Reviewer of the Month: December 2012

800 reviewer rep
2,162 forum posts
joined Jan 15, 2010

I am a: 39-year-old backpacker
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Occupation: Fine Artist
Website: http://www.thomascalebgoggans.com

Affiliations: *Industry Affiliation Disclosure: I am facebook "friends" with Petra Hilleberg, though I've never met her in person. What can I say, I'm well connected ;)


Trail running
Rock climbing


Height5ft 8in
Torso Length17.5"
Boot/Shoe Size 9
Jacket/Shirt SizeL (16.5 neck, 32-33 length)
Pant Size36 waist, 31 inseam

Just a lover of the wild places.

- Favorite areas: Citico Wilderness, Slickrock Winderness, Laurel-Snow and North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness areas, Shoshone National Forest, The Tetons, etc...

- Experience:

Hiking and backpacking in the Appalachian and Cumberland mountains since childhood. Also some white water boating, canoeing, trail running, vertical rope work, bouldering, caving, and fishing. Wilderness and primitive survival are also great interests.


Sierra Designs Revival 65 backpackĀ (received as TS Review Corps test item)

High Sierra Appalachian 75 backpack

Camelbalk Transformer daypack (mil spec)

Eureka Pinnacle Pass 3XTA (not happy with this tent)

Blanca Peak 2-man 3 season tent

Military Surplus Gortex Bivy

Silnylon Poncho Tarp (emergency)

Valandre Bloody Mary down sleeping bag

Alps Mountaineering 20 synthetic sleeping bag,

Ledge 0 synthetic sleeping bag

Sierra Designs Zissou Lite 30F (received as TS Review Corps test item)

ThermaRest Prolite 4,

Big Agnes Primaloft Aircore Sleep Pad

Optimus Nova Plus stove & various fuel bottles

DIY Alcohol Stoves

MSR BlackLite cookset

SnowPeak Titanium Personal Cookset

Snow Peak Ti mugs

MSR Aircraft Aluminium Utensils

Various sizes Kleen Kanteen stainless water bottles, Nalgenes, etc.

Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter,

Aquamira straw

Self-assembled First Aid and Survival Kits

North Face Mountain Light Jacket and RedPoint Primaloft zip-in jacket

Sherpa Lungta Hybrid Shell pants

Merino Base Layer

Icebreaker Merino Glove Liners

Montane Featherlight 750+ down jacketĀ (received as TS Review Corps test item)

Guide Gear 600FP Down Jacket

Alico Tahoe FGL Boots

Black Diamond Trekking Poles

IceTrekkers Traction Device

If you want to look me up on FB: http://www.facebook.com/tcgoggans

Gear Reviews (7)

user rating: 4 of 5 Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario 11/10/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Snow Peak Penta Air 9/20/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montane Men's Featherlite Down Jacket 1/04/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Zissou 30 Lite 11/15/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Revival 65 7/20/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Light My Fire Spork Original 7/28/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 High Sierra Appalachian 75 1/16/2010

Trip Reports

A Stroll in the Spring Woods May 21, 2013
Roan Highlands - Fair Splendor 6/12 July 11, 2012
A Chattanooga Jewel May 2, 2012
Meetup of the Unicoi Mafia March 10, 2012
Teton Crest Trail - 3 days and 30+ Miles February 20, 2012
Mountains, Snow, Moonlight, and Friends December 16, 2011
You were at the Hangover? Me too! October 18, 2011
A Short Hike - Middlecreek and Raindow Lake February 11, 2011
A Short Trip and Night on Bob Bald October 31, 2010
Wyoming - Shoshone National Forest September 29, 2010
Whigg Meadow With My Lil' Sis July 29, 2010
Laurel Falls Dayhike - Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness, TN January 18, 2010

Forum Posts

NC Fires Destroying Irreplaceable Ecological Treasures November 16, 2016
South Fork with the new guy... October 13, 2016
Bishop North Lake - South Lake Loop 2016 September 22, 2016
Roan Mountain TN September 1, 2016
Open Invitation - Wind River Range Trip September 1, 2016
Teton Range - Backpacking Sept 2014 September 17, 2014
Car Keys? May 12, 2014
Trail Magic? No, Trailspace MAGIC! June 13, 2014
Favorite Wilderness? March 4, 2014
Smokey mountain advice February 26, 2014
Backpacking Blog, Southern Apps February 25, 2014
Hikers and cotton in winter...again....helo rescue on the way January 3, 2014
Last three trips of 2013: Backpacking blog / Southern Apps December 29, 2013
Jan 3-5 NY/CT Meetup December 28, 2013
Great Smoky Mountains Superintendent Ditmanson Retires December 26, 2013
Merry Christmas to You! December 25, 2013
Nice night out December 12, 2013
Trailspace Updates: Gear Deals, More Sharp Stuff, Flagging December 11, 2013
Views from where I live this morning December 7, 2013
Dec 26th CT Meetup open invitation December 5, 2013