DATE: Aug 19, 2016 to Aug 21, 2016
Weekend Trip NH GO Gathering

Meeting Time: 2:00 PM

Event Coordinator: Gandalf
Waterville Valley, NH

Max # People: 100

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: Yes, but only to cover shared expenses, and I too am paying

Difficulty Level: Easy


The largest camping gathering for GayOutdoors, GO Gathering welcomes gay outdoorzy men of all ages and abilities to New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest at Branch Brook Campground near Waterville Valley at a riverside group campsite along the Pemigewasset River where we can swim right from our site!

We'll have a huge tent canopy setup on our group campsite with tables/chairs underneath for meals, etc. Registrants are asked to pay $45 to attend if they are a full member or $55 if they are a guest member. If you are staying somewhere else and want to participate in our activities the fee is $10 AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $8 AT THE GATE FOR EACH DAY YOU ENTER THE CAMPGROUND. 

Members will be running trips all weekend. We'll have campfires, a Friday night Beer Blast kick-off party, tubing/swimming along the Pemigewasset River, outdoorzy activities; and a huge Saturday night potluck with great food [you'll be amazed at the culinary talents of members using grills and camp stoves], and fireworks.

Our site is riverside so we'll be able to swim right from our campsite. Kayaking on the Pemigewasset River can be accommodated with a nearby outfitter who rents kayaks with shuttle service.  Also the campground has lots of mountain bike trails to explore.

This is an action packed weekend suitable for all, designed to have a bit of everything to give you a chance to try something new or to just enjoy your favorite outdoor pursuits. Activities in the area include hikes at all levels [Welsh/Dickey, Mt. Osceola, Mts. Lafayette/Lincoln]; sunbathing, swimming and recreational kayaking in the Pemigewasset River; swimming/water slide at Franconia Falls, ziplining with Alpine Adventures, biking on the Franconia Notch bikepath, taking the Cannon Mt. Aerial Tramway to the summit, etc.   

Boasting world-class mountain sports, legendary above treeline trekking, and stunning views, Waterville Valley is the gateway to the White Mountain National Forest hiking/camping scene. Fancy doing something different on a summer weekend? Don't waste it shopping ~ escape from the city and get up to the national forest with GayOutdoors' GO Gathering.

This is our 14th year, our biggest annual event and members say it is THE event to attend. Participating in our GO Gathering is not only fun, but rewarding, too. It's a special treat for newcomers and a summer favorite to returning members. It's a weekend for making new outdoorzy buddies and catching up with friends.

It's easy to see why GO Gathering has become our premiere camping weekend. Grab your camping and outdoorzy gear and join us: GO Gathering is calling!  Offering easy access from Interstate I-93, local restaurants and convenience stores, you are within easy reach of anything you might need. The GO Gathering is a special treat for newcomers and a summer favorite fo returning members. We encourage you to join us! We're sure you will be happy you did!

>>Click Here To View Pictures From Last Year

Campground: The campground has flushing toilets and hot showers. We’ll have a big dining tent set up with tables and chairs to accommodate everyone. This will be our central headquarters for the weekend. Setup your tent along the river on somewhere on our site and we'll have an area to park your vehicles. We’ll also have a central area for group fires each night. The campground has quiet hours after 10:30pm but many of us still party; we just tone it down.  

What To Bring: You need to bring a tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, folding chairs, and all the gear associated with car camping. Bring a camp stove for cooking your meal Friday and Saturday night, breakfast each morning and making hot coffee/tea. That said, there are plenty of restaurants and a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby. Also bring recreation gear ~ kayak, sandals or old sneakers if paddling, swimsuit, hiking boots and daypack, bike, etc. You will need lunch food and water to take on your trips. There are convenience stores nearby should you forget to pack something and they sell ice. Arrive and setup your camp anytime in the afternoon on Friday after 2PM. 

Lodging: If camping is not your thing, here are some lodging options:

You will still have to pay a $10 admission fee to participate in the GO Gathering AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $8 AT THE GATE FOR EACH DAY YOU ENTER THE CAMPGROUND. 


Friday: Friday dinner is on your own. Some members cook dinner at the site while others go out to a nearby restaurant [Sunset Grill, Mad River Tavern].  Around 7pm we’ll start the Beer Blast and have some munchies under the big party tent to kick things off. We'll have coolers filled with ice late in the afternoon for you to contribute a six-pack of beer from your local craft brewery. Place a six-pack in the cooler and then sample the other beers people brought. This is always a fun thing to do where we get to sample some unique beer from far away lands! Sign up for any impromptu trips, meet the trip leaders, make new friends, and enjoy a nice time around the campfire. 

Saturday: Get your gear and lunches packed, meet your trip leader and head out for a fun day. Return in the afternoon, relax and get ready for the potluck. See below for Saturday night festivities. 

Sunday: Hugs, kisses, and pack up. We have to leave in the afternoon by 2PM. 

Saturday Night Festivities:
Potluck at 6:30PM: We provide the paper plates, plastic utensils and napkins; however it’s up to you to provide the serving dish with utensil. The Saturday night potluck begins at 6:30PM at the big party tent so think about the time it will take you to prepare your meal so you’ll be ready by 6:30PM. Main entrees/grilled food is where we typically fall short so please make this your first choice to contribute to the potluck. Vegetarian dishes and a description of the ingredients are appreciated. Salad/Appetizer is a good second choice for the potluck. We usually have way too much dessert so please make this your last choice for the potluck. Please refrain from contributing packaged food like a bag of chips, packaged bakery items, bread, etc. Homemade food always gets eaten and we usually end up throwing away the packaged food. Everyone sits together under the big party tent to enjoy dinner. [If you wish not to participate, you can always eat at one of the local restaurants.]

Afterwards we’ll be playing Werewolves, a fun group party game under the big dining tent and having a group campfire. We will also be bringing GO t-shirts and our new hats to sell. 

Registration: Pre-registration is required and we don’t accept on-site registrations. This is to help us get a correct head count to properly plan for the weekend and ensure that we have the money needed to pay for the necessary deposits. The registration fee is $45 if you are a full member and $55 if you are guest member.  and $10 if you staying somewhere else but still want to participate. If you are staying somewhere else and want to participate in our activities the fee is $10 AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $8 AT THE GATE FOR EACH DAY YOU ENTER THE CAMPGROUND. This will cover the campsite fee, equipment rental, firewood, munchies, ice for beer blast and allows you to participate in the GO Gathering from August 19th to the 21st. This is a fundraiser for GO so any leftover money is given to GO to help run the club. 

Payment: Make your check payable to GO Gathering and mail it to 676 Upper Mad River, Thornton, NH 03283. PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR GO MEMBER NAME so we can match who's signed up on the site with your check. You can pay for more than one member, just include all the names. We must have your check by August 12th meaning you should mail it by August 9th at the latest for us to receive it on time. This is so we can pay the required deposits, get an accurate headcount to make sure we hold a successful gathering, and account for fair weather members who are hesitant about participating.    

Activities: WE NEED TRIP LEADERS TO MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL! POST YOUR TRIP ON THE WEBSITE AND MENTION IT'S PART OF THE GO GATHERING. We'll have a message board setup at the campsite if anyone wants to run a last minute trip. [Jon and I will be running a KAYAKING RAINBOW FLOTILLA on the Pemigewasset River with a local outfitter who provides a kayak and shuttle service. We'll post this trip on the website.] Everyone appreciates it when a member steps up and runs a trip for the club! If you need help planning/posting a trip, contact us. 

Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash and cleaned up after. They cannot be left unattended and are not welcome in the bathrooms or at the big party tent during meals. 

Volunteers: During the weekend we will be asking you to help out where needed. Jon and I cannot do this alone. The more help we receive, the more likely this will be a successful event. During the weekend ask us if there is anything you can do to help. Thank you! 

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We are at the River Bend Reunion group field at Branch Brook Campground, 97 Branch Brook Drive, Campton, NH 03223. [603] 726-7001

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Click Here For Campground Map

We'll have signs to help direct you. As you enter the campground there is a gatekeeper for you to provide your name so they can let you in. Then enter the campground and drive towards the office. Right before the office, take a right turn and drive between the swimming pool on your left and baseball field on your right. At the intersection, take a left and continue to a T intersection. Take a left and drive to our site. We'll have a designated parking area. Setup your gear, say hi to everyone, check out the message board under the big dining tent, and PARTY!