Majka Burhardt is an author, professional climber, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Legado, an international organization working to protect the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by empowering the peope who call them home. Majka’s first book Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa (2008) was short‑listed for the Banff Book Award. Her second book, Coffee Story: Ethiopia, was released in August 2011 and featured by Starbucks in 2013. In 2010, Majka produced Waypoint Namibia and the film was featured at international film festivals and shown on NBC’s Universal Sports. Majka was nominated for an EPIC Emerging Artist Award for her work as the Executive Producer. Her newest film, Namuli, was released to international acclaim in 2016 and, in 2018, is showing on PBS throughout the USA. Namuli tells the story of Majka’s climbing and conservation research Mount Namuli, Mozambique’s second highest mountain and a critical target for conservation in southeast Africa– and of the origins of Legado. Majka has a MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and received her BA in Anthropology from Princeton University, Cum Laude. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Peter Doucette, and their 2.5 year old twins. She is sponsored by Patagonia, Petzl, and Julbo and is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and served on the organizations Board of Directors for six years. majkaburhardt.com
Join pro-climber, author, social entrepreneur, mother-of-twins and neighboring state ice crusher Majka Burhardt for an evening of stories about why we climb. From New Hampshire to Mozambique, during back surgeries and Armenian Viper near misses, and alongside of bringing up toddler twins and running it out on rock and ice, Majka is always asking and answering the why. Tall and small tales guaranteed.