WHO AM I?

My name is Max—if you haven't guessed as much from the punny title of my website and social media accounts. I manage social media for a rad company during normal business hours. But, during the mornings, nights, and weekends, I pursue a life as a visual storyteller, adventurer, adrenaline junkie, volunteer event organizer and hardcore nerd.

On January 31st, 2015, I started a Facebook group...

There was a time after high school when I played video games 40+ hours a week. Even then, I was compelled to create and share. I organized a weekly scavenger hunt on my server in World of Warcraft by hiding the UI and taking a screenshot. Contestants had to figure out where I took the screenshot and replicate the image. I made Minecraft tutorials with original designs and redstone mechanics. I went to school off and on, changing my major multiple times. This was my life until mid-2014 when I decided to start exploring the outdoors like I did as a kid.

I bought a GoPro and went cliff-jumping with my friends at the lake every weekend that summer, while saving every penny I could. That December, I left college for the third time and used my savings to put a downpayment on a fuel-efficient, yet spacious SUV. On January 31st, 2015, I started a Facebook group to organize trips and meet other people interested in a life of adventure. That was the beginning of Max Level Adventures.

Self-portrait double-exposure of Max Williams and Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada

The list continued to grow and so did I. I picked up mountain biking and photography along the way. I have hiked, biked, and backpacked through stunning vistas and challenging terrain. I've skydived, bungee jumped (8 times), dived from waterfalls, rock climbed, canyoneered, spelunked, competed in obstacle courses, started this website, driven 9,000 miles to Alaska and back (by myself), moved to Oregon for a month,  made amazing and wonderful new friends, and explored countless new places in 11 US states, 3 Canadian provinces and Sonora, Mexico. 

It wasn't always easy or glamorous. I worked 2 jobs for 10 months, was robbed twice, buried my dog, contemplated suicide, but I always found the silver lining and pushed through.

The constant effort and hard work have paid begun to pay off in ways that I never expected when this began. I got to help with a Devin Supertramp video for the SuperBowl pre-game show! I was featured in a mini-series on YouTube about people pursuing their passion. But, honestly, those are the success I tend to forget. The things that stick out the most are the people who have reached out to tell me that I've inspired them to do what they love. If only they knew how much those comments inspire me...


GOALS

Cliff jumping at Saguaro Lake, Arizona.

This website began as a way to disseminate outdoor information and invite people on trips, but the desire to create inspiring content grew beyond my expectations. My vlog is currently my main focus. It's the most fun to make and seems to have the biggest impact on people.

By pursuing my passions, I hope to reveal opportunities that allow me to continue that pursuit while inspiring others to do the same.


"THE LIST"

THIS IS EVERYWHERE I'VE BEEN SINCE forming MAX LEVEL ADVENTURES in 2015

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ARIZONA

CANYON DE CHELLY

  • North and South Rim overlooks

CHIRICAHUA NATL. MONUMENT

  • Echo Canyon loop
  • Rhyolite Canyon
  • Natural Bridge

COCONINO NATL. FOREST

  • Blue Ridge Reservoir: camp, kayak & climb
  • Fossil Creek: Springs
  • Fossil Creek: Waterfall Trail
  • Mogollon Campground Trail: hike & climb
  • Montezuma Well
  • Wet Beaver Creek: hike & cliff jump
  • Woods Canyon Lake

FLAGSTAFF

  • Fort Tuthill: MTB
  • Grand Falls
  • Hart Prairie: MTB
  • Humphreys Peak Summit
  • Inner Basin Trail
  • Lava River Cave
  • Oak Creek Vista

GRAND CANYON

  • Bright Angel Trail
  • Bright Angel Campground
  • South Kaibab Trail

havasupai Falls

  • Beaver Falls
  • Colorado River Convergence
  • Fifty Foot Falls
  • Little Navajo Falls
  • Mooney Falls
  • Secret Falls

PAGE

  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Lower Antelope Canyon

PHOENIX / VALLEY

  • Apache Wash Trailhead: hike & MTB
  • Brown's Ranch: MTB
  • Camelback Mountain: hike & climb
  • Desert Vista Trailhead: MTB
  • Hawes Red Mountain Trail: MTB
  • Lake Pleasant
  • North Mountain
  • Papago Park: MTB
  • Phoenix Area Skydiving
  • Phoenix Mountain Preserve
  • Spur Cross Ranch Cons. Area & Cave Creek Regional Park: MTB
  • Squaw Peak
  • Tom's Thumb
  • Trail 100: MTB

PINETOP-LAKESIDE / SUNRISE

  • Los Burros Campground: camp & MTB
  • Sunrise Ski Resort: MTB

PRESCOTT

  • Smith Ravine Trail: MTB
  • Watson Lake

SEDONA

  • Broken Arrow Trails: 4x4
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Devil's Bridge
  • Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Ranch
  • Slide Rock
  • Slim Shady, Templeton, Baldwin and Easy Breezy Trails: MTB
  • Soldier's Pass Trail (and Arches)

SUPERSTITION MTNS.

  • Elephant Arch
  • Peralta to Boulder Canyon to Second Water Trail: backpack
  • Saguaro Lake: cliff jump & kayak
  • Salt River: float
  • State Route 88: scenic drive
  • Siphon Draw Trail to Flat Iron
  • Wave Cave

TONTO NATL. FOREST

  • Box Canyon
  • Horton Creek Trail
  • Salome Jug: canyoneer
  • See Canyon Trail
  • Tonto Natural Bridge
  • Trails off Nf-284: 4x4
  • Water Wheel waterfalls

TUCSON

  • Montrose Pools
  • Peppersauce Cave
  • S./N./Old Mt. Lemmon Road: scenic drive
  • Seven Falls Trail
  • Sweetwater Preserve: MTB

ALASKA

DENALI SOUTH VIEW

KENAI FJORDS

  • Exit Glacier - Harding Icefield Trail

CALIFORNIA

angeles natl. Forest

  • Bridge to Nowhere: hike, camp & bungee jump

BIG BEAR LAKE

  • SR-18: scenic drive

DEATH VALLEY

  • Badwater Basin
  • Dante's View
  • Darwin Falls
  • Furnace Creek Campground
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
  • Natural Bridge Canyon

HIGHWAY 1

  • Bixby Bridge
  • Cambria to San Francisco
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • Piedras Blancas Light Station

Joshua Tree Natl. Park

  • Hall of Horrors: climb
  • Jumbo Rock Campground
  • Ryan Mountain Trailhead: climbing
  • Skull Rock Trail

REDWOODS

  • False Klamath Cove
  • Jedediah Smith State Park
  • Klamath Tour Thru Tree
  • Lagoon Pond

SAN FRANCISCO

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Lake Del Valle Campground
  • Marshall's Beach
  • Muir Beach
  • Muir Woods Natl. Monument
  • Point Reyes Lighthouse

yosemite

  • Nevada Falls
  • Vernal Falls

COLORADO

CRESTED BUTTE

  • Deer Creek Trail: MTB
  • Teocalli Ridge Loop: MTB

OREGON

ALSEA FALLS

  • Alsea Falls Trail System: MTB

BEND

  • Funner/Tiddlywinks Trail: MTB
  • Lava River Caves
  • Smith Rock

Columbia River Gorge

  • Horsetail Falls
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Oneonta Falls
  • Rowena Crest
  • Triple Falls
  • Wahkeena Falls

Crater Lake

  • Watchman Overlook

Eugene

  • Mount Pisgah
  • Spencer's Butte

Florence

  • Hobbit Beach
  • Hobbit Trail

HILLS CREEK

Mill Creek Falls

Mount Hood

  • Tamanawas Falls

Rogue River

  • Mountain of the Rogue: MTB

Silver Falls State park

  • Trail of Ten Falls

Umpqua National Forest

  • Moon Falls
  • Pinard Falls
  • Toketee Falls
  • Turtle Rock: cliff jump
  • Wildwood Falls: cliff jump
  • ? Rim (local spot)

NEVADA

HOOVER DAM

MT. CHARLESTON

RED ROCK CANYON

  • 13-mile scenic loop
  • Bonnie Springs
  • Calico Tanks: climb
  • Ike's Peek: MTB
  • Red Spring Boardwalk
  • Turtlehead Peak

VALLEY OF FIRE

  • Beehives
  • Fire Canyon
  • Mouse's Tank
  • White Dome

NEW MEXICO

Carlsbad Caverns

  • The Big Room
  • Spider Cave

white Sands Natl. monument

UTAH

ARCHES NATL. PARK

  • Balanced Rock
  • Delicate Arch
  • Devil's Garden

MOAB

  • Lazy Lizard Hostel
  • The Whole Enchilada Trail: MTB

MONUMENT VALLEY

  • Mile marker 13

Zion NATL. Park

  • Angel's Landing
  • The Subway
  • Emerald Pools
  • The Narrows (full 17mile hike)
  • Twin Brothers: climb
  • Watchman Campground

WASHINGTON

oLYMPIC nATIONAL pARK

  • Hoh Rainforest
  • Lake Cushman
  • Ruby Beach

WYOMING

GRAND TETON NATL. PARK

YELLOWSTONE NATL. PARK

  • Artist Point
  • Firehole Falls
  • Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail
  • Lewis Falls
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Old Faithful
  • Tower Fall
  • West Thumb Geyser Basin
  • Yellowstone Lake
 

CANADA

ALBERTA

Bow Lake

Jasper natl. Park

  • Athabasca Falls
  • Valley of the Five Lakes

BRITISH COLUMBIA

GOOD HOPE LAKE

NAIRN FALLS

PORTEAU COVE

SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY

Shannon Falls

Trout River

YUKON

Marsh Lake

Teslin Lake

 

MEXICO

 

SONORA

Puerto Peñasco

  • Sandy Beach dunes: 4x4
  • Beach (Wrecked at the Reef)
  • Fish Market