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The Son Of The Madam Of Mustang Ranch | By: Joe Leonard

8557cvrCompelling, 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. He kayaked the hundred-year flood of the Salmon River in Idaho, completed the first winter ascent of Mount Regan in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, was blown up the face of a cliff in the embrace of a windstorm, believing all the while it would most likely be his last moment on earth, and was saved from an avalanche by the hand of God.

Joe pioneered the first back-country hut-to-hut skiing system in the United States and held the first white-water rodeos in the country. He even met Jesus Christ, in the flesh, when he came to Mustang Ranch in a Volkswagen Van to save the girls from their unholy ways.

He spent much of his life speaking, photographing and supporting environmental issues.

Joe guided and was photographed by National Geographic, SKI Magazine, Town and Country, TIME magazine and PBS Idaho.           
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Skiing the Sawtooth Huts, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho - 1978

From our brochure in 1978
Hut to hut skiinhg in the Sawtooth Mountains was the first of its kind in the United States. We developed hut skiing for several reasons, primarily because hut to hut touring allows more time for sking and enjoying nature. It provides the means by which an individual can enjoy the backcountry over an extedded period of time with the comfort oa a warm dwelling.
Skiing the Sawtooth huts is different from any skiing you have done before. Hut to hut skiing combines the best of all types of skiing. You are in the midst of the magical SAwtooth Mountains, the peaks rise over your heads to higher than ten thousand feet, so close you can reach out and touch them. In fact you will touch them, ski on them and probably fall on them. But the falls you take won't hurt because most of the time you will be falling in some of the famous Sawtooth powder.
The terrain is varied, from beautiful flat meadows to 1500" bowls laden with powder so you can experience the ultimate downhill run. We don't expect you to be an accomplished downhill pin binding skier. If you are not, we will teach you the telemark turn and improve your other skiing techniques. We are interested in sharing all of our knowledge with you whether it is the graceful art of the telemark turn, building a snow cave or reading a map. Skiing is only a part of your total experience. Just being in the Sawtooth Mountains with kindred spirits is a very rewarding part of your adventure.

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