Robert Louis DeMayo took up writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the coming years he traveled to every corner of the globe, experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of The Explorers Club and The Archaeological Institute of America. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH.
For three years he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six non-profit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. Following this, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter.
He was general manager at A Day in the West, a Jeep tour company in Sedona before he decided to write full time. He is the author of The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, a fictionalized account of Roosevelt´s acquaintance with wilderness living, The Light Behind Blue Circles, a mystery thriller set in Africa, The Cave Where the Water Always Drips, an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest, and Random Thoughts from the Road, a collection of poetry and prose.
His most recent novel, The Wayward Traveler, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. This memoir-based story follows, Louis, a young adventurer, who runs out of money while abroad and creates a list of Rules for Survival to get by.
Currently he resides in Hollis, N.H. and Sedona, AZ, with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise.
1988-9 Drove from New Hampshire to Panama (6 months).
1989 & 1994 Climbed the active Volcano Villarica (94) and newly erupted Pacaya (89)
1990 & 1996 One hundred and eighty mile trek in Nepal’s Annapurna Range (twice).
1991 Two-week camel trek across India’s Thar Desert. *During the hot season.
1991-2 Hitchhiked from India to Bangkok to Sydney, and back (via Sumatra). (one year).
1994 Ten pitch, technical climb of Mt. Kenya 17,052 ft. *1st time in a climbing harness.
1994 Descended to the bottom level of South Africa’s deepest gold mine (7,800 ft.) **Crawled through 45 degree / 2 ft. wide shaft while drilling in progress.
1994 & 1997 Hitched from Nairobi to Lesotho (1994) & Malawi to Cape Town (1997)
1994 One-week hike in the Virunga Volcanos to see Mountain Gorillas.
1995 Two-week ascent of Argentina’s Mt. Aconcagua 22,829 ft./ 60 miles.
1995 Taken hostage in Bolivian Amazon for 3 days by disgruntled indigenous group.
1995 Kayaked 40 miles on Lake Malawi (1 week).
1998 Canoed 50 miles in an open canoe on the Nenana River, AK
2001-4 Crossed North America five times (NH to AK to AZ) with a 9-mo. & 2 year old.
2006 One month in Thailand with my parents (Pat & Ron) and my two daughters (Tavish & Scout), including rock climbing in Krabi.
2009 One month in southern India with my parents, wife and daughters, including bouldering and exploring the Visyanagar ruins by Hampi in Karnataka.
2003 – 15 Hiking and exploring the canyons of Sedona, Arizona and the Southwest.