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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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White Cloud Mountains, Idaho - 1974

This little one man tent found at Sears in the 1950s was very strong and worked quite well in the snow, made of canvas with a fly to keep the snow from melting and getting the tent wet it never go much heaver.
On a climbing trip in the Sawtooth Mountains I used this tent while my companions built a snow cave the wind blew very hard that night and each time I awoke in the middle of the night I found myself in a new spot, the wind would tip it over and roll it like a big rubber ball. I would find myself sleeping on the walls, the roof and sometimes on the floor where I was supposed to sleep. In the snow cave they were protected from the wind and were quite comfortable. But Norm Garrison got a case of claustrophobia and in the morning he asked if we could trade for the coming night. Trying to conceal my enthusiasm, I agreed.

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