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A "caber" is the Gaelic term for a long tapered pine pole or log. In competition, the caber is stood upright and hoisted by the athlete who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands (see photo). The competitor then runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper(larger) end striking the ground first.

Ideally, the smaller end that was originally held by the athlete then hits the ground in the 12 o'clock position measured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have "turned the caber".

Each year Clan MacLaren offers up a custom "challenge caber" for willing competitors who attempt to turn the caber for a cash prize.