Kelvin Kent Shares His Private Photo Collection As Fundraiser in Ouray, Colorado
Ouray Colorado is home to many accomplished mountaineers of all ages. If you are lucky enough to be in town in on August 19th, you can see an incredible show from one of those accomplished mountaineers. He has also written many hiking books for Ouray!
How do you get a famous expedition up some of the most challenging mountains in the world? The logistics of two historic Himalayan climbs will be recounted by Kelvin Kent along with an exclusive selection of extraordinary photos from his private collection in a program on Friday, August 19 at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. Kent was a member of Sir Chris Bonington’s legendary teams attempting the South Face of Annapurna and the Southwest Face of Everest 40 years ago.
As a member of these teams, Kent’s involvement was primarily in the field of logistics. Although he made carries to camp 4 on both climbs, his main work was in charge of all porters and supplies from arrival in India and Nepal to the various camps on the mountain. This included running base camp, radio communications, looking after a four person commercial TV crew and managing the flow charts for getting the right equipment to the right place at the right time. After the expeditions, Kent assisted Chris Bonington with writing the books and honoring all obligations with the media and sponsors.
This presentation was made last November in London when Kent and Bonington participated in a program commemorating the 40thanniversary of the climbing of Annapurna. Also part of the program was the leader of the British Army expedition which was climbing the mountain from the north side at the same time (and for which Kent provided joint communications. This prestigious event was sponsored by the British Alpine Club and Mount Everest Foundation and held at the Royal Geographical Society.
Kent provided a preview of the London presentation last October at an opera house event. Due to the season, many residents were unable to attend and the decision was made to repeat it during the summer of 2011. This event will be a fund raiser for the Friends of the Wright Opera House to help purchase a sound system.
The program begins at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Buckskin Books, Khristopher’s Culinaire, Mouse’s Chocolates, Cimarron Books & Coffee and, in Montrose, at Ouray Silversmith. Tickets at the door will be $20. For information or to have advance tickets reserved at Will Call, contact Joyce Linn at (970) 325-4235.
As always, we can reserve your tickets for you in advance and have them waiting for you at the door (even if you don't stay with us!).
About this Presentation: In November 2010 Kelvin joined Chris Bonington in London to help present a program commemorating the 40th anniversary of the climbing of Annapurna. Also part of the program was the leader of the British Army expedition which was climbing the mountain from the north side at the same time (and for which Kelvin provided joint communications). The event included historic references and slides from the legendary Maurice Herzog who led the French Annapurna expedition (north side) in 1950 and became the first team to conquer an 8,000 meter peak. This prestigious event was sponsored by the British Alpine Club and Mount Everest Foundation and held at the Royal Geographical Society.