The best thing about hiking as a fitness activity is that one challenge is never enough. Reach the top of Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee and you might just be inspired to try a peak in the Rockies or follow the Appalachian Trail right up to Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness next summer. The fitter you get, the more wonderful the places your feet can take you.
About The Author: Jess is a long-distance hiker and a rock climber. She recently completed a 26-mile mountain race for a good cause, and when at home she writes for a leading outdoor retailer. Appalachian Outdoors supply everything from ice axes to Keen Shoes .