What is the AdAmAn Club?

The Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club has been a Pikes Peak Region tradition since 1922. It is a unique group of mountaineers, who each year on December 30th and 31st, climb the icy slopes of Barr Trail on the east face of 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.

Our Club is dedicated to the 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 would be added to the Club, and as a result, the name AdAmAn (add a man) was chosen. Each year, members choose one new member from a list of applicants.

Our climbing party of thirty members and guests leaves the trailhead of Barr Trail on December 30th, with an overnight stay at Barr Camp. On December 31st, we flash mirrors from our location at timberline to friends and families in the Colorado Springs area. In the early afternoon, we finish the ascent to the summit. The climb from timberline (12,000 feet) to the 14,110-foot summit is often accomplished on icy and snow swept slopes with wind chills of -50 degrees.

At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, we fire a spectacular fireworks display, which on a clear night, can be seen for hundreds of miles along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies and eastern plains.

AdAmAn Historical Statistics

96

New Year's Eve Climbs

100

Members

392

Guest Climbers

8,057+

Followers

Press Releases

  • 2016-01
    The AdAmAn Club Preparing for 95th Climb.   Read the press release  here
  • 2015-01
    The AdAmAn Club Preparing for 94th Climb.   Read the press release  here
  • 2014-02
    The AdAmAn Club Climb Dedication.   Read the press release  here
  • 2014-01
    The AdAmAn Club Preparing for 93rd Climb.   Read the press release  here
  • 2013-01
    The AdAmAn Club Preparing for 92nd Climb.   Read the press release  here
  • 2012-02
    The AdAmAn Club Celebrating its 90th Anniversary.   Read the press release  here
  •  2012-01
    The AdAmAn Club Has an Eventful Climb.   Read the press release  here
  • 2011-01
    The AdAmAn Club Selects its Member for 2011 and Prepares for its Annual New Years Eve Climb up Pikes Peak and Fireworks Show.   Read the press release  here
  • 2010-01
    The AdAmAn Club Selects its Member for 2010 and Prepares for its Annual New Years Eve Climb up Pikes Peak and Fireworks Show. Read the press release  here
  • 2009-02
    The AdAmAn Club Prepares for New Year’s Eve Climb and Welcomes Don Ellis as Guest for 50th Anniversary of His Eagle Scout Climb.   Read the press release  here
  • 2009-01
    The AdAmAn Club selects the new member for this year, new officers and dedicates the climb.  Read the press release  here

 

Guest Climber Application

How do I apply to climb with the club?

If you'd like to be considered for a guest climber slot on this year's AdAmAn climb, click the button and follow the directions to fill out an application.

Many apply and few are chosen

We will go through the arduous task of selecting guest climbers and the new member on the first Saturday of November this year.  This year's guest list will be emailed to all applicants a few days after the guests have been selected.

AdAmAn - History in the Making