Summit 2011

The 2011 Summit took place on June 24-26, in Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Click the links below for more information.


Keynote Speaker | Nominations | Schedule | Sponsors | Photos

Keynote Speaker

For the past 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 2100-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 2600-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, 3100- mile trek over the rooftop of North America. They used llamas as kid carriers and packers to carry supplies and diapers across the Rocky Mountains and then tandem mountain bikes full of 100 pounds of gear for the last 650 miles down to the Mexican border. Her latest endeavor is working on a new book, tentatively titled, Bright Stars—Raising Children Who Love Learning Using the Whole (Natural) World. Cindy’s current passion is to spread the word on how important the natural world plays in educating our children, and how to get them outdoors.

Cindy Ross

Cindy Ross