Alpine to the Max is the only certified independent rock climbing guide near Denver dedicated to providing incredible mountain experiences while focusing on personalized hands-on-instruction so you can rock climb the right way. Whether you've gone rock climbing near Denver before and are looking to take your skills to the next level or are a complete beginner, all of our instruction will be 100% custom-tailored to your unique goals & objectives.
Alpine to the Max offers guided climbing instruction across rock, alpine, and ice climbing disciplines. With us you can train year round and experience the world's greatest mountain ranges from a vantage point reserved for only the most adventurous climbers.
A challenging day of outdoor rock climbing is one of the best ways to take advantage of living near Denver. No matter your current skill level or past experience, we'll devise an exhilarating day in the mountains for you.
For avid rock climbers looking for their next big challenge to experienced hikers that are bored with 14ers, Alpine climbing with us is a tremendous way to push your physical limits in the Rocky Mountains.
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 a top-rated rock climbing experience that people can't stop talking about. Below is just a small sample of over 100 five star reviews that people have left us on Google testifying to their amazing climbing experience with Alpine to the 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.
Max Lurie is an American Mountain Guides Association certified Rock and Alpine Guide. He is an experienced mountaineer who has been been climbing since 2004 and traveling to the greater ranges in pursuit of his passion. Max founded Alpine to the Max to provide custom mountain instruction to folks throughout Colorado.
Max primarily works along the Front Range of Colorado, including Rocky Mountain National Park. He frequently travels to Red Rock, Mount Baker, Grand Teton National Park and beyond. He also does custom trips and expeditions to some of the world's greatest mountain ranges.
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The Denver metro area offers some of the most incredible places to go rock climbing in the world. Alpine to the Max offers guided rock climbing instruction in all of the top venues located within a 90 minute drive of the City.
One of the premiere National Parks in the US, this is a terrific venue for both rock and alpine climbing. Experience incredible views and a diverse range of routes while climbing along the continental divide.
It's important to be prepared before you go rock climbing. To help, we've listed below common questions we typically get before a rock climb with helpful answers. Max is happy to answer any additional questions you may have during your complimentary intro call.