Loss of a Wilderness Legend: Goodbye Ron Hood

Survival expert and knife designer Ron Hood, of the Hoods Woods survival school, passed away on the evening of June 21 in his home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Ron will be remembered for his many contributions to the survival skills and outdoor sports industries.

We here at Outdoor Life send our deepest condolences to Ron's wife, Karen, and his son, Jesse, who were the love of his life. Ron was not only a beloved husband and father, but was one of the most respected wilderness and survival experts in the world, as well as a veteran who served in Vietnam and a respected knife designer and developer.

Although I did not know Ron personally, I fondly remember the first time I ever saw him in one of his survival videos. He was both humorous and practical, a rare mix in the survival crowd today.

Ron's popular classes, videos, publications and knives create a legacy of preparedness and professionalism, but they are a poor substitute for a man whose loss will be felt throughout the outdoor industry.

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