An interview with Matt Mosteller


What outdoor activity is your passion?
My passion is to get people outside. Not only for the healthy benefits of movement but for the soul-filled calm that one can gain from spending time in Nature. This stepping outside does more than move us but it can transform us. Creating a social community taking steps outside is goodness and joy for the human spirit. Hiking, backpacking long trails is my jam.

How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
As I was a very fat kid growing up and fortunately a very kind ski instructor gave me wings. This opened my world to the power of nature. Kick-starting a love for the outdoors. Tackling sections of the Pacific Crest Trail as a young kid, to multi-day backpack journeys and adventures in the Canadian Rockies. It saved my life.

What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
From multi day backpacking trips in the trail-less region of Northern British Columbia, to adventure hiking in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia outside the community of Kimberley, BC. So many great summer adventures but a few are stamped into my soul. From nearly freezing to death above the Arctic Circle, to being rescued from a crevice deep in the ice of the Canadian Rockies, to escaping a charging Grizzly Bear on skis. I am truly grateful for all who I get to spend time with.

What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
Tools for survival - shelter (MSR tent), Protection from weather (Outdoor Research jacket/pants), proper tools for travel (AKU for earth and Rossignol for snow), Backpack (Gregory Packs) for long journeys, backpacking & hiking, Bear Spray, fire starter, avalanche safety gear (transceiver, shovel and probe & regular practice with each).

Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
Long trails, many more long trails. Mountain tops. Support for when the trail is easy and for when it is long and tough. Dependable. Tough. Comfortable. Performance. I have some epics planned and my trusty boots will be taking me away.

What AKU boots are you currently wearing?
Long trails, many more long trails. Mountain tops. Support for when the trail is easy and for when it is long and tough. Dependable. Tough. Comfortable. Performance. I have some epics planned and my trusty boots will be taking me away.