The Wilderness Fastpacking Mission

Traveling into large wild places is no simple task. Many people feel daunted with even the thought of a multi-day wilderness trip. At Wilderness Fastpacking, we are dedicated to breaking down the barriers to entry into America’s great wild landscapes. Through the use of the best ultra light fastpacking equipment, we will provide hikers and trail runners with the tools they need to flourish for days on end living outdoors. Our guides have deep reservoirs of experience and unending passion for on-foot adventure.

Ryan and Natalie Ghelfi

Founders and Owners

Ryan and Natalie live in Southern Oregon near Ashland atop Siskiyou Summit. They have two young children, Laiken and Alden. Both Ryan and Natalie have been running, hiking and adventuring throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California for going on two decades.

Ryan is an accomplished ultra marathon runner with 50+ ultras in the United States and abroad. He’s also set records for the fastest known times up Mt Shasta, Half Dome. and on the Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier. Ryan had led multi day trips running, backcountry skiing, and alpine climbing since 2012. He’s also an owner of Trail and Tarmac, a coaching company for endurance athletes.

Natalie has run and won numerous trail and ultra marathons, and led backpacking and fastpacking trips throughout Northern CA and Southern OR. She’s also an accomplished artist specializing in natural and floral works. Her passion for adventure, people, and wild places shines through her.