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Fireworks at 14,000 feet

New Year's Eve fireworks on Pikes Peak. Copyright John Skiba. Reprinted with permission.

This year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks on Pikes Peak. Copyright John Skiba. Reprinted with permission.

Much as I abhor New Year’s Eve crowds, I’d brave them to see fireworks shot from the summit of Pikes Peak. Who needs Denver’s 16th Street Mall when you have this in Colorado Springs?

I first heard about and wrote about this annual tradition last year and described all the preparation that goes into it. (There’s a road to the summit but the revelers hike up — two days, 12 miles. To 14,114 feet.) This is what it looked like this year, captured by Colorado photographer John Skiba.

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    • The trick would be to get familiar with the area in advance so you’d know the best place for a great view. And I read someplace that this year fog almost obscured everything.

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