“ Why on earth am I doing this? “.
“ Do I need this worry? “ “ Do I need the stress? “.
“ Shut up and keep going!… Some hard words will not go astray! “.
We belong to a world wide network of walters; “ The Hash Harrier Club “ , Andorra branch.
We meet every Saturday for a walk on the mountains.
Every walk is in another place, every walk is different, with or without hazards.
This off course complicates thing. Should on worry or not?
Will the climb be steep? will it be long?
Will it be sun or shade? on slippery rocks or roads?
I developed a love and hate relationship to this weekly Homage But, I will not miss it for the world, (may be once or twice), I’ll not miss it for the challenge, for nature and for the company.
First published in the Inter-Comm 2-2 1992