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These perks add up to The Clymb landing on Outside magazine’s Best Places to Work list two years running, as well as CNN Money partner publication Great Places to Work.

In the past three years, The Clymb has grown an unbelievable 3,500%. The company has started offering its own line of products, including T-shirts, hats and cycling kits. As they carve out space alongside their main competitors, like REI and Backcountry.com, Dachtler says he won’t rule out an actual brick-and-motor store one day. What he doesn’t see is a company that looks like Amazon. “Amazon’s relationship with the consumer is incredibly efficient but transactional. We are building a brand and forging a long-term relationship with our customer based on authenticity and shared values.”

And planks. To keep human-powered adventure on the forefront, employees will often yell “Plank!” after which everyone stops, drops and holds a hover for up to three minutes. It’s a killer ab workout that builds core strength and camaraderie. “I haven’t done one in a while,” admits Dachtler, somewhat sheepishly. “I guess it’s time to get back at them.”