Grayson Schaffer

Grayson Schaffer

Grayson Schaffer was a senior editor and staff writer at Outside.


The Last Bastion of Outdoor Outlaws

Fed up with tight National Park regulations—no BASE-jumping, no slacklining, no fun!—adventurers are getting cozy with a surprising new advocate: the Bureau of Land Management. Nowhere are the agency's lenient recreation policies on better display than Moab, Utah.

Grayson Schaffer
Jun 22, 2016

Advertising in National Parks Is a Terrible Idea

A new proposal to further entwine the National Park Service and corporate advertisers takes us further down a path we never should have embarked on in the first place

Grayson Schaffer
May 26, 2016

How Far Should National Parks Go to Keep Visitors Safe?

When a group of canyoneering beginners were swept away in a flash flood last September, it was the worst disaster in Zion's 97-year history. And it illustrates a growing question: How far should national parks go to keep their visitors safe?

Grayson Schaffer
May 24, 2016

Alex Lowe’s Body Found on Shishapangma

Lowe’s climbing partner, Conrad Anker, and his widow, Jenni-Lowe Anker, talk about a dramatic discovery that comes more than 16 years after he and climber David Bridges vanished in a Himalyan avalanche

Grayson Schaffer
Apr 30, 2016

The Big Business of Adventure on Instagram

If a skier hucks without uploading a photo, does anybody see it? A road trip through the exploding business side of Instagram, where pro athletes roam Alberta stalking the next big trophy shot.

Grayson Schaffer
Oct 26, 2015