Grayson Schaffer

Grayson Schaffer

Grayson Schaffer (@GraysonSchaffer) is a senior editor and staff writer at Outside. Follow him on Facebook.


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...

Special Report: The Keyhole Seven

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...

First American Woman Summits Everest Without Oxygen

Melissa Arnot became the first American woman to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen Monday, climbing the 29,035-foot peak’s northeast ridge from Tibet. It marked the sixth Everest summit for...

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...

The Grand Canyon's Sexual Harassment Problem

As with the highly coveted private and commercial trips that run as long as three weeks, participants live together in the canyon, cooking all of their meals together, sleeping in close proximity,...

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.

Lucky Chance Dies in a Rope Swing Accident

The Australian climber, BASE jumper, and circus performer Lucky Chance died Tuesday in Australia’s Blue Mountains after hurling himself off of a giant rope swing known as the Death Swing.