Do you have what it takes to claim one of Ireland's top-3 annual Highpointeering awards? If so, we are delighted to offer you that chance. The Irish Highpointeer of the Year award is a unique outdoor sports competition based on the official Irish High Points list. The award is open to all hillwalkers who visit High Point locations throughout Ireland during the Sport Hillwalking season. To take part, Highpointeers must log their visits on location using the Peakhunter app.
The Irish Highpointeer of the Year award is the highest level of recognition in this specialist Sport Hillwalking discipline. A dedicated award is also available in each of the other two disciplines: mountaineering and challenge hillwalking.
We encourage Highpointeers to also take part in the All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships - the official national-level multi-discipline Sport Hillwalking competition open to all Highpointeers, mountaineers and challenge hillwalkers in Ireland.
In order to take part, hillwalkers must submit a Sport Hillwalking Entry Form before the halfway point of the Sport Hillwalking season and register for our 25 Irish High Points Challenge on Peakhunter. Once registered, they need to visit High Point locations throughout Ireland during the Sport Hillwalking season and log them on site using the Peakhunter smartphone app.
- Download the Peakhunter app to your smartphone and set up a profile. Peakhunter is our official logging partner.
- Sign into the Peakhunter app on your smartphone. You should only have to do this once.
- Log a location in Ireland using the Peakhunter app and include a photo of yourself at the location. This will be part of the identification verification process.
- Complete and submit a Sport Hillwalking Entry Form between 1st February and 30th June.
- Register for the 25 Irish High Points Challenge on Peakhunter. Access to this will be via a link which we will provide to you through the Peakhunter messaging system.
- Visit High Point locations in Ireland. Log each visit while present at the respective location using the Peakhunter app.
- The Sport Hillwalking season generally starts on 1st March and ends on 31st October each year. During this eight-month-long competition, you are permitted to count each High Point location once.
- You can keep track of all participants' scores throughout the competition on the live leaderboard.
- You are also welcome to take part in the Irish Mountaineer of the Year and Irish Challenge Hillwalker of the Year competitions as well as the All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships.
- The highest-scoring man and woman on the 25 Irish High Points Challenge leaderboard at the end of the Sport Hillwalking season will each earn the title of Irish Highpointeer of the Year and will each receive a Gold award.
- In the event of a draw, the winner will be top-scoring individual who logged their High Points in the shortest time.
- The 2nd and 3rd highest-scoring men and women on the 25 Irish High Points Challenge leaderboard at the end of the Sport Hillwalking season will each receive a Silver and Bronze award respectively.
- The award winners will be announced in early November.
- The 2023 Irish Highpointeer of the Year competition will commence on 1st March 2023.
- The winner will be announced in November 2023.
|Year||Irish Highpointeer of the Year||Number of High Points|
|2023||TO BE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER 2023||-|
From 2016 to 2020, this competition was based on a weighted point-score system which has since been expanded for the All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships. During those years, the three highest-scoring individuals each received an award. From 2022, the Irish Highpointeer of the Year competition is based on a one-point-per-location format where only the winner receives an award.
|1st||DILLON LYNCH||358 points||GOLD|
|2nd||PATRICK O'BRIEN||355 points||SILVER|
|3rd||NOEL CURTIS||229 points||BRONZE|
|1st||MICHÉAL O RIABHAIGH||532 points||GOLD|
|2nd||PATRICK O'BRIEN||441 points||SILVER|
|3rd||DILLON LYNCH||418 points||BRONZE|
|1st||DILLON LYNCH||439 points||GOLD|
|2nd||JOSEPHINE O'BRIEN||394 points||SILVER|
|3rd||PATRICK O'BRIEN||379 points||BRONZE|
|1st||LONAN O'FARRELL||452 points||GOLD|
|2nd||SEÁN Ó MAOILSTÉ||364 points||SILVER|
|3rd||GRAHAM BARTLETT||309 points||BRONZE|
|1st||DILLON LYNCH||460 points||GOLD|
|2nd||POLLY MOLLOHAN||438 points||SILVER|
|3rd||MARK O'LEARY||361 points||BRONZE|