The Hiking Gear Tag is a tag challenge going around within the hiking, backpacking, bushcraft and outdoor communities on YouTube. I was a recipient not once, not twice but three times of the Hiking Gear Tag challenge. So three channels challenged me to the Hiking Gear Tag video challenge. It took me a while to produce the video but I finally did and it is linked towards the bottom of this blog post. However, I thought I’d go into more detail about the items I included in my Hiking Gear Tag further as well as share some behind-the-scenes information concerning the making of the Hiking Gear Tag video.

So I do hope you enjoy this blog post and I encourage you to share it with your friends on your favorite social media profiles, comment down below telling me what you though as well as 5 favorite pieces of hiking gear that you love and be sure to add this blog as a bookmark so that you can return again later on to see the new posts I have added.

Hiking Gear Tag

I got tagged with the Hiking Gear Tag on YouTube!

So I use this cool software known as Tube Buddy which gives me all sorts of extra cool features in relation to my YouTube Channel. Here is a link to Tube Buddy in case you’re interested – if you use this link and purchase Tube Buddy, I get a small commission just to let you know. 🙂 One of the nice features of Tube Buddy is that it alerts me every time my chosen brand name is used which is “hiking with shawn”. This allows me to keep up with videos that mention me. So I noticed that Mark and Chelsea’s Adventures tagged me for the Hiking Gear Tag, and so did DnS Adventures and so did Nate Buker. So I had been tagged three times by three different channels for the Hiking Gear Tag and that really made me feel quite happy to say the least.

That is what I love about the communities on YouTube, everyone really strives to help one and other. It is a lot different to me to see that coming from the forum administration community where message forum owners tended to compete against one and other rather than try to help one and other out. On YouTube, competition really isn’t a thing, at least in the outdoor community because you’re branding yourself for the most part and only you can compete against you. Becoming a part of YouTube has been one of the more rewarding aspects of my 20+ years on the World Wide Web.


Bulge Hole was going to be for the Hiking Gear Tag

My plans for doing the Hiking Gear Tag was going to occur the day I did the Bulge Hole Waterfalls video. However, it didn’t work out. Let me explain this one. I had no idea that there was going to be SO MANY waterfalls at Bulge Hole Ecological Area. I quickly became overwhelmed with joy and excitement from witnessing waterfall after waterfall that I simply focused all my attention on finding more, bushwhacking through the forest and filming for my series on the area. So my plans for doing the Hiking Gear Tag challenge video was supposed to be sooner than what it took but the waterfalls engulfed my attention, LOL. From what I could tell though, after posting pictures and videos of Bulge Hole on the Shawnee National Forest Group on Facebook, people flocked all over the area after that. So I feel like my Bulge Hole visit was a success in promoting the Shawnee National Forest which is what my main goal happens to be in the first place.


I decided to do the Hiking Gear Tag at Heron Pond

So in previous gear review videos, I’ve used my living room for my first day pack video, Pounds Hollow for reviewing my newest day pack, Cache River my hiking gear load-out video and once again, Cache River for the Hiking Gear Tag video. I used the same formatting styles in the hiking gear tag video that I did for the hiking gear load-out video, a different background with each scene but some with me actually hiking. I didn’t want to show the same background as the last videos but still felt Heron Pond and Cache River was the perfect spot to film for the hiking gear tag video. My favorite scene was when I hugged the Champion Cherrybark Oak tree, LOL, I’ve done that many times in the past including while wearing spandex (why spandex? I sometimes get to that trail by bicycle via-the Tunnel Hill State Trail and am wearing biking apparel when doing so, LOL!). That tree is a great tree to give a big hug too, though! 🙂

The Cache River and Heron Pond area holds a very special place in my heart. This is because the area is what really drove me to start hiking again during a time when I was trying to be healthier and return visits gave me a lot of the motivation I needed to make Hiking with Shawn a reality. I truly love the Cache with all my heart and am glad to be so close to it.


5 of My Favorite Hiking Gear Items

Click on the pictures below to get to the website you can buy these items at…

This handy little backpack accessory is useful for drying yourself from sweat, rain and even your gear. Tested and approved by Hiking with Shawn!

These shoe traction covers will allow you to safely walk on slippery surfaces like snow and ice. Tested and approved by Hiking with Shawn!

This little device is said to be able to scare away a bear if used properly and that is a good thing. Tested and approved by Hiking with Shawn!

This thing can be hung off trees, used as a tripod and makes a wonderful selfie stick for cameras. Tested and approved by Hiking with Shawn!

This kit is cheap and has everything you need for hiking safely in basic first aid response needs. Tested and approved by Hiking with Shawn!

Note: None of the products above are sponsors of Hiking with Shawn, LLC. I will not get paid if you buy the items linked in the photos above.

Check Out My Hiking Gear Tag Video Below!

Thank you for checking out my blog post about the Hiking Gear Tag and 5 of some of the best items I carry with me on most of my hiking and outdoor recreation trips! Please share this post with others, especially on social media and comment down below telling me what 5 hiking gear items you love the most! 🙂

Shawn J. Gossman

Shawn J. Gossman


Shawn is the founder and host of the YouTube Channel, Hiking with Shawn as well as Hiking with Shawn LLC. Shawn hikes, backpacks and visits various forested areas in the Shawnee National Forest, local state parks and other areas promoting outdoor recreational activities to obtain video to show to locals and non-locals alike. Please support Shawn’s efforts by sharing this post and leaving a comment below.

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