Active Trail walking in the mountains
Fancy a mountain walk with a difference? Then consider coming along to the Hash…
A ‘Hash’ is an active walk following a set of marks and typically lasts about 60-90 minutes. Usually 3 routes/trails are set each week to cater for all levels of fitness. Each Hash is organised in a different part of Andorra every Saturday, from April to December. The marked trails are set by volunteer ‘Hares’. At the end of the Hash, beer and soft drinks are provided. Each Hasher pays a fee (currently €2.00) for each attendance, to cover the costs of drinks, various awards, subsidies, and any incidental expenses. School- age children are free.
Hash Social Events in the form of dinners, picnics and barbecues are held throughout the year.
The first Andorra Hash took place on the 6th September 1986. Since then there have been over 800 Hashes with an average of 20 attendees/Hash.
Everyone is welcome
For more information and the location of upcoming walks please contact
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