Alpine to the Max is the only independently certified climbing guide in the Boulder area dedicated to providing incredible custom experiences throughout the Front Range. Whether you’re an avid climber looking to take your skills to the next level or a beginner interested in getting started with this incredible sport, we’ll help you accomplish your goals with a unique day of climbing planned just for you.
Alpine to the Max is an independent AMGA certified guide with more than a decade of experience in a wide variety of terrain. We offer a variety of year-round climbs that will help you experience some of the world’s greatest mountain ranges from vantage points reserved for only the most adventurous climbers.
Take advantage of the best nature Boulder has to offer with an instructional day of rock climbing fun. Join us for guided roping, traditional and sport climbing, and multi-pitch climbing.
Experience the Rocky Mountains like very few do with an alpine climb, considered by many in the community to be the ultimate mountain climbing achievement. You'll learn the mountaineering skills required to test your limits.
Our independently guided rock climbing courses offer something for everyone regardless of past experience or current skill level. With over 100 five-star reviews, you can't go wrong.
Alpine to the Max has quickly become one of top-rated Boulder rock climbing guides, with 100+ five-star reviews on Google. Read on for a sample of what our climbing community is saying about their experience rock climbing with Max.
“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.
Alpine to the Max owner Max Lurie is an American Mountain Guides Association-certified rock climbing guide, experienced mountaineer, and accomplished alpinist. Raised along the rugged coastline of Maine, Max learned to rock climb in Acadia National Park and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
For nearly twenty years, Max has been traveling around the world adventuring in the greatest mountain ranges while teaching his fellow climbers to do the same.
He founded Alpine to the Max to provide truly personalized mountain instruction to climbers throughout Colorado. While Max primarily works along the Front Range of Colorado, he also does custom trips and solo expeditions.
To learn more about Max and what a day of rock climbing in Boulder looks like, click the button below for a quick two-minute video.
Boulder is world-renowned as a bucket list spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Alpine to Max offers expert-level instruction in all of Colorado’s top venues, including guided routes based on your skills and climbing goals.
Before you set out for a day of climbing, it’s important that you come prepared to make the most out of your experience. Below, you’ll find the most common questions that we get before a climb. And, if you have any other questions that haven’t been covered, Max will happily answer them during your complimentary intro call.