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Sporting life:Coloradowith Kyle Kivijärvi
When you’re as active as this outdoor enthusiast, what you wear needs to be as versatile and tough as you are. Kyle Kivijärvi, brand consultant and creative mind behind @gramparents, bikes, hikes and camps everywhere from his native northern California to Boulder, Colorado, where he recently moved from Brooklyn to be closer to nature. He set out with photographer Peter Sutherland to put our rugby shirts to the test in his new backyard of the Rocky Mountains.
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I encourage everybody to get outdoors. It grounds you, it helps you to breathe better and it relieves stress and anxiety.
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“My dad passed down his knowledge of nature survival. He taught
us about which plants to eat, how to build fires, how to find water
and how to tie knots.”
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“Having a quiet space, without neighbors or sirens, to think about
what I’m working on and trying to do makes me feel more creative
and productive.”
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It’s so important to get outside and move your body, to stretch your muscles…to feel physically drained in some way every day.
A quick Q&A
with Kyle
Where did your day trip take you?KK: We started in Boulder, threw the bikes on our car and drove up to a quiet little mountain town called Gold Hill. The road to get there is a nice cycling route. We went to a 100-year-old store that’s a destination for lots of road cyclists. They have home-cooked meals and cycling essentials. We were out until dusk before building a fire back at my house.
What do you pack for a day of biking or hiking?KK: It’s good to prep the day before. I’ll pack a sandwich for a ride and apples for a hike—getting hungry when you still have 20 miles to go isn’t a great situation! I always have extra inner tubes for my bike, CO2 canisters to pump bike tires back up and extra layers in case the weather changes.
Has your relationship to nature changed since you moved from Brooklyn to Colorado?KK: The sky here is so sunny, even in the winter. The night skies are always open, and a lot of people go on full-moon runs or bike rides. It’s easy to forget about your health and well-being when you’re working a desk job, but there are many ways to find peace of mind in a city too.
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