Tossing the Caber
Arguably, the most spectacular Highland event is Tossing the Caber. In an extreme test of strength, balance and timing the competitor must raise a tree trunk (weighing up to 130lbs and measuring up to 20’) to a vertical position, and balancing it, run to build up momentum. At a precise moment, he throws the trunk in such a way that the larger end hits the ground with the smaller end making a semi-circle in the air. Three attempts are allowed, and these are scored by points deducted from the angle the trunk lands away from the perfect mark of “12 o’clock”.
Putting the Stone
This event is the same as the Olympic Shot Put, except that a smooth rounded stone is used instead of a steel ball. Regular style uses a stone weighing just over 12 lbs. With a 7’6” run-up, the stone is thrown from behind a toeboard or “trig”. Using one hand only, the stone must be thrown from in front of the shoulder and the best of three attempts is measured from where the throw is made to the nearest break in the ground where the stone lands. With Braemar or Standing style, the stone weighs 26lbs, and no run-up is allowed. A competitor fouls if he touches the top of the trig or the ground beyond it.
Weight for Distance 26lb and 50lb
Like the athletes who throw them, the weights, (18” in length overall,) are made of metal! A ring handle is attached by a chain, and these are thrown with one hand only from behind the trig, with a run up of 9’. Any style may be used to throw the weights, though the most efficient is to spin like a discus thrower. The rules stipulate that the competitor must be standing after throwing the weight. Again, three attempts are allowed, with measuring and fouls the same as for Putting the Stone.