Have a specific rock route you'd like to climb? No matter what you're looking to achieve, we can help!
Spring through Fall
Beginner, intermediate and advanced
1 to 6 participants
One of the greatest things about rock climbing is that we get to engage with it however we see fit. From bouldering to top roping to sport climbing to trad climbing and multi-pitch climbing there is no wrong way to enjoy the sport. If you have a specific route or objective you'd like to climb let us know and we can make it happen. If there is a specific topic or skill you want to learn we can do that as well.
Based on the principles of experiential education, we firmly believe in the practical component of learning a new skill. Certainly skills as important as proper climbing techniques. Most outings balance a combination of physical activity and education to help you achieve your mountain goals.
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.
Custom rock climbing days are completely unique and tailored to meet your desires. Typically they are either objective-based or educational. Some venues such as Eldo lend themselves to being a bit of both. Before our outing, we will discuss your specific goals and what a successful time together would look like. Some popular objective-based outings are:
Some popular educational topics are:
Required and recommended equipment will vary depending on objective and style in which we climb. Below is a standard list for a multi-pitch rock route.
Meet location varies depending on the venue and objective. We will coordinate ahead of our outing.
The equipment you will need for a specific objective or outing is going to vary greatly. We will communicate beforehand to ensure that you are set up for success. As for rental equipment, we have harnesses, helmets and other technical equipment such as carabiners, slings, and belay devices; that you are welcome to use. Just let us know beforehand and we can bring it.
Weather conditions in Boulder can change quickly, so it is important to be prepared for a range of conditions. We will monitor the weather forecast leading up to your climb and will provide you with guidance on what to wear and bring based on the expected conditions.
That really depends on how fast we are and what our goals are for the day. However, a typical day of multi-pitch rock climbing is usually around 6-12 pitches of climbing. Depending on length and difficulty.
This is a custom outing so we can do whatever type of climbing you'd like. A typical day would consist of either top roping or multi-pitch climbing. We can also work on skills if that is what you want.
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.