May 16, 2016

Harald, Maude, and the Himba: A letter to the twins

Dear Harold and Maude,
I know, I’d promised new names. We will get there—we still have five weeks to come up with them. Five weeks until you launch yourselv […]

July 16, 2014

Big Wall Science

In a former life I was a full-time climbing guide. That means I would normally know better than to introduce people to climbing for the first time on vegetated […]

May 1, 2014

Ready, Set, Go: The Lost Mountain Takes Off

Prep time in Mozambique, Photo by Erik Eisele
Four days from today, I meet my international team of scientists, conservation workers, climbers, filmmakers, stud […]

March 13, 2014

Questioned, Additive Adventure and Conservation

Majka Burhardt on Semazen, Geyikbayiri Turkey. Photo by Anne Skidmore
This February, I gave a speech at University of Vermont. There is nothing like standing up […]

November 6, 2013

Civil Unrest in Mozambique, Lost Mountain Postponed to May 2014

It’s November 6th. I should be travelling overland from Malawi to Mozambique.
August 5, 2013

Would You Join the Lost Mountain?

Three years ago I saw a photo of a rock face in Mozambique. It became an astonishing force in my life. 36 months, a 3-week reconnaissance trip, and one very spe […]

July 7, 2013

Honey Without the Moon

Majka approaching Pillaren, Lofoten Islands Norway
It’s 45-degrees. The wind is at 42 mph– a certifiable gale force. The rain is going up as much as dow […]

December 11, 2012

Winter Call (Summer Ski Apology)

Dad (Kris Burhardt) and Majka Day 1 outside of El Bolson Argentina
I am not a hoarder. Or at least not of material things. But I might have to confess to being […]

October 21, 2012

Armenia Bound

In conjunction with Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line and Kate Rutherford

Any climbing trip starts with a conversation. Kate and mine went something like […]

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 […]