Burhardt has traveled and guided throughout the world by bike, canoe, and more
often than not, by foot. For the past two decades she’s journeyed from the
Roof of Africa to the waters of the Arctic and told stories of singular and
collective human relevance from these lands.
respected writer and filmmaker, Burhardt is a columnist with Climbing Magazine
and the author of two books, Vertical Ethiopia and Coffee Story:
Ethiopia, as well as the Executive Producer of Waypoint Namibia. Vertical
Ethiopia was short-listed for the Banff Book Award and Burhardt was nominated
for an EPIC Emerging Artist Award for her work as the Executive Producer of
Waypoint Namibia. Burhardt’s writing regularly appears in publications,
including Alpinist, AFAR, and The Explorer’s Journal. Her
work has been featured on news programs, radio shows, magazines and
newspapers, and in film festivals throughout the world.
specializes in making the remote accessible. She seeks out first ascents in
new climbing territories with complex historical settings and creates stories
around their modern global relevance. The result is a resume of intricate
climbs, ranging from The Brandberg, Namibia’s highest peak, to explorations of
fragile sandstone towers in the Ethiopia’s northern reaches.
More than 60 events as featured speaker, include:
Explorers Club, TEDxSMU, Cleveland World Affairs Council,
New York Citiy 92nd Street Y, Banff Film and Book Festival, Colorado
Environmental Coalition, Seattle IMAX Theatre, Dartmouth University.
Majka Burhardt has an MFA in Creative Writing from the
Warren Wilson Program for Writers and received her BA in Anthropology from
Princeton University. She is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and serves on the
organization’s Board of Directors.
Majka Burhardt represents
the finest traditions of exploration.
Ken Kalmer, The
Burhardt spoke to a rapt audience about what she had learned as a writer, a
climber, and a human being in Ethiopia. Burhardt’s extraordinary personal
honesty drew the audience into her story and provided a context for much of
the information she presented. Her connection with this place is profound.
Cleveland Council on World Affairs
public lands organizer working for the Colorado Environmental Coalition in
western Colorado I was immediately intrigued by Burhardt’s interest in the
interface between our culture’s adventure seeking and
environmental/conservation sensibilities. This issue, this need to move beyond
an anthropocentric view of our surrounding landscapes, is one that
consistently arises in the field of non-profit conservation work. For me
specifically, the question becomes how can CEC encourage the burgeoning
population of outdoor enthusiasts to come to understand, appreciate, and work
to protect nature on nature’s own terms. Burhardt’s answer; tapping into the
universal ‘love of landscape’ that permeates and connects the kayaker to the
rancher, the hiker to the farmer, and the 33 year old Burhardt to a new Himba
mother in Northern Namibia. Waypoint Namibia is not to be missed.
Kate Graham, Public Lands Organizer,
Colorado Environmental Coalition
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