Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common Frequently Asked Questions and answers about Hiking with Shawn.

What is Hiking with Shawn?

Hiking with Shawn is a media and entertainment company focusing on providing digital content focusing on the Shawnee National Forest and southern Illinois state parks.

What is the purpose of Hiking with Shawn?

To Promote the Shawnee National Forest and southern Illinois state parks as one of the key components of regional tourism to help stabilize the rural economies of Southern Illinois.

Who founded and owned Hiking with Shawn?

Hiking with Shawn was founded and is currently owned by, Shawn J. Gossman of Metropolis, Illinois.

Is Hiking with Shawn an actual business?

Yes. Hiking with Shawn is a legal business entity. Hiking with Shawn is a registered Limited Liability Company in the State of Illinois. The business aspects of the company are done through online merchandise sales, advertising, premium features, itinerary services, and the guided hiking service. While Hiking with Shawn is a business, the core products (videos, photos, and articles/guides) are free, and the main mission is still tourism through conservancy.

Does Hiking with Shawn monetize videos?

Hiking with Shawn only monetizes videos filmed on private property with permission for commercial use and National Park Service property per recently updated guidelines. Hiking with Shawn DOES NOT monetize videos filmed on National Forest or state-managed public land areas due to commercial filming permit restrictions.

Does Hiking with Shawn officially support public land management agencies?

Yes. Hiking with Shawn officially supports public land management agencies and their regulations. 

Is Hiking with Shawn a protected trademark?

Yes, the mark ‘Hiking with Shawn’ is a nationally registered trademark of Hiking with Shawn, LLC.

Does Hiking with Shawn care about conservation at all?

Yes. Hiking with Shawn promotes tourism with the effort of including Leave No Trace principles, Pack it in-pack it out and Recreate Responsibly. Hiking with Shawn cares about conservancy just as much as it cares about regional tourism.

Does Hiking with Shawn offer tours?

Please see our Tours page for more information on this service.

Does Hiking with Shawn offer itinerary services?

Please see our Tours page for more information on this service.

When was Hiking with Shawn created?

December of 2016 was the creation date of Hiking with Shawn.

What cameras are used to create videos on Hiking with Shawn?

Sony FDR AX700 Handy cam for 4K zooming features (often main camera used at Snake Road) using a RODE Video Pro Microphone. GoPro 8 with Media Mod using a RODE Video Micro external microphone (main use camera). iPhone 11 Max Pro 4K camera. Nikon D7100 SLR. Canon G7X Mark II point-and-shoot.

What software does Hiking with Shawn use to edit videos and photos?

Video editing is done using Vegas Pro 15. Photo editing is done using Adobe Light Room and Photo Shop.

Does Hiking with Shawn use a drone?

Not currently. Drones can be dangerous and there are many rules concerning their use in National Forests, Wildlife Refuges and State Parks. The rules are good rules, too.

What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact us today!

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