Photography :

I focus on black/white photography in mountain as well as documentary work. Regionally my focus is on the South Caucasus, but I also have experience in Central Asia and South America.
In autumn 2011 I worked with the Danish and Norwegian Refugee Councils in their work areas for Internally Displaced People (IDP) in West Georgia and Abkhazia. I am also on the roster of photographers for UNDP Georgia.
See portfolios of selected images:
- Tskhaltubo IDP Collective Center
- Abkhazia | Georgia - South Ossetia.

Please contact me for any questions, assignment inquiries, print sales or comments via: schoen_peter[at]

Avalanche Technician | Ski Guiding :

I hold Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 and Canadian Wilderness First Responder (advanced first aid) certifications. My main fields of interest are forecasting, risk mitigation and avalanche mapping in settlements and industrial and infrastructural settings, such as roads and transportation.
I worked one season as ski tail guide in Canada, have spent several season with the avalanche control of my local Austrian ski resort. The last winter I worked as avalanche technician and ski guide in Hakuba, Japan. I am a member of and contributor to the Japanese Avalanche Network (JAN). Last spring I worked as ski guide in Lyngen and Troms, North Norway, for the boat Vulkana.

Since November 2012 I am employed as snow and avalanche researcher at the Institut of Mountain Risk Engineering of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna (Austria), and I still guide on the Vulkana when I can.


DGPS Surveying:

I conducted several DGPS surveys of - previously unmapped or inaccurately mapped - high and remote summits in the Andes and Caucasus.

2010: Shkhara, 5193 m (Svaneti, Caucasus, Georgia)
>> Article in Russian on Mountain.RU
>> Article in English on Mountain.RU
>> Wikipedia Reference
>> On

2005: Cerro Pissis, 6793 m (Puna, Argentina; 2nd highest volcano in the world)
>> Article: Kirtland, S., Schön, P. and Bünnagel, M.: The Case of the Shrinking Volcano. Trimble Technology and
More, Issue 2008-1, p. 6-7

2005: Nevado de los Piuquenes 6025 m, (Andes, Central Chile/Argentina)
2004: Cerro del Plomo 5432 m (Andes, Central Chile)

B.A. Physical Geography | M.Sc. Earth Sciences:

My B.A degree in Physical Geography I received from Salzburg University. The focuses of my research there were avalanches and cartographic surveying, particularly the potential of remote sensing and GIS for avalanche risk management in high mountain regions of developing countries.

My MSc. degree I received in Earth Sciences from Simon Fraser University in Canada. My worj focused on geology, geotechnics, slope stability and numerical modelling. During my M.Sc. research I investigated potential mechanisms responsible for several large landslides from The Barrier, a steep, 250 m-high escarpment of dacite in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia (Canada). Methods that I applied include magnetic surveys to determine the three-dimensional character of lava flows forming The Barrier, long-range photogrammetry to map the structure of the escarpment in digital terrain models, field mapping, distinct element modelling, and passive seismic landslide monitoring. Of particular importance to the stability of The Barrier are ice-contact structures in the volcanic rocks, which provide clues about emplacement environments. Results show that The Barrier should be considered potentially unstable and that past instability is intimately linked to structures produced by emplacement of the lavas against glacier ice. My work also provides new geophysical and geomechanical data for The Barrier.


Schön, P.: Stability and Style of Failure of The Barrier, Southwest British Columbia. M.Sc. thesis, Simon
Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 180 pp. April 2010. >> Complete thesis online

Schön, P., Clague, J. J., and Stead, D.: An Integrated Distinct Element Modeling and Remote Sensing
Study of the Barrier, British Columbia, Canada. Poster and Abstract, European Geoscience Union,
Vienna, 4-8 April 2011. >> Link to abstract

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