Majka Burhardt

Author, Climber Majka Burhardt on “Additive Adventure”

Fall 2014 Adventure Speaker Series Continues

October 2, 2014

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. Burhardt will speak at Lyndon State College on Thursday, October 16 about “Additive Adventure”—when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning. Her lecture is part of LSC’s Adventure Speaker Series which continues this academic year and is free and open to the public.

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 2008 Banff Book Award. Her 2010 film, Waypoint Namibia, was featured at international film festivals and shown on NBC’s Universal Sports. She is the founder and director of “The Lost Mountain Project,” a 2014 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 and on The Weather Channel and NPR; her articles have appeared in publications including Afar, Men’s Health, Skiing Magazine, Backpacker, Patagonia, Alpinist, Women’s Adventure, The Explorers Journal, and Climbing, where her column “Whipped,” ran for six years.

Burhardt is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and is an ambassador/athlete for Patagonia, Osprey Packs, Positive Tracks, Petzl, Scarpa, and Julbo. She has an Anthropology degree from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Burhardt’s lecture is part of the on-going Adventure Speaker Series at Lyndon State College. The series is sponsored by the LSC Lecture and Arts Series; Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides, LLC; and the American Alpine Club. Her talk will be on Thursday, October 16 in the Moore Community Room/Academic Student and Activity Center (ASAC) Room 100 at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, October 22, the Adventure Series continues with the film Arrival. The mountain cycling “actu-mentary” is a raw look at the talents of the next wave of mountain bike film makers, and photographers. They built, rode, shot, and edited almost everything in the movie—and that’s what makes it so special. It’s a film by riders, for riders. The film is at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theatre and is free and open to the public.

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