About 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
I 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.
Articles were written about our guide service in numerous magazines including Time, Town and Country. We guided National Geographic Magazine skiing, climbing, and backpacking.
Idaho: A Climbing Guide published:
Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, Inc. (SIHA)
I have also:
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
I am currently living in a earth, straw bale home that we have almost finished on the Island of Sardinia in Italy. You can see photos of the straw bale house page at my Photo gallery