Experience the thrill of reaching new heights by climbing one of Boulder's iconic Flatiron - an adventure you'll never forget!
Spring through Fall
Beginner and Intermediate
Climbing a Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of rock climbing with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. The Flatirons are a series of sandstone rock formations that rise sharply from the foothills just west of Boulder, offering a unique climbing experience for beginners and experienced climbers alike.
The climb typically begins with a scenic hike through the foothills, which provides ample opportunity to take in the stunning natural beauty of the area. As climbers approach the base of the Flatiron, they will gear up with helmets, harnesses, and ropes before beginning their ascent up the sheer rock face.
Climbing a Flatiron requires a combination of physical and mental agility, as climbers must use their strength and balance to navigate the sometimes steep and precarious terrain. However, the reward is worth the effort, as climbers are treated to awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valley below. Whether you are an experienced climber looking for a challenge or a beginner seeking a memorable adventure, climbing a Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado is an experience not to be missed.
Max Lurie - Owner of Alpine to the Max
Max Lurie 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.
As an independently certified climbing guide based in Boulder, CO, Max provides custom education and mountain experiences in the Colorado Front Range and beyond. All of the climbing instruction offered through Alpine to the Max is customized to your goals, objectives, and skill level.
We'll likely meet early in the morning at Chautauqua Park so that we can avoid climbing on an east face during the hottest part of the day. The approach takes about 35 to 50 minutes depending on which Flatiron we are climbing. Once at the base, we'll don our climbing equipment: Helmet, harness, and rock climbing shoes. The configuration of the Flatirons requires us to climb with all our equipment. This means that we'll be carrying our packs while we climb. So pack light and only bring the absolute essentials.
The climb itself will take several hours to complete as we negotiate steep and varied terrain as we scale a thousand-foot cliff face. Once on the summit, we will do a dramatic free-hanging rappel back to terra firma. From there it is another 45 min to an hour back to the trailhead.
*Note: We have helmets, harnesses, rock shoes and technical equipment if you need.
Some dedicated climbers will do them in every month of the year. However, the best time of year to climb a Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado is during the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and the weather is generally more predictable. Summer can be very hot, and winter can bring snow and ice, which can make climbing more challenging.
Yes, climbing a Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado is suitable for beginners, but it is important to have some basic climbing skills and experience. It is also recommended that you hire a guide who can help you navigate the terrain and ensure your safety.
To climb a Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado, you will need basic climbing equipment such as a helmet, harness, and climbing shoes. You may also want to bring gloves, chalk, and a small backpack with food, water, and extra layers of clothing. We will provide a rope and all the other necessary safety equipment.
There are several risks associated with climbing a Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado, including falls, rockfalls, and inclement weather. It is important to be aware of these risks and to take appropriate precautions, such as wearing a helmet, using proper climbing techniques, and checking the weather forecast before heading out. Hiring a guide can also help mitigate these risks.
Yes, definitely. The Flatirons are comprised of incredible and unique formations. Even some of the world's best climbers who live in nearby Boulder Colorado enjoy climbing a Flatiron.
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.
“I climbed with Max last summer on a couple of couloirs in Rocky Mountain National Park. I’m a complete newbie to technical snow and Max was everything that I was hoping for in a guide. Knowledgeable, patient and passionate about educating his clients. It was a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to go back out with him.”
“Max is easily one of the best guides I have ever taken a course with. Max's knowledge paired with his experience and skill set is unparalleled. I learned so much and I am so grateful to have taken a course with him! Max provided the education and knowledge I needed to continue recreating safely in the mountains.”
“Max was an amazing guide and instructor for our 2-day AIARE 1 course. Funny, affable, deeply knowledgeable, with an excellent approach to instruction and learning. We saw several other AIARE courses out there in the same locations, and in comparison, we were VERY glad we were spending our weekend learning from Max!
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. He's personable and easy to learn from.
What an awesome experience. My friend and I spent four days with Max going through a variety of topics and we couldn't have been happier with the instruction. Max is SO well versed in a multitude of areas. And he's an awesome person to be around and it makes the guiding experience that much better. I would 100% do another session with Max!
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. We hope to get out to CO to climb someday with Max again.
It was awesome. We covered a ton of material in such a short window and I was able to apply everything I learned. I had pretty minimal experience at the start but he delivered everything in a super easy to understand manner that made it a ton of fun and extremely informative. I’ll definitely be coming back for future sessions.
Max was incredibly helpful for our intro to trad course. He not only teaches the information, but makes sure to go over alternative techniques and general climbing philosophy. We were able to customize the class that day to go over things that interested us rather than a set curriculum, which I really enjoyed. I couldn’t recommend Max enough.
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. Thank you Max for an awesome experience in the mountains.
Max is an outstanding guide! I couldn’t have asked for a better day of climbing and learning. I joined Max in hopes of setting a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in my own climbing endeavors to come, and I was beyond satisfied with the day he had prepared for us. An incredible instructor and ideal climbing partner!
Max is adept, knowledgeable, and great to work with all around! He breaks down skills and explains them thoroughly, taking the time to make sure you understand a concept before moving on to something more complex. If you want to up your technical climbing skills and have a darn good time doing it then Max is your guy!
Max was extremely knowledge and encouraging while we were learning and practicing building anchors and hauling for crevasse rescue. He also had a great sense of humor and kept the mood light while we were suffering through brutally cold temperatures during the practice. 10/10 would recommend!
My partner and I hired Max for a day of self rescue skills and we had an absolute blast. Max is super knowledgeable and was more than patient answering all of our questions. We never felt rushed and had time to go through different scenarios and skills. I really enjoyed learning from a professional and would recommend to anyone!
Max was a terrific mountain guide. We did a split-board tour of the Hidden Valley area of Rock Mtn National Park and I couldn’t have had asked for a better guide. He answered all of my questions and expressed great knowledge in snow science as well as mountain geology and avalanche safety. Highly recommend!
I spent a day learning trad/multipitch climbing with Max in a "classroom setting". The dollars I spent on that session have been more valuable than any climbing trip or equipment. The techniques he taught me have stuck with me throughout my climbing career and set me up for success in the mountains.