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Dec 31, 2012 1:30 PM by Lauren Molenburg

A frigid New Year's Eve tradition on Pikes Peak

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Forget the New Year's Eve tradition of packing into a crowded bar and trying to get a glass of champagne before the stroke of midnight. How about a nice - albeit frigid - hike up 14,115-foot Pikes Peak?

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/12Pymam) that since 1922, the AdAmAn Club has been climbing the peak near Colorado Springs to ring in the new year with a fireworks show. The group began this year's hike Sunday morning.

The tradition started when five local climbing buffs headed for the summit and set a fire at the top. Since then, a new climber has been added each year, giving the group its name - AdAmAn.

Fifty-five-year-old Wally Wininger, the group's newest member, says "it's a pretty unique group of folks, kind of a great tradition for the Pikes Peak region."

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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