In the northern winter of 2005 Colin Monteath was a member of a New Zealand team that set out from the regional capital of Skardu via the Braldu River and skied up the Baltoro and Godwin Austen glaciers to K2. This expedition was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Italians who made the first ascent of K2 via the Abruzzi ridge in 1955. Pakistan's Karakoram range hold some of the highest and toughest mountaineering objectives in the world including, Gasherbrum, Broad Peak, Chogolisa, Trango, Cathedral, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower and Mitre. K2, 8611 metres, the 2nd highest peak on earth straddles the Pakistan - China border.
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