Joe LeonardPhotographer, Mountain Man, Mountain Climber, Kayak, and Ski Guide, with a deep concern for the environment. Born in Idaho 1939, raised on our ranch on Deer Creek that drains into the Middle Fork of the Boise River, I spent my first 6 years on the ranch.
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Books By: Joe Leonard
The Son of the Madam of Mustang Ranch
Compelling, adventurous and inspirational, The Son of the Madam of Mustang Ranch, is a memoir. Guns, violence and lust; wars between two houses of prostitution, gambling rife and aplenty, and debauchery. It was a crazed and corrupt world, and Joe Leonard was born right into it. Beyond all, this is the story of how Joe gained the courage to leave the dark realm he had inherited behind and return to the natural and untamed world of his youth, in pursuit of his better angels. His journeys carried him to Africa, Costa Rica, the Arctic, and the Indian villages of the Sierra Madre.
A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
By Joe Leonard
A Spiritual Journey through the Wilderness
This book contains 374 pages and over 700 photos.
ECHOES FROM AN ANCIENT PAST
A Book By Joe Leonard of over 70 photos taken over the last 50 years.
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1. More about how Joe got started in the backcountry skiing, guide service and photography
Joe Leonard Started the first back country skiing guide service in the United States at Robinson Bar Ranch in Idaho in1971, skiing in the White Cloud Mountains.
Idaho: A Climbing Guide published:
First winter ascent in 1971 of Mt Regan in the Sawtooth Mountains.
Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, Inc. (SIHA)
Interviewed by SIHA, 2008; on his time in Stanley as a mountaineer and backcountry guide. There is a CD available on their site you will need to phone or email them on the Oral Histories page.
Joe Leonard has also:
Started the first kayaking school and guide service in the United States in 1972 at Robinson Bar Ranch on the Salmon River in Idaho. Created the White Water Rodeo on the Salmon River in 1973.
Started the first hut-to-hut skiing business in the United States in 1975 in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.
Photographed wild life in Zimbabwe in 1980.
Photographed the National Parks of Costa Rica for the Nature Conservancy International Program in 1982 - 1983.
Photographed the Brooks Range and Noatak River in Arctic in 1985.
Built the first permitted straw bale house in Tucson Arizona in 1993 for the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council.
See my straw bale house page I built in New Mexico
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