One of the holes into the mountaintop.

My name is Max Karst. I am a lease-hold building developer in Seattle, Washington.  Through a fateful set of circumstances pretty much unrelated to anything else in my life, I find myself writing this blog as a chronicle of my efforts, along with some Congolese partners, to start a small mining development on the shore of Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Why would I want to get involved in what is commonly accepted as potentially the richest, but also the most tragic, dangerous, and corrupt part of the world? Because, as cliche as it sounds, I see this as an opportunity presented to me to make a difference. This entire project is a, cliche again, ‘journey’ with many detours, side trips and dead ends.  This is my first mining project and my first entry into my first blog. I learn something with every step on this winding road from the African bush to the halls of US Congress. My hope is simply to have a successful business venture that benefits all of the people who are a part of it and build a foundation for a better life for the people around it. So here goes…