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Massive 50,000-square foot rock climbing facility coming to Austin

The biggest climbing gym in the Southwest will soon open up in Austin. (Mesa Rim)

The largest and tallest climbing gym in the Southwest is joining Austin's robust rock-climbing community this fall.

Mesa Rim Climbing Center looks to become a "hub for folks to explore the sport of climbing," combining climbing, yoga and fitness into one venue. It'll be located in the Sheldon Cove area in North Central Austin, near the intersection of I-35 and Highway 183.

The gym will include extensive 50-foot climbing walls. (Mesa Rim)

The 50,000 square foot facility will come with 55-foot climbing walls, rope climbing and bouldering terrain, a yoga studio, cardio equipment, designated weightlifting and climbing training spaces, a sauna, and "spa-quality" locker rooms.

Other amenities include a yoga studio and fitness center. (Mesa Rim)

With gyms spanning the West coast, Mesa Rim is one of the largest privately owned climbing gym operators in the country. When looking to expand, the company's CEO Ian McIntosh said Austin was at the top of its list.

"The Austin community continues to grow and we hope to be part of the fabric that makes this city so unique and welcoming to people from all walks of life," McIntosh said. "No matter the age or skill level, we hope to cater to the city's most experienced climbers as well as those who are curious about climbing or just looking for a healthy and fun activity."

The company looks to incorporate community with youth programs, climbing competitions, fitness workshops, and high-level climbing training.


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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.