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Spring CRAZE 2015: TWO 100% OFF WINNERS

It was a lucky Saturday for two of our customers who pulled the 100% ticket from the bucket! The winners took a combined total of $900 worth of free merchandise home to enjoy.

Jennifer Reeves Gidaro (left) and Liz Smagala (right). Two Lucky 100% Off winners.

Jennifer Reeves Gidaro (left) and Liz Smagala (right). Two Lucky 100% Off winners.

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Here’s how CRAZE works: 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.)


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Party Time with Toad&Co at TCO

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

What a great celebration we had with our customers and Toad&Co in a rebranding party where for one night, we were all free-spirited Toads.

Everyone enjoyed:

FREE Dogfish Head Craft Brewery beer tasting and tavern style snacks.

LIVE music from Chris Ferron.

GIVEAWAYS including a Women’s top and bottom, a Men’s top & bottom, mugs, hats, t-shirts and a $100 TCO gift card!

10% off all Toad&Co.

The chance to WIN a trip to Chile and Argentina for you and a friend plus your travel wear from Toad&Co.

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8th Annual Environmental Film Fest

Thursday, February 26th & Friday, February 27th, 2015


Your Wild & Scenic journey starts here!

Once again we brought the country’s largest environmental film festival to our area with proceeds equally benefitting The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research.

The highlights included delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries featuring outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues.

The theme this year was “A Wild Life,” honoring the courageous individuals who have chosen to live and act in ways that often defy the norm and encourage positive change for humans and for the planet.

Tickets: $25 for 1 night, $45 for 2 nights. Save $5 when you go both nights, plus you won’t miss a film.

Many thanks to all our sponsors!

We hope to see you all again next year.

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Hearts and Hops

February 12th, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lover’s night out to shop for your sweetheart. Forget the chocolate, we have the stuff made to make your outsider’s heart melt.

Complimentary beer and chicken bites while you shop, plus free gift wrapping.

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One Warm Coat

Trail Creek Outfitters helped warm communities this winter one coat at a time. We collected 9 large bags of coats for One Warm Coat and donated the coats to Friendship House of Wilmington Delaware. Thanks for all who donated their gently used coats!

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Chicken Bites and Pint Night

Calling all Dudes!

Thursday, December 18th
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

It was the perfect night to finish up Holiday shopping with complimentary chicken bites and beer while you shopped, plus Free gift wrapping. Oh yeah! Only at TCO.

3 days only

Black Friday Weekend Sale + SmartWool Special

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November 28th, 29th 30th

Get a head start on the holidays with 25% off select winter styles.

Some exclusions may apply. Sale does not apply to previously purchased items or special orders.

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November 28th, 29th 30th

Buy 3 pairs of socks get a PhD PAIR FOR FREE and/or buy a top or bottom base layer and get A FREE BEANIEWhile supplies last.

Socks for everyday or socks for outdoor play. Baselayers for staying warm when the wind is whipping and the mercury is dropping. And the beanie, the beanie is a do-anything essential: Ski in it, run in it, build your kid a snow bunker in it. All make great gifts!

This is a weekend you don’t want to miss!


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Small Business Saturday

November 29, 2014 • Registration opens November 16th

When you shop small, it can lead to big things.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. We’d love it if you’d Shop Small® with us on November 29th, the day when people all across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local businesses. All you have to do before you shop is register your eligible American Express card (registration opens November 16th) and SPEND $10+, GET $10 BACK. UP TO 3X. For more details click here.


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Yoga Night

FREE 1 hour Yoga Class from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Another great success!  Thanks to all who came out to unwind, stretch and breath in a FREE Yoga session with Cybil from The Light Within Yoga Studio who will guided all of us into relaxation. Afterwards, we enjoyed complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres while select yoga clothing was 10% off for yoga night only.

Look for our next Yoga Night coming soon!

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Another amazing day of discounts and reps from The North Face, Patagonia, prAna, Native, Outdoor Research, Olukai, Kuhl, Royal Robbins, Marmot, Teva, Treksta, ENO Hammocks, Sorel, Smartwool and Arc’teryx are in the store eager to talk with you about their accessories and apparel.

In addition to amazing deals, there are giveaways that include hiking shoes, socks, jackets, hats, shirts and pants…all kinds of accessories and apparel just right for the colder season. Lots of customers got a jump on their Holiday shopping.

Here’s how it works: 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.)

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FREE Class/Balanced Athlete

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ** Bring your own mat

Why does the body get tight? Why are injuries rates escalating in our youth while many adults feel like they are falling apart? There is an emerging science of movement that involves therapeutic principles and techniques that can help prevent injuries, alleviate pain, and help us age gracefully. It was an evening of listening and learning as everyone moved their bodies and enjoyed complimentary juices and fruit treats by Nourish Juice Bar & Cafe before and after the class.

Thanks to Johnny Gillespie from Balanced Athlete for this FREE class and to Nourish Juice Bar & Cafe for the delicious snacks.


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Talking with Timmy

Friday, October 17th

6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Guest speaker Timmy O’Neill was back with more inspirational stories that included leading the blind in kayaks, a Grand Canyon kayaking expedition proving the power of the human spirit.

Timmy also screened Prevail at the event, a film he produced about his brother Sean and his first paraplegic ascent of Bridal Veil Falls. The film was recently chosen for the Adventure Film Festival and was screened at the Festival’s first showing in Boulder, CO.

In addition to the movie screening, Timmy discussed the joys and perils of being a professional climber and how his passion led him to co-found Paradox Sports, a non-profit organization that improves people’s lives by creating physical adaptive sport communities built to inspire.

Complimentary beer provided by Victory Brewing Co.

Another packed house and great night at TCO!

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Think Pink

October 13, 2014 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thanks for shopping for a great cause! 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TCO donated 10% of all purchases made on October 13th between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Kids were treated to FREE pink cupcakes and lemonade.

Did You Survive the Bend?

It was a wild time for some off-trail running. Once again TCO sponsored The Brandywine Bend Footrace, a 7.8 mile trail run along the Brandywine River.

Sunday October 5, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Check out the pictures from the day here and here.

Photo (left) José Avila Photography.

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Ladies Night Out

A totally KUHL night

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A great night! Glen Eagle Square gave special discounts and treats throughout the shopping center while TCO offered complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

There was a KUHL giveaway (an outfit that included a top and a bottom) plus 3 lucky shoppers won a pair of TOMS sunglasses.

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Added bonus: In-season KUHL clothing was discounted 10% during Ladies Night Out.

Stay tuned—we’re having another Ladies Night Out soon: Don’t miss out!

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The More You Buy, The More You Save

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th, 2014

30% Off first item
40% Off second item
50% Off third item and beyond!

Now’s the time for huge savings on summer’s essentials!

Your first item is 30% off, your second is 40% off, and your third, fourth, fifth (you get the idea) is/are 50% off.

Buy as much as you want..the discount keeps getting better.

We still have plenty to choose from to keep you cool and comfortable as the summer heats up and your adventures continue. So come on in today to get the best selections in your size, favorite color and style…before the sale ends Sunday.

Some exclusions may apply. Discount is only applicable to most Spring/Summer 2014 sale merchandise. Sales on discounted items are final, no exchanges or refunds. Sale does not apply to previously purchased items or special orders. 

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Yoga Night

Thank you to Marcy Flynn of Transcend Wellness and Yoga for teaching a packed class. Everyone felt the power, relaxed and enjoyed complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

Thank you to Kait Hearl and Prana for sponsoring our Yoga Night. Let us know if you would like to make this a regular event. 

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CRAZE spring 2014

CRAZE: May 3rd: For One Day Only… EVERYTHING is on SALE

Another great day of discounts, giveaways and reps from The North Face, Patagonia, prAna, Native, Outdoor Research, Olukai, Kuhl, Royal Robbins, Marmot, Teva, Columbia Footwear, Treksta, ENO Hammocks, Black Diamond, Smartwool, Arc’teryx and Chaco all in the store eager to talk with you.

We even added…

• Live music from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Shave ice truck from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Olukai in celebration of their new Shave Ice Collection, sample the flavors of Kimo’s Real.

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The Nature Conservancy Earth Day Event

Rocky Run Clean-Up
April 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m.- noon.
Brandywine Creek State Park

Connect With Nature! Join the Delaware Chapter in celebrating Earth Day through service at Brandywine Creek State Park

What: Picking up debris from streams and surrounding areas. Volunteers will work in teams to clean up Rocky Run and other streams flowing through the park and into Brandywine Creek. We even plan to create some friendly competition among teams to see which group collects more trash.

Bring: Wear long pants and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring your own water bottle.

Provided: We will provide snacks for volunteers, work gloves and all project supplies.

Register:  Sign-up for the upcoming clean-up event or contact Allison Cavanaugh, Public Engagement Coordinator, with questions.

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Ladies Night Out

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The newest crop of spring apparel awaits.

A great evening was had by all: finger food, drinks and special discounts. We’ll do it again this summer–so be sure to check back again soon!

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7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Once again we brought the country’s largest environmental film festival to our area with proceeds equally benefitting the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research.

The highlights included delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries featuring outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues. It was a great opportunity to gather with friends and family for a night of education and inspiration.


Many thanks to all our sponsors!

Film Fest Q&A With Ed and Brian

Launched in 2003 by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), The Wild & Scenic Film Festival began as a small, local event and over the past 10 years pioneered into the largest environmental film festival in the nation. Held each January in Nevada City, CA, SYRCL’s annual event kicks-off a nationwide tour to over 100 cities.

Lucky for us, SYRCL believed years ago that the films were too good, and the messages too powerful, to keep to themselves.

Now in our seventh year hosting Wild & Scenic, Trail Creek was among one of the first groups to organize the fest offering a diverse menu of environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Through film, great local food and drinks, we are all connected by the common goal of inspiring people and uniting communities to take action.

Staff member Sarah McDonald sat down with Ed and Brian, Trail Creek co-owners and event organizers, to get the back story on how the environmental film fest evolved, and to discuss some of the evening’s highlights over the years:

Q. How/when did you first hear about Wild and Scenic Film Festival?

Ed: Back in 2007, a friend who used to work for Patagonia approached us and asked if we would be interested in hosting this new environmental film festival. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity to entertain and do something good for the community.

Q. What were the key factors that made you decide to get involved in hosting a local fest?

Ed:  We have always wanted to be more than just a store that sold really cool, outdoor clothing. This film fest allows us to inspire, enlighten and entertain while raising awareness and money for land preservation and clean water. Plus, in February it is a timely cure for cabin fever.

Q. Have Stroud Water Research and TLC always been the two organizations benefitting from the proceeds of the evening?

Ed: No, the first few years Stroud was our sole beneficiary. When we added a second night, we included The Land Conservancy. Land preservation and clean water are two causes that are very near and dear to us. The film fest allows us to give back to these two local organizations that do so much to further these causes.

Q. When you decided that you wanted to hold a film fest event, how many films were made available to you the first year?

Brian: The founding organization, SYRCL, has generally provided an extensive menu of films from which to choose. We try and choose films appropriate to each of the organizations we support and because of our love of the outdoors, we pick the outdoor adventure films.

Q. How does the film selection process work? Who chooses which films will be shown?

Ed: We want to represent all 3 organizations – Trail Creek, Stroud and The Land Conservancy (TLC), so we look for water films for Stroud, environmental or land preservation for TLC and at Trail Creek we’re all about fun so we look for films that remind about why we love being outside.

This is a very collaborative process with Kay Dixon and Dave Arscot from Stroud, and Jess Provinksi from TLC.  We all watched the trailers and rated them from 1 to 10. Then we tallied up the votes and the highest rated films were selected provided they fit into the time constraints. This gives us a balanced selection of water, land preservation and adventure films.

Q. Where was the first fest held?

Brian: The first event was held at Stroud Water Research Center. They were our only beneficiaries at the time. It was a full house; I believe we had fifty people attend. It was very well received and deemed worthy of continuing. It has grown every year since.

Q. What year did you make the film fest a two-night event?

Brian: From the very beginning, we experienced an increase in demand for space and tickets. We moved several times and found a home at the Chester County Historical Society. Our first event held at there sold out quickly, so we decided to make it a two night affair in 2012, and it also sold out!

Q. I know you’ve seen a lot of films, but do each of you have a favorite film that stands out among the rest?   

Ed: Last year, there was a film about British kids and their outdoor classroom.  It was funny, innocent and sweet.  It reminded me about the importance of getting kids outside and the joy of discovery.  There was film a few years ago about mountain top mining in West Virginia.  It was hard to watch the destruction but left an impact.

Q. Are there any stories of positive action taken by a festival goer that has been shared with you by anyone who attended the festival? In other words, did anyone say…I was so inspired after seeing the films I….or any quotes by attendees you could share?

Ed: Two things come to mind – we showed a film about plastic bags and how many end up in a vortex in the ocean and the harm they cause to the sea life.  Many people mentioned how that changed their awareness on this issue.  The other was a short film about how many Starbucks cups end up in landfills.  Several customers were proud to tell us they started bringing in their own mugs.  I think that epitomizes the Film Fest.  Most of us aren’t going to save a river or effect climate change but we can all choose to do 1 small thing everyday that can make a huge impact.

Q. Any memorable moments you could share?

Brian: To me, every night of every event we have held is a memorable moment. The films are inspirational, the support from our sponsors is incredible, and most importantly, the gathering of community to spend a few evenings together in support of our effort is truly humbling.

Q. What makes the 2014 fest stand out from previous film fests?

Ed: The films this year are collectively as good as they have ever been. And the food and drink is better than ever. So we hope you will come away with a full mind and a full belly.


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BVA’s Annual Brandywine Polar Plunge

Only the very brave experienced the Brandywine Creek in a whole new way. BVA’s Annual Brandywine Polar Plunge was another huge success whether you dipped a toe in or took the full plunge everyone made a a splash!


Check out the vidoes and pictures of the event here.

Haiti Home

Trail Creek Home for Haiti

Last year Trail Creek Outfitters launched a fundraiser and awareness program for Mission of Hope Haiti and raised $2,400. This year we partnered with Mission of Hope Haiti so that we could fulfill our goal of raising $6,000, which is enough funds to build a home in Haiti for a family displaced by the great earthquake in 2010. That means we needed to raise an additional $3,600. Our goal was to finish raising the needed money in time to give a family in Haiti the gift of a new home for Christmas. AND WE DID IT!

We knew we could do it with your help.

On Saturday, November 23rd, a percentage of sales were donated to Mission of Hope Haiti.




Small Business Saturday

When we 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.

Here is why shopping at your local store is important.


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!



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!

Timmy and Sean O'Neill

Meet the Brother’s 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.

Check out where Timmy has been lately. Listen to Timmy featured on NPR.


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The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series

October 16, 2013 

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Chester County Historical Society

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 this a great night!

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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 Bend Race

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

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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.

Both events held at TCO and sponsored by Transcend Wellness & Yoga Studio of Chadds Ford, and Nourish Juice Bar and Cafe of Kennett Square.

UBB Brandywine clean up 2013

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.

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6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival


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.

The Wild and Scenic Film Fest is presented by Trail Creek Outfitters and equally benefits the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center.

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.

Ingrid Backstrom, Trail Creek Outfitters, The North Face Speaker Series

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.

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Brandywine Bend Footrace

Did you survive The Bend?!

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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!


Sanfilippo syndrome, Climb for a Cure

Climb For A Cure

Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause! The Team climbed Kilimanjaro August 3-12th, 2012 and placed the TCO logo at Kilimanjaro’s summit.

To support Team Sanfilippo’s summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and search for a cure, visit their website.

Trail Creek Outfitters Trail Run Series

Trail Run Series 2012

Image left: 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.


Dean Karnazes

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!


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.

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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!

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2012 Wild and Scenic Film Fest Sells Out!

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!

All Proceeds benefited Stroud Water Research Center and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.

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2012 First Annual Trail Run Series

Roots, rocks, mud, hills and cash. What could be better?

Cash prizes will be awarded to the runners who collect the most points in the series! Click links below for more info + to register for the race. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!



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.

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.


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.

Movies included:


180 Degrees South 

Bag It: How Plastic is Your Life?