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New Year's Eve Fireworks on Pikes Peak

In 1922, two brothers by the names of Ed and Fred Morath decided to climb Barr Trail on December 31st and shoot off fireworks from the summit of Pikes Peak. Sensing the historical significance of the event, they also took along three of their friends: photographer Harry Standley, banker Willis McGee and the trail builder himself, Fred Barr. This was the first winter ascent of Pikes Peak and has since become an annual tradition.

First Climb to Summit of Pikes Peak by Adaman ClubAt first, they referred to themselves as the Frozen Five, but at the suggestion of one of the members on the climb, they decided to add one more person to the group each year. This action then gave them the new moniker of the AdAmAn club.

Though restricted only to men for most of its history, they opened their doors to women in 1997.

Between 11am and 1130am MT on December 31st, AdAmAn club members use mirrors to signal they are nearing the summit. Then, at 9pm, they set off five firework cannons to honor the original Frozen Five. Finally, at midnight, AdAmAn club members usher in the new year with a sizable barrage of fireworks from the top of Pikes Peak.

 

The First Ascent of Pikes Peak on New Year's Eve

Photograph by Harry Standley, Courtesy of
Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District

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