Tonight there will be fireworks from the top of Pikes Peak. Every year the Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club climbs the icy slopes of Barr Trail, located on the east face of the world famous Pikes Peak. Then, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, AdAmAn members and their guests ignite a glorious fireworks display from the summit to usher in the New Year.
The club has been a local tradition since 1922. It is a unique group of mountaineers, who each year on December 30th and 31st make the climb. The club was founded in memory of the original “Frozen Five,” Ed Morath, Fred Morath, Fred Barr, Willis Magee and Harry Standley. Their idea was that each year only one new member whould be added to the club, hence the name AdAmAn (for add a man). New members are chosen from a list of applicants, and it is quite an honor to be selected.
The climbing party of thirty members and guests leaves the trailhead of Barr Trail on December 30th, with an overnight camp at Barr Camp. On December 31st they flash mirrors from their location at timberline, to friends and families in the Colorado Springs area. In the early afternoon, they finish the ascent to the summit of Pikes Peak. This 14,110 foot climb is often accomplished on icy and snow covered slopes with wind chills of -50 degrees.
Today our local weather in the Springs is a chilling high of 30 degrees. The snow covered Peak towers above with temperatures well below that. I admire those brave mountaineers who take such pride in this local tradition. Thank you, AdAmAn, and be safe!