Do you have what it takes to claim one of Ireland's top-3 annual mountaineering awards? If so, we are delighted to offer you that chance. The Irish Mountaineer of the Year award is a unique outdoor sports competition based on the official Irish mountain list (i.e. the Irish Hewitts). The award is open to all hillwalkers who visit mountain summits throughout Ireland during the Sport Hillwalking season. To take part, mountaineers must log their visits on location using the Peakhunter app.
The Irish Mountaineer 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: Highpointeering and challenge hillwalking.
We encourage mountaineers to also take part in the All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships - the official national-level multi-discipline Sport Hillwalking competition open to all mountaineers, Highpointeers 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 Mountains Challenge on Peakhunter. Once registered, they need to visit mountain summits 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 Mountains Challenge on Peakhunter. Access to this will be via a link which we will provide to you through the Peakhunter messaging system.
- Visit mountain summits 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 mountain summit 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 Highpointeer 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 Mountains Challenge leaderboard at the end of the Sport Hillwalking season will each earn the title of Irish Mountaineer 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 Mountains 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 2024 Irish Mountaineer of the Year competition will take place between 1st May and 31st August.
- The results will be announced in September 2024.
|1st Woman||CAROLYN HIKE ON||140 pts||GOLD|
|1st Man||ANSAR||115 pts||GOLD|
|2nd Man||GALTY JACK||94 pts||SILVER|
|2nd Woman||MADMAR||92 pts||SILVER|
|3rd Woman||ELENAM||90 pts||BRONZE|
|3rd Man||PATRICK O'BRIEN||81 pts||BRONZE|
|1st Man||MOUNTAIN MIKE||184 pts||GOLD|
|=2nd Man||DILLON LYNCH||162 pts||SILVER|
|=2nd Man||PATRICK O'BRIEN||162 pts||SILVER|
|1st Woman||DEIRDRE McENIRY||45 pts||GOLD|
|2nd Woman||CAROLYN McKINNEY||44 pts||SILVER|