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W1 SOTA Campout 2022

Friday June 3 to Monday June 6, 2022

We had a great time camping, activating and dining out at this event for the past four years with SOTA operators from several states including N1ZF, KG6CIH, N1RKO, N1AW, WB2FUV, KI4SVM, W1ZU, NS1TA, NT1U, K9IR, KO4LIT, KB1RJC, KB1RJD, W1DMH, N1CKM and KD1CT . This is an opportunity for those who participate in or have interest in the “Summits on the Air” SOTA program to meet each other, have conversation, learn and activate SOTA summits in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Join in for the entire three-night campout or for as many nights as you would like or stop by for a while or join the dine out!

Make your reservation at: Campton Campground

There are both tent and RV sites available. Senior Pass allows for discount.

Please email me at: bobac1z.nh@gmail.com to let me know which site you reserve if camping or if you are interested in stopping by the campground for a while or dining out with the group at the nearby Mad River Tavern Saturday June 4th 6:30pm.

Bob AC1Z - Alton, NH Email: bobac1z.nh@gmail.com

Campton Campground is one of the first National Forest campgrounds visitors encounter when driving north on Interstate 93. On Route 49 about 2 miles east exit 28 off Route 93, this location has 58 sites scattered amongst ancient white pine trees.

Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at Recreation.gov
Fees $25 fee per night
Open Season: May - mid-October
Closest Towns: Campton, NH
Water: Faucet
Restroom: Flush Toilet Coin Showers
Operated By: Pro-Sport, Inc

See Websites below for more info and to reserve a site at the campground:

White Mountain National Forest - Campton Campground Campton Campground, White Mountain National Forest - Recreation.gov

GPS Coordinates of Campground: Latitude: 43.873447 Longitude: -71.626717

Activities include :

SOTA Activating during the Day – Friday June 3rd to Monday 6th, 2022 – Let others know your activation plans for Summit to Summits.

Friday June 3rd – Initial gathering, conversation, campfire, Food and Drink at 5:30pm. Bring your favorite SOTA gear, pictures, videos, etc. to share with others.

Saturday June 4th - Meet at Mad River Tavern Restaurant for dinner at 6:30pm. Located within minutes from Campton campground.

Sunday June 5th and Monday June 6th - More SOTA Activating and gatherings

Some SOTA Summits near Campton Campground

All suggested trails are designated and maintained except as noted. Other trails or ways to summits are possible.

Listed in order of driving time from campground to parking - source: Google maps:

  • Sandwich Mt. -W1/HA-020 - 10 points – 9 minute drive to Parking Area GPS 43.93820, -71.51084 Drakes Brook and Sandwich Mt. Trails 4.3 mile hike to summit 3980 ft. – Elevation Gain Approx. 2600 ft. – Small lookout area at summit with nice view.
  • Mt Tripyramid North-W1/HA-033- 10 points – 14 minute drive to GPS 43.965895, -71.513712 Livermore S Trailhead parking off Tripoli Rd. Livermore, Scaur Ridge and Pine Bend Brook Trails to 4180 ft summit – Elevation Gain approx. 2600ft. Lookout at summit and area to set up antenna.
  • Mt. Tecumseh – W1/HA-015 -10 points – 14 minute drive to Mt Tecumseh Trailhead –2.2 miles to summit 4003ft. - Elevation Gain approx. 2100ft - View at summit clearing.
  • Mt. Carr-W1/HA-024 – 6 points - About a 21minute drive to Mt. Carr/Kineo Trailhead GPS 43.885405, -71.796138. Cross Sucker Brook. 3453 ft high summit, 3.3 mile hike with about 2100 ft EG.
  • Mt. Lafayette -W1/HA-002 – 10 Points - 23 min. drive to trailhead parking. Elevation: 5260ft Elevation Gain: about 3350ft. Great 360 views from open rocky summit. Trailhead at Lafayette Place parking lot: GPS 44.142070, -71.681402. Hike on the Old Bridle Path for 3.1 miles to the AMC Greenleaf Hut then the Greenleaf Trail for 1.1 miles to summit. Hike back the same way roundtrip: 8.4 miles. You can hike back the same way or if you are in for a longer hike the Franconia Ridge Trail to the Lincoln and Little Haystack summits and descend back to parking lot and campground via the Falling Waters trail. Total 9 mile hike.
  • Mt Moosilaukee W1/HA-003 –Excellent open rock summit with 360 views. Closest trailhead is the same as Mt Wolf a 25 min drive to Beaver Brook Trailhead off Route 112 North Woodstock. Same side of road take Beaver Brook trail 3.8 miles to summit with 2800ft EG. OR a 42 minute drive to hike from the west on the Glencliff (AT) trail about 3.7 miles to summit. Very enjoyable hike. Gradual climb elevating about 3300 feet. Open rock summit. Parking at Glencliff Trailhead on High Street off RTE 25 in Benton, NH GPS 43.998594, -71.881390
  • Mt Osceola -W1/HA-011-10 points - 26 min drive to Tripoli Road parking lot GPS 43.983498, -71.559945 – Mt. Osceola Trail 3.2 miles to summit 4340 ft. -Elevation Gain approx. 2050 ft. – Great view at summit large area for antenna.
  • Cannon Mt.-W1/HA-113- 10 points – 26 minute drive to trailhead or Tramway. – IF OPEN - Tramway takes you to restaurant and a short hike to summit. Lookout tower and lots of antennas make it a bit noisy on some bands. See info and fees at: www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/aerial-tramway.aspx … If prefer to hike-Kinsman Ridge Trail 2.0miles to summit 4100 ft. – Elevation Gain 2100 ft.
  • Mt Wolf -W1/HA-074 – 6 points – 25 minutes drive to Beaver Brook Trailhead off Route 112 N. Woodstock, NH cross the road and take the AT about 3.6 miles to summit. Found a Geocache on summit located just of the trail.
  • Stinson Mt. -W1/HA-023 - 2 points - About a 28 minute drive to trailhead. Nice view on this summit. 1.8 miles on the Stinson Mt Trail to 2900ft summit with 1400EG. Park on Doe Town Road GPS Trailhead 43.849271, -71.800931
  • Hersey Mt – W1/HA-029 – 1 point – About 26 minute drive to parking at 43.581775, -71.671032 Hike the road turn around lot, then take right to a trail on the right that was marked with orange tape on trees. Easy hike about 1.5 miles to summit. You can drive the class 6 road for a ways and park but rough and marked “pass at your own risk”. Nice cabin on summit and some views from lookouts. Easy to set up. See Alltrails map - Hersey Mt Trail.
  • Other summits possible. More details will be available at campout.

Glad to see you’re planning another W1 campout at Campton !! I’ll mark my calendar and hopefully I can join you again.
Happy New Year. 73! Mike, WB2FUV

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Sounds good Mike!

I would love to make it up there again and I am looking at options. Consider me a qualified maybe…

73, pat - ki4svm

Sure hope you can make it Pat!

I guess it is official - I have campsite 49 reserved for Thursday through Monday. I plan to start my drive up on the weekend before, collecting uniques and completes along the way. I don’t know if I will complete this mission, but I will attempt what I am calling Monadnock Madness - activating all the New Hampshire summits with Monadnock in their names!

This is subject to change/evolve and I certainly don’t plan to do all of these summits, but here are my plans so far.

73, pat - ki4svm

Oh darn, that was the campsite I was going to reserve @KI4SVM ;-). Anyway I promise this year you wont have to haul me all over creation to find a stove that works as I wont tacking on a week long backpack after the trip! Anyway looking forward to seeing you Pat as well ast he rest of the crowd that will be there.

FWIW I’ll be flying in on Wednesday so I can pick up a couple of peaks in W2 land Thurs/Friday before heading to the CG, so IF anyone would like to tag along let me know… I am looking at W2/GA-005 (and maybe GA-367) on Thursday, and on Friday I’ll get W2/GA-003 since it looks like it’s an almost drive up before I head back to W1 land for the campout. (I have not worked on my plans for the rest of the trip other then I have got to go visit Mt Washington at some point during the weekend)…

Great to hear you are traveling north to New Hampshire again for another W1 SOTA Campout! YES, “Monadnock Madness” that sounds good Pat! I think there are four of them, but maybe more?? W1/HA-041, Pack Monadnock Mountain can be a drive up if road open and usually is in summer, W1/HA-118, Little Monadnock Mountain 1 point and W1/HA-203, North Pack Monadnock Mountain, 1 point are relatively easy hikes with W1/HA-009, Monadnock Mountain, 4 points is a bit longer and steeper but said to be the most hiked mountain in the world!! Not sure if true but I know it is popular. There was a crowd on the summit when I activated it. Lots of trails to the summit. Maybe can join you or S2S? Bob AC1Z

Glad you can make it to the Campout Jamie! Looking forward to meeting you! I’ll be in site 55. Bob AC1Z

[quote=“AC1Z, post:9, topic:27895, full:true”] Maybe can join you or S2S? Bob AC1Z

Most definitely! I will probably try to do the Monadnocks on Tue/Wed or Wed/Thur spending a night in that area. It looks like you now need to get a reservation to hike W1/HA-009 so I will have to work out the details before the trip instead of winging it like I usually do!

Site 56 reserved.


I have some family things going on that may prevent me from joining in this year. But if those clear up, count me in!

73 Paula k9ir

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I doubt I’ll be able to get the time off to attend, but I’ll surely be able to work you guys s2s from Equinox which is within a reasonable drive from my QTH. Path profiler shows perfect 2m LOS from Equinox to Sanwich Mtn which seams to be right in the thick of things. Ill be sure to have the 60M/40M linked dipole delployed as well.

Dave K2CZH


Looking good for the W1 SOTA Campout … So far, Bob AC1Z Site 55, Pat KI4SVM Site 49, Jamie N6JFD Site 52, Ed K1RID Site 56 have made camping reservations. Several others plan to attend or are interested including Paul N1ZF, Chris KG6CIH, Mike WB2FUV, Wayne N1CKM, John WI1G and maybe more! Bob AC1Z

I’m confirmed for campsite #53. I’ll head up on Friday afternoon and leave on Sunday evening.


I’ll be at #39
Looking forward to meeting the group
John WI1G