A tradition that started on New Year’s Eve in 1922, the AdAmAn Club in Colorado Springs plans to keep their Pikes Peak fireworks show alive this season.
Each year, this group of mountaineers treks to the summit of Pikes Peak, regardless of what winter weather is blasting that year, and sets off a firework show for people in the city below. Not only does this show provide entertainment, it also lets onlookers know that the group safely completed their mission.
The day will start at 8:30 AM on New Year’s Eve for those involved in the trek (which tends to be around 30 in number), when they’ll leave Barr Camp – a camp that’s located several miles up the Pikes Peak summit route they’re taking. From there, they plan on summiting Pikes Peak around 2:30 PM.
The first fireworks will be sent into the air at 9 PM on New Year’s Eve, but that’s just a test. This test also serves another purpose as a commemorative act, remembering the “Frozen Five” that pioneered this holiday season trek. After that, turn your eyes toward the summit at midnight for a firework show unlike any other.
In total, the Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak is 24 miles, climbing 7,600 feet. Barr Camp is located approximately 6 miles in and at an elevation of 10,100 feet. During this time of year, extreme winter conditions are found on the route.
Note: Hiking to the summit with the AdAmAn Club is not an event that’s open to the public. There are currently 101 members on their roster. Visit their website for more details about the organization.
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