Caber Toss


The primary objective is to toss the caber so that it turns end over end, falling away from the tosser. Ideally it should fall directly away from the tosser in the “12 o’clock” position. The distance thrown is unimportant. The tosser balances the caber upright, tapered end downwards, against their shoulder and neck, the caber being supported by stewards or fellow-competitors while being placed into position. The tosser then crouches, sliding their interlocked hands down the caber and under the rounded base, and lifts it in their cupped hands. The tosser must balance the caber upright; this is not easy with the heavier end at the top, and less-experienced tossers may be unable to stop the caber falling to one side after lifting it. The tosser then walks or runs a few paces forward to gain momentum, and flips the tapered end upwards so that the large end hits the ground first, and, if well tossed, the caber falls directly away from the tosser. Weight and strength are essential for success, but technique is very important for balancing the caber when lifting it, and flipping up the held (tapered) end to promote a clean toss. Weights and lengths vary from games to games across Canada ranging anywhere from 16-20 feet and 50-130 lbs.