Caber flipping

Discussion in 'Health And Fitness Archive - no posting' started by blessed_samurai, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    Greetings!

    We just hosted The 1st Annual "Iron Thistle" Highland Games and Scottish Festival. On June 3rd, at Arlington, I'll have officially entered my 2nd year throwing in these Games. Anyway, thought I'd share some pics of the caber flip.

    17' 64# Only two of us in C class flipped it.

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  2. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    The Iron Thistle Carry

    This is what this Game was named after. It was actually the last event. It's a 346# forged iron implement in the shape of a thistle which is the national Scottish flower. It was judged on a carry for distance. I carried it 301 feet. I just want to say this damn thing was f'n heavy...I was scratched, bruised, and scarred for two weeks after.

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  3. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    The Sheaf toss

    This is a burlap sack usually filled with rope. It weighs 16# and it is judged on height. I got 20' and bombed on a 21' toss.

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    Had I kept my head up a bit I could've gotten over the 21' mark easily since at the 21' mark, the sheaf wavered sitting on the cross bar and then fell back towards me instead of falling the other way.
     
  4. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    56# WOB (weight over bar)

    This is a 56 lb weight that is thrown overhead over a bar and judged on height. I haet this event.

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  5. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    The 56# WFD (weight for distance).

    This is a lead ball attached to a chain, and it weighs 56 pounds. It's done with a single or double spin and judged by distance thrown.

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    This is it as I didn't get any shots of me doing the hammer or stones.
     
  6. Moosey

    Moosey invariably, a moose Supporter

    Brilliant photographs Mr Samurai!
     
  7. slipthejab

    slipthejab Hark, a vagrant! Supporter

    WOW!!!!

    That's looks way fun. err... sort of... if I was strapping with muscles. :D
    Seriously though it looks like mad fun. Very cool. Thanks for posting that.

    That 'Iron Thistle' carry looks like a total broken arm, wrenched shoulder if you didn't manage to get clear of it as you set it down!! :eek:
     
  8. xen

    xen insanity by design

    is all that machismo to make up for the fact you all wear skirts?

    :p

    joking aside, good luck with the comp, and make sure that 56 pounder doesn't come back down on your head... ouch, that would be messy. :eek:
     
  9. Incredible Bulk

    Incredible Bulk Eat-Lift-Eat-Sleep-Grow

    full respect to you, my shoulders are crying thinking of the WOB event (old shoulder injury)
     
  10. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    Yeah that's what most of us were worried about. Well that and it falling on our toes/feet. However, pretty much everyone dumped it forward and no one got hurt.
     
  11. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    It's how we justify wearing skirts. :)

    I have yet to meet anyone who has had the implement hit them in their head. It's throw back(and up) kinda like a db snatch
     
  12. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    Some of these events can be tough on the shoulders. I've seen more shoulders screwed on the hammer than any of the other events. Needless to say we throwers do tons of RC stuff.


    p.s. If anyone is in the Dallas/Watchahachie area on April 21/22nd...I'll be throwing in the Scarborough Ren Faire....come visit me
     
  13. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    Thanks! I keep a few of these on my desk in my office so middle and high school students don't question my authority. :D
     
  14. TheCount

    TheCount Happiness is a mindset

    What have you got on under the kilt ? :D
     
  15. Shadow_of_Evil

    Shadow_of_Evil wants to go climbing...

    Judging by one of the pictures, he has shorts on underneath.
    Pft, ye aint no Scotsman ;)

    Hehe, great pics mate. Good to see old traditions being kept well alive.

    EDIT: On second inspection, maybe the 'shorts' is a support strap or something.
     
  16. pasusan02

    pasusan02 Valued Member

    Wow!

    I am 50% Scot and I love attending our local Highland Games. Haven't been in a few years, but plan to attend this year with the kids to introduce them to a part of their heritage. Thanks for sharing the photos. Good work!
     
  17. TheCount

    TheCount Happiness is a mindset

    Jockstrap
     
  18. koto_ryu

    koto_ryu Common sense is uncommon

    Awesome pics. How'd you end up placing?
     
  19. blessed_samurai

    blessed_samurai Valued Member

    I came in 3rd. I prob could have come in 2nd if I had passed the 21' mark on the sheaf and hadn't scratched on my WFD twice. But I'll take 3rd.
     
  20. Shadow_of_Evil

    Shadow_of_Evil wants to go climbing...

    How many people were in it?
     

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