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Pike's Peak climbers begin New Year's trek

Published On: Dec 30 2012 12:26:24 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 30 2012 04:44:51 PM CST

The AdAmAn's Club gets ready to hike Pikes Peak Sunday morning for their annual tradition to set off fireworks to ring in the new year.


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."