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The Ice CaveThe Ice Cave

A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie

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Book published by The University of Wisconsin Press

Gripping true adventure stories—from the Mojave to the Antarctic—reveal one woman's wild affair with the earth

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.

These are Bledsoe's gripping tales of fending off wolves in Alaska, encountering UFOs in the Colorado Desert, and searching for mountain lions in Berkeley. Her memorable story "The Breath of Seals" takes readers to Antarctica, the wildest continent on earth, where she camped out with geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists. These fresh and deeply personal narratives remind us what it means to be simply one member of one species, trying to find food and shelter—and moments of grace—on our planet.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of two novels: This Wild Silence, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and Working Parts, winner of an American Library Association Award for literature. Her collection Sweat: Stories and a Novella was also a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She is the recipient of many other awards and literary fellowships and has worked as a scriptwriter for National Geographic and other educational organizations. She teaches in the Masters of Creative Writing Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco.

Carrington MacDuffie (narrator) has narrated more than a hundred audiobooks for major companies and is the winner of multiple Earphones Awards (AudioFile).


“Adventure lovers are in for a treat.... Guaranteed to give armchair naturalists and travelers a glorious ride from Alaska to Antarctica.... Action, dialog, and musings are perfectly balanced in this hard-to-put-down book; highly recommended for public libraries.”

Library Journal

“Bledsoe carves a comfortable niche for herself in women's travel writing ... [She] has crafted a very engaging and often humorous collection with an impassioned voice and clear dedication to her subject matter.”

Booklist (American Library Association)

“Bledsoe's accounts of her years of travel and exploration are memorable enough, but the parallel inner journey she narrates endows this collection with a real spiritual strength.”

Q Syndicate Book Marks

“A longing for spiritual release Bledsoe can find only in the wilderness is woven through these thoughtful essays.”

Publishers Weekly

“Bledsoe explores fear, exhilaration and will as she bikes mountain tracks seeking mountain lions, encounters wolves in Alaska, wrestles with the lure of summits buried in unexpected snow.... Bledsoe combines adventure and physical effort with soul-searching and makes a sympathetic connection with the reader. This is a book for anyone who has wondered what people get out of extreme sport and for those who like a bit of human uncertainty with their armchair adventuring.”

Portsmouth Herald


Prologue: Hope Valley

The Freedom Machine

On Being at Sea

Above Treeline


How to Prey

Dead Horse Pass

Girl with Boat

The Black Wolf

Winter Den

The Breath of Seals

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