AdAmAn prepares for 99th anniversary ascent to set off fireworks atop Pikes Peak that will ring in 2022


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – The annual Barr Trail hike by the AdAmAn club begins this Thursday, with the group set to ring in 2022 with a fireworks display this weekend!

This year’s hike marks the club’s 99th rise as they have been celebrating the New Year this way since 1922. The club adds a new member each year, hence the group’s name “AdAmAn”. (Ad – A – mAn with the A in capital letters to represent the mountains).

The most recent member is Priscilla Clayton, a retired critical care nurse. Priscilla has volunteered with Friends of the Peak, Incline Friends, Coalition of the Upper South Platte, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and the Green Mountain Falls Trail System. She also sits on the board of directors of the Colorado Fourteener’s Initiative.

The group is expected to fire five shells at 9 p.m. Friday in honor of the original members of the “Frozen Five”. The fireworks display is scheduled for midnight.


As of Monday evening, the 11 Breaking Weather team announces that we will have a lot of clouds and many will see snow on New Years Eve. This could potentially lead to poor viewing conditions for the fireworks at off Pikes Peak. Follow 11 News throughout the week for weather updates, or download the 11 Breaking Weather app.

At the end of 2022, the club will celebrate its 100th anniversary and collect donations via a fund. Click here to learn more about this fund.


The club started when Fred Barr (who built Barr Trail) and four of his fellow adventurers (Fred Morath, Ed Morath, Willis Magee and Harry Standley) took a New Years’ hike to the summit sponsored by The Gazette Telegraph and called the “Gazette Telegraph New Years Eve Party.” At 9 p.m., the group fired a signal flare to let everyone know they had arrived safe and sound and all was well. In response, city electrician Joe Caldwell turned off city lights, and future member John Garrett fired rockets from the roof of the Gazette Telegraph building. At midnight, in the middle of a short blizzard, they fired 175 pounds of rockets and flares that they had carried to the top.

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