The event took place for the first time in 2014. It’s a three day, self-navigating, hill walking challenge to ‘cross’ the Comeragh, Galty and Knockmealdown mountain ranges on successive days. The cumulative distance and height gain/descent, over the three days, is in the region of 95km and 4,200m.
To date, challenge hill walkers have travelled from all around the Country to participate and we’ve raised about €28,000 in funds.
There is also a perpetual cup on offer for any Hill Walking Club that is interested in taking on this challenge. Points are awarded for each day that a walker completes. It’s not about time or speed, it’s about finishing. Clubs will have walkers that can do one day, two days or the three - it’s up to the individual.
You are notified in advance of where the registration is each day and your car is left here. We then transport you to the walk start and you make your way back, across the mountains, to your car and sign-out.
Dates for your diary:
Associated Gribbon locations:
This article was contributed by Gerard Sheehy
(organiser of the Fei Sheehy Challenge)
Gold Award (1st place)
Silver Award (2nd place)
Bronze Award (3rd place)
Congratulations to Dillon, Polly and Mark on your achievements in 2016. We look forward to your continued involvement with High Point Ireland in 2017.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in our first Highpointeer of the Year awards competition. If you would like to take part in the Highpointeer of the Year 2017 awards competition, you can now download the new log sheet / entry form.
Happy New Year! As we embark upon our 2017 journey around the Sun, now seems like a good time to look back at 2016. It certainly was an eventful year for Highpointeering and the High Point Ireland community. The website and book were one year old on 5th December. We welcomed new Completers to our growing community (including some record-breakers). The website received more than 10,000 visitors. We introduced the first of our annual awards categories. And, the website itself even received an award. Not bad for our first year.
Certificates of Completion
The following people were awarded Certificates of Completion in 2016 and have been added to the Completers Register. The relevant Gribbon sub-lists and completion years are included here in italics under their names:
(G) = Gold; (S) = Silver; (B) = Bronze
If you have completed the Gribbon list or any of its sub-lists, and have not yet received a Certificate of Completion, feel free to request one from us. Find out more about our Certificates of Completion.
Certificates of Excellence
On 6th November 2016, Polly Mollohan became the first person we know of to complete three rounds of the County Gribbons. Polly completed her third round at the summit of Benbaun in County Galway, the same place she completed her first round in 2013.
On 11th September 2016, Dillon Lynch became the youngest person we know of to complete a full round of the County Gribbons. Dillon was 9 years and 132 days old when he completed his round at the summit of Trostan in County Antrim.
A very special congratulations to Polly and Dillon on your achievements, and it was lovely to meet you both in 2016.
In December, we announced that we would be acknowledging the efforts of individual hillwalkers who visited Gribbon locations and completed sub-lists during 2016. This new points-based award category is called “Highpointeer of the Year” (the first of our annual award categories) and gives special recognition to the three highest-scoring Highpointeers. Despite the short notice, we received entry submissions from some truly inspiring individuals before last night's deadline. We will be announcing the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners in the next few days.
2016 was a year for building the website, starting to introduce it to the world, and sowing the seeds of our new community.
In 2017, High Point Ireland will be taking several leaps forward. You will see a considerable increase in activity from us on social media. Our blog will establish itself as a leading news outlet for our growing community. New awards categories will also be introduced.
We wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful and successful year in 2017.
High Point Ireland.
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