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Nick “Chezwick” Gagnon became the fastest person to circumnavigate the enormous route, which takes in sections of five major thru-hikes

Sparkling alpine lakes, the highest point in the continental U.S., and 800-plus miles of breathtaking hiking trails: Sequoia and Kings Canyon in the Sierra Nevada are far more than home to the biggest trees on the planet.

Jon Anderson overcame temporary snowblindness to complete the 2,650-mile journey from Mexico to Canada

Editors list the bold and bizarre items they’ve stuffed into a backpack for a trip to the woods