Climbing gym with the highest walls in the Southwest brings the Austin scene to new heights
An Austin climbing gym is never just a place to climb — many Austinites would live their whole lives within climbing gym walls if they could, and why shouldn’t they? Mesa Rim Climbing Center, a massive, 50,000-square foot facility with 55-foot climbing walls, is giving visitors an excuse to never leave starting on March 7.
These walls will be the tallest in the Southwest, according to a press release, and in the largest facility, too. For scale, that’s about five stories high (the walls, that is, with even taller ceilings), and about the sprawl of a football field. Climbing opportunities include rope climbing and bouldering, and it doesn’t stop at climbing; visitors can also practice yoga, work on weight training and cardio, and relax in a sauna.
Located in Northeast Austin, at the Sheldon Cove development near Dessau Road, this gym will be accessible mostly from residential areas, and given its wide range of offerings onsite, aims to cater to all levels. It also offers programming in youth and community events, local competition, private instruction, and team building, among other activities.
“At Mesa, climbing is all about finding joy through the exploration of movement,” said CEO Ian McIntosh in a press release. “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.”
Just before the opening, Mesa Rim is honoring the other end of that experience scale by hosting the 2023 USA Climbing National Team Trials and Paraclimbing National Championship. Technically two events combined into one qualifier from February 28 to March 5, this event is changing the landscape of competitive climbing in the United States, combining bouldering, lead, and speed climbing.
More information about Mesa Rim is available at mesarim.com. It is already open to founding members.