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Connecting you with nature

“It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.”

-Horace Kephart, Camping and Woodcraft

Are you ready for an adventure?

Join us for an enlightening jaunt into nature.

We are delighted that you have found our website, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to explore the adventures that we have to offer. We are a guided backpacking adventure company headquartered in Acworth, GA about 30 minutes north of Atlanta. Our adventures are designed around lightweight/ultralight backpacking education and ideals. We are available for standard predefined group adventures, as well as, custom and private adventures. If there is a specific type of adventure that you are looking for, please fill out the form on our adventures page and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Safe enjoyment of nature while backpacking is our number one concern. Thus, adventures are limited to a maximum of a 6:1 ratio, and a GPS tracking/emergency transponder will accompany each adventure. The GPS tracking will be utilized periodically so that family and friends of participants can interactively follow along with your adventure. Participants will also have a documented track of their experience. The emergency transponder will only be utilized in true emergencies.

We provide education that ranges from backpacking basics to advanced ultralight backpacking philosophies. The education components are designed to increase each participants knowledge base and comfort level in regards to lightweight and ultralight backpacking. We teach and practice leave no trace ideals on every adventure. The depth of what you will learn may not be evident until you return from your adventure.

Ultralight Adventures Inc

Connecting you with nature.

Our Services

We offer 4 levels of guided backpacking adventures that range from 3 days to 14+ days.
  • Level 1: 3 days, intended for beginner backpackers or backpackers whom are new to lightweight backpacking, but this level of adventure is great for a quick jaunt into nature for some much need relaxation.
  • Level 2: 5-7 days, intended for backpackers with experience whom are looking to lighten their load and go further.
  • Level 3: 7-14 days, this is an advanced adventure, participants have a good deal of experience, and are well versed in ultralight philosophies.
  • Expert Challenge: 14+ days, limited participation, must have extensive backpacking experience or have participated in a level 3 adventure.

A Look Inside the world

We provide education that ranges from backpacking basics to advanced ultralight backpacking philosophies. The education components are designed to increase each participants knowledge base and comfort level in regards to lightweight and ultralight backpacking. We teach and practice leave no trace ideals on every adventure. The depth of what you will learn may not be evident until you return from your adventure.


Level 1 Adventure
3 day adventure designed to introduce you to backpacking with lightweight and ultralight gear. Develop skills that will benefit you in your future adventures. Relax and connect in nature with less distractions. This level of adventure is also great for a quick jaunt into nature for some much need relaxation.

$300.00



Level 2 Adventure
5 day adventure, intended for backpackers with experience whom are looking to lighten their load and go further.





$500.00


Level 3 Adventure
7 day advanced adventure, participants have a good deal of experience, and are well versed in ultralight philosophies.




$700.00

Expert Challenge
14+ days, selective participation, must be well versed in ultralight philosophies and have extensive backpacking experience or have participated in a level 3 adventure. Must be approved by UA Inc.

$1,000.00

Shakedown Hikes

Are you considering a Thru-hike or Section hike?
Take a shakedown hike with us before your trip. You will save weight and hit the trail with a highly efficient setup

Shuttle Services

We provide weekend shuttle service from Atlanta to the AT.

Post Hike Support

Coming Soon.

Workshops and Classes

Workshops/Gatherings

October 27-29, 2017

F.R.O.G. (Florida River Outdoor Gathering)

Backpacking 101

Coming Soon!

Lightweight Backpacking

​Coming Soon!

Thru-Hiking

Coming Soon!

Our Guides

Matthew Smith

AP, DOM, MSOM, EMT-P
Owner/Head Guide

Born and raised in Florida, Matt has spent a considerable amount of time in nature. He started hiking and backpacking in the 1980’s and has logged many miles in the backcountry over the years. Matt is our resident AT thru-hiker. AT stands for Appalachian Trail which is a nearly 2,200 mile continuous hiking/backpacking trail that stretches from Springer Mountain in north Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. A thru-hiker is a person whom has completed a long trial in one attempt, or someone who is currently on such a quest. Matt completed his AT thru-hike in 2001.(GA-ME 2001)

After returning from his thru-hike, Matt became licensed as a paramedic and worked in that realm for nearly a decade before becoming licensed as an acupuncture physician. Matt and his wife Anja opened their acupuncture and oriental medicine clinic, Wei Beyond Acupuncture, in January of 2012. Matt and Anja spend their days helping people overcome injury and illness with Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Matt is an avid rock climber, backpacker, and soccer referee.

Anja Frederix

AP, DOM, MSOM
Co-Owner

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We are headquartered in Acworth, GA; about 30 minutes north of Atlanta.
We provide various thru-hiker services including airport pick-up.

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