As leading professional climbers and mountain guides, Majka Burhardt and her husband led globe-trotting, adventure-seeking lives. When she learns that she’s pregnant—with twins—Burhardt at first tries to balance her pursuit of extreme risk with her new reality of maternal responsibility. However, she is ultimately forced to face the avalanche of emotions unleashed by the biggest disruption she’s ever confronted—in the mountains or otherwise.
Based on the letters and journals Burhardt diligently kept over the course of her pregnancy and the first five years of her children’s lives, MORE takes the reader on an around-the-world journey as Burhardt explores the transformative, identity-shifting experience of motherhood and its irreversible impact on career, identity, marriage, and self.
In the early weeks of her children’s lives, Burhardt immerses herself in adoration of her twins and grapples with the tremendous guilt she feels as she begins returning to her risky metiér. As the newness of motherhood fades into a permanent reality, Burhardt turns her attention toward her marriage and the collateral damage as she and her husband struggle to navigate their new normal. As anger and resentment threaten the foundation of her family, Burhardt courageously looks to her past—and her own mother’s tumultuous, often-opaque history of success, trauma, and divorce—to better understand her own way forward. How will she break free from the legacy of her childhood to start fresh with her own family?
Raw, candid, and galvanizing, MORE is a passionate and poignant testament to the enduring power of love and our lifelong journey to understand ourselves as we strive to always pursue more.