Bob Wood has worked as a cowboy, aircrewman in the Navy, and a professional ski patrolman at Mammoth. He worked for five summer seasons as a Wilderness Ranger. He patrolled the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas in the Sierras for two summers on horseback, and for three summers carrying a backpack. He graduated in forestry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and retired after thirty-five years with the US Forest Service. He currently resides with his wife Alicia in southern California.