Professional Private Climbing Instruction

Max Deisch is a Houston-based rock climbing professional, entrepreneur and guide whose experience and ability to teach climbing skills make him one of the most knowledgeable and recognized climbers in Houston. He has been actively imparting climbing knowledge, safety and community responsibility via outdoor and indoor instruction for the past 9 years, all the while remaining a dedicated leader in both the local Houston climbing scene and abroad.






Max started climbing in Summer 2006 at the University of Houston climbing wall; he was instantly hooked and started working at Texas Rock Gym.


He first climbed outdoors in Fall 2006 at El Potrero Chico in Hidalgo, Mexico.  After one week of lead climbing on real rock amidst rock falls, poisonous snakes, swarms of bees and climbers from all over the world he knew that he wanted to make climbing a big part of his life.


Upon return Max met Dave Wearden, a seasoned outdoor climber and later on  Max’s business partner, who mentored Max in many of the technical and safety aspects of climbing.


Max realized there was a disconnect between the indoor and outdoor climbing information available within the Houston community and has developed an avid interest in connecting the two via knowledge and instruction so that a love and respect for the outdoors might be fostered.


Climbing has allowed Max to pursue passions for traveling and teaching, enabling him to climb and lead trips in California, New York, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Nevada and Texas as well as Mexico, Chile, Colombia, France and Japan.


Max continues to learn and grow as a climber and has spent thousands of hours refining his expertise in the technical aspects of different climbing disciplines including sport climbing, trad climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering.



Working nine years at Texas Rock gym as a Senior Staff Supervisor, Head Route Setter, Climbing Instructor, Wall Maintenance and Gear Inspector and Corporate Team Building Facilitator has left Max well versed on the inner workings of a rock gym. Climbing training programs and operating procedures created by Max for Texas Rock Gym are still in use today.


In January 2010, Max and Dave Wearden created Lost Soles Climbing, which specializes in consulting for both outdoor and indoor climbing, guided outdoor climbing trips, climbing equipment retail and climbing shoe repair. The company mission of promoting fun and safe climbing culture has allowed Max to spend thousands of hours leading, teaching and climbing with clients both outdoors and indoors. In addition to numerous private clients, corporate clients have included Space City Rock Gym and Lifetime Fitness gyms in the Houston area.


Max is a catalyst for organizing Houston-wide climbing-focused events including climbing movie nights, climbing clinics, climbing competitions and climbing trips. The first Reel Rock to come to Houston was hosted by Lost Soles Climbing in 2012, and in 2013 Max spearheaded a city-wide project to include all the area climbing gyms in hosting the Reel Rock in beautiful downtown Jones Plaza.

Max has participated in the burgeoning Houston climbing scene from many facets and is experiencing firsthand the implementation of successful business strategies and contributing to positive growth via community involvement. Max helped construct the wall panels for the current Texas Rock Gym facility in 2003. He also works part time on the construction team with Outdoor Escape and helped build the real rock climbing training walls for the U.S. Special Forces at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. He is experienced with metal lathe and concrete shaping for real rock style climbing walls.



Max has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Certificate of Corporate Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston.


He is currently Wilderness First Responder certified and CPR/First Aid certified.


Max’s students have placed in several indoor and outdoor climbing competitions in Texas.



Max has mastered and offers the following technical courses:


  • Intro to Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Intro to Bouldering
  • Bouldering Skills
  • Climbing Technique
  • Sport Lead Climbing
  • Sport Lead Climbing Tips and Tricks
  • Knots for Climbers
  • Intro to Building Anchors
  • Advanced Anchors
  • Rappelling
  • Get Outside: Transitioning from
    Indoor Climbing to Outdoor Climbing
  • Sport Multipitch Climbing
  • Self-Rescue
  • Trad Lead Climbing
  • Trad Multipitch Climbing
  • Art of Falling
  • Intro to Mountaineering
  • Intro to Ice Climbing


Max offers personal training and coaching for climbers of all ages. Each regimen and program is uniquely designed for individual clients, focused and maintained so that climbing goals are met. In addition to skill and technique, Max focuses on fitness and health, a combination that allows climbers to break through plateaus and further their abilities.


  • Climbing for Fitness
  • Climbing Training Regimens and Programs
  • Climbing Personal Training and Coaching
  • Climbing Recovery

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