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About Hoods Woods!

The people behind Hoods Woods!

Hoods  Woods has been offering the best survival information on the Internet since 1992  when Ron grabbed the Survival.com domain name. For Ron it wasn't just a name, it described both a lifestyle and what Ron has been teaching and studying since the 1960's. It took a lot of “dirt time” to bring you the  material on this site and in our videos. We hope you'll enjoy both!

Ron and Karen Hood have filled this site with gobs of  useful FREE Wilderness Adventure information and  resources. Our goal is to make this important information available to  everyone. One of our greatest pleasures are the hundreds of "Thank You" messages we get  from our video students, readers and visitors. We know that as you read the  information on these pages you will have questions and perhaps would like to  share information. That is the purpose of our forum. We invite you to join  the FREE Hoodlums group. You will discover a family of great folks willing to  share and learn and teach. 

  Ron Hood


Jesse John Hood

Born October 5th 2003- Little Jesse gave us a great big  smile and a new little wilderness partner. Jesse is already showing his love of  travel and need for action. When we drive from place to place he is absolutely  quiet and seems to be absorbing the world passing by him. Sit in one place too  long though... ya better get ready for a complaint! He already loves driving daddy’s tractor (with an assist from dad of course!)

Now aged 5 Jesse is taking on the role of Woodsmaster Jr. He can start a fire with a spark, whittle stuff with his own knife and build a shelter. You can see more of that in our Family Camping video due out in August 09.

We love our new addition and look forward to many years of  family adventures.


Ron Hood

Ron Hood  B.A.  M.S. Ed.D. (ABD)  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. Since the military Ron  taught accredited classes in Wilderness Skills at two Universities for over 20  years, authored numerous articles for National magazines, published a Guidebook to  the Sierra as well as appearing on many TV and Radio Programs. Ron spends 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 our Woodsmaster video series. Ron was also the Team Captain of “Team Johnny G” during the hyper endurance “Race Across America” (RAAM).

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 is also writes a survival column for SWAT magazine.

If you want to read about his military  history... (click here).

Ron has an Master of Science degree from California State  University, Northridge and is short only the last part of his dissertation for his Doctorate in Management from Pepperdine University. For more information on his educational background  Click here

Ron is also the Retired Mayor of the City of Crouch (Garden Valley),  Idaho and a member of the Governors Roundtable for Families and Children.


Karen Hood

Karen was raised in the outdoors of beautiful Northern California. She moved to Southern California to attend college where she studied Psychology.  While attending college and working as a ballet teacher she met Ron. He introduced her to wilderness survival and they’ve been a team ever since.  Yes, it’s all Ron’s fault!!  

They decided to start their own company “Hoods Woods Wilderness Video Productions” in the early 90’s when they started work producing the award winning Woodsmaster Video Series. Somewhere between the filming of the 5th and 6th volume of the Woodsmaster, they packed their bags, gathered their dogs and moved to the beautiful mountains of central Idaho. The series was such a hit, they decided to put a woman’s spin on “outdooring it” and started co-producing the Cave Cooking video series. 

Karen’s the chief Videographer for Hoods Woods as well as co-founder. She’s been working as a professional Videographer full time for a decade and has won 8 coveted Telly Awards for her work along with her husband Ron.  In 2002 they won the first Telly Award for her Cave Cooking Volume 3 video. This is a great accomplishment for a little ballet teacher, huh?

 Karen has written many articles for national outdoor magazines and been featured in segments on TV shows such as David Letterman, Channel 2 news and Channel 4 news. Recently both Ron and Karen were chosen as “Idaho Gems” for KBCI Idaho 2 News.  This is a weekly news segment in which people from Idaho are picked that are unusual or special in some way. 

 The most important thing Karen likes to bring into people’s lives is the love of the outdoors.  She wants more couples to enjoy the outdoors together.  In her video series she shows that it’s not just a “man’s” world out there and that women can enjoy it just as much!  She is currently working on her first Cooking Book where she will feature many Dutch oven family recipes and outdoor cooking tips and techniques.  

Stay tuned for the adventures to come!!

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