Achieve your goals with Alpine to the Max: AMGA certified alpine guide for unforgettable alpine climbing adventures in the most breathtaking mountain ranges.
Intermediate and advanced
1 to 2 participants
Are you ready for the ultimate alpine climbing experience in Rocky Mountain National Park? Look no further than our team of expert AMGA certified Alpine Guides.
Whether you're a seasoned climber looking for a new challenge, or a beginner eager to learn the ropes, our guides will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to conquer the peaks. We have years of experience navigating the rugged terrain of Rocky Mountain National Park, and we know the best routes to take for both safety and adventure.
With our customized guiding services, you'll receive personalized attention that caters to your individual needs and goals. We'll work with you to design a climb that matches your skill level and preferences, whether you're interested in classic rock, ice, or snow couloirs.
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.
Alpine climbing is a discipline of mountaineering that involves ascending peaks and routes in high-altitude, rugged terrain. An alpine climb can involve a variety of techniques, including rock climbing, ice climbing, glacier travel, and high-altitude mountaineering. Alpine climbs can range from single-day ascents of relatively easy peaks to multi-day expeditions on more technical routes. Some alpine climbs may require the use of specialized equipment such as crampons, ice axes/tools, ropes, and harnesses to navigate steep and icy terrain.
In addition to the physical challenge of climbing, alpine climbs often require a high level of mental focus and decision-making skills. Climbers must constantly assess the weather, route conditions, and their own abilities to make safe and successful ascents. Overall, alpine climbing offers a unique and rewarding outdoor experience for those who enjoy a mix of physical and mental challenges in a stunning natural setting.
So why choose our team for your alpine adventure? We're passionate about what we do, and we're dedicated to providing you with a memorable and fulfilling experience. Plus, with our expert guidance, you'll have the opportunity to push your limits and achieve new heights.
Contact us today to book your Rocky Mountain National Park alpine climbing adventure. Let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
Popular routes are:
The specific equipment need for any particular alpine objective is subject to change based on conditions, weather and rock/ice/snow encountered. We will set you up for success with the appropriate equipment beforehand. Here is a generic list for a mountaineering objective.
It really depends on the route. We can help you select an appropriate route for your technical skill level and physical fitness. Routes exist for all ability levels from beginner to advanced.
Two people is the highest ratio that can go alpine climbing with a guide. This is because the harsh mountain environment is dangerous and a guide can only manage risk for two people at a time. Be skeptical of anyone willing to take more than that up a technical alpine route.
That really depends on the route we select based on your goals. We are always happy to chat on the phone to help you develop a plan, as experts we can make suggestions that will be challenging but attainable for you. Alpine climbing can encompass many different skills from rock climbing to ice climbing to mountaineering and even skiing.
All our guides are fully certified by the American Mountain Guide Association in the disciplines they work. This means that their decision-making has been peer reviewed through an intensive week or longer practical examination. Holding a certification in one of the three disciplines (rock, alpine, and ski) is no easy feat. You owe it to yourself to ensure that your guide is certified.
Travel insurance is not required, but it can be a good idea. The mountains are a harsh and inhospitable place subject to rapid changes in conditions. If something happens to you before your trip and you are unable to attend, travel insurance can be helpful with that as well.
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.