September 13, 2012
What is caber tossing? I didn’t know myself until I attended the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games a few months ago. It requires a mix of strength and concentration.
Here’s how it works. A caber is basically a trimmed tree truck that can weigh anywhere between 40 to 59 kilograms and is usually about 17 feet long. A competitor will lift the caber, holding it straight up, run with it, and then toss it.
Here is where it gets really tricky. The goal is not to throw the caber as far away as possible. What a competitor needs to do to get a good score is toss the caber in such a way that it flips in the air and lands as straight as possible with the top part facing the thrower. The straighter the caber lands, the better the score.
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