Freshmen Strip Down for Naval Academy’s Greasiest Bonding Tradition, the Herndon Climb: WATCH

Herndon Climb

Hundreds of Navy plebes enjoyed an annual tradition at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis yesterday, the annual Herndon Climb. The challenge involves balancing a midshipman’s hat on top of a giant obelisk (the Herndon Monument) greased with lard and covered in water.

Although the plebes appear to be having a great time, the event seems to have been created as much for the enjoyment of spectators.

CBS Baltimore reports:

“Friends and family cheered and jeered from the audience with every step and slip. After several changes in strategy, the mission was complete. Clocking in at one hour and 12 minutes, Chris Bianchi staked a claim on the monument…The shortest time was in 1975; those plebes did it in 20 minutes. In 1998, it took the class four hours and five minutes.”

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