Do you have summit recommendations in that region (8/10 points)? There’s pleeenty of them and I probably won’t do more than 5 to 10 activations. Maybe there are summits that you have activated and appealed to you one way or another (views, interesting approach trail, no crowds etc.)?
I did this combination 2 times and the last time with my wife Simone and our dog Magnus. Both liked it.
I recommend to go to FL/VO-081 first. On the way to FL/VO-079 you will come to a barrier with a bar and a notice board. After that the path climbs steeply. Hiking boots are an advantage here.
My wife enjoyed relaxing and reading in the sun while I did my qso’s.
It has been a relaxed afternoon.
If you’d like to take a little hike… two or three hours.
Parking at Lachtelweiher and follow the path to Ferme Auberge Lochberg.
… up to Bärenkopf FL/VO-086 and down through a forest direction east and afterwards left back to the car.
In the forest the trees are very much covered with moss and it almost looks as hobbits lives here… A little bit of Middle-earth.
You are spoilt for choice Roman - I was there last year for a holiday with XYL and did a Light Touch SOTA holiday and to watch the Tour de France Cycle Race for two days when it climbed the Ballons and the start day from St Die des Vosges.
I would suggest that you study the (unnamed) high scoring officiando activators logs in the database - the experts - and mimic what they did on their big summit days and you won’t go far wrong. There are many GPX tracks in the SMP to help you work out some superb days in the beautiful Vosges!
We didn’t stay in Gerardmer but that seems a popular base for some. With P100 rules SOTA is much easier in the Vosges for us old guys to stroll up 8 and 10 point summits!
PS You could try the attached JPGs. The actual tracks we walked are in the SMP Tracks section.
Roman, it’s good you are not there around the Friedrichshafen rally… you have to play “dodge the SOTA activator” at that time.
Gerardmer is nice. I stayed in an excellent hotel that was well priced, great room and great breakfast. Fantastic coffee. Plenty of places to eat and drink as well. The waiters/waitresses also were pleased that some daft Brit was trying to speak French… they suffered listening to me destroy their language but my reward of not using any English got me a free drink in one place!