Whether you’re totally new to rock climbing or are a seasoned veteran, Alpine to the Max will provide you with a guided experience uniquely tailored to your climbing goals and skill level. Our goal is to ensure you not only have a fun experience but learn essential rock climbing skills & techniques that will last a lifetime.
At Alpine to the Max, we understand that each individual has their own unique set of goals when it comes to rock climbing. Instead of cookie-cutter courses, we provide you with a full day of guided climbing instruction tailored for your skillset and climbing goals so you can get the most value possible from your climb.
Certified guide Max Lurie will help you make the most of your guided climbing day, resulting in an experience that is both fun and educational.
Whether you’re looking to develop new skills, accomplish a specific objective, or just want the comfort of climbing with a professional guide, Max will take into account all your needs in order to provide an unforgettable rock climbing experience.
Professionally certified Boulder rock climbing guide Max Lurie will take you to the top rock climbing spots in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain National Park, The Boulder Flatirons, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, and Clear Creek Canyon. Custom trips can also be booked upon request.
Whether your goal is to just have a fun time or to finally conquer a climbing objective that's on your bucket list, Alpine to the Max will provide you with expert instruction to ensure a safe and educational experience.
Outdoor rock climbing should be an enjoyable experience that inspires learning while strengthening your connection with nature. Rock climbing is also an incredibly rewarding physical and mental activity that offers a wide range of benefits. If you're looking for a challenging outdoor sport that will test your physical and mental limits, rock climbing is an excellent place to start.
Experience increased confidence in all aspects of your personal & professional life by challenging yourself with an outdoor rock climb.
The challenge provided by rock climbing will inevitably lead to a stronger mindset and help you navigate difficult life situations.
Leave the stress of daily life behind for a few hours and bolster your mental health by scaling the Rocky Mountains on an outdoor rock climbing route.
Climbing has its own unique subculture and is a great way to meet like-minded individuals who can become lifelong friends.
Rock climbing is a terrific full body workout that will help you improve your functional fitness levels and overall range of motion.
Get lost in the beautiful mountain landscape and experience Colorado from a vantage point reserved for only the most adventurous.
Our rock climbing programs are designed for everyone, no matter your age or previous experience. We offer rock climbing day trips in Boulder as well as throughout Colorado in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Every single outing is custom tailored to meet your abilities and goals.
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 is owned by AMGA-certified rock climbing guide Max Lurie. Based in Boulder and providing custom mountain experiences in the Colorado Front Range and beyond, Max is a well known Colorado rock climbing guide that offers guided rock climbing experiences for all skill levels at the top climbing venues throughout Colorado.
From first-time climbers wanting to learn the basics to seasoned veterans looking to update their practices, Max will provide direct, hands-on instruction to help you achieve your mountain goals. All of the instruction is customized to fit your unique objectives and provide you with a memorable experience.
Regardless of your current skill level and past climbing experience, Max Lurie will help you plan out a custom day of rock climbing instruction tailored to you. Use the tabs below to discover what a day of climbing will look like based on your experience level.
On your first or nearly first outdoor rock climbing experience, there are a few basic safety topics that need to be covered before the fun can begin. Learn in a safe environment how to belay and top rope climb. From there your climbing experience can be whatever you make of it. We’ll explore climbing movement and specific techniques for ascending the rock. All while protected from above with a rope.
A typical climbing day rock climbing lessons starts around 8 AM and finishes in the afternoon, but these times can change seasonally, depending on the weather and objectives. Plan for a full day of physical activity outside, which means appropriate clothing and food/water for the day. After a day out you will feel comfortable giving a top rope belay and climbing on the wall. Rock climbing is an incredibly empowering sport that allows you to push your boundaries. You’ll be amazed at how much more capable you are than you might think.
For the intermediate or experienced rock climber a day could cover a wide variety of topics. Depending on your goals and aspirations. We can meet you wherever you are at and help you get to the next level. This could be transitioning from leading in the gym to sport climbing outside. Maybe you’ve been sport climbing for a while and want to expand your climbing to trad climbing. Or even multi-pitch climbing transitions and stance management techniques.
These days typically include some experiential education as well as some ground school to practice techniques. We’ll usually start by climbing to give you some context and have some fun. When we will discuss the theory and practice the new techniques on the ground. Finally, once we check for understanding we can go live with the new skills to gain valuable feedback.
These days are designed for climbers looking to expand their skill sets and improve their self-sufficiency in the mountains.
We believe in forging great relationships with everyone who climbs with us. See what people are saying about their outdoor rock climbing experience with Alpine to the Max.
His years of experience and AMGA qualifications make him a trusted source for climbing knowledge and technical skills. He’s a great teacher and a patient guide who is always willing to share his expertise regardless of your starting point. I’ve climbed with him in Eldo and the Flatirons, and always take away valuable insights and improved skills. I highly recommend Max for your next adventure or climbing objective, whether you’re looking to learn or simply looking for a trusted guide to lead the way.
Max recently took me out for a day in Eldorado Canyon. It wasn’t my first time out with Max, and I hope it won’t be the last. @alpinetothemax knew the area and his skillset well enough to get us 13 pitches in about 2.5hrs. While he moves and works fast he never compromised his personal safety or my own comfort level, and he had plenty of time to be courteous to other climbers as we moved around the area. Top notch day!
I'm so grateful to have had such a fantastic mentor in how to safely interact with the beautiful environments that mountaineering and rock climbing brings. I first met Max during a week-long introductory course to mountaineering, and was immediately taken by his philosophy of bringing safety and fun together. We have climbed Mt. Rainier together have done several day-long rock-climbing days in the Boulder, CO area. Max is extremely knowledgeable, patient, diligent, and fun. His enthusiasm for mountaineering is infectious, and continues to be my mentor in mountaineering.
Let me start by saying Max is a Professional Guide. 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. After 4 days of rock climbing I have the upmost respect for Max and his dedication to climbing and outdoor life. Safety was always first! I would make mistakes Max was always watching and would immediately correct the issue his attention to detail on the side of a mountain with the wind and cold was amazing. I'm still saying WOW thinking about my experience climbing with Alpine to the Max.
Max was incredibly helpful for our intro to trad course. He not only teaches the information, but makes sure to go over alternatives to different techniques and general philosophy to think about in your climbing. 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. If you’re thinking about going out with a guide for any kind of instruction, I couldn’t recommend Max enough.
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. He was always excited to answer my many questions and help me understand minute details within context of the bigger picture. I’ll remember this day when I take the sharp end on a multi-pitch for the first time. An incredible instructor and ideal climbing partner!
My partner and I hired Max for a guided 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 ample time to run through different scenarios and skills.
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. He meets clients where they’re at, working effectively with different skill levels and learning styles. If you want to up your technical climbing skills and have a darn good time doing it then Max is your guy!
A typical day of rock climbing consists of meeting at the trailhead in either Eldorado Canyon State Park, Chautauqua Park or wherever our adventures are taking us that day.
We’ll make sure we have all the necessary equipment and confirm the goals for our outing. Then we are off! Our day can consist of learning new skills and applying them, a big multi-pitch route or a combination of the two. Each day is unique, so anything is possible. Just ask!
The Rocky Mountains provide some of the best climbing experiences to be found in the entire United States. Alpine to the Max guides & instructs at the top outdoor rock climbing venues in all of Colorado across the Front Range.
Visible from along the Front Range, the Flatirons are an icon synonymous with Colorado. For any climber visiting the Boulder area a trip wouldn’t be complete without an ascent of either the First or Third Flatirons. Deeply featured and textured slab climbing make for moderate climbing on these tall formations.
Unlike any other venue in the world, Eldorado Canyon State Park has incredibly dense sandstone climbing that offers special movement and a wonderful climbing experience. With cliffs up to 700 feet tall there is enough terrain to last a lifetime.
From steep sport routes to your first lead climb, Clear Creek Canyon has it all. Well protected sport climbs densely packed into dozens of amazing crags, with easy access it is no wonder that everyone wants to climb here.
With features like the Diamond on Longs Peak, the Petit Grepon, Hallett Peak and Sharkstooth Rocky Mountain National Park is stacked with ultra classic routes. From alpine rock to steep spring snow climbing, there are endless adventures to be had.
Red Rock National Conservation Area just outside of Las Vegas is famous for long moderate traditional rock climbing. Some of the best sandstone climbing found anywhere. Immaculate face climbing up steep walls in the many canyons that make up the area. Enough climbing to last a lifetime of exploring.
Want to go on a guided rock climbing trip outside of Colorado? Just ask! Alpine to the Max is available to guide a custom trip upon request.
Come climb an iconic Flatiron right outside of Boulder, Colorado. Ascend this 1000 foot tall cliff, just a 40 min walk from the parking lot. At a relatively modest difficulty level, this is a must do for any climber visiting or long time resident. This is a great introduction to multi pitch rock climbing that offers incredible views and an excellent climbing movement.
The technical climbing of Eldorado Canyon State Park offers something for everyone. This is the perfect venue to learn how to trad climb or experience your first rock climb. Practice rappelling, anchor construction or just go for a classic climb. Eldo, as it is called by the locals, is a unique climbing experience and a phenomenal place to hone your skills.
Rock climbing is an exciting sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. However, before heading out to the mountains, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some common questions climbers have along with answers that will help you get ready for your adventure with Alpine to the Max.