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Based in New Zealand, Colin Monteath is a polar and mountain photographer and writer who is passionate about wild places and expedition travel. In 1983, he founded Hedgehog House New Zealand with a commitment to increase an awareness of the need to preserve wilderness, especially in the high mountain and polar regions.

Since 1973, Colin has worked in Antarctica for 31 seasons. At New Zealand's Scott Base as Field Operations Officer (1973-83) , he helped co-ordinate New Zealand's science program and worked with the Scott Base huskies. In charge of the rescue team, Colin helped co-ordinate the recovery following the 1979 Air New Zealand crash near Mt Erebus. Colin acted as a guide for HRH Prince Edward in 1982. In 1978, on an expedition to Mount Erebus, Colin made the first descent into the inner crater. Colin has climbed numerous first ascents in the Transantarctic Mountains and in 1993, became the first New Zealander to reach the highest summit in Antarctica, Vinson Massif.

Since 1983, Colin has worked as a guide for polar companies, principally Aurora Expeditions. He has guided peaks on the Antarctic Peninsula and has completed two crossings of South Georgia on Shackleton's route. In 1991, Colin joined a Soviet icebreaker to make the first surface vessel traverse of the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole - followed by a transit of the NE Passage in Siberia. In 1993, he dog sledged across Greenland and in 2008, skied across Svalbard.

Colin has been a mountaineer for 40 years and has climbed New Zealand's Aoraki 13 times. In 1974, Colin was a member of the Commonwealth Andean Expedition in Peru's Cordillera Vilcanota. Colin's 21 Himalayan expeditions include....Australian Annapurna III Expedition (Nepal 1980) , New Zealand Garhwal Expedition (Shivling - India 1982), Australian Everest Expedition (First ascent White Limbo route North Face - Tibet 1984), New Zealand Pamirs Expedition (Pik Kommunizma USSR/Central Asia,1986), Australian Karakorum Expedition (first ascent Chongtar - Xinjiang, China, 1994), New Zealand Tibet Expedition (Gurla Mandhata, 1998), New Zealand Mongolia expedition (traverse of highest peak Mt Huiten, 2000) New Zealand expedition to Kangri Garpo mountains (Eastern Tibet, 2001), New Zealand Karakorum ski expedition to K2, Pakistan (2005), New Zealand ski expedition through Chador gorge and Zanskar Mountains (NW India 2006). In New Guinea, Colin guided a climb of Carstensz Pyramid (1995). On a ski expedition in 2002 Colin traversed Denali, North America's highest peak.

Colin has undertaken numerous photographic and magazine assignments to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica, Mongolia, Kenya, Siberia, Bhutan, Pakistan, Central Asia, Pakistan, India , China , Nepal and New Guinea. His images and feature stories have appeared in magazines such as GEO (Germany), National Geographic (USA), Australian Geographic (Australia), Terre Sauvage (France), The Geographical Magazine (UK), Conde Nast (UK, Spain), Rock and Ice (USA), Action Asia (Hong Kong ), Time (USA) and Mother Nature (Japan).

Colin has worked on numerous book projects on the polar and mountain regions. He was the principal photographer for the Reader's Digest book Antarctica - Great Stories from the Frozen Continent (Australia, 1985), co-author of Smithsonian Institution Press's Wild Ice - Antarctic Journeys (USA, 1990) , author and principal photographer New Zealand - The land at the end of the Earth (White Star, Italy, 1996), author and photographer Antarctica - Beyond the Southern Ocean (NZ 1996), author and publisher Hall and Ball - Kiwi Mountaineers (NZ 1997), author and publisher of Under a Sheltering Sky - Journeys to Mountain Heartlands ( NZ 2003), photographer for New Zealand (National Geographic, USA, 2009), author and principal photographer Vanishing Wilderness of Antarctica (White Star, Italy 2009) and New Zealand's Mountains (NZ 2009), New Zealand Coasts (2010) and Antarctica - Land of Silence (2011).
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) group entering water, Possession Islands, Antarctica
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00556849 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) group entering water, Possession Islands, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Campers read in tents lit by flashlight, Cascade Saddle, Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00441032 Campers read in tents lit by flashlight, Cascade Saddle, Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Wind cloud at sunset over summit ridge, Aoraki/ Mount Cook, from Tasman Point, Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand
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00559061 Wind cloud at sunset over summit ridge, Aoraki/ Mount Cook, from Tasman Point, Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Boulders on beach, Moeraki Beach, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
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00561415 Boulders on beach, Moeraki Beach, Otago, South Island, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Mt Aspiring and hiker reflected in lake at dawn, Cascade Saddle, Mt Aspiring National Park, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260031 Mt Aspiring and hiker reflected in lake at dawn, Cascade Saddle, Mt Aspiring National Park, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Mt Makalu (8,462 meters) and Mt Chomolonzo (7,540 meters) bathed in dawn light, reflected in small lake, Khama Valley, Tibet  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260095 Mt Makalu (8,462 meters) and Mt Chomolonzo (7,540 meters) bathed in dawn light, reflected in small lake, Khama Valley, Tibet© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Wildflowers growing on moraine terrace beside Kangshung Glacier, with Mt Chomolonzo in background, east of Mt Everest, Tibet  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260111 Wildflowers growing on moraine terrace beside Kangshung Glacier, with Mt Chomolonzo in background, east of Mt Everest, Tibet© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) group riding sculpted iceberg, Terre Adelie Land, east Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260442 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) group riding sculpted iceberg, Terre Adelie Land, east Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Nugget Point lighthouse at sunrise, South Island, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260952 Nugget Point lighthouse at sunrise, South Island, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Mount Taranaki reflected in small tarn on slopes of Pouakai Range, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00447568 Mount Taranaki reflected in small tarn on slopes of Pouakai Range, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Waterfall at dawn below Mount Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00451976 Waterfall at dawn below Mount Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Climber near Pioneer Hut with Douglas Peak and Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00535888 Climber near Pioneer Hut with Douglas Peak and Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) and Tsataan reindeer herders in winter camp, Hunkher Mountains, northern Mongolia  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00546361 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) and Tsataan reindeer herders in winter camp, Hunkher Mountains, northern Mongolia© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Coastal cliffs, Tunnel Beach, Otago Peninsula, Otago, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00546931 Coastal cliffs, Tunnel Beach, Otago Peninsula, Otago, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Spinifex Grass (Spinifex sp) on sand dune with footprints, Simpson Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
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00556777 Spinifex Grass (Spinifex sp) on sand dune with footprints, Simpson Desert, Northern Territory, Australia© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Sand dune at sunrise, Simpson Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
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00556774 Sand dune at sunrise, Simpson Desert, Northern Territory, Australia© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Kayakers paddling back to cruise ship Polar Pioneer, Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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00556814 Kayakers paddling back to cruise ship Polar Pioneer, Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) being given salt by a Tsataan herder after a long winter without salt, Hunkher Mountains, Mongolia  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00537349 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) being given salt by a Tsataan herder after a long winter without salt, Hunkher Mountains, Mongolia© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Sun sets behind Jirishanca peak with Yerupaja peak and river flowing into Carhuacocha Lake, Cordillera Huayhuash, Andes, Peru  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00498205 Sun sets behind Jirishanca peak with Yerupaja peak and river flowing into Carhuacocha Lake, Cordillera Huayhuash, Andes, Peru© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Ice floes and coast, Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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00556819 Ice floes and coast, Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Ice floes at sunset near Mertz Glacier, east Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00427973 Ice floes at sunset near Mertz Glacier, east Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Iceberg with icicles, Penola Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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00556808 Iceberg with icicles, Penola Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Archway Islands at sunrise, Wharariki Beach near Collingwood, Golden Bay, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00454518 Archway Islands at sunrise, Wharariki Beach near Collingwood, Golden Bay, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Mount Cook reflection in ice covered Mueller Lake, Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00539123 Mount Cook reflection in ice covered Mueller Lake, Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
High clouds over ocean at sunset, Gillespies Beach, South Island, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00530822 High clouds over ocean at sunset, Gillespies Beach, South Island, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Domestic Cattle (Bos taurus) herd grazing, Butler Range, Whataroa River, South Island, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00530809 Domestic Cattle (Bos taurus) herd grazing, Butler Range, Whataroa River, South Island, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) group diving from icefloe in Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260007 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) group diving from icefloe in Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Hiker, Cerro Torre and Fitzroy reflected in small pond at dawn, Loma Plieque Tumbado, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260066 Hiker, Cerro Torre and Fitzroy reflected in small pond at dawn, Loma Plieque Tumbado, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Overturned iceberg with eroded edges, Enterprise Island, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260157 Overturned iceberg with eroded edges, Enterprise Island, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Ice floes at sunset near Mertz Glacier, east Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00427974 Ice floes at sunset near Mertz Glacier, east Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Tree Fern (Dicksonia sp) forest near Haast Pass, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00438701 Tree Fern (Dicksonia sp) forest near Haast Pass, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Reflection on Blue Lake, St Bathans, Central Otago, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00443175 Reflection on Blue Lake, St Bathans, Central Otago, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Pack ice at sunset, near Mertz Glacier, Antarctica
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00556846 Pack ice at sunset, near Mertz Glacier, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries) flock on pasture, Ben Ohau Range above Lake Pukaki, Mackenzie Country, Canterbury, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00539122 Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries) flock on pasture, Ben Ohau Range above Lake Pukaki, Mackenzie Country, Canterbury, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Pine tree (Pinus sp), Decanter Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00454505 Pine tree (Pinus sp), Decanter Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Sedimentary rock with pebbles embedded in layers, Wharariki Beach near Collingwood, Golden Bay, Archway Islands, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00454520 Sedimentary rock with pebbles embedded in layers, Wharariki Beach near Collingwood, Golden Bay, Archway Islands, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Cove, Cape Farewell near Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00454521 Cove, Cape Farewell near Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Climber near Pioneer Hut with Douglas Peak and Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00535887 Climber near Pioneer Hut with Douglas Peak and Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) males, Westland National Park, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00462450 Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) males, Westland National Park, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Waterfalls after rain, McLeans Falls, Catlins, Southland, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00539116 Waterfalls after rain, McLeans Falls, Catlins, Southland, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Khongor Sand Dunes in winter, Gobi Desert, Mongolia  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00481647 Khongor Sand Dunes in winter, Gobi Desert, Mongolia© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Kassapa, Shakymuni, and Maitreya Buddhas, Erdene Zuu Monastery near Kharakhorum, the ancient capital of Mongol empire, Mongolia  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00481663 Kassapa, Shakymuni, and Maitreya Buddhas, Erdene Zuu Monastery near Kharakhorum, the ancient capital of Mongol empire, Mongolia© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Waterfall on the Yanganuco River, Cordillera Blanca, Andes, Peru  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00498193 Waterfall on the Yanganuco River, Cordillera Blanca, Andes, Peru© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
South face of Mount Cook seen from summit of Mount Kinsey, Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00511836 South face of Mount Cook seen from summit of Mount Kinsey, Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Hikers near their lakeside tent, Cascade Saddle, Mount Aspiring National Park, Otago, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00533789 Hikers near their lakeside tent, Cascade Saddle, Mount Aspiring National Park, Otago, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) on iceberg, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica Peninsula, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260248 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) on iceberg, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica Peninsula, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Salt spring and mine first mined by Incas in 1400s, Urubamba Valley near Cuzco, Peru  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00498231 Salt spring and mine first mined by Incas in 1400s, Urubamba Valley near Cuzco, Peru© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Prayer flags on Gotcha la Kangchenjunga, Talung face (8595 meters) in the background, most easterly of the world's fourteen 8000 metre peaks, Sikkim Himalaya, India  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260507 Prayer flags on Gotcha la Kangchenjunga, Talung face (8595 meters) in the background, most easterly of the world's fourteen 8000 metre peaks, Sikkim Himalaya, India© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Two Sisters, Tongaporutu, north New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00447573 Two Sisters, Tongaporutu, north New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Sailboat anchored in bay at sunrise, Split Apple Rock, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00530817 Sailboat anchored in bay at sunrise, Split Apple Rock, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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