|Safe travels, my friend...
One of the greatest influences in my life, and one
person I was honoured to call my friend passed away in the morning
hours of June 21, 2011...
Ron Hood, B.A. M.S. Ed.D. (ABD)
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Ron developed his early wilderness interests as a
member of the Military Intelligence Community while in the Army
Security Agency (ASA). After training, Ron spent a year in the
Middle East and nearly 18 months in Vietnam. After the military Ron
taught accredited classes in Wilderness Skills and survival training
at two Universities for over 20 years, authored numerous survival
and informational articles for National magazines, published a
Guidebook to the Sierra as well as appeared on many TV and Radio
Programs. Ron spent much of his time learning, practicing and
studying wilderness and survival skills with native populations
around the world.
Ron has organized and led month long expeditions
to the Andean Cordillera of Chile in search of ancient Inca sites,
as well as two long term expeditions to reach, research and film the
isolated Chapra/Candoshi tribes of Peru. You can learn more about
the Peruvian expeditions in his Woodsmaster video series. Ron was
also the Team Captain of “Team Johnny G during the hyper endurance
"Race Across America”.
Ron has been featured in dozens of TV programs
including special 30 minute programs with Backpacker Magazines
“Anyplace Wild”, Myth Busters, Ultimate Survival, Nickelodeon and
Japanese Televisions NHK network as well as many others. Ron had
also written a survival column for SWAT magazine. At the time of his
passing he was editor. creator, and co-owner of Survival Quarterly
Ron's survival training videos are widely
considered to be the best survival training aids in the world with
tens of thousands of customers located around the globe.
Ron also had
the largest heart, the greatest sense of humour, and one of the
quickest wits I have ever encountered. To all of those who knew him
Ron was a decent, upstanding gentleman who had a never ending store
of information regarding wilderness survival. He was a loving
father, a devoted husband, and one of the greatest friends I could
have ever asked for...
"For this alone on Death I
The wrath that garners in my heart;
He put our lives so far apart
We cannot hear each other speak."
Ron and his wife, Karen were
the co-owners of Hood's Woods. This was, and still is, one of my
favourite sites to visit. If you are so unfortunate not to have
known Ron, and do not know Karen...please drop by using the link in
the left margin...you will be glad and bitter sad at the same time.
Karen: May the
days to come envelop you in a peace and serenity, and may you
continue refreshed with the knowledge that all parting is but a
your chin up, and hold your head high in the realisation that your
father was truly a giant among men.
friend, my teacher, I just want to wish you a safe journey,
wonderful adventures, and the perfect peace of knowing you have
mastered this game of life. For now, Ron...
let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."
remembering you, my friend, Brian P