Robinia Climbing

Calling all young mountaineers  

Perhaps it is something in our deep past, but the desire to climb is instinctive. Very instinctive, because it is an important part of developing the proprioceptive system – the neurons that flash signals to give you a sense of movement and body position. It’s a sort of inbuilt gyro system that keeps us from falling over. Through climbing the limbs are telling the brain what they are capable of so that any future activity, even if it is unrelated to clambering up a rope net, like lifting and carrying a bucket of sand, is assessed. This cross-coordination skill helps the child learn to read.

The desire to climb starts even before a child can walk, but it only reaches effective proficiency by the time the child starts school. Show six-year olds a tree with low-hanging branches and you have to hold them back. There is no need to restrain them with the Robinia climbing structures. Here they get the same rewards, the sense of achievement and a growing self-esteem.

Robinia climbing structures work equally well in urban and rural situations. In a park, close to trees the wooden structures blend in, whilst in an inner-city location they offer a welcome respite from concrete.

Using their own body weight to help build arms and legs, helps the child be active – skills like kicking a ball or running both draw on the child’s ability to balance and move freely. Robinia climbing equipment can be placed in numerous ways – alone, together, in a line and complement many other Robinia features. Your playground, your choice and your decision.

The Robinia tree is a triumph of nature. As a tree, at every level it performs. It grows in poor soils, it feeds nitrogen into the earth encouraging other plants, it flowers to be the source of Acadia honey, its leaves breathe out Co2. It adapts well in urban areas, gracing many boulevards and streets. When cut as timber, the stump regenerates and grows back quickly. It is highly sustainable. The timber is fine-grained, strong and durable - the perfect material for play features. 

How do we get started? 

Finding the right products from the extensive range is the starting point. We encourage you to click and to be inspired by the amazing playgrounds we have installed around the world. Our very competent and experienced support team can then help you translate your wish list into your unique outdoor solution. Feel free to contact us and ask all your questions or to receive a quote.

What preservation does the wood need?

Robinia as a tight grained hardwood has a natural quality that resists rot and pests. KOMPAN Robinia, from the day of installation, has an industry-leading 15-year warranty. (10 years warranty in the US)

What is the best safety surface?

Which surface is a decision based on numerous elements, budget, design potential, hygiene, maintenance. With sand and wood-chip you have an economical solution, but one that requires additional costs, such as regular replacement or topping up, and maybe even a fence to keep animals away. With the Flexotop™ wetpour surfacing, maintenance is virtually eliminated and designers can use the 24 colours to create not just interesting shapes and variation, but to contribute to the actual play or fitness experience.

What type of rope is used in the climbing structures?

KOMPAN uses a special ‘Hercules’-type of rope with galvanized six-stranded steel wires. Each strand is tightly wrapped with PES yarn, which is melted onto each individual strand. The ropes are highly wear-and vandalism-resistant and can be replaced on site if needed.

Need advice?

We have more than 50 years of experience, and will support you throughout the project.


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