Dedicated To experience & Education

Alpine to the Max is the only Colorado based climbing guide dedicated to experiential education. Even if you're just looking for fun, you will come away with so much more.

Our Mission is to Share and Inspire Mountaincraft Through Experiential Education

Climbing has a long tradition of knowledge being passed down through mentorship. Finding someone knowledgeable with whom you have a strong personal connection with is key. Our goal is to form a relationship with you that benefits your climbing career for a lifetime.


Industry standards

as an AMGA accredited business, you can rest assured that we will not expose you to unnecessary hazards, all while achieving your desired learning outcomes.



Our educational philosophy is that the pedagogy is equally as important as the content itself. We pride ourselves on being exceptional educators so you can gain all the skills you need to climb independently.



We are dedicated to the fragile mountain landscapes in which we travel as well as the mountain communities surrounding them. All of our climbs are as environmentally friendly as possible.



By seeking out the mountains to explore the world we often end up discovering our own internal landscape. We’ll help you confidently explore world class mountain ranges under expert supervision.

Owner Spotlight

About Max Lurie

Max was raised along the rugged coastline of Maine and learned to climb in Acadia National Park and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. For nearly twenty years he has traveled in pursuit of this passion.

Max began his career as a mountain guide while earning his bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Maine. While in school his studies took him to Denali National Park, Alaska and the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Since 2009 he has been traveling to climb and guide in Alaska, Canadian Rockies, Cascades, Rainier, Red Rock, Sierras, South America, Tetons, Yosemite and more. Currently Max lives in Boulder, Colorado with his partner Katie and their dog Dexter.

Professional credentials

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    Certified Rock Guide, American Mountain Guides Association
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    Certified Alpine Guide, American Mountain Guides Association
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    EMT, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
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    American Avalanche Association Professional Member
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    Avalanche Educator, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
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    Technical High Angle Rescue Professional, National Fire Protection Association
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Max is an American Mountain Guides Association Certified Rock and Alpine Guide, as well as an accomplished alpinist. Max has been climbing since 2004 and traveling to the greater ranges in pursuit of his passion.

Currently, Max’s greatest passion is ice, mixed and alpine climbing. He enjoys steep technical ice and mixed climbing on long routes in the mountains. When he isn’t guiding, Max is training to improve his own technical skill and quiet his mental landscape in constant pursuit of his next objective. He can be found honing his craft on the many cliffs surrounding his home in Boulder, Colorado or up in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Dedicated To Providing The Best Mountain Experiences in All of Colorado and Beyond

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Alpine to the Max is an independent certified guide with more than a decade of experience in a wide variety of terrain. No matter your current skill level, when you climb with us you get a top-notch experience that is fully customized to meet your exact desires.

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Personal connection

Everyone is unique so we tailor every outing to build upon your previous experience to help you achieve your goals.

Dedication to education

Over a decade of outdoor education experience teaching and guiding in the mountains with a wide variety of guests.

many venues

Based in the Front Range of Colorado. Guiding available in both the US and abroad. Train and travel with your guide.

professionally certified

Trained and certified in both rock and alpine disciplines by the American Mountain Guides Association.

What Our Community of Climbers Are Saying

We believe in forging great relationships with everyone who climbs with us. See what people are saying about their experience with Alpine to the Max.

“Max Is the guide I go to for expert climbing instruction”

His years of experience and AMGA qualifications make him a trusted source for climbing knowledge and technical skills. He’s a great teacher and a patient guide who is always willing to share his expertise regardless of your starting point. I’ve climbed with him in Eldo and the Flatirons, and always take away valuable insights and improved skills. I highly recommend Max for your next adventure or climbing objective, whether you’re looking to learn or simply looking for a trusted guide to lead the way.

Adam H.

“We strongly recommend Max as a guide and instructor”

Having climbed with Max several times over the past decade, we always come away with a great experience and a smile. His enthusiasm and knowledge, plus a wry sense of humor, make for instructive and fun days of climbing. A few times I've smiled as I heard Max saying to himself while leading "I love ice climbing!" We've climbed several times in NH, did the Kautz on Rainier together, and we hope to get out to CO to climb someday with Max again.

Tim P.

“Max has been my instructor and guide for many years”

Having climbed with Max several times over the past decade, we always come away with a great experience and a smile. His enthusiasm and knowledge, plus a wry sense of humor, make for instructive and fun days of climbing. A few times I've smiled as I heard Max saying to himself while leading "I love ice climbing!" We've climbed several times in NH, did the Kautz on Rainier together, and we hope to get out to CO to climb someday with Max again.

Hamid G.

“I absolutely Plan on going to max for future classes”

Max is awesome! My climbing partner and I booked a day with Max to learn how to ice climb. Between making the meetup spot an easy to find location, to providing in-depth instruction throughout the day, I can't recommend Max enough.Max's instruction was clear, safe, and easy to follow. Max not only taught us the basics of ice climbing, but was willing to go further in depth to help us understand how to evaluate ice, place protection, and even create ice anchor. Beyond that, he's personable and easy to learn from. I can't recommend Max enough. He's a fantastic guide.

Dimitri V.

“thank you for an awesome experience in the mountains”

Let me start by saying Max is a Professional Guide. I had very limited climbing experience coming into this guided rock climbing experience. Max takes me out and we literally jump right into my introduction to climbing. Max literally inspired me to get out of my comfort zone immediately and go beyond what I thought I was capable of. After 4 days of rock climbing I have the upmost respect for Max and his dedication to climbing and outdoor life. Safety was always first! I would make mistakes Max was always watching and would immediately correct the issue his attention to detail on the side of a mountain with the wind and cold was amazing. I'm still saying WOW thinking about my experience climbing with Alpine to the Max.

Wayne C.

“The class was 1000% worth it”

My climber partner and I had entered the world of Trad Climbing over the last 5 months and decided it may be a good idea to seek out a professional guide and teacher to ensure we were climbing safely and effectively and therefore booked a day out with Max. We cruised over to Eldo and met him around 8am for a full day of teaching and coaching. Max was outstanding to say the least! His philosophy and the vast wealth of knowledge that he shared with us was truly something else. If you have any thought in your head about getting into traditional climbing especially in regards to multi-pitch and adventure climbing, Max is your guy! He's patient, brilliant, and an all around rad guy! Everything he taught us will be used throughout our climbing careers. 10/10 would recommend, his course is something unique and of the upmost quality!

Blake S.

Schedule Your Next Mountain Adventure with Alpine to the Max

If you’re ready to experience the mountains like never before, then get in touch to begin planning a custom climbing adventure. I’ll personally help you put together an action-plan tailored to your goals and objectives to ensure an educational and memorable experience.

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