You’re look­ing at 16 of the 25 mem­bers of The Clym­b’s Earth Day week­end trail main­te­nance crew. These are the folks that bring you the best deals on the plan­et. (And some­times groom your hik­ing trails too.)

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.