Past Event Highlights
NOVEMBER 30th WAS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
When we all shopped small, it was huge!
Thank you to all our loyal customers! Once again, Small Business Saturday was a great success.
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. November 30th is the day when people all across the country came out and shopped to support their favorite local businesses. For more details click here.
Did You Take the See You Outside Challenge?
See You Outside is a collaboration between the Delaware Greenways and the Nature Conservancy to challenge Delawareans to experience the outdoors in the First State. The challenge includes 40 activities, spanning from festivals to trails and scenic byways. Participants will have a chance to win prizes, including a $500 gift card to Trail Creek Outfitters. The first 300 people to complete 10 activities will win a See You Outside car magnet. The program will ran through November 5, 2013. See you outside!
November 2nd, one day only!
For One Day Only EVERYTHING is on SALE
Amazing deals! Free stuff! All for you!
It’s our way to say THANK YOU because you deserve it for being so loyal. And because we like you.
In addition to amazing deals, there are giveaways that include hiking shoes, socks, jackets, hats, shirts and socks…all kinds of gear just right for the new season. And when you’re good and ready to make your purchase, pick your discount out of a bucket at the counter to go home with up to 100% off! (100% = FREE.)
If you missed it, don’t worry…CRAZE will be back Spring, 2014!
Come Meet the Brothers Wild: Timmy and Sean O’Neill
October 24, 2013
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
At Trail Creek Outfitters
Beer provided by Victory Brewing Company
Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:15 p.m. followed by Q &A.
A big thanks to Timmy and Sean O’Neill for their hilarious and inspirational talk last night. Also, thanks to everyone who supported Paradox Sports and anyone who is considering helping their great cause. Finally, thanks to Victory Brewing for the suds and the BVA for the chairs.
Here’s Timmy and Sean’s story:
At 19, Patagonia Ambassador Timmy O’Neill left Philadelphia to pursue a life of climbing, kayaking and music. Soon he was setting world speed climbing records in Yosemite, establishing new routes in Patagonia, Venezuela and Greenland, and co-founding Paradox Sports, an adaptive climbing non-profit dedicated to providing inspiration, opportunities and equipment so that the physically disabled can be active participants in human-powered outdoor sports.
In 1991, Timmy’s older brother Sean became a T-12 paraplegic after jumping from a Memphis Bridge into the Mississippi River. Fifteen years later, the O’Neill brothers successfully climbed El Capitan, a 3,000-foot vertical rock wall in Yosemite National Park. These days, brothers Timmy and Sean are not only a tight climbing team, but they have broken new ground for paraplegic climbers. In addition, Timmy has kayaked, skied, climbed and hiked with numerous paraplegics, amputees and blind athletes. Timmy currently serves as the Executive Director of Paradox Sports.
Learn more about how Paradox Sports helps a T-12 paraplegic climb a sheer granite monolith using only his upper body; a person afflicted with childhood polio ascend a massive alpine wall at 14,000 feet above sea level; and a kayaker missing almost an entire arm descend 225 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series
October 16, 2013
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
A great night with Emily Harrington, competitive rock climber extraordinaire! Born and raised in Boulder, CO, Emily has been climbing for most of her life and boasts an impressive list of achievements to show for it. We loved hearing all about her expeditions that inspired us to get out there
After the show, ticket holders were invited to Iron Hill Brew Pub to meet Emily Harrington. This was a free gathering benefitting The Land Trust for Southern Chester County.
Patagonia 40th Anniversary Celebration
October 10, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Patagonia has been creating apparel and gear for avid and casual seekers of adventure for forty years and they have done it with the utmost care and concern for the environment that we all appreciate when we venture outdoors. So we decided to throw a party celebrating Patagonia’s 40 Years of Awesome and invite you, our loyal customers, and add in some good food, drink and live music.
Then we asked our customers to Get your Patagonia on! Wear whatever you have that is made by Patagonia. Anything. Old, new, pieces of what once was. Winners got one of three TCO gift cards: $250, $150 and $100. Prizes for best overall get up, oldest piece of Patagonia clothing and most articles of Patagonia worn at once.
Thanks to everyone who made tis a great night!
TLC’s 2013 Hootenanny Hoedown
September 28, 2013
TLC’s festivities began at 9:00 AM with a 5K Trail Race for Conservation over optional obstacles. A Children’s Run Over Obstacles for children ages 10 and under took place at 10:00 AM. The evening ended the Hootenanny Hoedown Wild West Saloon with a BBQ, table games, a silent auction, and a 50/50 Chicken Bingo. It was a great night! Make sure you join in on the fun next year! Click here to read more information about the event.
Brandywine Big Bend Trail Run
Sunday September 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Did you survive “The Bend?”
Check out the trail map here
Ladies Night Out
Thursday, September 19th
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Yoga classes, fresh juice, FREE stuff.
It was 10% Off Everything Yoga: Ladies Only!
We had a great evening of yoga, clothing discounts, food, and FREE stuff including delicious juice and healthy snacks and a FREE yoga class. In addition, we had two lucky winners who received one prAna and one Lucy outfit in our give-away.
UBB and Trail Creek Outfitters Team Up to Clean Up
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped in our annual Brandywine River cleanup. You collected 1480 pounds of trash. While it was discouraging to see so much trash, it was encouraging to see the community come together to help our local environment. Check out the great images UBB captured of the day. And the video of all the action is here.
August 10th, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
August 10th was TCO’s third clean up with United by Blue (UBB), the Philly-based apparel and accessories brand designed for the urban and outdoor adventure seeker. Products include eco-centric organic cotton t-shirts, knits, and sweaters along with rugged waxed canvas bags with classic details and artisan jewelry.
We focused our clean up efforts on America’s newest National Park where government funding has been a challenge. Trail Creek wanted to show that committed businesses and volunteers can accomplish great things for our community at no cost to the taxpayer. Last summer TCO teamed up with UBB to collect over 562 pounds of trash. Watch the video of the 2012 clean up here.
Volunteers met in the parking lot off Creek Road, just below Smith Bridge. A light breakfast and coffee was provided to all volunteers who also had plenty of time for weird trash competitions and UBB T-Shirt giveaways. Wilderness Canoes provided canoes during the day for volunteers to enjoy a trip down the Brandywine.
The cleanup is a part of United By Blue’s social mission: that for every product sold, they’ll remove a pound of trash from waterways and oceans through company organized and hosted cleanups.
Free Time Adventures in Nature
July 29- August 1, 2013
TCO sponsored a four day nature extravaganza with The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
Check out the images of the fun times the kids, parents, and TLC staff had mucking about in the river, exploring Gnome Countryside, letterboxing, orienteering, building forts and much more. For more details on the event click here.
Sip & Shop: Ladies Night Out
Trail Creek and Annie Prue teamed up for wine and cheese and a sneak preview of the latest spring fashions from prAna, Horny Toad, Patagonia, Lole and more. It was a great night of fun and fashion, just what we all needed to get psyched up for the new season. If you missed this Sip & Shop, don’t worry, we’re planning more ladies night out in the future. Be sure to check back for more details.
6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT!
The theme for the films this year was “A Climate of Change” and highlighted the change makers who are helping rethink how we inhabit our planet.
We hope to see all of you again next year for an evening of delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries on outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues. It’s a great opportunity to gather with friends and family for an evening of education and inspiration.
Many thanks to our local sponsors: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, FarmTable Gathering, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Triple Fresh Catering, Exelon, Whole Foods Market, Terrain, One Village Coffee, Fig West Chester, The Market at Liberty Place and WH2P Marketing.
And to National Sponsors: Patagonia, Mother Jones, Cliff Bar and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
The North Face 2012 Speaker Series Presented:
Ingrid Backstrom, September 20, 2012
If you like adventure and love inspirational stories, you didn’t want to miss this great event. Ingrid Backstrom, one of professional freeskiing’s most consistent competitors, filled the evening with stories about her travels with The North Face that allowed her to make first descents in Baffin Island, Greenland, and 20,000ft Reddomaine Peak in China, as well as a recent ski descent of Denali.
Ingrid at the Chester County Historical Society
Brandywine Bend Footrace
Did you survive The Bend?!
United By Blue and Trail Creek Outfitter’s
Brandywine Creek Cleanup
August 18th, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Brandywine Creek provides Southeastern, PA and Delaware residents with a beautiful place to swim, float down, run or hike along, or just take in the views all year long. On August 18th more than 40 volunteers joined TCO and United By Blue--the ocean-friendly brand of apparel– in cleaning up the litter left along the Brandywine Creek.
After a stormy night that dumped much-needed rainfall, volunteers were provided a free breakfast, bags, gloves, bug spray, water, sunscreen and unique prizes and, even with the high, murky waters, managed to collect over 562 pounds of trash from the river and its banks. THANKS TO ALL THAT MADE THIS EFFORT ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS.
In the summer of 2012, TCO teamed up with UBB to collect over 1,600 pounds of trash!
Climb For A Cure
Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause! The Team climbed Kilimanjaro August 3-12th, 2012 and sent us these picts from the summit:
The TCO logo awaits the next climbers to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM TCO’S TRAIL RUN SERIES 2012
Images above: May 12th, Stateline Loop 9K/5k Trail Run
For more images and race results check out The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County’s Web site.
For additional highlights from this race series click here
MAY 7, 2012: The North Face Presented: Life in Motion!
The North Face invited this internationally recognized endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes (above), to tell us how he has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.
WHAT A GREAT NIGHT! Dean spoke to a full house inspired all who attended!
RUN WITH DEAN!
MAY 8, 2012: Hit the trail with ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes!
Thanks to all who joined us for a run with Dean Karnazes at Stateline Preserve! The off-road experience was followed by a bite to eat and drink and time to talk with Dean.
Spring 2012 Craze
Many thanks to everyone who came to the most successful CRAZE event yet!!!
In addition to amazing deals, there were door prizes including a Patagonia Jacket! The North Face gear! A Marmot backpack! An Isis women’s outfit! Whole Foods Gift Cards! OH YEAH!!
Reps from Patagonia, The North Face, prAna, Marmot, Salomon, Carve Designs, Jambu, Merrell and more were available to answer all your questions. And Salomon had an entire van stocked with trail running gear including shoes to try on and experts ready to help choose the right fit and styles for you! If you missed it, CRAZE will be back this fall!
2012 WILD & SCENIC FILM FEST SELLS OUT!
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Wednesday, February 22nd & Thursday February 23rd, 2012
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival such a success!
Both evenings were filled with films and festival-goers taking in award-winning films that transported the audience deep into our natural world. We were treated to great local craft beer and wine, delicious nibbles, and awesome crowd. If you missed it, do not worry! We’ll see you next year! If you attended this great festival, we thank you for your support and hope that you were as entertained and inspired as we were! See you next year!
The North Face NEVER STOP EXPLORING speaker series
October 13, 2011 at the Chester County Historical Society
A TCO SPECIAL EVENT: Kit DesLauriers, ski mountaineer, shared her experiences journeying through wilderness, for the sake of wilderness, in a celebration of a landscape that could be lost if the region is opened to oil drilling.
EXUM MEDIA TOUR
Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at TCO
TCO celebrated Exum Mountain Guide’s 80th anniversary with an evening of awe-inspiring photography, speakers and a raffle to win Marmot gear.
Congratulations to door prize winners Rich Sherry, Peter Jaffe, Norris Wright and Tommy O’Neill!
The evening was filled with breath-taking images of the Grand Tetons and climbers taking on rocks, snow and ice.
First Annual Big Bend Run
TCO was proud to sponsor the First Annual Big Ben Run on Sept. 18th, 2011 at the Big Bend in Chadds Ford. The event was a age/gender handicapped race and was a very challenging, but gorgeous course. The first over the finish line was Cecily Tynan and her husband, Greg Watson had the fastest time. Next year’s race will be capped at 300 people and will be held sometime in the summer. Be sure to check back for details!
2011 SUMMER FILM SERIES
TCO celebrated the natural world with featured films and documentaries on outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues. The FREE screenings included a bite to eat and drink, and an opportunity to gather with friends and family for an evening of exploration. Many thanks to our sponsors:
- Centreville Café/Montrochet Fine Foods for the delicious spreads;
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales for their mouth-watering selections of hand crafted beer and ale; and
- Brandwine Sprouts, for connecting us to BagIt! the movie. Check out their website and pass it along to your friends.
All proceeds benefited The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
PLAY AGAIN click here to watch trailer
180 Degrees South click here to watch trailer
Bag It: How Plastic is Your Life? click here to watch trailer
4th Annual Brandywine River Polar Plunge
An estimated crowd of over 100 brave souls shed their warm clothes and jumped into the 35(degree) Brandywine River on a cold Saturday morning to raise funds for the Brandywine Valley Association.
Trail Creek Outfitters proudly acts as one of the many sponsors involved in this great local cause. Thanks to all who attended!
Adventure Speaker Series sponsored by The North Face and Trail Creek Outfitters
On Thursday, September 30th, we had the distinct pleasure of having one of the greatest TNF athletes spend several hours with about 100 Trail Creek customers and friends at the West Chester Historical Society. Diane Van Deren is beyond what we would term an athlete, she competes in Ultra-Marathons, the type of race that lasts 10 days and covers over 400 miles. Better yet, it happens at the top of the globe in the Yukon Territories and the temperature hovers around 32 below! An amazing story of a true survivor and a great slide show of the race and her story. Earlier in her life, Diane was wracked with epileptic seizures and turned her recovery into a drive to run and endure like very few others can. Very inspiring to all who attended. Stay tuned for upcoming Adventure Series presentations.
August 14th, 9am-12pm - Brandywine River Cleanup at Smith Bridge
|[slideshow id=13]Sponsored by our new brand, United By Blue (UBB) and Trail Creek Outfitters, we started with coffee and bagels in the parking lot of Smith Bridge and then got wet and dirty removing over 1700 lbs. of trash, junk and tires. Who throws tires in a beautiful river? Wilderness Canoe trips provided canoes for hauling trash and to take a sample tour of a cleaner Brandywine River once our volunteers finished up. It was a great day for the Brandywine and special thanks to all the volunteers that showed up to make a difference.|
Book Signing at TCO!
This past October, Chris McDougall, author of “Born to Run” spent an evening in the store speaking with customers and signing copies of his book. He shared his passion for running and also extolled the qualities of Vibram Five Fingers, sales were brisk!
Trail Creek supports many local foundations and organizations by actively participating in their events and providing manpower and monetary contributions.
Work Local • Buy Local • Support Local
Are you going on a group adventure (including anything from climbing Everest to walking for a cure)? Let us know and we’ll plan an outfitting evening for you and your group! Contact us for discount details. 610.558.4006
Local Outdoor clubs and Orgs we recommend:
Appalachian Mountain Club: www.amcdv.org
Batona Hiking Club: www.members.aol.com/batona
Brandywine Conservancy: www.brandywineconservancy.org
Chester County Trail Club: www.cctrailclub.org
Delaware Nature Society: www.delawarenaturesociety.com
Delaware State Parks: www.destateparks.com
GOALS Adventure Racing: www.goalsara.org
Outward Bound: www.outwardbound.com
Stroud water Research: www.stroudcenter.org
Sierra Club: www.philadelphia.sierraclub.org or www.delaware.sierraclub.org
West Chester ACAC: www.westchesteracac.com
West Chester BLUER-Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reductions: www.wcbluer.org
Wilmington Trail Club: www.wilmingtontrailclub.com
U.S. Equestrian Team http://www.uset.org/
Young Friends of the Brandywine: www.youngfriends.org
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.lnt.org
For a list of events, races, etc:
Let us know if you want your “Happening” or Organization listed – we will be more than happy to post it!