September 5, 2012

The Original Risk Taker

It’s 11:00 in New Hampshire, which means it’s 10:00 in Minneapolis, which means my grandmother’s funeral has just begun. I’m not there. I’m here. I wr […]

August 28, 2011

Imagine Ethiopia 2011: You Can “Go” From Home

As one of the leaders of Imagine Ethiopia 2011, I wanted to share a progress update to inspire and potentially involve you in our next steps. Read on for more. […]

August 10, 2011

Coffee Story: Ethiopia Available Now, Needed Now

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It’s a big day for me today. It’s the day Coffee Story Ethiopia com […]

June 9, 2009

Waypoint Namibia: Big Walls, Desert Mirages, and Perseverance in the Darmaland and Beyond. *

Majka Burhardt on Southern Crossing, 5.11+, V. Photo by Peter Doucette.
On June 1st, Peter Doucette, Kate Rutherford and I completed Southern Crossing: a 1300-f […]

April 17, 2009


It’s snowing in Boulder, Colorado today. I just came from the desert. Before that I was ice climbing.
Three nights ago, I had a dream that my van would not sl […]

April 7, 2009

An Inbox President

I’m three months behind on my reading. I catch up in random coffee shops and doctors offices along the path of my current road trip. This is why it took me un […]

January 21, 2009

Styling Your Life

I’m living in North Conway, NH this winter. It freaks my mother out. She thinks I am going to move here, permanently. She looks at the numbers: 47th in fundin […]

December 23, 2008

Holiday Break for the Unbreakables

It has been over three years since I spend more than three days without doing something productive or additive. These days, if I climb for more than two days in […]

July 4, 2008

What I Wanted

Two weeks ago I was in New Hampshire. Again. I’d never been to the state until this February, and now I’ve gone on three trips to the North Country. It pull […]

May 2, 2008

Nobody told me when I would need the Marshmallow Shooter

When I was in sixth grade, I thought being an adult meant you were done. Done with anything tough or complex in friendship, life, love—any of it. My best frie […]