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The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

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For Lucy Jane Bledsoe, wilderness had always been a source of peace. But during one disastrous solo trip in the wintry High Sierra she came face to face with a crisis: the wilderness no longer felt like home. The Ice Cave recounts Bledsoe’s wilderness journeys as she recovers her connection with the wild and discovers the meanings of fear and grace. 

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Paperback, 182 pages
Published July 17th 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press
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Sandra Helen
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
True adventure stories from a woman who lives life full out. A true outdoorswoman, Bledsoe ventures into places and situations most of us run from. From tracking cougars, facing wolves, and trekking to Antarctica, we follow her with bated breath. She knows how to survive in the wild, and does. I can't wait to read more about her travels. ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I've got a strong feeling that Bledsoe has taken more than a few cues from 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek'. The writing style is a dead-ringer for that of Pilgrim, and the desperate attempts to reach a 'universal truth' reek of Annie Dillard. Sadly, Bledsoe's prose lacks Dillard's sophisticated style and impressive descriptive skills, but fortunately, she also lacks Dillard's holier than thou attitude, and her claims of having reached an understanding of the universe beyond us, pitiful mortals.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
An entertaining book about a woman who seeks adventure all over the world in order to satisfy a yearning inside her that just isn't satisfied by modern society. Lucy enjoys the thrill of exploring and being alone in remote locations. Though she does some of her adventuring with other people along for the ride, it is clear that she is a lone wolf and prefers her only company to be the flora and fauna around her. The book is broken into a chapter per adventure and some are more compelling than oth ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I typically read nonfiction and was looking to this one. While I knew this was several experiences from the author, I was disappointed with the brevity of them. The stories are simple and well written, but seem to lack the 'meat' of most nonfictions. I feel that several stories seem to minimize the dangers to extreme situations: a grizzly encounter, a wolf scratching at a tent etc..Though this should not have surprised me, as early on the author self describes herself as being what I would consi ...more
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
In this book, Lucy Jane Bledsoe captures the mysterious subliminity of wilderness -- where-ever it may be found. As with all good bards, her words capture the essence of experiences I have shared in part, but lack the words to articulate.
"Perhaps climbing a mountain is nothing more than an act of worship, and reaching the barren perch of a summit is to experience pure awe."
From the fear of solo adventures gone wrong, to the strange allure of deserts, to the unity of boat and water in a sea kayak
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought it was going to be an adventure survival tale, but it was more like an introspective travelogue to beautiful and extreme places. Even though the author got into dangerous scrapes, the book never had me on the edge of my seat. A pleasant read.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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While I'd read several of these essays in anthologies before, I was glad to read them again. Also, while I'd never really been interested in Antarctica before (it's cold, and inhospitable--'Nuff said), I really enjoyed Blesoe's essay about the continent and her time there. ...more
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Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Nature essays at their best combine adventure and philosophy. These essays are at their best. I've written more about The Ice Cave on my website ...more
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