The routes to the top of a summit range from length and difficulty, to geology and surrounding scenery. Some people prefer rugged unpaved terrain, while others opt for a marked route to avoid surprises.
Reach for the hills and immerse yourself in off the beaten path’s serenity. Mountaineering does not have to be hard. But some preparation and careful mountain selection can bring even some of the world's highest peaks within reach of a fairly average Joe.
Many people are scared by Africa’s highest mountain at 19,340 feet, but they shouldn’t be. The climb is long but not strenuous. There is even a marathon there every year.
These are not the only surprising examples.