Cindy Ross

Cindy Ross is the author of nine published books, six of which she illustrated. She is a Triple Crown Hiker and traveled the world with her family, using the whole world to teach and educate her children. Along with her husband Todd Gladfelter, they led their very small children on llamas across the Continental Divide. The couple built their own log home from scratch and have lived a voluntary simplistic lifestyle. Todd recently suffered a tragic spinal cord injury and is a c3-5 incomplete quadriplegic. Cindy is journaling as she cares for her husband, as they use all the strength acquired from living their adventurous lifestyle to learn to walk again. She will write a book about their road to recovery. For nearly a decade, Todd and Cindy run a 501c3 non-profit River House PA- Healing Veterans in Nature, helping veterans cope with their trauma in the outdoors.
Cindy is also the author of:
Walking Toward Peace- Veterans Healing on America’s Trails- Cindy Ross, Mountaineers Books, Seattle 2021
The Log Cabin Years- How One Couple Built a Home from Scratch and Created a Life- Skyhorse Publishing, NYC, 2021
The World is Our Classroom- How One Family Used Nature & Travel to Create an Extraordinary Education, Skyhorse Publishing, NYC, 2018

April 4, 2023

The Call of the Trail

Throughout its history, the Appalachian Trail has been a place many hikers go for peace, for inspiration, for community, for physical challenge, and in some cases, as a sort of personal spiritual journey.