Vertical Ethiopia: Possibility, Environment, and Adventure in the Horn of Africa.
Show Reel From Majka’s 2007 Vertical Ethiopia Speaking Tour
What if the very country that claims the Cradle of Humanity is also the new Mecca for adventure? Majka Burhardt takes you on a journey to Northern Ethiopia where she led a team of woman to climb desert sandstone towers in an effort to get to know another side of this complex country with an international reputation largely limited to drought, famine, and communism. Her stories and experiences are chronicled in her new book: Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa. Her presentation examines the interaction between the Ethiopia of the past and the potential of today, with a specific focus on the intersections between history and opportunity, adventure and culture, and environment and growth. Come enjoy an evening of splitter sandstone cracks, international kidnappings, the biggest untapped adventure playground in Africa, and an examination of what it takes to juggle fear, success, and global consciousness in the high desert of Ethiopia.