Climbing Trends, Climbing Safety, Climbing Structures, Rope Based Playgrounds

Summer 2013

Climbing: Summer 2013 - Vol.13 No.2

I like to climb, and I have dozens of stories to prove it. My climbing urge began early in my life as it probably did with most of us.  As a toddler, I was always being pulled off of a counter or table. When I was five, I attempted to “tight rope walk” the top beam of my family’s Sears & Roebuck backyard swing set aiming to impress a neighbor girl. It ended in a trip to the emergency room and a half dozen stitches. It was a great lesson about gravity, which has been haunting me ever since. However, gravity did not sway me from my desire to climb and I took every chance I could to see if I could “get up there.” At the age of eight I climbed to the top of my dad’s barn and attempted to balance walk across a 1” X 8” board which promptly gave way and dropped me forty feet. I landed on a log floor and I had my first experience with unconsciousness. 

In This Issue...

Children climbing on a rope based playground
By: Nicole Stoddard
Over the last couple of decades many traditional playground toys such as rope climbers, merry-go-rounds, and tall swings have gotten a bad rap. Toys that were considered too tall, spin too fast, or swing too high were deemed suspect and were often removed under the guise that they were “too risky...
Rock Climber Materials
By: Jan Neish
What kid, of any age, can resist the challenge to climb to the top? On playgrounds these opportunities often come through boulders and climbing nets. In recent years, the composition of these “challenges” has seen some innovations as outlined below. Boulders are naturally heavy, and as that is...
Climbing Safety
By: Jeromy Morningstar
In recent years there has been increasing discussion within the playground industry regarding the risks, or lack thereof, associated with modern playground equipment design.
Climbing Trends on the North American Playground
By: Tom Norquist
In the public domain throughout North American playgrounds, climbing is routinely one of the most popular activities. When we ask why both children and adults like to climb, play scholars cite the challenge, the ability to get to the top of a structure, whether natural or man-built. Survivalists...
Boy climbing a net playground
By: Joe Frost
Experts representing child development, education, health, kinesiology, playground design, and child injury litigation responded to the question: Why do children climb? Children climb for fun, enjoyment, challenge, the sense of danger, and to access the top for success and observation. They climb...
Older children climbing a 30 foot net climber
By: Nicole Stoddard
A reputable playground designer or architect can assist in selecting a brand of rope-based playground equipment. However, not all rope-based equipment is created equal. Here is a short list of things you will want to require and some things you may want to avoid:
child climbing a huge rock
By: Andris Zobs
As any parent knows, children climb, anything. From the dresser drawers to the first time they awkwardly wrap themselves around a tree trunk. Teenagers scale walls and adults seek out remote mountaintops. When we are at our strongest and most confident, we climb. The Outdoor Industry Association...