Joe Leonard was born and raised in Idaho. Guiding and photography took him abroad to Africa, the Arctic, Costa Rica, Kodiak Island, Canada, Mexico, and many wild places in America. He guided and taught kayaking on the Salmon River and in 1973 organized the first whitewater rodeo in the US, now a worldwide event. He retired to Sardinia, but his heart remains in Idaho’s mountains.
Turned Loose in 1974 By Joe Leonard Photos Courtesy of Joe Leonard We hadn’t gone more than a couple of miles when we saw a man in uniform standing on the bank of the river frantically waving at us. Like … Continue reading →
How Backcountry Skiing Came to Idaho Story and Photos by Joe Leonard My grandfather Bill was an original Idaho cowboy. His whole life was about cows and horses. He grew up while sitting in the saddle of his favorite horse. … Continue reading →