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Posted on May 30, 2014

Plum Pyramid Climbing Frame: Three Year Endurance Test

Plum Pyramid Climbing Frame: Three Year Endurance Test

Plum Pyramid

Three years ago we made the fairly bold decision to forego our annual four day break at a seaside caravan park, and instead spend the money on play equipment for the garden.

At the time my sons were 4 and 6 years old, and although the Little Tikes Twin Slide had served them well, they were definitely ready for something a little more challenging.

So with a budget of around £400 and an open mind I began researching climbing frames, swings, slides, see-saws and just about anything else I could use to make our large, but empty back garden a more entertaining space.

In the end I decided that I preferred wooden climbing frames for durability and aesthetic reasons, and settled on this Pyramid Climbing Frame from Plum.

Three years on I thought it was about time I got around to writing up a review for it.

Can you spot the cat?

Can you spot the cat?


Fresh Out The Box
As with most jumbo constructions, this came as a flat pack. Some climbing frame retailers will deliver their play equipment ready-constructed for a fee, but ours came in pieces in a cardboard box. Although just a hazy memory now, I don’t recall the construction being too traumatic. We had a plastic dome climbing frame before and do remember the many hours of blood, sweat and tears that went into clicking that together, the Pyramid was definitely easier than that.

Once everything was screwed into place the climbing frame was ready to go. We had already bought the rubber mats to put around the edge, and the frame just needed to be staked into the ground rather than concreted like some models. The wood was pre-treated so there was no need to stain or varnish that either.

Play Value
The boys have had hours of pleasure from this. I loved the design because of the two large platforms at the top. These have been the source much joy over the years, providing a great base from which to pretend to shoot the neighbours, spy on the cat and launch water bombs at their parents.

We store our go-karts under the pyramid.

We store our go-karts under the pyramid.


Lasting The Distance
As you can see from the pictures the wood could do with a little tlc, and the camouflage tent is long gone, ripped in the wind, but otherwise the climbing frame is in excellent condition. There are no split of cracks in the wood, and all the fixings and fittings (apart from the tent) are in tact. Our garden backs onto fields so we can experience some pretty extreme weather, but besides the damage to the tent area, the frame appears to have been unaffected.

We have moved the pyramid on a couple of occasions. This is a two person job, and to prevent damage it should be lifted rather than dragged. We also removed the slide first to eliminate the risk of it getting snapped.

Recommendation
I would heartily recommend this toy. It’s been worth every penny spent on it, and I think it will last another few years. The model has been slightly updated, and now includes the option to add a swing arm.

The boys love the double platform at the top.

The boys love the double platform at the top.

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