Majka Burhardt has a passion for creating unusual connections. As a professional climber, conservation entrepreneur, author, mother of twins, and filmmaker, Majka has spent more than two decades leading multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and environmental significance spanning Africa, Europe, South and North America.

Majka is the Founder and Executive Director of Legado, an international organization where she works to help secure Thriving Futures for both people and the wild places they call home.  Legado originated in 2011 during a pioneering climbing and conservation research expedition to Mozambique and is supported today by some of the world’s most influential conservation funders and decision-makers.

Majka is the author of Coffee Story: Ethiopia and Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa and Executive Producer of films Waypoint Namibia and Namuli. Wonder how this all comes together? Read her full bio here. Curious how to say her name? It’s “My-ka.”


Thriving Futures = Thriving People in Thriving Places

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Professional Climber

Worldwide rock, ice and alpine ascents



Majka’s work helping secure Thriving Futures for both people and the wild places they call home via the international organization she founded and directs.

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Speaking Reel

Impact, inspiration and passion from overtwo decades of personal experience on change leadership, teamwork, intuition, and global capacity.

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How to vote for our lands, our mountains, and our future. An Op Ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader

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Coffee Story: Ethiopia

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Photos: Bernd Zewgswetter, James Q Martin, Travis Horn