Peter Schoen

Peter Schoen

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Peter is 27 and an avid ski mountaineer. Since age 18 he has been ski mountaineering in the Andes (Chile & Argentina – 14 months in total) and later the Pamirs (Tajikistan), Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan) and South Caucasus (Georgia & Armenia). 
He has done several ski descents of 5000, 6000 and 7000m peaks, among them some first descents and steep (50-55°) routes. He has a particular passion for self-organized trips to rather remote areas and with close contact to local people, and travelling is essential part of each trip. For the Caucasus he has a particular fascination. 


He has also done several mountain bike descents from 5000m volcanoes in the Andes, climbed technical alpine routes in the Alps, Andes and Caucasus, rock climbs to French 7c and surveyed several mountains with DGPS. 
Furthermore, he enjoys mountain photography (mainly black & white, also analog), and is a contributing photo author for Mountain.RU and amongst the winners of the Niamori Film Festival in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 2009 (“best adventure photo”). 


He currently divides his time between Austria, Georgia (Caucasus) and Vancouver/Canada, where he pursues an MSc degree in Earth Sciences. He is also Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 certified, and a Wilderness First Responder.

Peter uses Hilleberg tents since 2008. For solo trips he uses the Akto (used to over 6000m in the Pamirs), for a team of two the Jannu (proven to over 6000m in Tien Shan and technical routes in Caucasus) and the Kaitum for three-man teams (used in over 6000m in remote corners of the Pamirs). 

Recent successes with Hilleberg tents include the first reported ski descents of difficult Lap Nazar (5990m, Pamirs – Kaitum 3) and Pik Pobedy East (6762m, Kyrgyzstan/China - Jannu), the partial ski descent of Pik Korzhenvskaya (7105m, Pamir – Akto) or the first partial ski descent from summit of Shkhara (5190m, Caucasus - Jannu) via south pillar (5A). 

“Double-wall tents are more versatile - important on extended trips through various climate zones - and warmer than single-wall tents, which allows me to use lighter sleeping bags and also allows me to use synthetic sleeping insulation instead of down even in cold regions (I prefer synthetic over down, because synthetic insulation is better for drying things overnight inside clothing and sleeping bag); And amongst all the double-walls tents, Hilleberg are simply the finest and most functional.”  

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