Scraping Heaven by Cindy Ross
A Family's Journey Along the Continental Divide

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Praise for Cindy Ross's A Woman's Journey:

"Ross lets readers into her heart."­­Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful book, a wonderfully fascinating narrative."­­Annie Dillard

A true account of a family's five-year adventure in the untamed wilderness of the American Rockies

The Continental Divide Trail, a rugged, 3,100-mile footpath running along the crest of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, is infamous for its tricky mountain passes and snowy traverses. In 1993, Cindy Ross, her husband, and their two toddlers, ages one and three, set out together on the Trail. Using llamas as kid-carriers and packers, they successfully hiked the entire Trail over the next five summers, covering the last 700 miles on tandem mountain bikes in 1998.

In Scraping Heaven, Cindy Ross­­the author of four critically acclaimed books­­deftly interweaves evocative descriptions of the landscape with dramatic accounts of sudden snowstorms, gale winds, and wildlife encounters. Through it all, her intimate reflections on marriage, family, and children provide contrapuntal depth and interest far beyond the high Rocky Mountain peaks.


About Cindy Ross

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Cindy Ross is the author of four books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Backpacker, and Outdoor Life. She lives with her family in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania.
Published August 14, 2002 by International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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And so they began in the summer of 1993, hiking through the Colorado Rockies, learning the habits of llamas, inventing more efficient ways to wash diapers on the trail and keeping two toddlers entertained, warm and healthy while trying to stay sane and absorb the vast beauty of the trail that dre...

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