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Cindy Ross
For the past few 30+ years, Cindy Ross has found peace, happiness,
and a sublime sense of contentment while walking and cycling the endless trails that are sewn into the fabric of the North American continent. She has crossed the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail as a single woman penning and illustrating her first book, A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail, which has been in print for over 25 years and has become a hiking classic. Then she tackled the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail through the Sierra and Cascade Mountains with her husband, Todd Gladfelter and wrote and illustrated, Journey on the Crest. (The Mountaineers Books) Her 6th and latest book, Scraping Heaven- A Family’s Journey Along the Continental Divide (McGraw-Hill) is the rousing adventure of a family’s incredible five-summer, 3,100-mile trek over the rooftop of North America.

Ross lives along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania with her
husband, Todd and their 20-year old son, Bryce and 22-year old daughter, Sierra, in a log home they built themselves from raw trees.
As a family, besides the Continental Divide Trail, they have traveled
to Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe hiking, cycling and paddling
and have traveled extensively throughout the US.

Besides Cindy’s 6 published books, she has written over 500
magazine articles for such national magazines as Outside, Backpacker,
Paddler, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Outdoor Life, Canoe & Kayak, Adventure Cyclist, Sailing, Wooden Boat, Scouting, Native Peoples, etc. Travel stories in newspapers include The LA Times, The San Francisco Examiner, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Toronto Star, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, and The Baltimore Sun.

Entries by Cindy Ross

No Barriers on the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:12 PM


I could have a beastly Dominican man as my personal guide to lead me through the jungle to El Limon waterfall. His muscles protrude through his black, oiled, shirtless chest and he would keep me safe on my steed. It is a treacherous half...

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Yellowstone In Winter: America's Oldest Park Goes White (PHOTOS)

(10) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 6:00 AM

A herd of huge bison saunter up the plowed road, steam snorting streaming from their nostrils, their fleecy backs caked with ice. An enormous bull moose emerges into the open meadow stepping high in the deep snow. Only a few minutes inside Yellowstone National Park and already the...

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Zimbabwe's Natural History Lessons (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 7:40 AM

A stone's throw from my luxury tent at "The Hide" safari camp near Harare, Zimbabwe, over two dozen elephants squirt water into their mouths and splash in the lake.

The night is so clear and moonless that the Milky Way looks painted in the heavens with whitewash and the...

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Rio de Janeiro From Above And Below (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The iron chain "hand rail" bolted into the black granite of Rio de Janeiro's Pico da Tijuca, is very old. It was laid across this last pitch for the king of Belgium, an avid rock climber, in anticipation of his visit back in the late 1800s. Steps were also hand-chiseled...

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