DIY: Vertical Tire Climbers for Playgrounds

As companion pieces to swing sets, climbing towers provide a different type of exercise.  They are also relatively easy to install, and children enjoy them.  We have tried two basic designs.  The totally metal towers are described here.

We recently installed a climbing tower using metal pipes (2″ ID) and 3 used tires.  The pipes are 10′ in length, with 1.5′ buried in the ground and anchored with concrete.  The tires are bolted to the horizontal poles and ornamental globes are welded to the top of each pipe.

Climbing Tower Made of Old Tires and Metal Pipes

Climbing Tower Made of Old Tires and Metal Pipes

Slightly more complicated designs are also possible.

This Tire Climber Adds a Stair-step Component

This Tire Climber Adds a Stair-step Component

A improvement to above climbing towers would be to add a tire at the base and filling it with concrete.  This will add stability to the structure.

Concrete in the Bottom Tire Adds Stability

Concrete in the Bottom Tire Adds Stability

An important side benefit of the tire climber is it provides a use for old, used tires, which are a disposal problem in both developed and developing countries.

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