Caber Toss Triptych

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    Highland games at the 2012 Scottish Fair in Farmington, MN. This caber tosser made my Scottish ancestors proud. I could try to explain the fine art of caber tossing, but Wiki says it best:

    "The caber toss is a traditional Scottish athletic event practised at the Scottish Highland Games involving the tossing of a large wooden pole called a caber. It is said to have developed from the need to toss logs across narrow chasms to cross them. In Scotland the caber is usually made from a Larch tree. A caber typically is 19 feet 6 inches (5.94 m) tall and weighs 175 pounds (79 kg)."

    1. pjwoodland 35 months ago | reply

      Ouch! Good story, John. Including the reveal on the under-kilt mystery.

    2. wild prairie man 35 months ago | reply

      So if you're not doing snortin' bulls, you're doing snortin' Scotsmen? Aye laddie, that's quite a sight!

    3. Rich'sPics 35 months ago | reply

      Nice action sequence, John. I love going to the games. It's interesting with the caber, because it's actually not how far you toss it, but if you get it to flip and stay in a straight line.

    4. johnchamilton 35 months ago | reply

      I also like how they use a clock reference for scoring. Clever, those Scotts. (I guess I should say "us" Scotts, since I have several clans in the old genealogy. Still haven't resorted to wearing a kilt yet, though.)

    5. A blond-Tess 34 months ago | reply

      Feeling like home :) but I have never been to a highland game though. Nice story and set of photos.

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