Kelvin Kent is an adventurer, businessman, presenter, author , fundraising authority and world traveler. He spent 16 years as a British Army officer, of which nearly half that time was with the special forces organization known as the British Brigade of Gurkhas. Here, he served in Malaya, Singapore, Brunei, Sarawak, Sabah, Nepal and Hong Kong. Other assignments took him to the UK, Norway, Cyprus, Malta, Libya and Malaysia. Later he was the owner of a successful small business in Colorado for nearly 25 years. Although retired now he still participates in many activities ranging from talks and presentations on world Nepal, world religions, Himalayan and jungle expeditions, small business development and the Indian sub-continent. He enjoys writing, British sports cars, hiking and gardening.
Kelvin grew up under German Occupation on the British island of Jersey and graduated from Victoria College before entering a trainee program in corporate business in London. After being drafted into the military and commissioned into the British Signal Corps, his service was mainly abroad but other appointments included those of ADC to the general commanding Britain's strategic deployment forces, company commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Commanding Officer of 5 Brigade HQ and Signal Squadron.
During this time period he became an expert in expedition logistics and participated in numerous expeditions including a solo trek from the Indian border to the Tibetan border , leading an overland expedition from England to Calcutta via Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and India and deputy leader of the British Trans Anmerica's expedition which made the first ever unbroken land journey from Anchorage Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego in southern Chile. In the early 1970s he was a team member of Sir Chris Bonington's Himalyan expeditions to scale the South Face of Annapurna 1 and a winter attempt on the Southwest Face of Everest. He has climbed Kilimanjaro from the Tanzanian side and Kinabalu, in Sabah, the highest mountain in SE Asia.
Prior to moving to the US Kelvin was a charter council member of the British Scientific Exploration Society and was nominated by British explorer Colonel John Blasford-Snell fto become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Kelvin moved to the US in 1976 where he started a small and ran business in Montrose, Colorado. Since then he has traveled around the world extensively and has had five books published on hiking, fundraising and leadership. He has traveled or lived in over 60 countries, and trekked over 2000 miles in Nepal, a country of which he knows well, including the culture and language. More recently he has spent time In Tibet, Rajasthan, Northern India, Sikkhim, Sri Lanka, France, New Zealand and Australia.
He continues to travel, lecture, write and enjoy life from his homes above Ridgway Colorado and Green Valley Arizona.
He is married to (Dr.) Becky Lindsay and has two children, Dr. Peter Kent in Minneapolis and Melanie Kent-Palmer in Ophir, above Telluride Colorado, with one grandson studying film at the University of Colorado.