Trailspace.com has hired Tom Mangan as assistant editor of the outdoor gear website. Mangan will maintain and expand Trailspace's online gear catalog database and write and edit outdoor gear guides, comparisons, and reviews for the backcountry gear guide.
Mangan, an avid hiker and backpacker, has more than 20 years of experience in journalism. He formerly was a copy editor, page designer, and hiking columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Since 2005 he has written and published Two-Heel Drive (www.twoheeldrive.com), a popular hiking blog covering hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area and now in North Carolina.
Mangan professes no allegiance to gear brands, but confesses a weakness for his Gregory G Pack and vows to replace his five-year-old Columbia zip-off hiking pants just as soon as they wear out. After five years of hiking among the redwoods and coastlines of Northern California, he's eager to check out the North Carolina Outer Banks and the Great Smokies.
â€œWe're excited to welcome Tom to Trailspace,â€ said editor in chief, Alicia MacLeay. â€œHe's enthusiastic about hiking, gear, and the outdoors and is full of ideas to strengthen and improve Trailspace.â€
Trailspace is the backcountry gear guide dedicated to helping hikers, backpackers, and climbers gear up and get out. Trailspace publishes independent reviews, news, and information about thousands of outdoor products, helping backcountry users find dependable gear that lets them get out and enjoy human-powered backcountry activities.