“People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.

-George Herbert Leigh Mallory

George Mallory Everest

“Because it’s there” is the famous response that George Mallory gave when asked why climb Everest. To me it is more than a simple witty quote. This mentality defines my life. In 2009, as a freshman in college, I decided to attempt a winter thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Why? Because it’s there. In winter of 2013 I traveled to Newfoundland to summit it’s high mountains in the deep, early season snow. In 2014, I became the first person to paddle a kayak from Key West to the Dry Tortugas. In 2015 I attempted to break the Appalachian Trail thru-hike unsupported record. Why? Because it’s there.

In addition to backpacking and kayaking, I am also an avid freediver, climber, and mountaineer. I am also currently a Family Medicine Resident in Missoula, Montana.

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9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Grayson- ran across your blog after following a link from Sharman Ultra news to your September post on hand swelling when hiking. Enjoyed the read and your blog. All the best to you and your 3rd year of Med school and beyond. I graduated from EVMS in 1997.. I enjoyed my time there. Went into Emergency Medicine as it allowed time for adventures. If you ever have any questions about what the next 20 years might look like shoot me an email.

    1. This is so cool! Thanks for commenting Miles! Most of my considerations for the future are to account for ability to get out for adventures too. I hope I can find some balance that lets me do that. I appreciate you commenting.

  2. What a terrific blog! I just stumbled upon this…how in the world do you find time, not only to hike and climb but to write this??!! I shared it with my son, Tommy and his best friend, James Hitch, because i know they’d both be very intrigued… Match Day is looming! I hope you get your first choice, wherever that might be…
    Cheers…your downstairs neighbor, Anne

  3. Hi Grayson,
    Crazy story: got a email from a CBD distributor who commented they liked my blog about outdoor adventures. Odd. How did this spammer know I love me some outdoor adventures? Reading on, the email listed your website, which I had to click on because my name is Grayson Cobb too! This might be kind of strange, but I just had to reach out and let you know that we are basically the same people… except you are male, and a medical student. Like you, my passions in life are backpacking, kayaking, climbing (novice), and as of recently, mountaineering. I was also born in DC and grew up in MD. Anyway, in addition to wanting to let you know you have a great blog, I wanted to forward the aforementioned email onto the correct Grayson Cobb.

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