Calling all young mountaineers
Perhaps it is something in our deep past, but the desire to climb is instinctive. So instinctive that it is an integral 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 built-in gyroscope 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. Training this cross-coordination skill also helps children in learning to read.
The desire to climb starts even before a child can walk, but it only reaches effective proficiency by the time the child is of school age. A tree with low-hanging branches is a great temptation to your average 6 year old. With unique Robinia climbing structures like the Tree Climber, or the challenging Six-sided climbing structure, they can enjoy the same rewards of a sense of achievement and a growing self-esteem.