Banff Mountain Festivals
Majka Burhardt

Majka Burhardt

Friday, November 7
Max Bell Auditorium

A native of Boulder, Colorado, Majka Burhardt is a writer, climber, and guide. Her non-fiction writing combines her background in Anthropology with a passion for adventure, and has been published in Patagonia, Women’s Adventure, and Climbing magazines. Burhardt has been a certified guide since 1998, and has guided everything from high-altitude mountaineering to multi-pitch alpine rock climbs.

When Burhardt was sent on assignment to Ethiopia last March to research the country’s coffee industry, she discovered instead a climber’s paradise. Gheralta is a remote mountain chain offering 600’ virgin sandstone towers, and Burhardt soon set out to be among the first to scale up its uncharted expanse. The expedition resulted in her first book, Vertical Ethiopia, which examines the links between adventure and culture, history and opportunity, revealing what it means to climb, travel, and explore.

As a life long adventurer, she has traveled throughout the world by bike, canoe, and more often than not, by foot.

Burhardt is a 2008 Banff Mountain Grant Award winner.