If you trek wildernesses, climb mountains, longboard, snowboard, wave ski, hang glide or simply live in a cold climate, you've likely seen people sporting outfits with the Patagonia label. Its founder started his first business at age 18 in order to fund his "dirtbag" adventuring lifestyle, and that spirit remains very alive at Patagonia. And for those interested in a job at the outdoor-outfitter that is frequently on best places to work lists, you have to prove that this spirit is pumping through your veins.
"We're kind of a tribe here," says Patagonia spokeswoman Jess Clayton. "People have been here for a long time. We want to hear: What is it about Patagonia that you like?"