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Bike & (snowshoe) hike from Savognin to Piz Mez (2718 m)


Published by Roald , 27 May 2017, 23h24.

Region: World » Switzerland » Grisons » Oberhalbstein
Date of the hike:26 May 2017
Hiking grading: T3 - Difficult Mountain hike
Snowshoe grading: WT3 - Demanding snowshoe hike
Mountain-bike grading: F - Easy
Waypoints:
Geo-Tags: CH-GR 
Time: 8:00
Height gain: 1700 m 5576 ft.
Height loss: 1700 m 5576 ft.
Route:30 km
Access to start point:By car to Savognin. Parking at the ski lift valley station. Parking currently free of charge (chair lift not operating).

This tour was a great combination of mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoe hiking. It was also a tour going from summer to winter and back again!

I started off with my mountain bike in Savognin where the chairlift valley station is located. Going uphill, I partially biked, and partially walked the bike. Unfortunately, I took the wrong turns twice during the early part of the ascent, but the detours were minor after all.

Finally I reached Radons, and shortly after I left the bike behind and started my ascent to Piz Mez. I tried to stay off the snow as long as possible, but at about elevation 2350 m, I mounted the snowshoes.

The view from the summit of Piz Mez was magnificent. Especially the view to the nearby Piz Forbesch was very impressive!

During the descent, I did not mount the snowshoes, but instead I tried to surf on the snow as best I could. The gaiters were of course absolutely necessary. Somewhere down at 2150 m the snow surfing came to an end due to missing snow.

After I got back to my bike, it was a fast and easy ride back down to Savognin. I stayed on the paved road all the way past Parsonz and Riom, and therefore I had to bike back to Savognin along the river. But that took only 10 min extra.

Equipment:
- Hiking sticks
- Gaiters
- Alpine snowshoes

Total tour distance: 30 km, thereof:
Hiking and biking uphill: 13.5 km
Snowshoe hiking uphill: 1 km
Hiking downhill: 3 km
Biking downhill: 12.5 km

Please see attached GPS track for more details.

Hike partners: Roald


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