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    Outdoor sports remain very white. Duluth groups are working to close the ‘adventure gap’

    On a recent gorgeous late summer day, 9-year old Ryleigh Robinson scampered like a spider up a 30-foot tall rock face on Ely’s Peak in western Duluth. Dave Pagel with the Duluth Climbers Coalition shouted encouragement from below.  “Ryleigh, you’ll find a good foothold for your other foot right up in that corner,” Pagel calls up, as he belays her from the ground, using a rope to keep her from falling.  Ryleigh arrives at a tough part in the climb, and pauses. “I want to come down,” she calls. “Are you sure?” Pagel asks. Apprehension spreads across Ryleigh Robinson’s face as she looks for a path down a rock face…

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