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caber tossing

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A traditional sport of the Scottish Highlands, a long-established competition event for professional Scottish athletes and participants in traditional games meetings. The caber is a tree trunk or pole, stripped of its bark, of no set proportions, size, or weight, though usually around 17 feet (5 metres) long and weighing somewhere near 90 pounds (40 kilograms). The aim of the sport is to turn the caber in a certain way, rather than aim for distance: it is arguably, therefore, more concerned with technique than brute strength. It is an event exclusive to Scottish Highland Games, and its cultural distinctiveness includes the sartorial condition that the male contestant must wear a kilt.

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