It was Cole’s birthday on Friday and we wanted to do something a little different. Having heard that BATL had just opened up a shop in Calgary, and it being the talk of the town back in Toronto, I must admit I was itching to give it a try. Luckily, Cole was a good sport and let me high-jack his birthday party.
We gathered up a big group of friends, reserved a couple lanes, and headed on down. Most of us eager, some of us a little nervous.
By now, you’re probably thinking – what the hell is BATL? Well friends, you head into a warehouse and you guessed it, battle. But, the battle isn’t your normal battle – its an axe throwing competition. I know it sounds crazy and weird, but it was an absolute blast. They set you up in a round-robin style competition (or you can do individual battles if there is just a few of you), and you compete for the title of champion.
The night starts off with a bit of target practice– and of course, a safety lesson. Each battle begins with clinking axes for sportsmanship, before competitors face off for 3 games of 5 throws.
You take turns chucking the axe at the wooden target – praying that it will stick (bonus points for hitting the bullseye). It’s actually a lot harder than it looks, but once you get into a groove – it’s glorious. The judges keep score behind you – adding a little pressure with their announcements of the score…”1 behind, 5 behind, leading by 12…”
Everyone was laughing and having a great time – while secretly being uber competitive. The men, of course, dominated, but us ladies put up a pretty good fight.
The daring few can try throwing with one arm, and if a tie-breaker is needed, they break out the big axe.
There cubbies to store your things – and a big table in case you want to bring treats. Plus, they supply a freezer stacked full with freezies. All that axe throwing makes you pretty hot – and beware, your abs might be a little sore the next day. I brought chips and cupcakes, which were welcomed treats after a tough loss.
If you’re looking for a challenge and something fun to do, head on down to their spot: 2151 32nd Street N.E. Calgary. You can make group reservations online if you have 12-35 people, or shoot them an email if there are fewer of you. They’re open days and evenings and spots last about 2-3 hours. For $35, it’s totally worth it.
If you’re ready to go pro, they’ve also got a league that you might want to check out.