One for the record book

South Colch­ester Academy grad­u­ate Frame gets caber toss ku­dos from Guin­ness


If you look on Page 243 of the new Guin­ness World Record book, you’ll find high­land games heavy­weight events com­peti­tor Danny Frame.

He’s in his iconic caber toss pose, face to­tal con­cen­tra­tion, hands cupped around the small end of the pole, and you just know he’s go­ing to take a few steps and throw that big spruce tree into the air.

He does it bet­ter than al­most any­one on the planet and Guin­ness was so im­pressed he could do it 16 times in three min­utes that they awarded him the record and in­cluded his photo and a brief write-up in the book.

“I got an email from Guin­ness about a week ago say­ing that I was one of the for­tu­nate peo­ple to be cho­sen to have a pic­ture in this year’s book and that it would be com­ing out the end of Au­gust or early Septem­ber,” said Frame, who grew up in Shube­nacadie and now lives in Mid­dle­ton. “So I went on the in­ter­net to find the re­lease date, found it, and con­tacted some of the stores that were go­ing to have it. I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the pic­ture looked like.”

Frame and his son stopped at Costco on the way to the city.

“I took a look and there it was. There was a stack of them there,” he said. “I picked up a few for the fam­ily and for a cou­ple friends.”

The photo is on the bot­tom right of a right-hand page with a kilted Frame fac­ing a bit to the left as if he might walk off the bot­tom of the page. The caber ex­tends al­most to the top of the book.

While the ac­tual event was July 20 of 2018, and he knew five months later that his record was accepted by Guin­ness, see­ing the photo in the book made it seem real.

“Do­ing the record was great, but I hadn’t heard con­fir­ma­tion,” he said. “When I heard con­fir­ma­tion, it made it seem a lit­tle more le­git­i­mate. To get my cer­tifi­cate in the mail made it even more so. But grow­ing up, al­ways look­ing in the book – and I al­ways dreamt when I was a kid that it would be so cool to be in this book – to see my­self, to be in there from a small town in Nova Sco­tia just makes it kind of sur­real ... You know I’ve kind of made it in terms of be­ing part of his­tory. Re­ally, it’s fan­tas­tic and I’m still on cloud nine over it.”

But Frame didn’t just get one record and call it good. Less than a year later, he tried for a sec­ond Guin­ness World Record and fin­gers crossed all the pa­per­work as­so­ci­ated with it was good, he might also be in the next book.

“June 1 in Perth An­dover, New Brunswick, Dirk Bishop, who was one of the judges of the record in Mid­dle­ton, him and I tried the tan­dem record for the most cabers flipped in three min­utes,” Frame said. “The record’s 15. We were able to break the record and got 16, so we’re just wait­ing to hear back the of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion from Guin­ness that it does stand. But we’re pretty con­fi­dent be­cause we got all the pa­per­work and video in.”

Per­haps the proud­est mo­ment for Frame was when his young son Wil­liam saw his dad’s photo in the book.

“We went to Costco and I opened it up to the page. I said, ‘Wil­liam, who’s this?’ He looked at the book and he looked at me and he looked at the book again and he’s like, ‘That’s you daddy. It’s a caber.’ I said, ‘do you re­mem­ber that?’ And he goes ‘Yaaa,’ and he had a big smile on his face.”


Danny Frame with his Guin­ness World Record cer­tifi­cate and the just-re­leased 2020 Guin­ness World Records book. Frame set a caber toss world record in 2018 when he suc­cess­fully tossed the big spruce pole 16 times in three min­utes.


Page 243 of the new Guin­ness World Record book shows lo­cal high­land games com­peti­tor Danny Frame, who set a caber toss record July 20, 2018. The 2020 Guin­ness World Records book was re­leased last week.

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