Breaking down barriers to outdoor recreation

A brightly-lit climbing wall towers 30 feet above the floor. Colorful routes made of plastic grips rise up the artificial rock face. Nicole Mowery is a regular climber, but it took her quite some time to become comfortable in the space, and not for the reasons one would expect.

“I remember when I started climbing I literally looked up a dictionary of climbing terms,” said Mowery. “I was combing through it trying to memorize stuff. …

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