If someone were to ask one of us, “What’s it like to work at The Clymb?” a predictable response would be, “We have a keg in our office but we try not to drink it until after lunch.” While true, the response would also be a bit misleading. Working here isn’t all about the current flavor of beer on tap. We get some actual work done too…like the trail maintenance we spent Friday afternoon doing in Portland’s Forest Park, for example.
Forest Park is the largest, forested natural area within city limits in the United States. It boasts over 5,000 wooded acres and has over 80 miles of trail—all of which is maintained by a small staff at the Forest Park Conservancy. Without the help of volunteers, the trail systems wouldn’t be able to sustain the amount of traffic from bikers, runners and hikers year-round. The owners of The Clymb, who both place a high value on community partnership and environmental stewardship, encouraged us to cut out of work early for an afternoon of trail maintenance and repair. We did so and kicked off our weekend happily muddy, surprisingly uninjured and, you guessed it: thirsty!
Trail maintenance day wrapped up at our new favorite pub and grill with a toast of appreciation for our co-workers, friends and our planet—a place that needs a little love from all of us. And to top it off, volunteer coordinators from Forest Park Conservancy named us the winners of “The Best Company Volunteer Group Ever” award, which is an honor they made up on the spot because we had just bought them a round.