Sandpit Hash’s second run

One piece of, er, feedback from the first Sandpit Hash was: “Where’s the sand?”
Nobody asked that on this one…

This time we headed out into the dune and date country off the Al Ain Road, turning off at Remah and finding a relatively remote location in Al Khazna.

It was magnificently and extravagantly sandy, assisted by a strong breeze that variously cooled and sandblasted Fill Me Up and I as we set the course in the cool of the morning.

We wound the trail around so that it ended up on top of the tallest dune. It turned out we were beaten to the top by a local.

But he left enough room for us.

Then we returned to the campsite and roped Prancer into helping me put in the beer stop. I think this expression fully sums up the enjoyment factor of this task.

By 4pm everyone had gathered at the campsite and we headed off, starting off with a convoluted route through the date plantations thanks to some fortunate (and not self-created) holes in the security fences.

Then we headed into the dunes.

Then back into the gardens for a few false trails, which FB took in good humour. Which was just as well because he did every single false trail.

We headed towards the biggest dune we could see. There seemed to be a crowd at the top surrounding a cooler that might or might not have been full of cold beer.

But between us and them was a lot of sand, a LOT of sand.

But we got there in the end. And Half a Slab showed the benefits of being raised by hashers by bringing the tailender*  a cold beer.
(* that would be me, of course, but in my defence it was my third time up that frigging dune that day)

Then we had to tackle the arduous task of watching the sun set.

This was not a task to be taken lightly.

Then once the sun had irrevocably set we headed back, with Honey Bunny taking the cooler back to the campsite.

And we all made our way back and called the circle.

Prancer was hashmeister and immediately punished the hares.

Then Big Ears, our RA, dispensed out punishments to all and sundry.

We were running out of firewood but fortunately there was an old shed nearby.

I’m sure the farmer won’t miss that wall…

Then it was time to settle in once more.

Because of Wadi Bih, the next Sandpit Hash will be on March 9 and is being organised by the Dubai hashers. We’ll let you know when we have a location.

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Directions to Sandpit Hash run #2

You can find directions to Sandpit Hash House Harriers run # 2 on Friday January 13 here.

As before, the run will start at 4pm sharp so aim to be there a little earlier and apart from the obligatory beer stop on the way and a few beverages in the circle, it’s BYO food and drink. The campsite is accessible to two wheel drive vehicles.

Hashmeister will be Prancer, Hare will be Fill Me Up and the RA will be Sleazy (as well as sleazy).

If you weren’t at the first run, this will give you an idea of what to expect. The route on January 13 is likely to be a little less adventurous but sandier.

If you can’t read the pdf, these are the directions:

From Abu Dhabi: Go along the Al Ain highway until just after the roadside marker saying Al Ain is 48km away. Turn off at the exit marked Truck Road Remah and go right (south).
From Al Ain: Go along the road to Abu Dhabi until just after the roadside marker saying Abu Dhabi is 112km away. Turn at the exit marked Truck Road Remah and go left (south).

Head south on a dual carriageway over a small hill and down to the truck road, do a U-turn and head back almost to the top of the hill again.

At a yellow sign marked “A Ferjar Maint. & General Cont Est”, turn right onto an unsealed road into the farms. It should be marked with a drinking-camel Sandpit Hash sign. Based on Google Earth, the turnoff is at 24deg 09’ 46.02”N 55deg 19’ 50.14”E.

After 2.4km on the dead straight and corrugated road, you’ll come to a junction that should also be marked with a sandpit hash sign. The other landmark is on the far right (or, as I call it, Ron Paul) corner, where a post is marked “KAZ25”. Turn left here and after 800m(ish) you’ll drop down a small embankment and come to another junction with the most-used road veering right.

The campsite is at the far side of the fields directly ahead. You can go left or right. Left is a little sandier so keep your speed up but right is a little rougher right near the campsite. The campsite should be at 24deg 10’ 13.17”N 55deg 22’ 06.98”E

I didn’t check cellphone coverage but it’s likely there’ll be reception so if you get lost, call shorth@ndjob on 050 561 7087.
on on!