I won’t let Trump bully our mountains any longer

Opinion in New Hampshire's Union Leader September 2020 I’VE BEEN an activist since I was eight years old. As a kid of Polish descent growing up in Minnesota, other kids would tease me for my funny-sounding name (it’s pronounced My-ka). I could sit there and take it, or I could stand up for myself. I chose the latter and I’ve ... Read More

Why We Vote

Video Call to Action, September 2020 A call to vote, produced by the American Alpine Club with support from Majka Burhardt. If you can't view the video here, click the button below. Watch the Video

When Adventure Turns to Impact

Profile June 2020 New Hampshire-based Majka Burhardt is a superhero. She can climb almost anything, including ice, where she just became the first woman to receive the American Mountain Guides Association Ice Instructor certification (in addition to her rock guiding certification). She can use science and adventure to protect some of the most biodiverse places in the world, mountains referred to as ... Read More

The Sharp End: Ice Climbing in NH

Radio Interview on NHPR February 2020 The Granite State is famous for ice-climbing spots like Cathedral Ledge and Cannon Cliff. We explore the appeal of the sport and it's impact on the economy of the North Country. We talk with experienced ice climbers who guide beginners as well as advanced ice climbers and discuss the impact of climate change; they’re seeing a ... Read More

Freedom of the Hills

Climbing Magazine July 2019 Women guides uphill battle to succeed in male-dominated industry. View the PDF to read more.


Climbing Magazine, December 2017 A story of climbing, granite, and complex history in California’s Needles, featuring photos of Majka Burhardt. “When, in the early 1980s, Tony Yaniro attempted to free the splitter of Pyromania, I was blown away by how difficult the climbing looked from my belay. Yet the route went free, and was well within Tony’s range. He climbed … Read More

The Cold Blue Yonder

Steeped in lore, these seven ice lines are true Northeast gems Majka Burhardt (leading) and Caroline Gleich approach the top as the weather closes in. On a rare day a climbing team can pack tools away here and hike for the summit. More often, however, in cresting the top of the ravine, you are met with Mount Washington’s crippling combination … Read More

Climbing For the Greater Good

by Ian Ferguson photos by Gabe Rogel From African alpine jungles to frozen waterfalls in New England, climber Majka Burhardt is comfortable on any vertical terrain. Now she’s using her skills to protect an ecosystem and the people who depend on it. Download the PDF to read more.

Mountain Magazine | Feature Article

“The Far Side.” Mountain Life Magazine. July 2015. View Online | View PDF “Mount Namuli is unlikely to be notched on any mountaineer’s bedpost. As mountains go, it isn’t extremely high or steep. The 2,419-metre granite monolith in northern Mozambique can’t even boast an iconic horizon line like Argentina’s Mt. Fitz Roy or Switzerland’s Matterhorn. If anything it calls to mind … Read More