Dennis Andres has dined with the King of Mustang; conducted diplomacy in Siberia; flown with the Dalai Lama; performed comedy in Las Vegas; and meditated at Machu Picchu. In Kazakhstan, he once outraced an avalanche while strapped to a snowboard. The best adventures, he has learned, come by entering nature on foot. He has hiked nearly 15,000 miles in Sedona, and many more on trails across six continents.
Today, the former outdoor guide researches “The Human-Nature Synergy,” i.e., the multi-dimensional benefits of walking in nature. A proponent of “lifestyle hiking,” he helps others to connect to nature in ways that are fun, safe and life-enhancing. CNN, Good Morning America, Arizona Highways and National Geographic Adventurer are among the many media sites that have interviewed him.
He detests sitting, and has hiked in the Alps, Andes, Appalachians, Blue Ridge, Catskills, Dolomites, Himalayas, Pamirs, Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Smokies, Tien Shan and one of the world’s two unnamed mountain ranges. (No kidding, it’s in Norway. The Norwegians say they are working on it.) He did not hike them in alphabetical order.
For 15 years, he led the area's premiere adventure company – Sedona Private Guides (SPG) – escorting clients from Machu Picchu to Mt. Everest, Lake Titicaca to Tuscany, and Hawaii to Havasu Falls. Before that he worked as a diplomat and financial consultant across the globe, learning to speak multiple foreign languages. He holds a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown and an M.I.M. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Dennis has authored three Sedona best-sellers. "What Is A Vortex?" is the authority on the area's energy, with nearly 25,000 copies sold. The colorful "Sedona’s Top 10 Hikes" won 1st prize from the Western Publisher’s Association. "Sedona Hikes: 225 Trails & Loops" is the ultimate guide to all the area's official routes
An inspiring speaker, he has entertained technology, insurance, marketing, medicine and educational groups. Named Sedona's “Best Comedian,” he has spoken or performed in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Europe and Asia. He enjoys meditation, comedy, snowshoeing and yoga. He remains a terrible cook.