February 2, 2023

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Mt. Zion’s M: the tradition attached to the letter-bearing peak

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GOLDEN, Colo. (KDVR) – While driving through Golden, sooner or later, your gaze is likely to land on the M emblazoned Mount Zion lording over the city.

Something you may not know, however, is why that letter was placed there in the first place. The simple answer to that query can be traced back to 1908, when the creation of a tradition to help acclimate incoming students was set in motion.

Hard work from day one

For those arriving at the Colorado School of Mines for their first day as incoming students, the “M Climb” is a rite of passage. The tradition began in 1951. To partake, all newcomers must simply bring a hard hat, a 10-pound rock from their hometown, and a ready-to-go attitude because, according to the university’s M Climb page, “at Mines, the hard…

Nick Wills

2022-08-19 14:30:12

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