About EdgeWorkers

Clouds lift off of Mount Troy in Juneau, Alaska.

Clouds lift off of Mount Troy in Juneau, Alaska.

“EdgeWorkers” is an outdoor adventure publication dedicated to the people who push personal, physical, and cultural boundaries to negotiate the edges of human experience.  Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson coined the phrase “Edgework” to describe his explorations into the fringes of existence. Adventurers go to the edge to engage their bodies, sharpen consciousness, alter perspectives, and return with a renewed sense of wonder and possibility.

Edgework is often defined as participation in high-risk activities, a flirtation with the precarious border between life and death, consciousness and unconsciousness, sanity and insanity. However, risk isn’t necessarily synonymous with danger. Boundaries are present in all facets of life, from survival situations to simple fitness goals. Qualities that set EdgeWorkers apart include a commitment to expanding skills, rejecting fear, and overcoming limits that others have deemed beyond dispute. EdgeWorkers aren’t content to accept what society or common sense tells them they can and can’t do. Although the stakes vary, risk is unavoidable in the pursuit of discovery. To quote T. S. Eliot, “only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

So who are the EdgeWorkers? They’re the explorers pressing into the less traveled corners in this world. They’re the athletes who extend the limits of physical capabilities. They’re the weekend warriors who once struggled to run one mile, and are now training to run a hundred miles. They’re the innovators who develop gear and techniques to expand opportunities. They’re anyone who ventures outside their personal comfort zone on a regular basis, who believes that willpower can triumph over circumstance, and who refuses to settle for passive spectatorship in their own life.

As a publication, “EdgeWorkers” aims to provide quality coverage of endurance sports, expeditions, and outdoor adventures, along with profiles about the men and women who work the edges of this particular realm of the human experience. We want to delve deeper into the boundary-pushing endeavors that are often overlooked by the media for being too “fringe.” We also want to provide insight into the hows and whys of outdoor adventure, as well as a window into individual perspectives from the edge — or as close as one can come.

“There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over,” Thompson wrote. “The Edge is still out there. Or maybe it’s in.”

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