Keitha Kostyk  /  Crested Butte, Colorado
I grew up in upstate NY. Moved to Colorado for school in 2002, moved to Crested Butte right after graduation in 2005 and never looked back!
What are your hobbies and sports?
Anything in the mountains, oceans, rivers or countryside…skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, surfing, riding horses.
Keitha backcountry skiing in British Columbia, CA. Wearing her up-cycled rubber adventure jewelry, ABD Culture.
What would your ideal day look like?
Waking up to a foot of fresh, shred it, eat something delicious :)
If you could change one thing about the world for the better, what would it be?
I’d like people to care about each other and the planet more.
Keitha on the Grand Canyon, wearing up-cycled rubber lace adventure jewelry created by ABD culture.
Tell me about a time when you failed and what you learned from it?
I learned to whitewater kayak when I was 18 and accelerated quite quickly. As soon as I had my combat roll I went to run a different, more challenging river. I think I swam almost every rapid and by the last one I had absolutely no gas in the tank. As I was swimming myself, boat and paddle to shore, again, an old-school kayaker gracefully cruised by me and said ‘you gotta learn to crawl before you can run’. I’ll never forget it and have applied it to so many aspects in my life since then.
How were you introduced to ABD?
Alix is a dear friend and I’ve been with her since the beginning! I still have my first pair of earrings from the early days and covet each piece she sends my way.
Keitha paddle boarding on lake hortonia, wearing up-cycled adventure jewelry.
How do you relate to your ABD jewelry?
I scored a pair of bronze leather earrings just before a private raft trip down the Grand Canyon. I put them in my ears at the put-in and wore them all the way down, every single day. They are now a little stiff from the wet/dry/sand of 18 days on the river, but they are still beautiful and I wear them all the time. This trip was unique in a lot of ways, some good, some bad, but I like to think that these little gems gave me some extra superpowers when I needed them the most.

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