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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