Hi!  I am Shawn Gale, owner/operator of HVG.  I’ve been guiding hikes and tours since the early 90’s.  I started with day camps, then schools. My canvas has been Colorado, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Italy, and New York.  My cousin, when visiting Rome even asked me to “tour her around” Rome.  

Experience (matters!):  

Eight years military experience

Led hiking tours in Colorado for schools and day cares

Led outdoor education programs in Bahrain culminating in a week long outdoor education class in the Bavarian Alps

Led an outdoor education program in Stuttgart Germany that offered a week long Bavarian Alps excursion

Led biking trips, canoe trips and high ropes adventures in Germany

Guiding kayak tours on the Hudson River

Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Water Safety certificates.

Received my New York State DEC guide badge for hiking, camping, small boats and fishingguidebadge


I was offered a kayak touring guide job one fall after buying a used kayak from a local kayak tour business.  The owner said, “You have great people skills and we’d love to have you work with us.”  I thankfully accepted.



Since doing kayak tours and hiking on my own with family and friends I got the itch to run my own touring business.  Never did I think, “I can do it better or smarter.”  

I just thought, “I CAN DO THIS!”

I want to share my passion of the outdoors with you.  I consider it MY CHURCH.  So let me invest in you as you invest in me.1972543_10203481124767428_1308251831_n

See you on the trails and water!