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New Years Colorado Style

Carrie Rasak

Posted on January 3, 2020 11:57

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There are traditional style celebrations here too, but the best part includes fireworks in an unlikely place.

January 3rd may be a little late to write about New Years' traditions. Maybe you've already begun to work on your resolutions, maybe you are just glad the holidays are over. It's always low key around here, since my and my husband's family are several states away. We just focus on each other, cook way too much food, and spoil our dogs. But I know it can get hectic!

Colorado Springs, and to a bigger extent Denver, has plenty of traditional New Years' celebrations at different clubs and bars if the club scene isn't your style. No matter how cold it is, though, the fireworks display on Pikes Peak at midnight will bring everyone outside to enjoy the spectacle, even if it's below 0F windchill outside. Thankfully this year, it wasn't that cold, and it was a brilliantly clear night, so we could enjoy the show!

So, wait, fireworks off a 14,115ft mountain on New Years? Where, even if it's a balmy 45F in town, the peak will surely be covered in ice and snow and be considerably colder than that? Who would do that?

Why, the AdAmAn Club, of course!

It all started in 1922, when a group of five friends decided the New Years Eve celebrations in town weren't exciting enough. They were bored and opted to climb to the summit. They hiked up the Cog Railway tracks as Barr trail didn't exist yet, though Fred Barr, instrumental in building the trail, came along on the initial trek. Conditions were treacherous, to put it mildly. I have a little bit of experience on the icy trails around here, and even with equipment to assist, it can get scary at times. It was extremely windy and frigid. In fact, they had to enter the summit house on the second floor due to high snow drifts preventing entrance on the ground floor.

They started a fire in the stove and at midnight, they shot off the fireworks and lit the flares they'd brought.

Ever since, it's been a tradition that one person has been added to their club every year--hence the "add a man" name, stylized as AdAmAn. They, and their guests, make the climb up to the summit. They now leave a day early as provisions are in place for camping overnight on the trail, which is also less treacherous than using the old railway tracks to climb up. They signal with mirrors at the timberline to let friends and family back down in Colorado Springs know that they are safe. At 9pm on New Years Eve, they shoot off five fireworks to honor the original "Frozen Five", the men who made the climb in 1922, and then at midnight the fireworks display begins. On a clear night you can see them all up and down the front range.

We drove up to the UCCS campus, which is situated up on a bluff and provided excellent views. It was a great way to ring in the New Year.

Carrie Rasak

Posted on January 3, 2020 11:57

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