An author, professional climber, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, Majka Burhardt has spent two decades exploring the globe—usually by hand and foot—and her stories of challenge, humanity, and the fine line between extreme and acceptable risk continue to inspire audiences around the world. As a keynote speaker and writer Burhardt champions “Additive Adventure”—when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning.
Burhardt has 16 years of experience producing multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and global significance. Her first book Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa was short‑listed for the Banff Book Award. Burhardt was nominated for an EPIC Emerging Artist Award for her work as the Executive Producer on the 2010 film Waypoint Namibia. She is the founder and director of the 2014 The Lost Mountain Project, a pioneering biological study of the cliff side habitat on Mt. Namuli, Mozambique’s second highest mountain and a critical target for conservation in southeast Africa.
Her work and projects have been featured in The Economist, Outside Magazine, The Weather Channel, NPR and many other major international media outlets.