087: Powder Matt Mosteller The Adventurer’s Path Through the Mountains
Powder Matt Mosteller’s life changed in the mountains. Sitting in a station wagon alone, waiting…life happened.
Matt wanting some fresh air, opened his car door. A ski instructor on the way up the mountains saw young Matt and said, “Come on, I’m about to give a lesson, come with me and I’ll teach you how to ski.”
You Can Do This
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Matt’s life began to change at that moment. He didn’t have gear, he didn’t have a real reason or guide until that instant. Then on the mountain, the magic words from the instructor, “You can do this!” Matt believed and chose a new path.
Matt began doing things. Throughout his
At one point, Matt, in an effort to ski daily, he lived in his car during the winter for 63 days. Living simply, before the van-life was a thing, Matt focused less on things and more on adventure. In the episode, Matt noted that a focus on things, material items, eventually leads to being leashed to them.
Skiing With Bears
Living outdoors at some point will push you past all challenges. In Matt’s case, that challenge was a protective Grizzly mother bear. Standing at the top of a chute, preparing to drop in, Powder Matt sensed something. That something attacked him and his only escape was do disregard all safety and ski as fast and as straight as possible down the mountain.
However, the bear attacked, no matter how fast Mosteller skied down the mountain, the Grizzly kept pace. Looking for his buddy, Matt realized he had two choices, head for the cliffs and certain death, or to the flats where his speed would wane and suffer the bear attack. Choosing the later, Matt hoped–simultaneously, Matt’s buddy was using rocks to create a barrier between himself and the bear.
The sound of the rocks drew the Grizzly’s attention. Matt was saved and his friend’s accidental distraction had saved both of them. Yet, that bear for months continued to attack Matt each night in his sleep. Slowly, over months. Matt grew and learned from every step outside to get away from that bear.
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