Alpine to the Max is an independent, professionally certified climbing guide run by experienced mountaineer Max Lurie. If you're interested in ice climbing to continue climbing year round and challenge yourself like never before, Max can put together a custom ice climbing experience for you to ensure an unforgettable day in the Rockies.
Ice and mixed climbing are essential disciplines to master if you're looking to climb year round in Colorado. Further, the skills learned through them are necessary for accessing many of the world's greatest mountain peaks. Below are just some of the topics we can cover when you go ice climbing with Max near Boulder, Colorado.
First time climbing in the winter? Learn everything you need to know in order to have a fantastic day out on the ice.
Learn how to use crampons and a mountain axe. On this educational day we will cover all the necessary equipment for mountaineering from proper layering systems to crampon and boot combinations and more.
Do you have a specific ice route that you want to climb? Alpine to the Max can guide you through a custom ice climbing objective. Anything that you want to do in the mountains we can help you get there.
Are you planning to climb a glaciated peak, such as Mount Rainier or Denali? This course will give you the knowledge of how to travel on glaciated terrain and rescue a partner if they fall into a crevasse.
Lead climbing on any medium is the ultimate expression of the sport. Max has over a decade of experience leading and teaching people to lead ice climbing and can help intermediate ice climbers take this critical next step in their journey.
Learning to climb multi-pitch ice is a critical skill for tackling technical routes on big mountains. Also, waterfall ice climbing is just really fun. This course is for experienced ice climbers looking to take their winter pursuits to new heights.
Our independently guided ice 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 is an independent certified guide with more than a decade of experience in a wide variety of terrain. No matter your current ice or mixed climbing skill level, when you climb with us you get a top-notch experience.
“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.
Max Lurie is an American Mountain Guides Association certified rock and alpine guide with nearly two decades of experience providing climbing instruction across rock, ice, and alpine disciplines.
Max started his guiding career in New England and in the winter season he climbed as much ice as he possibly could in New Hampshire and Vermont. Guiding the many classic multi-pitch ice routes in Crawford Notch was how he spent the brutally cold winter months.
Traveling to the Pacific Northwest and working for International Mountain Guides on Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and in the North Cascades National Park Max quickly fell in love with that landscape. Over the course of many seasons, Max has summited Rainier nearly 100 times, not to mention ascents of other peaks.
Max now leads ice climbs during the winter months near Boulder at Rocky Mountain National Park and Clear Creek Canyon. Click the button below to watch a quick video to discover what Alpine to the Max is all about.
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.
The spine of the continent. Rocky Mountain National Park needs no introduction. RMNP is home to some incredible mountaineering and climbing terrain. Depending on the season alpine rock climbing gives way to backcountry skiing, ice climbing and mountaineering. Test your systems and knowledge in this incredible national park.
There's no doubt that ice climbing is a thrilling winter sport. However, its important that you are properly prepared for your day so that you can make the most of the experience. Here are answers to common questions we get before someone goes ice climbing with us for the first time.