Grayson Schaffer

Grayson Schaffer

Grayson Schaffer was 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...

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

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...

Grayson Schaffer
May 24, 2016

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...

Grayson Schaffer and Devon O'Neil
May 23, 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...

Grayson Schaffer
Apr 30, 2016

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,...

Grayson Schaffer
Jan 12, 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

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.

Grayson Schaffer
Sep 11, 2015