The Lost Mountain is a project about discovery, adventure, and ultimately survival in one of the world’s least-explored and most-threatened habitats. Mt. Namuli, a 7,936-foot granite monolith, is the largest of a group of isolated peaks that tower over the ancient valleys of northern Mozambique. Here, plants and animals have evolved as if on dispersed oceanic islands, so that individual mountains have become refuge to their own unique species of life, many of which have yet to be discovered or described by science. Yet despite these distinctions, it is Mt. Namuli’s linkages to the surrounding landscape and its position along a corridor of mountains stretching from South Africa to the Arabian Peninsula that has gripped the attention of the world.
In May 2014, professional climbers Majka Burhardt and Kate Rutherford will lead a team of biologists onto Mt. Namuli’s unexplored 2,000′ granite cliff face. An international cadre of conservationists, global adventurers, and filmmakers complete the team. Our Mission:
- To search for new species of insects and reptiles that will link this fragile and vital mountain to the evolution of East Africa’s wildlife
- To build a conservation plan with the local community and a team of Mozambique-based conservationists that will ensure a thriving future for one of the world’s most precious biodiversity hotspots
- To share the Lost Mountain story in a documentary film about the spirit of exploration and what happens when adventure becomes a nexus for art, science, and global change