Past Event Highlights
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
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
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:
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