Pike's Peak climbers begin New Year's trek
Updated On: Dec 30 2012 04:44:51 PM CST
Forget the New Year's Eve tradition of packing into a crowded bar and trying to get a glass of champagne before the stroke of midnight. How about a nice -- albeit frigid -- hike up 14,115-foot Pikes Peak?
Since 1922, the AdAmAn Club has been climbing the peak near Colorado Springs to ring in the new year with a fireworks show. The group began this year's hike Sunday morning.
The tradition started when five local climbing buffs headed for the summit and set a fire at the top. Since then, a new climber has been added each year, giving the group its name -- AdAmAn.
In their 90th year, the AdAmAn Club introduced its 95th member, fifty-five-year-old Wally Wininger.
The group's newest member, said "it's a pretty unique group of folks, kind of a great tradition for the Pikes Peak region."
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