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AdAmAn hiker injured on Pikes Peak
RYAN MAYE HANDY, THE GAZETTE
One hiker in the 33-person AdAmAn Club will get a ride down Pikes Peak Saturday night after his leg was injured, said El Paso County Search and Rescue.
The man, whose name and age was not released, reached the summit with the group, which has been hiking the peak in often adverse conditions since 1922. A leg injury prevented him from walking, and when the group reached the summit at 4:30 p.m. they called search and rescue from the safety of the ranger hut there, at 14,115 feet.
Photos from the two-day hike up Pikes Peak
Search and rescue teams drove to the summit, said Chief Larry Dunn. Teams expected to have the hiker at the bottom of the icy Pikes Peak Highway in two hours, Dunn said.
When the hikers reached the summit they told search and rescue teams that there were 80 mph gust whipping across the peak. An hour later the winds had died down to a mere 40 mph.
Historic photos of previous climbs
Dunn did not have details on the progress of the hike, and whether or not the wind impeded the group's journey up.
According to tradition, the AdAmAn team will light fireworks from the top of the gusty peak when the clock strikes midnight on Saturday.